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Autonomous Vehicles - How History Predicts Future Adoption

by Radhika Arora
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The rapid advancement in technology pertaining to automation is revolutionary and it is a privilege to be witnessing this change during our lifetime. With all the discussions and debates around automation and the future of mobility, it is hard to ignore the role of self-driving cars. The wide-scale adoption of autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be transformative, impacting almost every facet of our lives. AVs hold the potential to transform the way we live, travel, work, vacation and enjoy our leisure activities.

Solar Soil Vapor Extraction: Remediation from a Sustainable Angle

WSP USA implemented a solar-powered soil contamination cleaning system for rural oil and gas facilities that is revolutionizing approaches to standard remediation practices.
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When contaminated soil is identified for removal from remote locations, traditional dig-and-haul remediation techniques can create logistical and costly difficulties for these off-the-grid sites, not to mention a variety of associated environmental impacts.

This challenge for the oil and gas industry inspired a non-traditional technique developed by WSP USA, that is emerging as a practical, environmentally beneficial alternative to dig-and-haul operations.

Overcoming Challenges to Mainstreaming Ecosystem Restoration

The United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration initiative seeks to knock down barriers that could prevent restoration efforts from achieving full potential.
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Note: This is the second article in a series on the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. This article examines significant hurdles to the mass scaling up of ecosystem restoration as a mainstream means of fighting climate change.

Ecosystem restoration can play a direct role in successfully reducing the effects of climate change and offsetting carbon levels in the atmosphere, but several barriers stand in the way of these initiatives reaching their full ecological potential.

The Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees Aim to Reduce Energy Consumption

Homeowners are Strategically Planting Trees in Partnership with Local Utility Providers, Public Agencies, and Other Organizations.
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Learn more about the Arbor Day Foundation's Energy-Saving Trees and Community Canopy programs.

The Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees and Community Canopy programs are designed to help utility companies, municipalities, and corporate organizations distribute trees to their communities. The core purpose is to lower energy bills, improve air quality, sequester carbon, and manage stormwater runoff.

Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance Debuts Principles to Drive Change and Accelerate U.S. Commercial Fleet Electrification

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Major companies with large commercial vehicle fleets provide guidance for auto and truck manufacturers, regulators, policymakers, and utilities on how to accelerate transition to electric vehicle

Alliance for Community Trees Groups are United in an Effort to Plant Trees for a Better Tomorrow

This Nationwide Network of Local Nonprofit Tree Planting Organizations is United in an Effort to Plant Trees for a Better Tomorrow
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Local impact happens when community-based tree planting organizations create projects that involve citizens, schools, churches, and government. This is the work of the 160 members of the Alliance for Community Trees program. These passionate nonprofit organizations are the boots on the ground — a grass-roots network united in their purpose of improving communities and towns across the country with trees.

Tree City USA: Celebrating the Importance of Urban Tree Canopies

With the Benefits of Strong and Sustainable Urban Forestry Programs, Communities Can Thrive.
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The Tree City USA program has strengthened and sustained urban forests across the country thanks to support of Foundation members and partners. From the Gulf of Alaska to the Gulf Coast, nearly 155 million Americans are living in Tree City USA towns and cities that pay particular attention to tree planting, management, and care.

Listening Lounge #5: Smart & Sustainable Building for the Future

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Is the handprint bigger than the footprint? Environmental sustainability, extreme weather events and more stringent climate protocols are driving sustainability trends. Join us as Frank O’Brien-Bernini, CSO at Owens Corning shares perspective on new innovations and emerging trends driving sustainable buildings.

 

Listen to this and more podcasts by Owens Corning here

The Arbor Day Foundation's Time for Trees Initiative

Time for Trees Year in Review
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In 2020, the Arbor Day Foundation made significant progress towards the Time for Trees initiative's landmark goal:

  • 56,048,771 trees planted
  • 5,852,132 planters gained
  • 18 corporate partners

Our goals through this initiative are to plant 100 million trees and inspire 5 million tree planters to help carry our mission forward — all by 2022, the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day and the 50th anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation.

Momentum for Hydrogen Transit Grows as European Consumers Prioritize Climate Before Cost When It Comes to Travel

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Gladbeck, Germany /3BL Media/ - In conjunction with European Hydrogen Week, global power leader Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today shared new research revealing that more than half of the United Kingdom (UK) commuters would be willing to travel to work on a train or bus powered by hydrogen to lower their carbon footprint and reduce emissions and nearly half of commuters in Belgium and Germany expressed the same view.

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