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Je World Wide Fund for Nature released its annual Living Planet report this week, and things aren’t looking good. The bottom line? Since the 1970s, most wildlife species have fallen to a third of their numbers half a century ago. Freshwater species have been particularly affected, with their numbers declining by an average of 83% for all species. Common culprits include climate change, pollution, non-native invasive species and overfishing, but the report also highlights changes in land and air management that also impact wildlife. According to the organization, reversing the tide 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 start,” said WWF international chief executive Marco. Lambertini, in a statement. “More natural forests, more fish in ocean and river systems, more pollinators in our farmlands, more biodiversity in the world.”
The big read
Spotlight: Hong Kong’s Ampd Energy is expanding globally to make construction sites greener
Brandon Ng, director of Hong Kong-based battery energy storage system maker Ampd Energy, accelerated growth despite global headwinds.
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Discoveries and Innovations
Cleantech start-up Clarity Movement has developed a series of tiny sensors to air quality monitoring to replace traditional units, some of which are the size of an automobile.
Chicago-based software startup Rheaply acquired an online marketplace for surplus building materials like salvaged steel, recycled rebar and poured concrete.
In 2023, the Department of Energy will begin turning toxic waste stored in tanks at the Hanford, Washington nuclear waste site into more storable waste. glass shape.
Sustainability Deals of the Week
Investment boom: Since the passage of the Cut Inflation Act, $28 billion in new manufacturing investments have been announced in the United States, mostly in electric vehicle, battery and panel manufacturing. solar.
Cycling subsidies: A new program from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Global Designing Cities 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 entered into a three-year partnership with green energy company BlocPower to electrify 200 low-to-middle income homes.
on the horizon
A new study from the Minderoo Foundation suggests that the petrochemical industry could face billions in legal claims for damage caused by plastic pollution. He goes further, warning that in the United States alone, the plastics industry could be forced to pay more than $20 billion in damages by the end of this decade. More on that here.
What else we read this week
A wind turbine just broke a world energy record and it’s recyclable (Popular Science)
Recycled battery materials can perform just as well as new (hard-wired)
The world’s big polluters talk about Net-Zero with little to show (Bloomberg)
Green Transportation Update
JThe big question for consumers thinking about electric cars is: how long will the battery last? Forbes contributor Jim Gorzelany says this tends to dominate concerns in consumer surveys and offers some advice on EV batteries:
1. Unlike a gas-powered car, you’ll save energy on city trips versus the highway.
2. Just like gasoline-powered cars, rapid acceleration consumes more energy. Keep light pressure on the pedal.
3. Just like gas-powered cars, you need to check your tire pressure frequently to maintain fuel efficiency.
4. Use the car’s maximum regenerative braking setting to return additional power to the vehicle’s batteries during deceleration.
Learn more about EV batteries here.
The great history of transport
Major breakthrough to make electric cars mainstream: Researchers develop 10-minute charging method
Pennsylvania State University researchers have discovered a way to cut electric vehicle charging times by more than half, as the electric vehicle industry and its proponents desperately try to address concerns about vehicle convenience, which slows their wider adoption.
Learn more here.
More green transport news
Polestar 3 launch: The premium electric SUV to rule them all?
Drivers who switch to bikes or trains for car journeys significantly reduce emissions, studies show
European electric car sales will ride out the economic storm before accelerating again
Porsche delays electric Macan SUV until 2024
BYD, China’s electric vehicle leader, enters Indian passenger car market in global push
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