By Jon A. Fredrickson Chief Innovation Officer - InnoCentive
InnoCentive and the Bureau of Reclamation (US Department of the Interior) recently announced the results of a Challenge, Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo that was evaluated and awarded. Just as spring has arrived, we also have the results of another open innovation Challenge: Pathogen Monitoring Stage 1.
The planet's average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, Antarctica has lost about 119 billion tons of ice from 1993 and 2016, and Global sea levels have rose about 8 inches in the last century. These are just a few of the effects of climate change highlighted by NASA. In addition to rising temperatures and sea levels, researchers have also noted increases in extreme weather events, which include heat waves, drought, heavy rain, flooding, hurricanes and other severe storms.
Modern infrastructure and industrialization have the potential to transform underdeveloped nations into more prosperous, clean and safe places for people to thrive, but not every nation has access to the resources they need. We must also keep in mind that, while industry and commerce are essential in achieving prosperity, environmental sustainability and clean energy must always be a priority.