Voices for sustainability & equity
Who's paying authors for misinformation?
The forward-leaning morning newsletter for those
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June 2, 2022
Topics: Sustainable fashion, internet news, Google, Facebook, hydrogen, fuel cell, Air Liquide, circular economy, Li-Cycle, Redwood Materials, Retex Green, Italy
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🗣️Musicians and entertainers speak More than 100 million people have gone into extreme poverty since the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Bank recently reported. An estimated 45 million more people could also face starvation this year. Adding the new poverty rate to the ongoing climate crisis, dozens of musicians and entertainers have signed an open letter asking world leaders and billionaires to step up and take urgent actions. Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization, led the call-to-action initiative, as part of its End Extreme Poverty Now campaign.
The letter demands world leaders make immediate, meaningful change on points such as “breaking systemic barriers that keep people in poverty,” and “empowering young women and girls across the world”. More than 30 celebrities signed the open letter, including Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Charlie Puth, Hugh Jackman, Nigeria’s DJ Cuppy, and 5 Seconds of Summer.
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⁉️Who's funding global misinformation? Most people around the globe now rely on the internet for information. MIT's 2021 Technology Reviews investigation on Facebook and Google has exposed that both companies fund misinformation on their platforms. The report revealed that Facebook and Google allowed clickbait authors to promote misinformation for many years and they paid the clickbait authors millions of dollars too. Facebook has the Instant Author program and Google has AdSense program. And they still do, unfortunately!
Some of the report expanded on a UN 2018 finding that Facebook played a role in the 2017 crisis in Myanmar, resulting in the death of 10,000 Rohingya people and the displacement of 700,000 more. It revealed many other events, including how Google and Facebook helped to misinform millions of U.S. audiences in the lead-up to the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Facebook has said it is working to prevent the clickbait authors from using its Ads services. MIT traced most of those clickbait authors to Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Macedonia, and Kosovo. Staying cognizant about the media is critical.
🚘Hydrogen power for electric vehicles Paris-based Air Liquide has started operations at its newly built Apex Industrial Park hydrogen fuel production facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the largest of all its facilities across 75 other countries. The French energy giant opened the $250 million project this month, announcing the facility will produce enough hydrogen fuel to power more than 40,000 “fuel cell” cars in California—the largest hydrogen fuel-based car market in the United States.
Electric cars and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles both use an electric motor. EVs provide power with rechargeable batteries, and fuel cell cars create their electric power from hydrogen gas/vapor and oxygen. Many new technologies rolling our way.
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♻️Circular EV battery designs Li-Cycle, the Toronto-based recycling specialist has secured investments from top EV battery makers and industry leaders, such as GM and LG Energy Solution, to help it expand its proprietary recycling technology. Their technology enables them to recycle the batteries while keeping them intact. Li-Cycle is currently building a spoke plant in Alabama and a hub facility in New York to recycle up to 65,000 EV batteries annually by 2023.
With operations ongoing at its Gilbert, Arizona spoke facility, Li-Cycle is committed to recycling end-of-life EV batteries to help the auto industry sustainably transition to electrification. Li-Cycle has plans to construct up to 20 more spoke plants and four hub facilities worldwide by 2025. It trades on the NYSE under the ticker symbol LICY.
🔋Redwood Materials With headquarters in Nevada, Redwood Materials knows EVs. CEO, JB Straubel co-founded Tesla and spent 15 years there building the world's greatest EV manufacturer to date. The company recently announced that the launch of their EV battery recycling program will be in California. They partnered with Ford and Volvo to design and finance these pioneering achievements.
The September 27 issue of AGREEN1 shared that Redwood Materials currently recycle phones, laptops, tablets, power tools and any other devices with a lithium-ion battery. Please send to: Redwood Materials, Attn: Consumer Recycle Program, 2401 Conestoga Drive, Carson City, NV 89706.
👗Circular fashion coming Italy has been Europe’s worst textile polluter, with up to 466 tonnes of textile waste produced every year, but that is about to turn around. The country has launched Retex Green, an association consisting of Italian textile manufacturers and fashion brands, to create a circular economy for its textile sector.
The Retex Green consortium launched on January 11, days after Italy instituted an order directing a separate collection of textile waste, including footwear and leather goods. The consortium will lead Italy’s fashion sector to sustainability through waste prevention, industrial symbiosis, and the use of recycled materials. Watch out for Italy’s new move to sustainable fashion!
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