In this podcast series Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities, speaks with a variety of thought leaders from visionary companies providing actionable solutions to major issues plaguing cities today. These issues range from air pollution to cyber-attacks to infectious disease and more. Michael dives into the inspiration behind each company and how they see themselves evolving in the coming years. This series will equip you with a plethora of valuable knowledge, and if nothing else, enjoy Michael’s amazing Boston accent.
In 2021 alone, housefires and wildfires accounted for 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. We are in desperate need of technology that can more accurately identify and extinguish fires before it is too lateSupport the show
In 2019 alone, 3.5 billion gallons of fuel were wasted due to traffic congestion in the US, leading to more than 36 million tons of excess greenhouse gasses. We now must ask ourselves how existing road infrastructure can be more efficiently used to avoid traffic congestion.Support the show
The concept of urban forestry has become increasingly paramount, in fact, just one mature tree can sequester 22 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Today we present a solution to support the built greenery of our cities.Support the show
Did you know that upwards of 75% of the emissions associated with plastic waste don’t even come from plastic at all? Today we met a digital-twin platform effectively transforming plastic waste into new products without long-distance supply chains or high energy manufacturing.Support the show
In the chaos of wartime, much of the world is left disconnected from the crisis, unsure of what is needed or how they can help. Today we will explore a mobile application developed in the wake of the Ukrainian refugee crisis to provide visibility, transportation and immediate reliefSupport the show
Human-induced climate change has spurred a sequence of widespread adverse weather patterns and our world’s cities get pummeled with increasingly violent disasters. How can we invest in infrastructure better equipped to handle such events?Support the show
In a recent poll 48% admit that they could be making more of an effort to do so. Enter Greenerguide, a solution that solves these issues by mapping out user’s energy consumption to plan a more sustainable lifestyle.Support the show
As the key building material of most tower blocks, car parks, bridges and dams, concrete has enabled great advancements in our citys’ infrastructure throughout the years. It’s the most widely used man-made material in existence, but it comes with a heavy price. Did you know that for every 1 ton of cement created, an equivalent 1 ton of carbon dioxide is produced? In fact, the cement industry has been so busy that, if it...
Severe weather patterns and climate-related disasters have jumped 83% since the year 2000, causing an estimated 3 trillion dollars in damage. And while homeowners with insurance are eventually able to repair these damages, in the time it takes to finalize a claim, the average temporary tarp malfunctions anywhere from 5 to 13 times. This begs the question that, if another disaster strikes, how in the world will the average ...
1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every single year. This translates into about 2.6 Trillion dollars that are lost yearly, simply due to irresponsible food consumption. This, however, isn’t just a money problem; as 8% of the world’s greenhouse gasses are a direct result of food waste. How can we end this trend?
With 10 years left to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #1, No Poverty, more than 730 million people remain below the global poverty line. And of this astounding number, over two-thirds of them work in agriculture. Is this a coincidence or an injustice? How can we solve it?
The consequences of traffic stops. A New York Times investigation in 2021 examined why traffic stops for minor offenses sometimes escalate into deadly encounters. Policing is risky for all parties involved, let's make it safer.
Better Than Recycling Plastic-- Let's Eliminate It.
Roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, and when we say waste, we don’t just mean it doesn’t get eaten. Even after it is discarded food waste is not composted. Instead, it is more often than not, disposed of in ways that are actually harmful to the environment. Now while this is certainly a double whammy when it comes to wastefulness, at leas...
Detecting Wildfires Before It's Too Late
Wildfires—an ever-growing problem for our ever-growing populations. As the world adds another 1 billion people in the next 15 years, most of them will be living in areas designated as “wildland-urban interfaces”. With more human activities near forests, wildfire risks will increase. The 2020 California wildfires burnt over ten thousand homes, leaving areas of the state in destruction and ...
Putting the People in "We are the People"
In the United States alone there are more than 89,000 local governments, and less than 1% of these have populations over one million. Despite this, in the US and throughout the rest of the world, there seems to be a disconnect between most local governments and their communities. In this episode, we will discuss with ITsimple how community engagement can be reinforced through techn...
Safer than a taxi, cheaper than an ambulance
Mobility is our ability to move from one place to another—to go about our daily activities, moving from one to the next. It is something many of us take for granted. But for others, the lack of specialized transportation options, the expense of those options, and the difficulty accessing them can severely limit their mobility—and their quality of life. Sadly, 80% of non-drivers who have a...
No more lost packages or excessive carbon emissions
Astonishingly, up to 30% of industrial wood is consumed for the production of shipping pallets & crates! Now, this is a serious issue as it is predicted that if we continue our current rate of deforestation, the Earth will be completely barren of trees in just over 300 years. Ponera modules easily reduce wood consumption, transport weight, and CO2 emissions.
Avoid Getting Stuck at Railroad Crossings
Trains often stop traffic at railroad crossings for longer than 5 minutes. When that traffic includes an ambulance, the wait for a train to pass reduces the patient's survival rate by 50% or more. Prevent traffic delays and collisions at rail crossings with predictive rail crossing blockage information. TRAINFO predicts rail crossing blockages to prevent traffic delays and collisions.
The Fountain of Youth for Infrastructure
Corrosion, the silent killer, has plagued our infrastructure since the iron age. Today, it's costing us trillions, and preventing innovative technologies such as offshore wind turbines from becoming more widely implemented. AnCatt has produced anti-corrosion paints and coatings as the world’s first and only heavy-metal free and toxic free high-performance anti-corrosion coating product af...
Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.
If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.
The most notorious mass murder in Ohio’s history happened on the night of April 21, 2016 in rural Pike County. Four crime scenes, thirty-two gunshot wounds, eight members of the Rhoden family left dead in their homes. Two years later a local family of four, the Wagners, are arrested and charged with the crimes. As the Wagners await four back-to-back capital murder trials, the KT Studios team revisits Pike County to examine: crime-scene forensics, upcoming legal proceedings, and the ties that bind the victims and the accused. As events unfold and new crimes are uncovered, what will it mean for all involved? What will it mean for Pike County?
If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.
It’s a lighthearted nightmare in here, weirdos! Morbid is a true crime, creepy history and all things spooky podcast hosted by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. Join us for a heavy dose of research with a dash of comedy thrown in for flavor.