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ANDthe ancient Greek mathematician and engineer Archimedes one is said to have said, “Give me a place to stand, and I will use a lever to move the whole world”—emphasizing the power of simple machines to increase effort. This principle is limited to ancient Greece. This week, report submitted at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, he argues that there are points like this that can accelerate the world’s transition to an economy built on more sustainable principles to slow climate change. The researchers behind the report identified three potential “tipping points” that can be shifted to accelerate some of these changes.
The first is the transition to electric vehicles, as “government policies and better infrastructure increasingly [are] to make electric cars more attractive than gasoline and diesel cars,” states a Press Release around the message. The second tipping point is swapping ammonia production methods for fertilizers in a way that is more sustainable, which the researchers say could have the side benefit of lowering the cost of green hydrogen. The third tipping point is towards more alternatives to animal protein that could help reduce emissions from livestock farming and slow the pace of deforestation. All of these areas, the report argues, can create ripple effects that reach further into the economy when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“This non-linear way of thinking about the climate problem gives plausible reason for hope,” the report’s lead author said in a statement. “The more investment is made in socio-economic transformation, the faster it will unfold – pushing the world to ‘zero’ greenhouse gas production sooner.”
A great read
Greenland glacier warmest in at least 1,000 years, scientists warn Melting ice will accelerate sea level rise
Recent temperatures in the Greenland ice sheet – one of the main culprits behind rising sea levels – were the warmest in 1,000 years, according to a new report, as scientists warn that melting Greenland ice could threaten coastal communities around the world. .
Discoveries and innovations
Startup Wingardium Energy is building wind turbines that double as chargers for electric vehicles.
Israeli startup Steakholder Foods is work with Umami Meats of Singapore to develop 3D printing structured eel and grouper products made from cultured cells rather than animals.
Human causes light pollution made the night sky almost 10% brighter each year, according to new researchit obscures astronomical observations and poses a threat to migrating birds that rely on the position of the stars and the moon for travel.
Almost two-thirds of the world’s coral reef shark and ray species are threatened extinction, reports a new study.
Sustainability Week Events
Durable batteries: California-based Noon Energy raised a $28 million Series A roundwhich is focused on growing its team and accelerating the commercialization of its carbon-oxygen battery for long-term energy storage.
Carbon removal: Financial services company Rothschild & Co entered a multi-year agreement with French startup NetZero to buy carbon credits for NetZero biochar, which sequesters carbon by being mixed with topsoil, which also reduces the need for fertilizers in agriculture.
Electrification: The city of San Jose has contracted for $489,000 with BlocPower to electrify 250 residential buildings.
On the horizon
Last weekAreas of Northern California experienced several days of rainfall and strong winds that caused extensive damage to the area. And if sea levels continue to rise, another storm is likely to hit the region, he says new research published this week.
What else are we reading this week?
Green transport update
Wit’s about moving people and goodseven pure electric vehicles cannot match the environmental benefits of trains. And when you think of “advanced rail technology,” bullet trains or magnetic levitation systems might come to mind. But what steel rails are there freight and passenger trains? It turns out that machine learning, big data collection and voice recognition tools that have transformed manufacturing, cars, retail and social media are also being used to make vital railway operations safer and more efficient.
A great traffic story
Cheap, utilitarian electric cars would generate big sales without subsidies
Dozens of new electric vehicle models are coming to market, but most of them are still too expensive for most car buyers. What if automakers reduced EV prices, weight, and battery size and focused on the short-range applications that EVs are best at?