The environment got Trumped! Ikea announced the first big innovation in assembly in a long time and more clean energy, photosynthesis? Enjoy this weekly feed of inspiring, interesting and intellectual articles and news, with a focus on disruption!
The environment got Trumped
Last week, Donald Trump announced that USA will leave the 2015 Paris Agreement. The US is the first country to leave the climate agreement out of the 195 countries that signed, and will then join Syria and Nicaragua as one of three countries outside of the agreement (Yes, North Korea has signed) . Limiting the effects of climate change requires true global collaboration, and many politicians and other prominent figures have reacted on the decision. For example, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said that he is leaving Donald Trump’s advisory council. The longer term effects of the US exit are yet to be seen, but given that USA is the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide globally, effects on both the environment and the political climate could be damaging.
Furniture that snaps!
Huge international companies tend to get fat and happy, innovation slows and margins shrink. IKEA? Well solar panels, connected home products, wireless charging are good proof they keep pushing, And now, the first big innovation in assembly in a long time. Furniture that you don’t need screws or bolts to put assemble, they just snap together. This innovation will make loads of steps along the value chain easier and cheaper, although it take a while to implement in all product categories. Additionally, IKEA announced a collaboration with Apple where they hope to use augmented reality to allow customers to virtually “test” products and colors in their own homes.
More clean energy, photosynthesis?
Trump may be the biggest threat to the environment right now but luckily there are entrepreneurs companies, countries and scientists pushing the other (CORRECT) way. In a recent leap forward, scientists have taken the first step in figuring out how to mimic photosynthesis to produce hydrogen fuel. It will take more time, but researchers can use their findings to build systems that can produce large amounts of hydrogen that we can use as fuel.