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Executives, recruiters and VCs predict Amazon’s HQ2 will bring another tech boom to New York City New York-based tech startup executives say they are looking forward to Amazon HQ2′s move to the city because they believe it will bring an influx of tech workers along with it.

Amazon HQ2 heats up Long Island City's already hot housing market New York said to woo Amazon: Bring HQ2 and we’ll rename a toxic creek after you Cuomo reportedly going all-out to land massive second headquarters.

EPA criminal action against polluters hits 30-year low Government figures show the EPA has hit a 30-year low in the number of pollution cases referred for criminal prosecution.

Dozens of children contract cancer in Indiana suburb The unusually large drop in home sales has real estate agents baffled Real estate brokers are trying to figure out why sales of existing homes plunged in December.

The potential for a foreclosure crisis because of climate change is real The threat to real estate from increasingly extreme weather brought on by climate change is clear, but the threat to the nation’s mortgage market is only beginning to come into focus.

Developers Woo Retail Tenants With Tallest-Ever Warehouses To bring tenants closer to urban consumers, developers in New York, North Carolina and Wisconsin are building four-story warehouses Whole Foods stops using compostable containers with PFAS Maui Brewing invests over $9M to become grid-independent U.S. Home Sales Plunged, Price Growth at 6-Year Low, Redfin Says Sales declined by 11% in December as prices rose just 1.2%.

New home sales tank 19 percent to end 2018 Sales of newly built homes fell 18 percent in December compared with December of 2017, according to data compiled by John Burns Real Estate Consulting, a California-based housing research and analytics firm.

The firm counts 373 market ratings by local builders overseeing more than 3,500 new home communities, estimated to be 16 percent of U.S. new home sales.

Brexit is a nightmare for currency traders D&O insurers impacted by climate change disclosure claims in 2019 PG&E May Be the Business World’s Biggest Climate-Change Casualty Yet The troubled utility has cited climate change as a culprit.

In coworking era, pricey urban real estate does double duty Restaurants-turned-offices, pop-up retail, and shared kitchens underscore demand for flexible space.

trend of planting wildflowers on solar sites could maintain habitat for disappearing bees and butterflies Surging oil output will push US towards energy independence in 2020, Dept of Energy says The Department of Energy forecasts U.S. oil production will jump from 10.9 million barrels per day in 2018 to 12.9 million bpd in 2020.

Oceans warming faster than expected, set heat record in 2018, scientists say New measurements, aided by an international network of 3,900 floats deployed in the oceans since 2000, showed more warming since 1971 than calculated by the latest U.N.

Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are warming the atmosphere, according to the overwhelming majority of climate scientists, and a large part of the heat gets absorbed by the oceans.

Renewable Energy Trends To Watch In 2019 China just injected a record amount of money to stimulate its economy On Wednesday, the Chinese central bank injected a net 560 billion yuan ($83 billion) into the banking system, the highest ever recorded for a single day.

Local Bike Advocates: E-Scooters Are Game-Changing California’s rooftop solar mandate will normalize clean energy Now that every new home built from 2020 onward in the state will be powered by solar, renewables will become a lot more commonplace–and the bonds between home builders and solar providers will become much tighter.

Google to Lease Office Space in a Los Angeles Mall Search giant to move into space at Westside Pavilion, which will be redeveloped into 584,000 square-foot office campus The 10 top emerging trends that will shape real estate in 2019 The Urban Land Institute’s annual look at the year ahead focuses on technology and transformation at an uncertain moment.

Energy Sector Expects 2019 Growth in Renewable and Natural Gas Projects The world is on an 'irreversible path to an economic downturn': Nomura Millennials Spark Seismic Shift in Site Selection Those looking for a location for a new facility are focusing on communities that differentiate themselves through their quality of life, labor force, and cultural fit.

Study: Fashion and sporting goods brands lead in mall openings These future-proof parking garages can easily morph into offices or housing Parking takes up an extraordinary amount of space in cities.

