With the advancement of 3D printing in sight, an environmentally sustainable revolution in design and manufacturing is poised to take center stage. Beyond its striking design, though, the story of Urbee is one that provides an inspiring, best-practice example of innovative grass-roots entrepreneurship combined with renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing.
While it is easy to recognize the links between poverty in West Africa and the spread of the Ebola virus, there has been little focus on the root causes of the region's impoverishment itself. Along with the world's deepest poverty, West Africa is in the running for the region with the highest deforestation rate in the world. Some researchers have drawn clear links between the outbreak of the disease and the resource exploitation.
December will mark the seventh anniversary of the beginning of the recession brought on by the collapse of the housing bubble. Usually an economy would be fully recovered from the impact of a recession seven years after its onset. Unfortunately, this is not close to being the case now. It would still take another 7-8 million jobs to bring the percentage employed back to its pre-recession level. There's no reason to believe policymakers have a better understanding of the economy today.