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Podcast: A Revolution for the Environment?

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Anne Marie Engtoft Larsen
Knowledge Lead, Science and Technology Studies, World Economic Forum Geneva
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This is episode 3 in a 10-part podcast series that introduces you to the thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who are already spotting the risks ahead, and seeking to guide humanity towards the land of ease and plenty that some believe is now within reach.

Episode 3 - A Revolution for the Environment?

New episodes will be published every Tuesday from January 23, 2018 through March 6 on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.

Whatever else the First Industrial Revolution may have been, it was an environmental calamity. As we now know, the practice of mining and burning fossil fuels on a massive scale was profoundly consequential for our planetary development, and of course the local effects of pollution from the new factories and of the mass resource extraction needed to support them took an enormous toll on people, landscapes and other species. Does the Fourth Industrial Revolution give us the chance to reverse the damage we have done? Across the spectrum of environmentalist activity, there are engineers and innovators finding ways to employ new technologies to lessen our impact on ecosystems, from the startup using blockchain to drive sustainable buying decisions to the activist using satellites to bring environmental degraders to book.

In this episode of ‘Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ we talk to John Amos, founder of Skytruth; Paul Bunje, Chief Scientist of the X-Prize Foundation; Jonathon Porritt, former Director of Friends of the Earth; Lauren Fletcher, founder and CEO of Biocarbon Engineering; Jessi Baker, Founder of Provenance; Kim Hunter, VP of Communications and Engagement at Aclima.

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