Second Wave of Environmental Enforcement Lawsuits Filed in New Jersey Today: Murphy Administration Takes More Steps Forward on Environmental Justice, Natural Resource Damages Coal-fired power plant to become solar-powered village Infill Development Still a Tricky Proposition Impact fees, also known as growth fees, are creating controversy in the Canadian city of Winnpeg, even as the city prepares new infill development guidelines to quell development controversies in older neighborhoods.

won’t happen UBS is forecasting bricks-and-mortar stores can still deliver about 1 percent of sales gains annually, assuming U.S. retail sales overall keep climbing at a rate of about 3 percent.

The Wall Street firm estimates U.S. retail is a $4.2 trillion industry and out of that roughly 13 percent, or $475 billion, of sales are taking place online.

It says that from 1971 to the early 2000s, J&J executives, mine managers, doctors and lawyers were aware the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.

Goodbye to bidding wars: Some of the hottest housing markets are falling the hardest In November, just 32 percent of offers written by Redfin, a real estate brokerage, saw multiple offers.

As 2018 comes to an end, it's been announced that more than 146 million square feet of retail space will be shut across the U.S. in malls and shopping centers, according to real estate research group CoStar.

Homebuilder sentiment drops in December to the lowest point in more than 3 years According to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, homebuilder sentiment declined four points in December to 56, the lowest point since May 2015.

The index has plummeted nearly 20 points over the past year while potential buyers hesitate to purchase new homes even as mortgage rates have pulled back in recent weeks.

"This housing slowdown is an early indicator of economic softening, and it is important that builders manage supply-side costs to keep home prices competitive for buyers at different price points,"

Decades-old groundwater pollution on housing estate still not cleaned up Groundwater beneath a Hertfordshire housing estate is so badly contaminated with bromate that the clean-up operation is still ongoing despite the pollution first being spotted 19 years ago Analysis: The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone Gatlinburg Is Getting the Longest Pedestrian-Only Suspension Bridge in America Renewable Energy To Remodel World Dominance Patterns First look: Bell unveils design for air taxi that could soon be buzzing around DFW (Video) An EPA rollback of Obama-era water protections could be particularly harmful to places like Harris County, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey The Baltic Sea offers a preview of what’s to come with global warming At 30-Year Low, U.S. Birth Rate Shows Striking Differences Between States The number of babies born in 2017 was the lowest in 30 years, but some states were much more fertile than others Did Elon Musk Forget About Buffalo?

BP Leads $15 Million Investment in Charging Business FreeWire ‘A kind of dark realism’: Why the climate change problem is starting to look too big to solve Trump’s Tariffs Drive Up the Cost of Public Works Duties add about $1.3 million to the cost of steel for a Detroit river cleanup.

Rising Waters Are Drowning Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Cancer-linked Chemicals Manufactured by 3M Are Turning Up in Drinking Water Musk's Outback Success Points to Bright Future for Battery Storage South Australian plant has responded rapidly to system outages More batteries will be rolled out in Australia, South Korea All the space department stores take up could build 350 malls—that may be way too much There still are more than 350 million square feet of department stores blanketing malls across the U.S., according to a report from Green Street Advisors.

Qatar to leave OPEC and focus on gas as it takes swipe at Riyadh Why a curious crustacean could hold secret to making renewable energy from wood US home sales rise 1.4%, snap 6-month losing streak Dead whale had 115 plastic cups, 2 flip-flops in its stomach Tesla plans to roll out its next-gen Supercharger in 2019 It also intends to double the number of its Superchargers next year.

Coal-fired power plant to become solar-powered village Mortgage refinance applications hit 18-year low With no major move in interest rates and continued weakness in home affordability, there was not a lot of incentive for homebuyers to make a move last week, and there was even less for homeowners looking to save money on their mortgages.

While investigating manganese pollution in yards of Southeast Side residents, EPA finds even worse problem: lead Nearly half of the 73 residential properties analyzed during the past six months are tainted by manganese at levels exceeding the Illinois standard for cleaning up former industrial sites, according to an interactive map recently posted online by the EPA.

