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When you think about sources of carbon emissions, your mind likely goes to things like power generation, cars, heavy industry, and similar things. But Big Tech companies are also major contributors to emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. To try and figure out how much, Electronics Hub pored through the corporate environmental reports of 100 of the biggest tech companies in the world, then ranked them from highest to lowest.
Some of the things they found: Samsung produces more carbon dioxide than any other tech company, and of the “Big Five” tech companies (Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, and Microsoft), Amazon is the largest polluter. Amazon produced over 16 million metric tons of CO2 in 2021–nearly 20 times the carbon footprint of Microsoft, which polluted the least out of the 5. That said, Microsoft’s carbon footprint is still pretty big–at nearly 870,000 metric tons, it’s about as big a polluter as the population of Rhode Island.
The Big Read
With Labor And Climate Challenges, Farmers Turn To Robot Beehives, Tractors, And Fruit Pickers
Startups aim to solve big problems for agriculture, including labor and water shortages, climate-driven headaches, and declining bee populations, by deploying artificial intelligence, autonomous driving technology and robotics.
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Discoveries And Innovations
Nearly half of California emerged out of drought conditions, according to a new drought monitor map released Thursday morning. However, the state is not quite in the clear when it comes to water management yet.
In a recent study, Swedish researchers found that children and adolescents in Stockholm had improved lung capacity since the early 2000s when air pollution levels in that city began declining.
Sustainability Deals Of The Week
Green Buildings: Climate tech startup BlocPower announced it had raised $150 million in equity and debt financing this week. The capital aims to expand its programs to electrify buildings and install heat pumps.
Carton-Based Cleaning: Cleancult, which develops cleaning products using recyclable packaging rather than single-use plastics, announced that it had entered a deal with Walmart for its products to be available in over 3,000 retail giant stores.
On The Horizon
In the U.S. and thinking about moving to a new state? One thing you might consider is how climate change might affect that region in the future before you make a move. That’s where a new website and app comes in, developed in partnership with AT&T, FEMA, and Argonne National Lab. The website crunches data to determine risk factors for different company parts.
What Else We’re Reading This Week
Why it’s time to officially get over your EV range anxiety (Ars Technica)
Heat Pumps Sell Like Hotcakes on America’s Oil-Rich Frontier (Wired)
Japan’s Top Steelmaker Eyes $700 Million ‘Green Steel’ Project (Bloomberg)
Green Transportation Update
The Big Transportation Story
EU’s Plan To End Sales Of Combustion Engine Cars Runs Into Trouble
A key part of the European Green Deal—the EU’s plan to become climate neutral by 2050—risks being derailed. This week Germany’s finance and transport ministers called for combustion engine vehicles to be exempt from the EU's plan to end the sale of new engines and vans from 2035. The Italian government is also broadly opposed to the regulation, and Poland and Hungary have also signaled their opposition to the plan.
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More Green Transportation News
EU Electric Car Insistence Exposes Auto Industry To Existential Threat
Luminar Aims To Put Lidar, First Created For AVs, Into Millions Of Regular Cars
EV Battery Swapper Ample Lands Major Grant
Electric Bike Battery Collection And Recycling Program Started By U.K.’s Bicycle Association
Cars Not Banned In 15-Minute Cities Nor Will Bugs Be Lunch
These Are The 12 ‘Greenest’ Cars In The U.S. For 2023
Here Are The 12 Environmentally ‘Meanest’ Vehicles In The U.S. For 2023
Zero Reteams With Huge Design To Create Sci-Fi SR-X Custom Electric Motorcycle
Waymo’s L.A. Robotaxi Fleet Is Going Fully Driverless
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