By Jason Mathers, Director, Vehicles & Freight Strategy, Environmental Defense Fund

The pace of vehicle electrification continues to pick up steam. The latest company to make a big splash is FedEx — the delivery behemoth with more than 80,000 vehicles in its fleet. The company announced its pickup and delivery fleet will include only zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

This is an important step forward, not just for FedEx, but for the delivery vehicle market in general. The delivery vehicle market is particularly ripe for electrification, with numerous vehicle options already on or coming to the market. …


By Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability & Resilience at City of Orlando, Eco-entrepreneur, Nonprofit executive, Climate activist

Cities are home to more than 50% of the global population and as a result are presented with ever-growing challenges, including finding a balance between social equity, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability.

Cities also have extraordinary potential to enable change and the ability to find harmony between people, prosperity, and the planet that creates a better future for all.

Recognizing this, member-countries of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, including a historic goal on SDG 11: Sustainable Cities: “to make cities…


The scale of the climate crisis demands that we approach it with boldness and creativity, and entrepreneurs are stepping up to the plate. Today’s climate tech pioneers are developing innovative, advanced solutions that have the potential to make a real difference in stabilizing the climate. In this article, we look at how climate tech entrepreneurs are addressing barriers to progress and creating solutions and momentum to address climate change. Please note that Environmental Defense Fund does not specifically endorse the products, companies or theories mentioned here. However, we do want to foster this vital conversation.

Clean tech investment is booming…


By Daniel Hill, Environmental Defense Fund Innovation Fund Manager

Innovation funds and labs have long been in practice. Private companies have used various vehicles to spark innovation and incubate new products or services for decades.

Today we’re watching as environmental challenges become more severe, urgent and prolific. Pressure is on to find solutions and deploy them more quickly than ever before. We must take risks, we must embrace failures and we must drive environmental innovation. That’s how we will unlock the creative solutions needed to address the climate crisis.

One of the most powerful ways that companies can foster innovation…


By Christopher Cusack and Harlisa

Small-scale fisheries are much bigger than you may have thought. They are fundamental to the food security, nutrition and economic well-being of hundreds of millions of people worldwide (the FAO estimates that 200 million people worldwide rely on small-scale fisheries for some part of their livelihood). Small-scale does not equal small catch. Globally, small-scale fisheries contribute about the same amount of food as larger fisheries — and they are becoming more significant. Most small-scale fishermen are located in the tropics, where climate change is set to have the most serious impacts on fish populations, so…


By Berenice García and Rafael Ortiz

Digital technology can be a powerful ally to sustainable fishing. Diverse experiences around the world have shown it can improve fisheries management — sustainably and cost-effectively.

In the Mexican fishing sector, these technologies are still in a developmental and exploratory stage, yet the experience for Mexican hake producers in the Gulf of California is already showing promising results for both fishers and the environment.

Gulf of California hake: taking management innovation to the next stage

Hake — or merluza as it is called in Spanish — is a relatively new fishery in Mexico, which started its journey towards sustainable fishing in 2012. Today, hake is…


This article is by Kate Saenko, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Boston University (Disclosure statement: Kate Saenko consults for the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. She receives funding from Google and other companies.) It originally appeared in The Conversation.

This month, Google forced out a prominent AI ethics researcher after she voiced frustration with the company for making her withdraw a research paper. The paper pointed out the risks of language-processing artificial intelligence, the type used in Google Search and other text analysis products.

Among the risks is the large carbon footprint of developing this kind of AI technology. By some…


This article is by Tali Zuckerman and originally appeared in GreenBiz and can be see here.

Rendering of Amply’s Anaheim Transportation Network site. (Photo courtesy of AMPLY Power)

In recent years, electric vehicle (EV) adoption has accelerated in the world of personal cars. Now, as ambitious climate goals gain momentum and renewable energy prices drop, attention is turning towards scaling such systems for commercial transport.

But before zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fleets can hit the road, stakeholders must find innovative ways to finance them in a way that is accessible, affordable and attractive to corporate buyers.

At the VERGE 20 conference last week, industry experts working on this very question joined moderator Niki…


Electric trucks, buses are gearing up for mass deployment

By Richard Kauffman, Chair of the Board of Directors at Generate Capital and former New York “energy czar.“

We’ve all seen the signs in hotel rooms urging us to hang up towels to save the planet. According to researchers, that sign is much less effective than a sign that asks you to join other guests who hang up their towels.

This mirrors what we’ve learned about clean energy. In the case of fleet electrification, we have long assumed that fleet owners will invest in a solution that will save the planet…


By Maurice Hall, Associate VP, Ecosystems — Water, Environmental Defense Fund

Over my nearly 30 years of working on water issues in the West, I have repeatedly thought there has got to be a better way to measure how much water is used to grow the food we eat. This data is surprisingly complex, and up until now, it has been expensive to calculate.

That’s why it’s difficult to contain my excitement as this “better way” comes to fruition in the form of a new web platform called OpenET that EDF is developing with NASA, Google, the Desert Research Institute…

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