SAN FRANCISCO — Technology and business leaders gathered here on Thursday to discuss solutions to rising global temperatures at ClimateTECH, a conference hosted by The New York Times.
The conversation ranged from detailed plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy, like improving energy storage, to transformative ideas like producing meat without raising animals and engineering a solution to the air-conditioning crisis.
Here are some of the major themes from the conference:
Agriculture is ripe for innovation
The future of agriculture might be taking shape in Silicon Valley.
Agriculture, forestry and changes in land use together produce about 21 percent of global emissions, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. With the global population expected to approach 10 billion by 2050, agriculture is a critical part of the climate puzzle.
One proposal came from Uma Valeti, a co-founder of Memphis Meats in San Leandro, Calif., which is racing to develop “clean” meats for humans that are grown from animal cells in a lab. The company hopes to to start selling its product by 2021.
The Farmers Business Network, based in San Carlos, Calif., is helping farmers aggregate data for more efficient agriculture. Nancy E. Pfund, whose venture capital firm DBL Partners is helping to finance the group, said the fund was helping farmers understand when they use too much water, electricity or seeds, “not because they’re doing it wrong, but because they haven’t had that data to understand how to optimize.”