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Who pays for the tech to survive climate change?

May 15, 2019

Surviving climate change is not going to be cheap: The United Nations puts the total cost to society at $54 trillion (at least) by the end of the century. It's going to take private money and entrepreneurship to push forward the kinds of adaptation technology we're talking about in our series "How We Survive," and today we're talking with one of the few investors already in the game.

Today's show is sponsored by Clickshare and Ultimate Software.

113: How to survive climate change

May 14, 2019

It's time to shift our approach to climate change. The truth is, it may very well be too late to avoid the worst consequences of our warming planet — lost ecosystems, millions of plants and animals going extinct, scarce water and more extreme weather. It may be time to focus more on technology that will help us adapt.

When the hospital shuts down

May 14, 2019

Losing a hospital can jeopardize the health of rural community and its economy. About 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and today, we look at how one Georgia community dealt with it. Plus: An investment in China that feels too good to be true, and the "internet of things" comes to ... diapers.

The big TV networks are doing just fine

May 14, 2019

Markets rebound after Monday's trade talk sell-off. A new study finds preschool goes a long way later in life. Plus, despite falling viewership on traditional TV, the big networks are still doing big business.

Today's show is sponsored by Bitsight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

Why millennials are fond of the state right now

May 14, 2019

China's retaliatory tariffs mean U.S. liquefied natural gas exports could take a hit. What does SCOTUS's Monday decision against the Apple Store's "monopoly" means for the greater tech industry? Plus, millennials' economic outlook is generally rosy, but they're still a bit skeptical, according to a new survey.

Today's show is sponsored by Bitsight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

Why angry shareholders are targeting Germany

May 14, 2019

From the BBC World Service... Cybersecurity experts have warned WhatsApp users to update the messaging app as soon as possible following the discovery of a flaw. We examine why shareholders are demanding change in corporate Germany. Plus, we look at how Pakistan’s booming beauty industry is getting more women into work.

Today's show is sponsored by Bitsight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

To adapt to a changing climate, we have to understand the scope of the problem in order to better predict what might happen, and when. Collecting climate data on the scale of the entire globe is a job for NASA. And in this installment of “How We Survive,” our series on tech to adapt to climate change, we hear more about NASA’s $1.9 billion earth science missions, including the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, tasked with “watching the Earth breathe from space.”

Is the trade war the new normal?

May 13, 2019

The latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China has some wondering if tensions will ever end. As we do the numbers for today (and you know we will), we look at how long the trade war will last. Then: Amazon's delivery ambitions and the potential antitrust case against Apple. Plus, we look at a West Texas community that produces fracking sand, as the market's been drying up.

As President Trump and his main economic adviser try get on the same page regarding tariffs, investors seem a bit nervous about trade. India looks to create 1 million jobs a month ahead of elections. Plus, delayed storm relief in Georgia is making it difficult for farmers and businesses catering to them.

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Kronos.

Free Wi-Fi coming to some Delta flights

May 13, 2019

From today, the Atlanta-based carrier is offering free Wi-Fi on 55 domestic flights; it’s a trial to see how passengers use it and whether Delta’s service can support the demand.

"Individuals, when they’re flying, want to do the same sort of thing that they’re doing when they’re at Starbucks," said Robert Cole, analyst with travel research company, Phocuswright.

He thinks this is something that will differentiate Delta among other carriers. Right now, only Jet Blue offers free Wi-Fi on its flights.

The street justice of "pothole vigilantes"

May 13, 2019

Forty-four states are suing drug companies, accusing them of colluding to hike up prices on generic prescriptions. Delta floats free wifi in the air. Plus, we take a look at how "pothole vigilantes" are taking the fight against crumbling infrastructure to the streets, sometimes with some NSFW tactics.

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Kronos.

Solving India's jobs crisis

May 13, 2019

From the BBC World Service... India is the world’s fastest growing major economy. But unemployment is at its highest in more than four decades. So why isn’t India creating enough jobs for its massive workforce? Anu Anand reports from New Delhi.

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Kronos.

In addition to sharing our coverage of climate change adaptation on "Marketplace Tech," we also want to highlight great writing, important documents and interesting facets of the bigger conversations in play. Here you’ll find work we’ve mentioned in our podcast or come across in our reporting for “How We Survive.”

MIT Technology Review dedicates its latest issue entirely to climate change mitigation and adaptation, with insights on cooling the ocean, fighting wildfires in Australia and more.

Climate change is here.

On "Marketplace Tech," we’re launching ongoing coverage looking at how tech can help us adapt to that change. It’s a series we're calling "How We Survive."

So far, much of the investment and energy around climate change has been about mitigation — that is, slowing carbon emissions, reducing temperature rise, perhaps even geo-engineering carbon out of the air or sequestering it in the ground in order to stop warming.

Our new series "How We Survive" looks at how technology can help us adapt to climate change. In this opening conversation, we look at the need to adopt an adaptation mindset. Given the faster and more serious timeline laid out by the UN around major impacts of climate change, researcher Williams Collins is one of many climate scientists calling for more focus on adaptation — preparing communities to withstand the threats they face.