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Why This Matters: EV manufacturing shutdowns particularly impact the next wave of EVs that were about to start to roll off the assembly line – such as Volkswagen’s ID.3 and Tesla’s Model Y. All the major auto companies have offered to assist making ventilators but so far only GM has been ordered to do it. Ford was in talks as of Friday afternoon with the Trump administration seeking guidance on manufacturing and distributing certain products, including ventilators.
In addition, GM announced it is converting a plant in Warren, Michigan to build Level 1 surgical masks. This was an employee-led initiative — created, planned and approved in about 48 hours and involves GM’s traditional supply base as well as new partnerships specific to the medical device industry with set to start next week and within two weeks ramp up to 50,000 masks per day, with the potential to increase to 100,000 per day depending upon the availability of materials to build the masks.
As we expand our understanding of climate change, scientists have begun to focus on the growing role warming temperatures are playing as a potent driver of greater aridity–which is different than drought. As NOAA describes it, drought is “a period of abnormally dry weather sufficiently long enough to cause a serious hydrological imbalance”. Aridity is […]
For many who live near refineries, incinerators, and other heavy industry, lockdowns and shelter in place orders like we have all experienced lately are a far too common occurrence. The New York Times took a closer look at these communities to show why the residents are so vulnerable to the disease.
Why This Matters:Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali explained to put the COVID deaths into context, “we know more than 100,000 people die prematurely in the U.S. every year because of air pollution.”
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