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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.
Delegates attending the COP26 conference in Glasgow will get to see a very cool display during their stay. So cool, in fact, that it’s been frozen since 1765. Artist Wayne Binitie and scientists of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have retrieved an Antarctic time capsule containing the world’s purest air. The pocket of atmosphere was […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The European Environment Agency (EEA) found that a majority of EU countries broke at least one air pollution limit last year — despite COVID-19 lockdowns. In addition, 17 EU countries failed to stay below ozone pollution targets, which directly influence global warming; and eight EU countries failed to stay […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer An Indonesian district court ruled yesterday that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has neglected Jakarta’s residents right to clean air. In a unanimous ruling in favor of the 32 residents who brought the case, the Central Jakarta District Court ordered Widodo, and six other top officials deemed negligent, to improve […]
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