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May 2018 Newsletter
Innovation, Media & Technology
What is the world we want to see in 2050?
 
LDF’s Innovation, Media & Technology program (IMT) seeks to answer this question by partnering with many of the world’s leading scientists, think tanks, and NGOs to develop a new vision for the future, one in which humanity and the natural world coexist in harmony. There are three main components of this program:
 
Innovation. LDF funds cutting-edge research into climate science; global clean energy deployment; agricultural practices that build soil fertility and increase food security; and roadmaps to greatly expand the protection of intact wilderness, indigenous lands, and marine reserves worldwide.
 
Media. LDF is committed to building public and political will in support of strong environmental regulations and the rapid adoption of renewable energy technologies and carbon-negative agricultural practices. We fund a number of communications and campaign efforts to help galvanize public opinion on these critical issues.
 
Technology. While the past decade has seen exponential technological advancement, in the conservation and environmental sector the application of these new disruptive technologies is only in its nascence. LDF seeks to scale the most important breakthroughs in environmental technology.

IMT Grantee Spotlight

Photo courtesy of Trase.

Trase: A Big Data Dashboard for Supply Chain Tracking

Supply chains are complex, and that can make it difficult for retailers and consumer countries to guarantee their supplies are sustainable. Trase is an open-access online platform that maps how commodities such as soy, beef, timber and palm oil flow around the world. It represents a step-change in our ability to make the links between commodity supply chains, the companies involved and the places where those commodities are produced. Trase is a joint project between LDF grantee Global Canopy and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).  Read more > 

Latest IMT News

Creative Commons: American Public Power Association

New report proves 100% renewable energy is achievable and affordable

A team of international researchers demonstrate that there are no significant roadblocks to a 100% renewable future. Not only are 100% renewable energy scenarios feasible, but they are also economically viable. “While several of the issues raised by the [opposing] paper are important, you have to realize that there are technical solutions to all the points they raised, using today’s technology,” says the study’s lead author.  Read more >

Photo courtesy of Carnegie Airborne Observatory.

Flying laboratory reveals crucial tropical forest conservation targets in Borneo

The Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) is a flying laboratory that uses satellite imaging and geospatial data to map tropical forests and thereby guide conservation efforts. Analyzing data from the CAO, researchers found that 40% of the carbon contained in the forests of Sabah, Malaysia is not protected at the highest designation. Further, they discovered that Sabah could double carbon stocks by allowing previously logged forests to regenerate.  Read more >

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