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BMW's 2020 Commitment to Cut Emissions
BMW Vows to Cut Its Carbon Emissions in Europe by 20% in 2020
BMW's Aggressive Carbon Emissions Commitment
Concerns about the economic risks of CC are growing globally and pressure is mounting on businesses to join the low carbon economy. The global automotive industry is responding by rolling out a growing number of new, zero emissions and hybrid electric cars and other vehicles. BMW has announced that it will cut its carbon emissions by 20% in Europe in 2020. They say 2/3rds of the cuts are coming from their electric and hybrid vehicles and the remaining from new, more efficient combustion engines. This is impressive, immediate action to fight climate change that is leading the way for global automakers.
G20 Cites Climate Change in its Communique for 1st Time in Trump Era
CC Watch But No Risk Warning from G20
Financial officials from the world's 20 largest economies cited Climate Change in their final communique for the first time during the Trump Administration. In the communique that was just released, they did not call CC a major risk to the global economy as many leaders and organizations such as the International Monetary Fund believe it is. The US blocked CC from being listed as a downside risk to the global economy. Instead the G20 said they are "examining the implications of CC" for global financial stability. It is considered by some at the G20 a step forward in the CC discussion.
CC's Potential Huge Financial Risk
Many global leaders believe that CC poses a very significant risk to the global economy. A recent forecast suggests that the world's financial services sector, alone, risks $1 Trillion in losses if it fails to respond quickly to CC. The industry could be hit with big fines, such as a carbon tax. Meanwhile, the financial experts at the G20 had some good news. They're forecasting a moderate pick-up in global economic growth in 2020 and 2021.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…