Author: Saul Elbein

Equilibrium/Sustainability — Tesla stocks end flat after Semi debut

Equilibrium is a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. Sign up below or online here. Tesla stocks ended relatively flat on Friday after the release of the company’s new freight truck the previous night. Company share prices remained largely unchanged following Tesla’s announcement that it would begin delivering its new Semi…

Equilibrium/Sustainability — A self-charging smart-watch — for cows

Equilibrium is a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. Subscribe here or in the box below. Fitting cows with a smart-watch-style device could help improve both food safety and supply chain efficiency — without requiring additional energy, a new study has found. The agriculture sector can benefit from using…

Investment in nature must double, UN says

Global spending on protecting nature must double by 2025 in order to meet the challenges of climate change, land degradation and the loss of biodiversity, a new United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report has found. Public investment into projects that destroy nature and biodiversity are currently 3 to 7 times higher than spending on projects that…

Equilibrium & Sustainability — Fully self-driving vans could come to San Francisco

Equilibrium is a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. Sign up here or in the box below. Vans without steering wheels — or any other manual controls — could soon be cruising the streets of San Francisco. California regulators are currently reviewing an application from General Motors’ (GM) driverless-car division to…

Equilibrium/Sustainability — World was abnormally dry last year: UN

Most of the globe was drier than usual in 2021 — circumstances that wreaked havoc on both economies and the environment, according to the World Meteorological Organization. About 3.6 billion people had inadequate access to water at least one month per year, the U.N. agency determined in its inaugural report on global resources. That number is expected…

Texas company wins grant to 3D-print moon bases

AUSTIN: A Texas-based company that aims to 3D-print future moon and Mars bases received $57 million from NASA this week. Austin-based ICON received the five-year contract to build out construction methods to fabricate future roads, landing pads and habitats from lunar or Martian materials. “In order to explore other worlds, we need innovative new technologies…

Jellyfish design could inspire swimming robots

Equilibrium is a newsletter that tracks the growing global battle over the future of sustainability. Sign up below or online here. Engines inspired by a relative of the jellyfish could power the next generation of underwater vehicles, a new study has found.  The gelatinous Nanomia bijuga swims by jetting water from its dozen independently controlled pumps, according…

Anti-deforestation push putting other ecosystems at risk: study

An agreement intended to prevent the clearing of tropical forests has put millions of acres of other forests and grasslands worldwide at risk, a new study has found. Guidelines passed in 2018 urging “zero deforestation” in producing palm oil — a key ingredient in everything from chocolates to cosmetics — have still allowed global producers…

Rolls Royce rolls out hydrogen jet engine

Rolls Royce has successfully tested a jet engine powered by green hydrogen, the company announced on Monday.  “The UK is leading the global shift to guilt-free flying,” said Grant Shapps, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, according to a press statement. The ground-based test is the fruit of a collaboration between the UK…