Although there were menus, I already knew what I was having as I’d used the airline’s recently introduced Select on Q-Eat – part of the online check-in area to make my choices. And every dish was delicious. It’s no great surprise given that the premium meals are inspired by leading Australian restaurateur Neil Perry’s Rockpool (a restaurant we later visited before starting our road trip to the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne and into the Grampians National Park). … [Read more...] about Qantas business class vs premium economy A380 review
Why does innovation help economy
Farm to FeetThere may not be any outdoor brand quite as passionate about its American roots as sock manufacturer Farm to Feet, which boasts a 100 percent domestic supply chain. Wool is sourced from the western U.S. and then processed at Farm to Feet's Mt. Airy, North Carolina facility. Parent company Nester Hosiery first set up shop there in 1993, and owner Kelly Nester says that the long-term partnerships it has forged are a core part of its commitment to keeping manufacturing American. … [Read more...] about 7 Made-in-America Gear Companies You Need to Know
Randall Kendrick One study found that in recent years, appropriations for the park service is up 55 percent while the number of commissioned park rangers is down 9 percent. It's nice to have procurement officers and a bunch of people in personnel, but look at what's happened in Petrified Forest, where the number of rangers has been cut in half. You couldn't walk the park 35 years ago without finding petrified wood every few feet. Now most of it has been taken away by souvenir hunters. … [Read more...] about The Future of the National Parks
The classic example is Canada. In Canada you had a government that was completely responsive to the desires not only of the oil industry, but to the tar sands part of the oil industry, and therefore had a vision of Canada with ever increasing emissions. But at the same time, the provinces and cities – which include 85 per cent of Canada’s population – were moving very rapidly to establish quite ambitious climate policies. So, at the same moment that the Canadian national government was saying ‘Canada can’t be expected to do anything’, Canada was doing quite a lot. That’s really the dynamic that will be at play in Paris; it’s not so much that cities are going to be speaking a lot, it’s that cities have already done a lot, and are now pledging to do even more. … [Read more...] about COP21: The Political Climate
Specific smart initiatives from these and other leading cities stand out; for example the Green Wave cycling system in Copenhagen, the principle behind which is to allow commuting cyclists to be able to ride to and from work at a consistent 20 km/h without needing to stop. First seen in the Nørrebrogade part of the city in 2007, the system coordinates traffic lights across Copenhagen so that cyclists who maintain that 20 km/h travelling speed only see green traffic lights all the way along their commute. There is now a push to roll out schemes such as these globally, in much the same way as public transport smart cards are now ubiquitous in urban areas around the world. … [Read more...] about How smart are ‘smart’ cities?