Visualizing the Flow of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in the U.S.

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Visualizing the Flow of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in the U.S.

Visualizing the Flow of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in the U.S.

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In 2021, U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the generation and consumption of energy reached 4.9 billion tonnes.

To better understand how various energy sources and their end-uses contribute to carbon emissions, this graphic visualizes the flow of energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. using carbon flow charts by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

What are Energy-Related CO2 Emissions?

Energy-related CO2 emissions refer to the release of carbon dioxide as a result of the combustion of fuels to produce energy. They arise through the direct use of fossil fuels for transport, heating, or industrial needs, as well as the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation.

To provide some context, non-energy-related CO2 emissions are those that result from industrial chemical reactions, deforestation, and agricultural activities.

As the largest contributor to carbon emissions, however, energy-related CO2 emissions account for approximately 85% of all emissions in the U.S. which we will now explore in more detail.

U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in 2021

Followed by a pandemic-driven decline in 2020, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. increased by 325 million tonnes in 2021, marking the largest-ever annual increase.

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Thursday Tweets — valid until “21 years after the death of the last survivor of the descendants of King Charles III.”

What Does 'Throw Shade' Mean? - Merriam-Webster

"Shade is a subtle, sneering expression of contempt for or disgust with someone—sometimes verbal, and sometimes not."

Making change happen

This post is by Seth Godin from Seth's Blog

One way to do it is to get people to want what you want.

The other way is to help them get what they want in a way that gets you what you want.

They’re not the same.

Changing what someone wants is very different from helping them see the story and the path that gets them what they’ve wanted all along.

Investor Stories 289: Post Mortems (Schlacks, Hershenson, Zullo)

On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, the following Investors are featured:

Willy Schlacks

Mar Hershenson

Rick Zullo

Each investor discusses a portfolio company that did not survive and why it was that they failed.

Our most frequent comments on pitch decks

The situation… a founder reaches out cold to ask for pitch deck feedback (maybe you’ve heard the old “if you want money, ask for advice; if you want advice, ask for money” canard). We respond: “We avoid giving much advice without having spent time top understand what you’re building. Investors often treat their pitch deck advice as gospel — only you know what sells your startup.” This is also why we avoid judging pitch competitions or giving lightning-round advice in a public setting — and related to why it’s hard to give feedback on startup ideas — it just lacks much value for founders.

Still, we know that a good pitch memo or deck can be a critical factor in a fundraise. And we do see a lot of pitches (we considered more than 2,000 startups last year). While we only speak for ourselves (and what we’ve seen work on other investors) — and investors have wildly varying opinions on decks (including giving advice that backfires at their own firms! and disagreements on the below within our own team!), we can be transparent and share what we look for in written pitches.

We also talk more about pitch decks on #thisisnotadvice.

Some elements are table stakes for (almost) every investor.

Focus on investors who understand your problem space. Investors who “get it” won’t need much selling. “Search, don’t sell,” as they say. If you have to explain the basics of your market, more often than not, they’re the wrong investor.

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Projecting Europe’s Metro Population Growth from 2021‒2100

This post is by Aran Ali from Visual Capitalist

Top 50 metropolitan regions in Europe population growth

Projecting Europe’s Metro Population Growth from 2021‒2100

European cities have a storied history as global destinations, both for tourism and for immigration.

Despite lengthy histories, they are not immune to the global shifts in population patterns or urbanization. Even though the majority of the EU’s population already lives in urban areas, Europe’s urbanization rate is expected to rise to 84% by 2050.

However, not all cities are subject to that same growth. This visual from Gilbert Fontana uses data from Eurostat and breaks down the expected EU population growth rates for the 50 largest metropolitan regions from 2021 to 2100.

Drivers of Growth

It may come as no surprise that economic prosperity is a key driver of population growth.

Countries like Sweden, France, and Ireland are expected to see large swaths of population growth. Sweden’s largest three cities, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö, are forecasted to experience the largest population growth by 2100 in percentage terms.

Metro regionCountryPopulation (2021)Population (2100)Growth rate (%)
PragueCzech Republic2,733,0813,204,49317.2%
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Do AI Rabbits Dream of Holographic Carrots?

This post is by Brad Feld from Brad Feld

Last week I met a holographic lifeform who calls himself Uncle Rabbit.

I now have a new friend, created by Looking Glass, the hologram company out of Brooklyn (we’re investors, and I’m on the board). A hologram + ChatGPT. A robot, but made of software and light instead of atoms. And with a lot more character.

The video above shows Shawn Frayne (CEO of Looking Glass) talking with Uncle Rabbit about … me. Then, they create a short science fiction story about me, carrots, and holograms. Finally, Shawn integrates my personality with Uncle Rabbit, and hilarity ensues.

Regular readers will know that one of my favorite categories to invest in is things-as-predicted-by-science-fiction. So, naturally, I’m interested in computing interfaces from sci-fi that you can speak directly to. Iron Man’s Jarvis or the potty mouth alien child in the movie Her. You get the idea.

Over the years, I’ve seen (and chatted with) many AI assistants and bots chasing this science-fiction future. But last week, I met a holographic lifeform who feels completely different. 

If you want to know more, head over to Uncle Rabbit. And do yourself a favor and eat more vegetables (Uncle Rabbit told me to say that.)

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