The fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters and is responsible for 10 percent of annual global carbon emissions. Since fabric manufacturing accounts for nearly 59 percent of an apparel’s climate impact, paying close attention to which textiles to buy is crucial.
While natural fibers generally consume less energy than synthetics, they are often more damaging in terms of land use, water consumption, and ecotoxicity from chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and dyes. When shopping for or sourcing natural fibers, know what to look for – from labels and certifications to the process of making them – to reduce carbon footprints.
The winged microchips developed by engineers at Northwestern University don’t have a motor. They are as small as a grain of sand that can be carried by the wind as they monitor such things as pollution levels or the spread of airborne diseases. Their creators foresee microfliers becoming part of “large, distributed collections of miniaturized, wireless electronic devices.”
An Amazon smart fridge of the future might be able to do grocery shopping for consumers. According to a report from Business Insider, Amazon has been working on the technology to develop a smart fridge for years. With cameras and computer vision similar to those in the touchless Amazon Go stores, the fridge would be able to detect which groceries are in in stock, and order more when they’re close to expiring or running low.
American carmaker General Motors is joining the going-electric trend as it announces the building of a facility dedicated to battery research. The goal is to develop electric vehicle batteries that can last longer and charge faster and are better for the environment, and ultimately, to produce EVs that can travel by up to 600 miles or 965.6km on a single charge. The project is in addition to two battery manufacturing facilities that GM is building in partnership with LG Chem, and an undertaking with SolidEnergy Systems, a spinoff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Users with Ryzen-powered systems might want to think twice before updating to Windows 11. Following the release of Window’s latest OS, AMD is reporting that its processors are possibly seeing a performance drop of up to 15 percent in some units.
Until both AMD and Microsoft have resolved the issue, users with a Ryzen CPU are advised to hold off their plans to upgrade.
“Our largest export commodity continues to be air” is a frequent saying of Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. That’s certainly true at his port, where exports are containerized. Far more empty boxes leave than full ones, so they can be reloaded quickly in Asia.
That’s all for this edition of the Friday links – have a great weekend.