Frogs and Fuels

by Richard T. Stuebi

Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Ed Beardsworth for making me aware of this gem:

As discussed in overview in this article, researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that frogs of a certain species, the Tungara frog to be exact, secrete a foam that seems to turbocharge the photosynthetic effect — thus offering the tantalizing prospect of removing carbon dioxide in the air while increasing the productivity of converting organic matter into biofuels.

The paper, “Artificial Photosynthesis in Ranaspumin-2 Based Foam” in the journal Nano Letters, cannot be found at your local newsstand and is not likely to become a bestseller. But, maybe some synthetic foams with the same properties as the Tungara frog’s might become commercially-interesting in both carbon sequestration and biofuel production.

Richard T. Stuebi is a founding principal of NorTech Energy Enterprise, the advanced energy initiative at NorTech, where he is on loan from The Cleveland Foundation as its Fellow of Energy and Environmental Advancement. He is also a Managing Director in charge of cleantech investment activities at Early Stage Partners, a Cleveland-based venture capital firm.

Climate Change a Game Changing Factor for Corporate Valuations

by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Smart industry leaders better listen to McKinsey’s just released study on the likely impact of climate change mitigation scenarios on corporate valuations.

Depending on the type of industry, and the preparation level of businesses, including strategic planning and adaptation, the outcome for a particular business could run the gamete, from opportunistic gains, to spectacular losses.

For companies, climate change is no longer just a CSR issue, but a matter of long term financial survival.

Marguerite Manteau-Rao is a green blogger and marketing consultant on sustainability and social media. Her green blog, La Marguerite, focuses on behavioral solutions to climate change and other global sustainability issues. Marguerite is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.