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Circulate on Fridays: Disruptive Innovation Festival Special

Every Friday, Circulate rounds up a collection of interesting circular economy related stories and articles. We’ve got a special edition of Circulate on Fridays today! The ongoing Disruptive Innovation Festival intersects with a number of the themes we cover and as such, we highly recommend that our audience engages with it. Here’s the lowdown on just three events that are available to watch on catch-up right now!

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 06.29.11“Emerging Technology, Jobs and Skills…Here Comes the Future” with James Bessen

Hear James Bessen’s take on the future of jobs, work and society in the context of rapid technological advancements. He breaks down and analyses how technology has impacted jobs in the past and suggests a different version of how that might play out.

Hear his thoughts and watch his interactive DIF session here.

“How the Internet of Things Can Set Us Free (maybe)” with Phil Howard and Sophie Hackford

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 06.38.22The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hotly debated topic. Watch this event to get a clearer picture of what it might actually mean for human society and the global economy. Esteemed author and professor at Oxford University Phil Howard, along with Wired Consulting’s Sophie Hackford, engage in conversation about IoT bringing their cutting edge expertise and insight. This is a must-see event for anyone with an interest in this rapidly emerging trend.

Watch Howard and Hackford’s DIF event here.

“The Sharing Economy Redefined” with April Rinne, Michel Bauwens and Neal Gorenflo

Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 17.09.38While we’re talking about hotly debated topics, we might as well throw the sharing economy in there! This panel discussions included three of the world’s leading speakers, authors and thinkers on the sharing economy. April Rinne, Michel Bauwens and Neal Gorenflo discussed a wide range of issues in the context of the emerging sharing economy including, the future of work, the danger of monopolies, the impact on cities and the critical business opportunities. It was a frank and open conversation with plenty of debate.

Don’t miss your chance to see Rinne, Bauwens and Gorenflo. Watch it here.

Check out the full Disruptive Innovation Festival schedule – more than 100 events still left to run and plenty of time to catch-up.



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Impact Farm: Introducing Flatpack Agriculture

An instructions booklet and a set of flatpack pieces that can be easily fitted together. All you need to start farming in the city. It’s somehow difficult to imagine, but it’s what innovators Mikkel Kjaer and Ronnie Markussen have in mind for the future of the city.

Credit: Human Habitat
Credit: Human Habitat

Kjaer and Markussen run the Danish Human Habitat, an ‘urban design lab’, which has most recently released the “Impact Farm” – an assembly-kit of ready-made components that arrive in a container. Put it all together and you’ll have a vertical, soil-free hydroponic farm. Potential crops that can be grown include green vegetables and herbs, the whole structure is designed to be self-sufficient in terms of water, heat and electricity and the production area covers just over 500 sq ft.

Construction of the first Impact Farm begins this month in Copenhagen. The first model will utilise a hydroponics system, though future farms may adopt aquaponics.

The innovators envision a number of different buyers of the farm and they’ve apparently already received significant interest, including from housing co-ops, restaurants, schools and municipalities. Kjaer and Markussen estimate that they can produce 3-6 tonnes of produce, dependent on crop combinations.

The key to the design is that the farm is not only easy to unpack and install, but also easy to disassemble, replace materials and move around if necessary.

The project is designed to utilise underused city spaces, create localised food production and to create new opportunities for work in impoverished parts of the city.

Initial costings are still being estimated, but Human Habitat hope to release a product that is a viable commercial proposition. Their initial target market after a prototyping phase in Denmark, is the U.S. and the impoverished areas in the larger cities.

Source: Want to join the food revolution? Build yourself a flatpack urban farm

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Government to pick single site to store Australia’s nuclear waste within a year

Shortlist includes three sites in South Australia and one each in Queensland, NSW and Northern Territory, but plan will only proceed with public support

The Turnbull government has set itself a one-year deadline to lock in a single site to store Australia’s nuclear waste, after revealing a shortlist of six locations and promising it will proceed only with community support.

Conservationists vowed to “closely track every step of this long and contested road”. The deadline of December 2016 sets the scene for the government to make decisions before, or shortly after, the next federal election.