As US coal use drops to 1979 levels, EPA may ease rules on new coal plants Corporate Assets Face Climate Risks, But Nobody Seems to Mind Disclosures from 1,600 companies show strategic ‘blind spots’.

Costco is opening a $440 million chicken farm to escape America’s chicken monopoly Malls Ousted From CMBS Conduits as Retail Sector Labors Once a natural fit for Class-C and -D retail assets, CMBS is getting far pickier.

managers favor urban areas, commercial real estate As expected, real estate is the most straightforward way for investors to think about deploying their dollars NJ ADOPTS NEW SITE REMEDIATION RULES, AFFECTING REAL PROPERTY OWNERS AND USERS Scaramucci Pitches ‘Swank’

Community dialogue concludes that building a city for everyone must begin with inclusion There could be an unlikely place to hide out if a recession is coming: Housing Yellen warns of another potential financial crisis: 'Gigantic holes in the system'

Here's why At the largest retail real estate conference on the East Coast, put on by ICSC, landlords spoke to CNBC about demolishing a Sears store being a cheaper and faster option than back-filling the existing structure.

but renters are paying more The average size of newly built apartments in 2018 is 941 square feet, which is 5 percent smaller than it was a decade ago.

OPERATION PAY DIRT: Suffolk DA arrests 30 people, 9 corporations charged in illegal dumping case China's Aging Problem Is a Serious Threat to Growth Countries, including the U.S., need accelerated labor productivity to offset their shrinking workforce.

Ex-Microsoft managers launch Opportunity Zone fund, courting tech investors for real estate projects in low-income neighborhoods The Calculus of Master Planning an Industrial Site Project Effective master planning results in seamless construction projects and builds the momentum for lean, concise operations and continued success.

Hazardous drinking water found in 42% of southwest Wisconsin wells Toxic smog shrouds Indian capital as pollution soars, govt measures fail Millennials Spark Seismic Shift in Site Selection Those looking for a location for a new facility are focusing on communities that differentiate themselves through their quality of life, labor force, and cultural fit.

and that’s a big problem for social media companies CNBC health-tech reporter Christina Farr took a break from social media after realizing that she spent far more time on Instagram than she realized.

Trump can ignore environmental laws to build border wall after Supreme Court declines to hear challenge The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not hear a challenge to the Trump administration’s proposed border wall brought by environmental groups who say construction could threaten endangered animals and violate environmental laws.

The groups asked the court to reject a 1996 law signed by President Bill Clinton that provides the executive branch with sweeping powers to waive environmental laws if those laws impede construction of barriers and roads near the border.

Here’s what 13 experts are saying about the next economic downturn Disappointing photos show what living in San Francisco on a tech salary really looks like 12 scary takeaways from the climate report the Trump administration China’s economy grew 6.6% in 2018, the lowest pace in 28 years China on Monday announced that its official economic growth came in at 6.6 percent in 2018 —

You can buy a home in the scenic Italian town of Sambuca for about $1—but there’s a catch Mexican Pollution Is U.S. Problem in Beach Closure Lawsuit Beach town argues U.S. government has duty to stop cross-border water pollution.

This building material could have saved California houses from wildfires, but it’s not widely used in the US Google could buy $110 million worth of land, without subsidies, for mega-campus 15 miles south of its headquarters In a new document, the city of San Jose says that Google could pay upwards of $100 million to buy roughly 21 acres of land for its proposed mega-campus, without any subsidies.

The outlook is sunny for solar in 2019, according to Credit Suisse Although the investment bank says large manufacturers will suffer from continuing panel price falls, developers will be able to take advantage and experts predict a resurgence in the global market next year.

cities Fireproof shelters, strict zoning rules and buyouts: Bold ideas to prevent another deadly California fire Homebuilder confidence plummets to the lowest level in more than two years as ‘demand stalls’

Goldman Sachs: As long as consumers keep shopping, there's hope for the economy Although falling stocks and rising interest rates will continue to weigh on sentiment, those negatives are likely to be offset by higher wages and retreating oil prices, Goldman says in a research note to clients.

