These 4 trends prove electric trucks and buses are revving up
Why it matters: With more options than ever before and manufacturer investment on the rise, it’s an exciting time for electric trucks. And we need them, since medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases in the world. To avoid the worst of climate change, we need to accelerate their electrification — and the trends established this year will be key to sparking the global transition to electric transportation.
Harpoon-throwing robot takes invasive lionfish from ocean to table
Why it matters: At a current price of up to $6 a pound, fishers have a powerful incentive to invest in robotic technology to catch lionfish. The beautiful but invasive species poses a significant danger to coral reefs’ survival, as lionfish have few known predators and hunt algae-eating fish that sustain the reefs.
British aviation industry outlines plans for net-zero emissions by 2050
Why it matters: “The UK is well positioned to become one of the leaders in the green technologies of the future, including sustainable aviation fuels and electric flight.” To reach its ambitious 2050 target, the British aviation industry will need to increase the efficiency of its aircraft as well as its use of aviation biofuels. The plan is backed by some of the biggest names in the business including Rolls Royce, easyJet and Airbus.
New blockchain pilot project to decrease plastic waste
Why it matters: A recent Deloitte report says that if present trends continue, Canada will dispose of $11.1 billion worth of plastic materials each year by 2030. This pilot project will use blockchain to introduce a more sustainable alternative by decreasing plastic waste, maximizing its value and enhancing resource efficiency.