This Monday marks New York City’s start of Climate Week. This week-long program features many panels and events that focus on different sustainability topics. These topics include improving the environmental footprints of buildings, transitioning to cleaner energy, and sustainable transportation. And where will the money be spent to support all these changes? Many of these events will be streamable online for those not in New York. The program generates lots of energy and discussion around sustainability topics. Expect to hear more from it over the coming weeks.
Don’t forget that Forbes will host its first-ever Sustainability Leaders Summit on Tuesday. You can attend in person or virtually. Has more information.
Ethereum Merge: What You Need to Understand About the Hotly-Anticipated Upgrade That Will Turn The Crypto Player Green
The blockchain powering large swathes of the crypto ecosystem and underpins the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, Ethereum, announced that it had completed a major software upgrade on Thursday. Vitalik Buterin, its cofounder, announced on Twitter. This milestone in digital history could help the sector shed its unfriendly reputation and open the door to mainstream adoption.
Innovations and Discoveries
A new study suggests that vehicle exhaust and other fossil fuel smoke could increase the risk of lung carcinoma in non-smokers.
Europe is getting ready for the launch of its next-generation weather satellites. These will be used to monitor extreme weather and climate change.
Recent research by the University of Michigan reveals that transitioning workers to jobs in renewable energy is relatively simple compared to other industries.
The Week’s Best Sustainability Deals
Venture Capital Prime Movers Lab has announced Wednesday the launch of a $500 million early-growth fund to invest in groundbreaking science companies, including clean energy and batteries startups.
Repurposing coal plants: Microsoft has partnered with TerraPraxis, a nonprofit sustainability organization, to create tools to enable coal plants to switch to nuclear power. This will accelerate decarbonization in the regions where these tools are used.
Fleet ChargingTeraWatt has announced that it has raised over $1 billion to expand its charging stations for electric vehicle fleets.
On The Horizon
This year’s Thanksgiving turkey is likely more expensive than usual because the avian influenza outbreak decimated turkey populations in the United States. Some turkey meat distributors have seen a 30% drop in supply, likely leading to higher prices as the holiday nears.