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Why This Matters: When trucks go electric, Mother Earth smiles. Trucks are a key part of the auto market for which there had not been much progress on fuel efficiency and carbon emissions until now. And this deal also shows that the U.S. auto companies and investors are willing to make big bets on the marketability of this new technology. Hopefully, it’s a good bet. It’s just too bad that much of the push on green vehicles is caused by tougher tailpipe-emission standards in China and the European Union rather than here at home, but perhaps that will change soon.
As Bloomberg opinion writer Brooke Sutherland put it, “The partnership will save the company an estimated $5 billion in manufacturing and engineering expenses; basically, it no longer needs to literally reinvent the wheel. But Nikola’s brand and buzz also provide valuable credibility for GM’s electric vehicle aspirations.” And according to the experts, it is all about the packaging here. GM was already planning to develop an electric Hummer, its signature big truck. But now with a new “start up” partner they are in a strong position to give Musk’s highly-promoted Cybertruck a run for its money. And that, writes Sutherland, “really is the genius of this deal.”
The most progressive corporate commitments this week involve nature-based mitigation and pushing sustainability out into their supply chains. Walmart pledged to do some big things, including achieving zero emissions by 2040 without carbon offsets, committing to protect and restore at least 50 million acres of land and one million square miles of ocean by 2030, and promising zero waste in the US, Canada, and Japan by 2025.
Why This Matters: Nature-based solutions have until now been seen as greenwashing. But these new commitments go much farther.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A 1000-foot stretch highway in Oroville, CA was recently repaved with recycled plastic and asphalt—the first time a state department has paved a road with 100% recycled materials. This durable recycled material can combat potholes, last two to three times longer than asphalt roads, and reuse about 150,000 single-use […]
Why This Matters: The report is another loudly ringing alarm bell that our current path is unsustainable — and we need to make a huge shift away from “business as usual” across a range of human activities.
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