Note — Feb 27, 2022

No.208 Asides

  • 🇸🇪 🇷🇴 🪵 🤬 Very disappointing. Ikea’s Race for the Last of Europe’s Old-Growth Forest. “Internally, however, the company closely tracks points of origin. A string of numbers on the box, inscrutable to the layperson, can indicate a particular manufacturer or contract within a country. Those codes remain fiercely guarded and are often changed, but in the course of my reporting, I was tipped off with the cipher for Plimob, the Ikea manufacturer in Romania that was recently exposed for using illegally logged wood in a number of Ikea’s low-cost, flagship chairs.” (Via Flash Forward.)
  • 🇰🇪 💚 ☀️ Kenya to use solar panels to boost crops by ‘harvesting the sun twice’. “Known as agrivoltaics, the technique harvests solar energy twice: where panels have traditionally been used to harness the sun’s rays to generate energy, they are also utilised to provide shade for growing crops, helping to retain moisture in the soil and boosting growth.”
  • 🇦🇺 ☀️ 👏🏼 Good on ya mate! Can a tech billionaire squash Australia’s coal industry by buying it?. “Frustrated with the Australian government’s inaction on climate change, software king Mike Cannon-Brookes is trying to buy several big coal plants so he can shut them down in favour of renewables”
  • 🇦🇷 🇨🇳 Argentina joins China’s Belt and Road Initiative. “Argentina becomes the 20th of 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to sign up for the Belt & Road, putting an official seal on what was already an extensive and growing economic relationship.”
  • 🇺🇸 🇨🇳 🧂 Researchers from MIT and China invent $4 solar desalination device. “The device worked for a week straight with no signs of salt accumulation, but we still don’t know exactly how long it could operate. But the best news is that it would cost just $4 to build a solar desalination device large enough to meet the drinking water needs of a family of four”
  • 😍 📸 The Winners of 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest