Tesla exec leaves to help Polymateria combat plastic crisis

Rubbish floating in Naifaru Harbour, Maldives, Indian Ocean.

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LONDON — A Tesla executive has left the electric car company and joined a London start-up that’s aiming to address the world’s plastic problem with a new chemical additive.

Steven Altmann-Richer, who led public policy for U.K., Ireland and new markets at Tesla, joined London start-up Polymateria in the last few weeks as head of public affairs and regulatory strategy, after spending three-and-a-half years at the U.S. car company.

Polymateria, which has around 25 staff based out of Imperial College’s start-up incubator, has developed a “biotransformation technology” that breaks down plastic into a wax-like substance that then gets digested by microbes. It has also created a new British standard for biodegradable plastic.

“I want to help policymakers understand that this is a truly revolutionary solution which can improve the environment in their country and globally,” said Altmann-Richer,

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Dealmakers Aren’t Letting Up in Fast Finish to Crisis Year

(Bloomberg) — Dealmakers are on track to end 2020 with a flourish, having recovered much of the ground lost to the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.

Companies have announced $760 billion of acquisitions so far in the fourth quarter, the highest for this point in the period since 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. November was the busiest month of the year by number of deals, the data show.

The tally got a boost Monday with financial data giant S&P Global Inc.’s takeover of IHS Markit Ltd. for about $39 billion in stock, the year’s second-biggest transaction.

The latest series of megadeals, added to the record third-quarter haul of $993 billion, is helping volumes recover after the Covid-19 crisis triggered a steep decline in the first half of the year. The value of M&A announced this year is now down just 13%, compared with the 42% decline through

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Book launch: Nitin Rakesh and Professor Jerry Wind to Release their First Book – Transformation in Times of Crisis

Featuring Eight Principles for Creating Opportunities and Value in the Post-Pandemic World

LONDON, Nov. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Nitin Rakesh, CEO of Mphasis and distinguished leader in the IT services industry, and Jerry Wind, the Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, have joined forces to co-author Transformation in Times of Crisis  Eight Principles for Creating Opportunities and Value in the Post-Pandemic World. Emphasizing key Management and Leadership Practices, the book will launch globally on 3 December 2020.

COVID-19, and the economic crisis and social unrest that it precipitated, has changed the world. Even before the pandemic, exponential advances in science and technology, empowered and skeptical consumers, and other forces of change, were disrupting every industry. The current landscape has accelerated these forces of change and their impact. If companies and their leaders don’t equip

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How Can Congress Prepare for the Next Global Crisis? Create A ‘Science Readiness Reserve,’ IBM Says

It’s time that America’s elected officials bring together some of the nation’s greatest minds and technologies to prepare for the globe’s next emergency.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: People walk past the United States Capitol on November 8 in Washington, DC.

People walk past the United States Capitol on November 8 in Washington, DC.

That is the message from IBM, the multinational American technology and consulting company, to prominent members of Congress.

In a letter sent to leaders of relevant congressional committees Wednesday morning and provided to Newsweek, the company urged lawmakers to establish a Science Readiness Reserve, a group comprised of leading scientists and private sector resources that would explore how to best use artificial intelligence and other technologies to combat whatever calamities that may arise beyond 2020.

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“Since the beginning of the pandemic, our scientific community has been racing against the clock to save

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Hydroponics Technologies Market | Insights on the Crisis and the Roadmap to Recovery From COVID-19 Pandemic | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Technavio has been monitoring the hydroponics technologies market and it is poised to grow by USD 450.18 million during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 15% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. Download a Free Sample Report on COVID-19

Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries. However, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. COVID-19 will have At Par impact on the hydroponics technologies market. The market growth in 2020 is likely to increase compared to the market growth in 2019.

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3 ways containers shine in a crisis

There are certain people who thrive in a crisis. They have the ability to go beyond just getting the job done, no matter what is going on around them (which is huge in and of itself), but they also find opportunity amid difficult situations and help those around them be the best they can be. You want these crisis champions in (and leading) your organization. 

The same is true with technology. There is some technology that works well enough when things are calm but tends to buckle under pressure. Then there are the crisis champions of the technology world—the products that keep doing what they are supposed to be doing no matter what but are flexible and resilient enough to meet the most pressing new requirements (and then some). Linux containers and the Kubernetes ecosystem are prime examples.

The word crisis has probably been overused in the past, but if

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Factory_OS Joins Forces with Technology and Finance Leaders to Solve the Housing Crisis

MARE ISLAND, Calif., Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Factory_OS announced today that it has raised $55 million in Series B funding from six tech and finance industry giants—Autodesk Inc., Citi, Facebook, Google, Morgan Stanley and round leader Lafayette Square. The investment will help Factory_OS accelerate growth and further integrate digital technologies to build multifamily housing using a safer, more sustainable, less expensive and more efficient construction process.

Acting on the belief that housing should be built more like cars, Factory_OS takes an integrated, industrialized and tech-enabled approach to removing barriers throughout the housing development process. The San Francisco Bay Area–based company has an active research and development program and incorporates design, technology, construction and workforce innovations in pursuit of its vision: to change how we build housing. Factory_OS is committed to delivering high-quality, tech-ready, cost-effective multifamily housing that is more environmentally friendly and creates new living-wage jobs, resulting in

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The Other Factor In Liverpool’s Injury Crisis

There is no shortage of targets to blame for Liverpool’s recent glut of injuries.

From the aggressive approach taken by neighbors Everton in the derby to the scheduling doled out by the Premier League fixture computer, the defending champions have had plenty of external factors affecting fitness this season.

A lesser mentioned cause, however, is intensity.

Liverpool’s success in the past couple of years has been based on the speed the team moves

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Google’s new tool helps cities plant trees to combat the climate crisis


Google is scoping out tree coverage in Los Angeles.


Google is working on bringing more shade to help cool our cities as the climate crisis worsens. The new Tree Canopy Lab combines artificial intelligence and aerial imaging to help cities see where there are gaps in their tree coverage and tree planting projects. Cities will then know where to plant more trees, Google said.

Google is working with the City of Los Angeles on the project, and said it plans to make insights from Tree Canopy Lab available to hundreds of cities in the next year. 

“Extreme temperatures are becoming more common in cities where concrete and infrastructure are now creating heat islands — areas that experience higher temperatures, leading to poor air quality, dehydration and other public health concerns,” Google

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