GM intends to continue to be a global automotive source & brand.
So GM is transitioning to & investing heavily in electric vehicles.
In the next 5 years, seeks to be the major source of EV cars & trucks.
Investing $27B by 2025 & set to take on Tesla.
Seeks to refashion itself as a mobility company of the future.
EV revolution could trigger the eventual AV revolution in vehicle market.
And you thought your junk mail was just going to degrade in some landfill — Not the case.
All that paper trash you have been throwing out because COVID has forced you to work at home is being recycled
People working at Home are producing junk paper to be recycled into new paper products.
So paper Industry has found this Junk mail can be substitute source for recycling. More cash for trash
No longer– California Here I Come. Rather many long time residents of the State of California & their companies are moving out of state.
VC and mid sized companies are moving to places considered to not have California constraints.
Texas deemed to provide new & better opportunities without the problems & “baggage” California seems to have.
An Op Ed in the WSJ prompts this digestion & discussion of California issues that is worthy of action by the state government.
Are you subject to conversion?
Or has your converter been converted to a theft stat?
There has been a huge rise in number of catalytic converter being stolen.
Catalytic converters are being cut off mountings under vehicles.
Vehicle owners have to pay $1,000 or more for a replacement converter.
An easy Grab and Go process enables thieves to remove a catalytic converter quickly, often in less than two minutes.
Vehicle owners have at least 10 ways to prevent such theft — and process is working or reducing theft, particularly with commercial vehicles.
What is going to be your fuel of choice in the next 5 years? Probably not fossil.
Hydrogen seeks to be a contender– BUT when is it going to be commercially available & affordable?
The production capability seems to be available from at least 4 major companies.
Green hydrogen is being toted by these consolidating commercial gas industry producers.
But there needs to a lower cost of hydrogen fuel production & distribution drive market & usage.
Plastic lids on coffee cups produce 20,00 tons of Waste every year;
Recycling volume & cost bring on new kind of lid With compostable cup
What to do with these plastic lids causes coffee industry to search for new compostable Cup-Lid Design.
Dealing with 4M plastic lids from coffee cups are waste management problem.
Innovative company comes up with paper coffee cup that has built in lid. Industry is considering.
Mankind has not conquered fire. And California remains on fire.
Fire fighters are seemingly helpless and can only hope to contain the burn.
Even though there are no magic solutions or means to quell the fires, prevention becomes foremost
The erudite Independent Institute has developed a list 26 action-ables to prevent a repeat of this year’s fires.
It does appear the state and local fire & forestry management departments are acting on the list. Now to plant trees.
Investors Not Yet Blowing in the Wind. But the Sun maybe about to shine.
Clean Energy Investors using Special Purpose Acquisition Channel (SPACs) to consider going public.
Renewables seeking to transition Renewables into Wind and Solar using investor money.
The failure of renewables companies in 2013-2015 is making transition investment hard in 2020.
SPACs about to come to the rescue.
Enzyme Eats Plastic Bottles. Researchers have re-engineered plastic-eating super enzyme to degrade bottles.
Could result in break down of millions of plastic bottles in a matter of hours over a few days.
Degrading enzyme process might be ready to start eating your plastic trash as soon as next year.
Super-enzyme, derived from bacteria naturally evolved the ability to eat plastic.
Thus could enable the full recycling of the bottles & other plastics in the near future
What the Frack is going on? Newsom has promised to faze out gas powered vehicles and fracking.
But, Unions & oil companies do not think Governor understands worker plight if ban in effect.
So appears that Issue being punted by Newsom to CA legislature.
Measures of this magnitude need full support of Newsom’s growing influence & leadership.
Looks like either all out fight or delay til 2022.
Figuring out what a forest fire is going to do is an ongoing problem.
Fire fighters are using methods & models from the past and from new technology.
A web of fire stations, camera, & satellites provide vegetation & moisture levels.
Will help officials plan evacuations & power shutoffs.
Fire Technology comes from Technosylva now being used by Cal Fire & 3 utilities.
Rothermel model is mathematical equation to explain rate of fire spread.
Has been used for years to try to predict fire behavior & still relied upon.
Land management is a constant challenge to communities, areas, and governmental states.
Hawaii and the Island of Molokai is no exception
What seemed to a Godsend to Hawaiian people was the Homestead Act.
