Open Letter on Climate Action at Google

In an open letter, 1,137 (as of Nov. 4) Google employees called for the company to take climate action to achieve the following goals:

  • Zero emissions by 2030
  • Zero contracts to enable or accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels.
  • Zero funding for climate-denying or -delaying think tanks, lobbyists, and politicians.
  • Zero collaboration with entities enabling the incarceration, surveillance, displacement, or oppression of refugees or frontline communities.

The letter cited demands from fellow tech-works at Amazon and Microsoft, and Google’s code of conduct which requires “respect for users and for opportunities.”

The letter surfaced on the same day the United States submitted a formal notice of withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power for Decades

Story by Adam Popscu in Bloomberg Businessweek, Nov. 3, 2019:

  • Swedish researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have ” figured out how to harness the energy and keep it in reserve so it can be released on demand in the form of heat—even decades after it was captured.”
  • The system uses ordinary elements – carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen – to produce a molecule that holds energy longer than a lithium-ion battery.
  • The molecules combine to form a coating that collects solar energy and releases heat. The researchers believe the system has the potential to produce electricity as well.
  • The system could potentially be used to heat houses and cars, and could be commercially available within six years.

Feature photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash