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10 US states count universities as their largest private employer

While Walmart is America’s biggest private employer in 22 states, employing some 1.5 million people in all 50 states (versus Amazon’s 500,000+ workers), 10 states count universities as their largest private employer. These are: University of Hawaii University of California University of New Mexico University of Nebraska University of Iowa University of Wisconsin University of Michigan University of[…]

2019 Climate change mitigation, energy mix and organic agriculture trends

The world needs to commit to a virtual target of 1.4C warming above pre-industrial levels to achieve a 2C goal. Concentrations of CO2 are now 46% greater than the levels in the atmosphere before the industrial revolution. According to UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world needs to spend US$2.4 trillion every year until 2035 to[…]

Science commercialization is still marginal in Africa, despite uptick in cross-border research networks

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to double in population by 2050, which translates into a growing demand for quality youth formation in Africa. This trend equally translates into a greater need of the professor corps as well as science commercialization specialists. Currently, Africa counts some 8 scientists/engineers per 100,000 people compared to some 15, 250 and 400 in Brazil, Europe[…]

So far, just a handful of nations really work on national digital health strategy

Hungarian Dr. Bertalan Meskó — aka The Medical Futurist — and his team have been our big inspiration around all things digital health. Here is a summary of their latest take on the state of national digital health strategies around the world. Public expenditure on health and long-term care in OECD countries is set to increase from around[…]

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2 H 2018. Here’s what trends in Energy, Ecology, Skills and Finance discussions globally

ENERGY Increasing Resilience in Energy Systems: E-mobility, decentralized generation and outdated infrastructure are putting unprecedented pressure on energy systems, while increased connectivity and complexity are raising the exposure to cyberattacks and cascade failure. International Energy Agency’s The Future of Petrochemicals: The Future of Petrochemicals: Towards a more Sustainable Supply of Plastics and Fertilizers. This new report[…]

World’s multilateral development banks are still to set clear energy access targets, and collectively track energy access finance and its outcomes

1 bn people around the world lack access to electricity, and some 3 bn still rely on polluting solid fuels — like wood or charcoal — for cooking. The International Energy Agency maintains that, to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, off-grid and mini-grid solutions would have to account for over 2/3 of additional electricity supply investment. World’s multilateral[…]

Strongest cluster initiatives are unafraid to “pick winners” from the broad array of potential alternatives

The most successful cluster initiatives have five traits according to researchers at Brookings: 1. Focused on establishing a robust ecosystem, not quick job gains Cluster initiatives must be focused on establishing a robust and regenerating ecosystem that produces the innovation, talent, and economic opportunities that firms need to thrive. These initiatives must be first and[…]

Urban population in African cities

By 2025, there will be 100 African cities with over 1,000,000 inhabitants. Twice as many as in Latin America.

By 2025, there will be 100 African cities with over 1 million inhabitants. Twice as many as in Latin America. Lagos – already Africa’s largest city – is predicted to expand by an astonishing 77 people every hour between now and 2030. Such urban growth presents substantial opportunity for those of us who feel at home amidst[…]

Global $8.5 trillion talent lack can be solved by greater sharing of impact investment information to build trust among the likes of pension fund managers

In our line of work, R&S Quantum hears a lot from innovative companies — big and small — in different pockets of the world and their respective governments, both local and national, that talent is lacking. And many a government turn to immigration as their most immediate solution. A post shared by Andy Kozlov (@andykozlov)[…]

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Population of India will be getting younger all the way till 2040. Job-led growth in EV charger manufacturing will help avoid social unrest, cut pollution

India’s production and industrial development need to drive inclusive growth to create the projected 100 million new jobs by 2022. India’s government targets to have 25% of the South Asian nation’s GDP to come from manufacturing by 2025. The population of India will be getting younger till 2040, according to Amitabh Kant, CEO of India’s major think tank[…]