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The True Costs of Lithium Extraction: A Grim Reality for EV Owners

Political turbulence in Afghanistan means the cost of lithium-ion batteries will skyrocket. The Taliban now controls one of the world’s largest lithium deposits. With the global demand for lithium (and lithium extraction) expected to grow 40 fold by 2040,…

The Colorado River Basin: What’s Wrong and What’s Needed To Make It Right

On Aug. 16, the U.S. federal government declared a Colorado River water shortage for the first time. This unprecedented action was triggered by the precipitous drop in Lake Mead’s water level: It’s at 1,067 feet above sea level,…

Drought, Mega Drought

What’s With the Colorado River Basin? The Colorado River Basin (CRB) and, in general, the American West, is in the midst of a water crisis. This crisis has been in the making for a long time…

What a Successful National Water Strategy Looks Like & Why It Matters

It is estimated that currently 844 million people live without clean water, and 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation, according to water.org. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the world’s…

Tech and Innovation Offer Promise for the World’s Most Water-Challenged Regions

It is estimated that currently 844 million people live without clean water, and 2.3 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation, according to water.org. Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of the…

Vertical Farming Joins the Third Green Revolution Menu

We are now witnessing the emergence of one of the most significant trends of this century: vertical farming writes Will Sarni. We need an agricultural revolution The world population is expected to reach nearly 11…

The Role of the Business in Solving “Wicked Problems”

As the public sector worldwide continues to struggle to solve economic, environmental, and social challenges, the private sector is now being called upon to fill the gap. Yet this falls outside of the role that…

The Clock Is Ticking For The Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS)

Tick-tock. No, that isn’t the sound of a Chinese video-sharing platform. It’s the sound of time running out as the deadline for Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) passed by without meaningful action by the EPA. “Small” refineries…

The Human Side of Industrial Cyber-Physical Transformation: Three Considerations and a Recommendation

There are many elements to the Internet of Things, and in a broader sense, cyber-physical transformation. It can be complicated. From sensors to security, communications choices to power sources, from governance to the curation of…

Why I Am Doubling Down on Digital for Water

There are and will continue to be, no shortage of lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. What sticks and transforms society, business and the public sector is up to us. We can focus on attempting to…