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  • As government regulation catches up and technology improves, recycling and conservation will become more profitable and reverse supply chains can proliferate. When the ownership of collected data is finally clearly defined by laws, then the interoperability of IoT data can take hold to increase its efficiency. As the CE expands into different sectors of the economy: farmers may remotely monitor their crops and use GPS guided tractors to perfectly plow and harvest, Governments can prevent depleting fish stocks by tracking fishing boats with IoT, energy companies can share their energy production responsibilities by attaching a connectivity-enabled solar panels on city roofs, in the infrastructure sector GPS guided driver-free smart cars can reduce congestion by taking optimal routes, in health care $1.1 trillion a year of value can be created with remote health care in monitoring chronic-disease patients, etc.

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The current administration is also considering withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement which makes the likelihood of future international commitments to energy innovation less likely. And it has proposed steep cuts to the federal government’s energy innovation programs. Ernst & Young cites Trump’s executive order rolling back Obama’s climate regulations as one of the major developments behind the U.S.’s drop in its rankings.

Does Silicon Valley still care about climate change?

Earlier this month, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins began the process of separating its cleantech investing from the rest of its fund

Even well-financed entrepreneurs still face other obstacles, some of them due to their own lack of experience. There is little formal education for entrepreneurs and only a handful of networks that support start-ups. Gender bias, too, plays a restricting factor. Nearly every economy in the Middle East and North Africa has at least one restriction that hinders women’s ability to get work.

Why it’s time for the Arab world to unshackle its start-ups

In a start-up hub in the heart of Cairo, some of the Middle East’s brightest minds are turning innovative technologies into exciting business models

Germany, Spain, the UK, France and Italy “lead the field in installed wind capacity across Europe” – the report says – and the European solar market has increased by 15 per cent of installed capacity in 2015.

Over 9.4 million people employed in the renewable energy sector

More than 9.4 million people across the world are now employed in the renewable energy sector, according to a recent whitepaper published by Allen & York, a leading technical recruitment consultancy.

”We don’t need a physical TV. We can buy a $1 app ’TV’ and put it on the wall and watch it,” Zuckerberg told USA Today ahead of his keynote. ”It’s actually pretty amazing when you think about how much of the physical stuff we have doesn’t need to be physical.”

Mark Zuckerberg: The end of smartphones and TVs is coming

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 Once you have an idea, talk to your close friend and family about it. Then bring it outside your comfort zone and present it to people who might have experience in a similar field. Don’t be discouraged by the criticism. At the end it’s your idea, you believe in it and you go for it. It’s much easier to convince investors or donors once you are convinced yourself.

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Newborn babies shouldn’t die of cold or jaundice or breathing problems. But the technology that is readily available in the West - such as baby-warmers for premature or sick newborns - is inaccessible to millions of people in poorer parts of the world

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