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.
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.