#24. ⛈️El Niño & La Niña get stronger | 🔋GM's nickel supply agreement | 🚨AVs national security threat
Also: Deadly West African rainfall | Earth's self-regulating temperature | Amazon's renewable goals | US nuclear power investment | Baidu & Pony.ai testing | German EVs software-limited
🦃 Tomorrow, the 24th of November is Thanksgiving in the US, so I’ll be going on a brief break and will see you back here on Monday. Cheers!
🌡 CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change will make El Niño and La Niña stronger by 2030 — 40 years sooner than previously thought (long read)
Earth can regulate its own temperature, naturally “cancelling out” global warming — but likely not soon enough (quick read)
🔋 CLEAN ENERGY
Why Amazon is going all in on renewables — and how it intends to use clean energy by 2025 (long read)
On average, the entire EV production cycle — from manufacturing to battery recycling — produces about 35% less emissions than their ICE vehicle counterparts, and saves 50 to 70% in CO2 emissions, with only one to two years needed to recoup battery production emissions. Meanwhile, 78 out of 3,000 US counties result in higher lifetime emissions than ICE vehicles, but as coal and oil starts to get phased out, these numbers will only improve.
Startup Quaise Energy (Crunchbase) is applying mmWave technology to melt and then vaporize deep hole (20 km / 12 mi) geothermal drilling to enable unlimited clean energy around the world. They’ve raised $70M in their Series A round so far.
Los Angeles-based incubator AltaSea is focused on all things “blue economy,” i.e., the ocean. It sits on 35 acres and will soon produce enough solar energy to send energy back to the grid while also serving as a testbed for ocean wave energy and hydrogen.
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🚗 AUTONOMOUS & ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Tesla may now be one of TSMC’s largest customers with a new order of 4-5 nm chips to upgrade its so-called “Full Self Driving” computer.
British startup Ev.energy (Crunchbase) is developing a vehicle-agnostic two-way communication system between the grid and EVs to enable more energy efficient usage of power between grid and vehicles.
Domino’s acquires 800 Chevy Bolts for delivery fleet, cutting costs and attracting drivers (quick read)
American pizza company Domino’s Pizza, the largest pizza company in the world, is adding 800 2023 Chevy Bolts to its delivery fleet. This will help increase profit margins while also attracting drivers who don’t have their own vehicle.
🦃 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Thank you so much for reading! For those of you who celebrate it, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving; enjoy the long weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!-Marc