Signals from the Future
🐟 Where no fish has gone before
Is the future of supply chains off-planet? A research program at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea aims to find out whether fish will grow on the moon. So far, so good.
🚷 Rethinking the man-made city
Turns out that “niche groups”—women, the elderly, LGBTQ folks, those with mobility needs— now comprise a majority of urban residents. So why are cities mostly designed for (and often by) able-bodied straight men? Let’s turn fixed into fluid.
🔋 First U.S. city to ban new gas stations
It’s the next step in the world electric. Targeting zero emissions by 2030, Petaluma, California, is encouraging its fossil fuel gas stations to transition to battery and hydrogen-cell charging.
🌊 Senator proposes buying vulnerable shoreline properties
Climate change has put $100 billion of U.S. homes at risk of flooding. Now a California state senator has proposed buying expensive coastal properties and renting them out, Airbnb-style, until they’re no longer safe to occupy. What could go wrong?
🐞 Pet food made from bugs
They can teach us. Can they feed Fido, too? Nestlé Purina is launching a pet food brand that builds on alternative proteins—insects and plants—to make better use of the planet’s resources.
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