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(VIDEO): Inside Lenny Kravitz's Brazilian Farm Life

 

(Architectural Digest) Lenny Kravitz takes us on a tour of his incredible Brazilian farm compound. Built on an 18th-century coffee plantation, his home is set on a working farm that feeds every guest that comes through. Featuring a Brazilian barbecue, a full-sized football field and 19th-century Portuguese colonial-style farmhouses and outbuildings, it's a wonder Lenny ever wants to leave home.

Dutch airline KLM calls for people to fly less

The Netherlands’ national airline urges people to ‘fly responsibly’ and to invest in its carbon-offsetting scheme

Dutch airline KLM has launched a campaign asking people to fly less. The video and open letter from CEO Pieter Elbers asks: “Do you always have to meet face-to-face?” and “Could you take the train instead?”

The campaign aims to encourage travellers and the aviation industry to consider the environmental impact of flying. It describes the “shared responsibility” of travellers and airlines to “fly more responsibly”, and says those in the industry need to “create a sustainable future for aviation”.

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Eight ways to halt global food crisis

Those living in the urban global north are very comfortable with having any foods desired available at any point across the calendar year. This comes at a high cost. Foods transported by air cause nearly four times the CO₂ released compared to truck and 38 times that of a comparable amount transported by rail. Biodiversity and ecosystem loss threatens food production – and meanwhile, agriculture is a key driver of this loss.

If we are to avoid some of these crises, we need to re-imagine where our food comes from and move, at least in part, towards more seasonal diets with a lower use of land and a serious reduction in global trade – especially for fruits, vegetables, and protein.

We can do all of this by addressing eight factors that have exacerbated and reinforced environmental disasters in our food systems. a $3.4 trillion export economy.

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New Trade Deal Could Boost Africa's Economy by $3.4 Trillion

Africa is poised to transform its economy — if the latest trade deal becomes successful.

African leaders have announced that the long-talked about continental free-trade zone is now a reality. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will see the 55 member states of the African Union working as a single economic unit that’s expected to turn the continent into a $3.4 trillion export economy.

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What AI-Driven Decision Making Looks Like

Many companies have adapted to a “data-driven” approach for operational decision-making. Data can improve decisions, but it requires the right processor to get the most from it. Many people assume that processor is human. The term “data-driven” even implies that data is curated by — and summarized for — people to process.

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The Future of Work is Distributed

Businesses of every shape and size are adopting more flexible work environments—from working from home policies to flex time to compressed work schedules. Millennials are all but demanding greater flexibility. 70% of employees say going into the office isn’t necessary. This strong preference has created a ripe breeding ground for distributed work. Employees aren’t just wanting to work more flexible hours or work from home. Entire companies have taken flexible work to the max and become fully distributed. 23% of remote workers now say their organization is fully distributed. 

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Tesla’s new Solar Roof V3 will be same price as shingle roof

Elon Musk is suggesting that the new version of Tesla’s solar roof tiles will be even less expensive and it will roughly be the equivalent of the cost of a comp shingle roof and the electric utility bill, which the solar roof will slash through solar energy generation.

When launching the product, Tesla said that the “typical homeowner can expect to pay $21.85 per square foot for a Solar Roof.” But that style was a tile roof style, which is much more expensive than a comp shingle roof – indicating that Tesla would have made cost improvements.


A shingle roof can cost as little as $4 per square foot while a tile roof can cost up to $20 per square foot.

It’s still a fairly expensive product, but it comes with a lifetime of the house warranty and 30-year power generation guaranteed.

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Edible film made from essential oils can protect foods better than plastic

Forget the plastic and chemicals: The best food preservatives may actually be all-natural essential oils. New research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that an edible film coated in the essential oils of clove and oregano kept bread fresher for longer than conventional plastic combined with a food preservative known as calcium propionate.

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Swiss watchmaker using blockchain tech

The 263-year-old Geneva-headquartered watchmaker Vacheron Constantin has spent over two-and-a-half centuries protecting the traditional crafts around handmade watches.

But it is also a brand that’s willing to embrace bleeding-edge 21st-century tech.

At the VivaTechnology conference in Paris last month, it announced that it was rolling out the blockchain technology for its Les Collectineurs series of vintage watches.
Blockchain is a largely impenetrable system that is immune to efforts to externally tamper with the system. Therefore, the watch brand is using it to issue digital certificates that establish the authenticity of the watches.

These digital certificates issued via the blockchain platform will accompany the traditional physical paper certificates issued for each watch.

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