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Source: Guardian Environment

BHP shares plunge again as Brazil gives $66m initial fine over mine disaster

President Dilma Rousseff announced the penalties for co-owners BHP and Vale, after last week’s dam burst coated two states in mud and waste

Shares in mining giant BHP Billiton have fallen to new 10-year lows after Brazil imposed an initial fines of 250m reais ($66.2m) on its co-owned operation where two dams burst, killing at least seven people and coating a two-state area with mud and mine waste.

The fines, announced after Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff flew over the affected area on Thursday, come as federal prosecutors announced plans to work with state prosecutors to investigate possible crimes that could have contributed to the disaster at the mine, jointly owned by multinational mining companies BHP and Vale.

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List of six potential sites for storing Australia's nuclear waste released

Federal government nominates three sites in South Australia and one each in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory

The federal government has released a shortlist of six sites in the running to become Australia’s first permanent nuclear waste dump for low-level and intermediate waste.

The sites were chosen from 28 voluntarily nominated sites around Australia.

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Turning up the heat on Amber Rudd over renewable energy | Letters

Amber Rudd admits the UK doesn’t have the right policies to meet the UK’s renewable energy targets (Rudd criticised after leak reveals renewables failure, 10 November), but she is clutching at straws to try to transfer the burden on to transport and renewable heat, while sacrificing a popular grassroots movement that could bring about a real transition to a low-carbon economy, under the guise of protecting taxpayers. Hundreds of small volunteer groups that engage communities in combating the causes of climate change by creating their own sustainable energy social enterprises are threatened. If heat is to replicate the success story of solar power, this sector needs more support rather than less.

In defending the support given to EDF and its Chinese backers, Ms Rudd may be saving a few pounds of taxpayers’ money now, but she is leaving a legacy of huge increases in electricity bills over the next 45 years. Soaring electricity bills will add urgency to developments in battery technology, already incentivised by the electrifying of road transport, which are key to making the variable output of renewable energy systems viable as an alternative to expensive nuclear power. As storage-based renewable technologies become more competitive we will see communities developing their own micro-grid solutions and going off-grid, rather than paying the high cost of nuclear power. Ms Rudd needs a strategy, not political rhetoric.
James Tod
Skipton, North Yorkshire

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How a Helmut became a cap | Letters

The death penalty was abolished 50 years ago this week on 9 November 1965. The murder of Becky Watts was a distressing and disturbing event (Report, 12 November), but it is not a reason to bring back hanging. As Roy Jenkins, central to the campaign for abolition, would no doubt have noted, not taking a life for a life is one marker of a civilised society and that remains the case five decades on.
Keith Flett

• Helmut Schmidt (Obituary, 11 November) shares with Mr Gladstone the distinction of having given his name to an everyday object. The German sea-captain’s cap which he usually wore, once known as a Prinz-Heinrich-Mütze (after the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II), is now commonly referred to in Germany as a Schmidt-Mütze.
David McAvoy

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Boss of Adani's Australian arm linked to mining pollution in Zambia

Jeyakumar Janakaraj, who would head the controversial Carmichael mine project, allegedly worked at a copper mine that leaked toxic water into a river

The chief executive of the Australian arm of Adani has been linked to a mining pollution case in Africa, prompting renewed questions about the Indian company’s suitability to run this country’s largest proposed coalmine.

Related: Coal from Carmichael mine ‘will create more annual emissions than New York’

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Collapsing Greenland glacier could raise sea levels by half a metre, say scientists

Huge Zachariae Isstrom glacier has begun to break up, starting a rapid retreat that could continue to raise sea levels for decades to come

A major glacier in Greenland that holds enough water to raise global sea levels by half a metre has begun to crumble into the North Atlantic Ocean, scientists say.

The huge Zachariae Isstrom glacier in northeast Greenland started to melt rapidly in 2012 and is now breaking up into large icebergs where the glacier meets the sea, monitoring has revealed.

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Valérie Belin wins Prix Pictet for showing how consumers are 'slowly killing the planet'

The French photographer’s project Still Life took memento mori of cheap, plastic goods (from Slinkys to soldier dolls) to expose grotesque excess

French photographer Valérie Belin, who lives and works in Paris, has won the Prix Pictet. The SFr100,000 award – presented at a ceremony in her home city – showcases “leading photographers’ contributions to the debate about the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today” and this year’s theme was Disorder.

Related: Prix Pictet prize 2015: shortlist captures theme of disorder – in pictures

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