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Around the world: Olympics, climate action and NASA-inspired tech

From the way climate change will impact sporting events in the future, to how technology can bridge the gap between climate talk and action, and a NASA-inspired technology that converts carbon dioxide into food—discover the stories that caught our eye this week.

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NASA technology converts carbon dioxide into food.

Can you make food from thin air?

NASA asked the same question in the 1960s. And the challenge of feeding a year-long space mission led to a remarkable discovery: when astronauts exhale, the carbon dioxide in their breath can be captured by a special class of microbes – and potentially turned into nutrients.

Now an American company has taken this technology and converted CO2 into food and bio-based products.

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Words by Victoria Masterson

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Bridging the gap between climate talk and action

After setting climate targets, countries and companies will need to quantify, reduce and monitor their emissions.

This process can be complex, time-consuming and prone to errors, especially for novices.

The right technology can simplify this process and make it more efficient, transparent and effective.

Here are three ways technology – particularly AIoT – can help.

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Words by Luiz Avelar

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What Climate Change Means For Sporting Events

This year’s summer Olympics are slated to be the among the hottest ever, with peak temperatures predicted to average around 30 degrees Celsius, or nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combined with Tokyo’s stifling humidity, the dangerous conditions—which have prompted multiple government notices warning residents against exercising outdoors—impair performance and put athletes at risk from heat-related conditions like heatstroke, dehydration and burns, with beach volleyball players already complaining the sand is too hot to play on.

The issue was not unforeseen to organizers, who made the decision to change event times and move marathon and walking events out of Tokyo in an attempt to avoid the heat, but is becoming a more pressing issue for all sports events as climate change drives temperatures up.

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Words by Robert Hart