The ideas of giving native Hawaiian acreage to grow crops and food for themselves was needed,
However, pineapple companies, bureaucracy, and leadership intervened & brought neglect & inaction,
Access to Water & it management is becoming a central issue as Climate Change & Local Crop production increases.
Water districts, local governments, & agricultural jurisdictions are going to be more critical as dependency on water supply grows.Reverse osmosis uses a high pressure to separate water molecules from the seawater-side of a chamber.
Water then flows through a membrane to the freshwater-water side.
New programs are kickstarting a movement. Investors are seeking to make desalination a viable option.
The Islands of Hawaii including Molokai are considering developing desalination plants & sourcing for communities.
In spite of sustained recycling processes, only about 50% of plastic bottles, bags, and packaging are be recycled.
This means that there are plastic product that are not be recycled for various reasons.
There is an almost urgent need for new technology, investment, and governmental focus on recycling and reuse of plastics and other materials
Fresh vegetables delivered to your door. That’s what a new app does for COVID bound produce shoppers.
The leading provider an apparent national strategy of delivering fresh vegetables to customer doors is CropSwap.com.
The app offers local produce in an easy ordering and convenient delivery service in major cities.
Customers can arrange subscription or regular deliveries while growers post their produce offerings online.
Nearby farms arrange pickup and delivery service & the app has routing feature for delivery drivers.
Produce will be delivered within 12 hours of the order.
Not cool. Air Conditioners do not seem to be able to keep up with rising temperatures and climate change.
Air conditioners are contributing to rolling blackouts as use of Solar & Wind increases.
There is a serious lack of electric power generation on the grid causing concern.
Use of solar & wind will steadily reduces indirect greenhouse-gas emissions generated by air-conditioning units.
Developing smart grids could help electricity systems deal with the peaked demand.
Taking on Climate Change. Just when the Country seemed to be ready to build on the momentum for action to cope with Climate Change, the Pandemic hit.
The lack of leadership from the national U.S. government has muddled priorities, down graded climate standards, regs, and enforcement
By and large. the division about which way to go has stalled the movement when there is NO time to waste. The Time article is almost a must read. Says it all.
Microplstics are pollutants and are of the greatest concern to environmentalists.
Know and learn the major sources.
Washing Microplastics down the drain does not remove them even by using wastewater treatment, processes, or filtration systems.
Eventually this creates problems and a kind of finely grained plastic particles in the environment & spreads to the ocean.
More Research is a must and hopefully this is and will happen. To be Continued.
The U.S. cannot send it waste to China any more. Technologies have been developed to process and breakdown plastics, electronics, and all recyclable materials.
The process of dealing with all this waste is dirty, dangerous, and almost daunting.
Companies like AMP Robotics are enabling AI & Robotics to handle this massive cleanup and breakup of industrial and domestic waste.
Now we need more government and private enterprise to utilize and integrate the use of these recycled materials.
Has the time for carbon-free power finally arrived?
The investment community seems to think so even though cautious to make sure green tech returns real green.
COVID-19 has impacted the growth in Green Technology but investors are determined to avoid the poor long term record of the past
It seems apparent that not enough people in positions of power and influence are interested in acting on the criticality of Climate Change.
The legislative bodies at the state & national level just do not regard climate to be a priority in the face of a pandemic and public indifference.
The next big crisis for the U.S. & the Globe may be the collapse of the eco-system and our inability to do anything about it. Can we tread water?
Bayer is seeking to reach agreements with litigants who claim glyphosate in Roundup causes cancer and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
As much as $10B in payouts and 85,000 cases may be involved, Threat of putting Bayer into Bankruptcy being used to cause claimants to settle,
Can we do it? Can the World with leadership from the U.S. and Europe activate, mobilize and focus the resources needed to solve climate change, stifle COVID 19 and any future pandemics, and deal with the inequities of race and economies? We have no choice but to “Seize the Moment?
Federal courts are beginning to issue rulings that reverse the decisions on oil and gas developments made by the Trump Administration. More environmental analysis is being required by the courts in effort to offset the ecological damage. More changes are being made to protect the environment,
The energy company and the City of Lancaster, CA have developed project to produce hydrogen fuel from waste paper. Project is to develop a cheap hydrogen fuel that has lower gas emissions. The idea has a lot to prove and funding is needed but this could show that recyclables can be source of fuel and good economics.