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TWorld Wildlife Fund It released its annual Living Planet report this week, and things aren’t looking so good. Bottom line? Since the 1970s, the numbers of most wildlife species have fallen to a third of what they were half a century ago. Freshwater species have been particularly hard hit, with numbers declining by an average of 83% across species. Common causes include climate change, pollution, non-native invasive species and poaching, but the report also highlights changes in land and atmosphere management that also affect wildlife. The organization says that reversing the trend begins with reversing development trends.
“We need positive nature by 2030 – which, in simple terms, means more nature by the end of this decade than at the beginning,” WWF International Director-General Marco Lambertini said in a statement. “More natural forests, more fish in our oceans and river systems, more pollinators in our farmlands, and more biodiversity around the world.”
Moving Ahead: Hong Kong’s Ambulance Energy on the Path to Global Expansion to Make Construction Sites Greener
Brandon Ng, president of Hong Kong-based maker of battery energy storage systems, Ampd Energy, may boost growth despite global headwinds.
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Discoveries and innovations
Clarity Motion Startup Cleantech has developed a series of small sensors for air quality monitoring To replace traditional units, some are the size of a car.
Software startup in Chicago Ripley It acquired an online marketplace for surplus building materials such as recycled steel, recycled rebar, and cast concrete.
In 2023, the Department of Energy will begin converting toxic waste stored in tanks at the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington, into a more storable site. glass shape.
Sustainability Deals This Week
Investment boom: Since the passage of the Inflation Control Act, $28 billion has been announced in new industrial investment in the United States, primarily in the electric vehicle, battery and solar manufacturing sectors.
Cycling Scholarships: A new program from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Global Cities Design Initiative will select ten global cities to each receive $1 million in grants for projects that increase bicycle use.
fair electrification: The City of Denver and Energy Outreach Colorado have agreed a three-year partnership with green energy company BlocPower to power 200 low-to-middle-income homes.
A new study from the Mindero Foundation He points out that the petrochemical industry could face billions of dollars in lawsuits over damages from plastic pollution. He goes so far as to warn that in the United States alone, the plastics industry may have to pay more than $20 billion in damages by the end of this decade. More on that here.
What we’re reading this week too
Wind turbines have broken an energy record – and they’re recyclable (Popular Science)
Recycled battery materials can function like new (wired) materials
The world’s top polluters talk network zero with little to show (Bloomberg)
Green Transport Update
TIt is an important question for consumers The thinking about electric cars is: How long will the battery last? Forbes Contributor Jim Gorzelani says this tends to control consumer concerns and offers some pointers about electric car batteries:
1. Unlike a petrol car, it will save energy on stop-and-go trips around town than on a highway.
2. Like gas powered cars, rapid acceleration consumes more energy. Keep a light touch on the pedal.
3. Like gas powered cars too, you should check tire pressure frequently to maintain energy efficiency.
4. Use the vehicle’s maximum regenerative braking setting to send additional energy back to the vehicle’s batteries while idling.
Read more about electric car batteries here.
The big transport story
Big breakthrough for electric cars for popularization: Researchers develop 10-minute charging method
Penn State University researchers have discovered a way to cut electric vehicle charging times by more than half, as the electric car industry and its advocates desperately try to address concerns about the vehicle’s suitability that are slowing their widespread adoption.
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More green transportation news
Launch of Polestar 3: The premium electric SUV to control them all?
Motorists are switching to riding a bike or train for a single car trip, dramatically reducing emissions, studies say
European electric car sales will weather the economic storm before accelerating again
Porsche delays the Macan electric SUV until 2024
Chinese EV company BYD enters passenger car market in India as part of global push
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