Urban biodiversity : 7 questions for Isabelle Spiegel (VINCI) and Philippe Clergeau (MNHN)
In this much-anticipated conversation between two biodiversity trailblazers, VINCI’s Global Head of Environment Isabelle Spiegel and Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle professor Philippe Clergeau look beyond greening cities and talk about why we should start seeing cities as systems.
Urban biodiversity : initiatives that are paving the way in Europe
They are spreading in many places – including Berlin, London, Brittany and Basel. Some of them are surprising, most of them positive.
Solutions to turn cities into ecosystems
Nature was long relegated to the sidelines in urban areas. The environmental challenges have pulled it back to the centre of the stage and turned it into an ally. We shine the spotlight on the services that it provides in cities – even though we can’t always see them.
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DroneBase raises $7.5 million to expand its infrastructure inspection services using drones into the renewable energies market.
HeadLight attracts an additional $25 million to help it deploy its photo-based inspection technology for worksites.
Volkswagen invests another $200 million in QuantumScape, a startup specialised in solid-state battery production for electric vehicles.
Greening cities: new imaginary worlds… and fresh funding for them
Biodiversity champions are growing more vocal the world over, the climate crisis is amplifying their voices, and green initiatives are gaining ground in cities as a result. This has sparked a fair share of fanciful imaginary worlds – some prophetic, some aporetic – and a few down-to-earth funding initiatives, too. Here are a few of them.
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Carbon Clean Solutions, which produces technology to capture and sequester CO2, has raised $22 million in its latest round.
Axeleo Capital, a French investment fund, has set up a new vehicle for PropTech startups and endowed it with €50 million.
ECOncrete, an Israeli startup, has raised €5 million and will invest it in biomaterials for marine constructions.