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Coronavirus is cutting car traffic, offering a peek into what would happen if more streets were closed to private vehicles.Some cities are temporarily closing streets to allow for extra space for socially-distant exercise, while others have permanently...
Coronavirus pandemic may add fuel to the world’s shift to alternative proteinsInvestments in alternative-protein companies have risen in recent years, as numerous startups sell plant-based protein and experiment with insects and lab-grown fishWith China expected to promote...
The coronavirus is upending business in micromobility, where startups were already struggling to make shared scooters and bicycles a viable transportation option.Investors had already shied away from the sector, which saw venture-capital investment drop 63% to almost...
Coronavirus is threatening to stall growth of electricity storage capacity. Projections of rapid growth in sector now in doubt and may damp enthusiasm from investors.U.S. energy storage installations surged to a record in the fourth quarter and was...
COVID-19’s impact on the workplace and other behaviors may lead to long-term environmental benefits.Changing priorities in the workplace may choose a new set of winners and losers in the global economy.Workplaces and industries are being tested in...
Hoarding of toilet paper in the U.S. has led to local shortages and sparked demand for bidets.The bathroom appliances are no longer expensive luxuries in North America. TUSHY, BioBidet, Brondell, and Sonny market budget-priced bidets. A switch to...
Almost all of coffee’s environmental impact comes from bean production, not disposable cups and other packaging, expert saysCoffee industry is seeking to cut its sizeable carbon output, and doing so will require more than eliminating single-use cups.Sustainability...
TAKEAWAY: Plastic is an unprecedented environmental problem and a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Yet not only is plastic here to stay, it may even become more prevalent in the future.
Mention of man-made climate change is being erased from press releases and reports while agencies continue to research and prepare for a warmer, wetter future.EPA, FEMA, HUD and the  Army Corps of Engineers are among the agencies...
Los Angeles unveils two-step plan to switch 1,900 megawatts of electricity generated by burning coal to natural gas, then transition to hydrogen.Toyota, Honda and Hyundai sell hydrogen-powered cars in California, which has the toughest U.S. emissions standards.L.A....
Environmental concerns may lead to the decline of “fast-fashion” clothing.EU plans to force textile industry changes that raise the cost of clothing.EU initiative to encourage more reusable textiles may result in expanded sales for clothing rental services.  
The EU will announce a major push to promote green hydrogen as a replacement for polluting fuels used for transportation and industry.Hydrogen is an important part of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s commitment to reaching...
While plastic has serious environmental downsides, green alternatives may be worse in some cases.Biodegradable plastics market may reach $6.73 billion in five years, according to an estimate.U.K. study showed that cloth bags would have to be used...
Andy Chae grew up skateboarding through deserted lots in a down-at-its-heels Detroit in the early 2000s. Now he tends tomatoes and salad greens on one of those vacant lots, next to his uncle’s dry cleaners store.
Electric car production is growing as overall automobile output slips.Vehicle sales are projected to drop in all major markets this year except for Japan, Moody’s says.General Motors is taking on electric-car pioneer Tesla. G.M. says it’s created...
Surge in wind and solar energy output raising possibility renewables may be able to meet the world’s growing demand for electricityThe use of fossil fuels for generating power dropped in 2019 for the first time in a...
Amid a boom in clean-energy alternatives, investors are rejecting natural gas.The once-hailed bridge from coal-fired generation is being replaced by renewables.Continued use of gas could derail timelines to achieve climate targets and hang investors out to dry.
Germany aims to shift to hydrogen from fossil fuelInvestors may see the move as another reason to reconsider fossil-fuel investmentsThe country’s efforts are another illustration of the global shift to cleaner energies The German...
The coronavirus outbreak is slowing the transition to renewable energy as aggressive measures taken by China to slow the spread of the virus is leading to shortages of everything from solar panels to wind turbines.
Beef production might be approaching its peak, and that’s good news for the environment and climate change. The 10-year compound annual growth rate in beef output was 0.11%, and trending lower, according to data...
Meat alternatives, indoor farming, robotic food delivery and cloud kitchens were last year’s hottest trends among agri-foodtech startups, according to a new industry report. But while the sector has grown 250% over the past...
New York and New England might think of the reservoirs and dams that dot Quebec as a giant battery -- energy storage rather than a continuous power source. All they need for that low-carbon,...
California regulators, eyeing rising home prices, eased off on the state’s pioneering requirement for new homes to have expensive solar panels, a move that environmentalists say will hurt the state’s chances of meeting its goal for 100%...
Non-stick coatings seem to be anything but — they stick around so tenaciously that the ingredients used to make them are dubbed “forever” chemicals. Washington is joining other U.S. states moving ahead of the...
Key Takeaway: A tight labor market and shifting cultural norms are leading more businesses to consider hiring workers with a criminal past or history of addiction. Here’s why they think more companies...
New technologies for producing hydrogen offer the tantalizing possibility that the clean-burning gas will displace gasoline and diesel as transportation fuel. These advances, along with the falling cost of hydrogen, may soon make driving...
While billions of dollars have been spent on developing batteries to store solar and wind energy, some startups are betting that gravity is a better option. The adoption of renewable energy is hindered by...
Karma Takeaway: As awareness about plastic pollution rises, more big brands and investors are relying on startups like Sulapac to drive packaging and biomaterials innovation Edible cutlery, melting paper tubes, mushroom-based packaging, straws made of pasta. These...
Robots are still coming — though their advance has lost a bit of steam. The number of robots installed by companies in the U.S. dropped last year for the time since 2015, according to...
Climate wars are heating up at JPMorgan Chase, with activist shareholders pushing to oust former Exxon Mobil Chairman Lee Raymond from the top position on the bank’s board. The largest U.S. bank already is...
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