GM’s affordable electric car, Crypto’s energy impact and Rotary’s battery recycling

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Eearlier this week, the city of Sacremento, Calif., hit a new all-time heat record: 116 degrees. Across the West this week, previous temperature records were shattered – in the month of September, which is not usually the hottest month of the year in the region. write for Forbes, meteorologist Dr Marshall Shepherd notes that heat waves like the one in the west this week and the one in Europe a few weeks ago will become more common due to climate change. And that raises questions about the human cost of global warming.

“How many workers are subjected to this heat? How many homeless or poor communities don’t have enough options to cool down or seek medical attention for heat-related illnesses? How will the energy grid hold up? wrote shepherd. “These are questions about our new climate reality and ultimately why it matters.”

The big read

White House wants crypto mining companies to share how much energy they use with regulators

The White House announced on Thursday that crypto-mining operations in the United States are poised to consume as much power as all home computers in the country, necessitating formalized measures to reduce the power demands of the country. ‘industry. A new report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has addressed environmental concerns that industrial-scale cryptominers could strain local and federal energy grids and undermine global efforts in matter of climate change.

Learn more here.

Discoveries and Innovations

The researchers found that family farms can reduce their carbon emissions in a very simple way: just give their cows more grazing time.

technology company BreezoMeter launched an API platform called Cleanest Route, which uses GPS to give people directions for routes with less exposure to air pollution.

New research data shows that the huge Thwaite Glacier in West Antarctica could recede even faster than previously thought, which could significantly raise global sea levels.

Sustainability Deals of the Week

100% Renewable: Social media giant Pinterest has announced plans to return all of its facilities 100% powered by renewable energy by next year.

Gigawatt Solar: Earlier this week, clean energy startup Arcadia Power announced that it had become the first community solar power provider to have more than 1 gigawatt available energy production.

Sustainable transition: Le Sunda, the CMA CGM Group announced the creation of a fund budgeted at $1.5 billion for the next five years, which will invest in solutions to move supply chain and logistics services in more sustainable directions.

on the horizon

September 20Forbes will bring together the boldest business leaders who are driving a new wave of sustainable growth through disruptive processes, products, policies and people. Join us in New York to learn and meet the changemakers who are taking the economy into the next century and into a greener, healthier world. Confirmed speakers include: Michel Doukeris, CEO of AB InBev; Lisa Dyson, CEO of Air Protein; and Roger Martella, GE’s director of sustainability.

What else we read this week

Do solar panels go into space? (popular science)

Climate change is ravaging the Colorado River. There is a model to avoid the worst. (New York Times)

It’s time to make cities more rural (wired)

Green Transportation Update

Jesla set the standard for electric cars over the past decade, but there’s one important thing it has yet to master: affordability. It’s the least expensive vehicle, a base version of the Model 3 sedan, costs nearly $50,000 before taxes (and the autopilot/FSD option price of $15,000) and its best seller, the Model Y hatchback, starts at $66,000. So it’s surprising that General Motors, the company that inspired the creation of Tesla after killing off its first electric vehicle 20 years ago, is overtaking Elon Musk with a new electric version of his Equinox crossover with a base price below half the Y and up to 300 miles of range per charge.

The great history of transport

Rotary club collects e-waste to help JB Straubel’s Redwood Materials make batteries for electric vehicles

Civic-minded organizations like the Rotary Club regularly host a series of events to help the community, schools and hospitals, but now the group wants to keep batteries, cell phones and miscellaneous electronics out of landfills and , ideally, help get the valuable materials. they continue recycled. Redwood Materials, the battery recycling and materials company run by the Tesla co-founder, is expanding a program with Rotary across the United States that it says will help it collect tens of thousands of pounds of e-waste from which it can extract lithium, nickel and cobalt. and other high-value metals that it can turn into new EV batteries.

Learn more here.

More green transport news

Amazon-backed Rivian and Mercedes-Benz team up to make electric vans

Harbinger to Unveil Innovative Platform for Mid-Duty Electric Trucks at Detroit Auto Show

Uber operates Nuro’s street robots for food deliveries

Toxic travel chaos affects people with disabilities

Bike lanes don’t make cycling safe

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