Transforming The Grid Grant dollars available for brownfield assessments Rising sea levels from climate change threatens Puerto Rico's infrastructure, report states Nearly 8,000 structures in the island's low-lying areas are said to be at risk by an increase in sea level of 1.6 feet, according to a new climate report.

Fight for affordable housing near transit lines takes on new urgency Cities are using new technology to fight expensive and catastrophic flooding This summer was one of the wettest on record in much of the Northeast.

OPEC could strike back U.S. oil production jumped to 11.6 million barrels a day last week, a fact that will not be lost on OPEC and its partner Russia when they meet over the weekend.

Those commercial businesses along main street pay the real estate taxes that fund schools and if they go away, and most assuredly they are going away, then taxes on individual homes will have to go up to pay for the support system.

Illinois is set to become the Midwest's solar power leader Rules of the Road Evade Driverless Cars With automated vehicles, decades-old traffic laws become ambiguous, and questions emerge about liability.

Weekly mortgage applications drop 3.2%, hit by tanking stocks and rising rates Potential home buyers pulled back last week, worried about rising interest rates and about what was behind big daily drops in the U.S. stock market.

years after blaze, chemicals found in firefighting foam appear to be spreading California’s Wildfire Epidemic Is Blamed on Bad Building Decisions Homebuilders are not getting a bump from lower mortgage rates Mortgage applications to purchase a newly built home dropped 11 percent in November, compared to a year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

This drop is surprising, given the sharp drop in mortgage rates in November, and therefore underscores the fundamental weakness in the housing market today US dominance in oil markets is only going to get bigger, the IEA says OPEC and non-OPEC producers met in Vienna last week.

predictions for the future, according to billionaire tech titan Elon Musk Hurricane Florence set at least 28 flood records, according to new USGS report Opportunity Zone Rules Should Clean Up Industrial Waste: EPA Agency seeks rules promoting investment in environmental cleanup.

Ford Acquires Electric Scooter Startup Spin Company had fallen behind front-runners like Lime and Bird Illinois Democratic sweep may augur even better solar support Upon ousting a Republican incumbent governor, winning all state-wide offices and increasing their majorities in the General Assembly, Illinois Democrats are expected to keep solar progress going.

Pending home sales fall 2.6% in October as more buyers are priced out Pending homes sales, a measure of signed contracts to buy existing homes, fell 2.6 percent compared with September, according to the National Association of Realtors.

new report from Warburg Realty underscores how deeply New York City’s real estate market has swooned, with the real estate firm estimating prices have tumbled between 10 and 20 percent since peaking in 2015.

Many smaller cities and rural areas saw declining population and employment from 2000 to 2017 as residents and jobs migrated to larger, more prosperous locations.

Don't blame the Fed: The problem is America's tenuous grip on world order The Fed’s rate hike was a trigger to an explosive mix of rising budget and trade deficits, and an extraordinarily hostile domestic political scene.

Many of such sites are set up by local governments and communities to better manage the supply and demand for the growing stock of empty houses in their respective towns.

Japan’s vacant home phenomenon has largely concentrated in rural towns, but has started to show up in the suburbs and larger cities, according to various media reports.

Dirty dirt cleanups take decades BridgePort I Logistics Center: From Abandoned Brownfield to Active Distribution Facility Elon Musk: This is why I push myself to the brink The Impact of Dollar Stores and How Communities Can Fight Back (Fact Sheet) Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past In former factory districts, postindustrial authenticity comes with potential for hidden pollution Grassroots Group Eyes Push To Revive Superfund's 'Polluter Pays'

VW announces new mobile charging station with 360 kWh battery pack Amazon to expand Whole Foods stores: WSJ Contaminated land could be remediated, replaced with skate park Biohackers Are Implanting Everything From Magnets to Sex Toys The human augmentation market may grow tenfold, to $2.3 billion, by 2025.

Europe’s privacy laws are now so tough, they are taking names off doorbells in Vienna Far from fame, poverty blossoms in forgotten California Here Are the Mediterranean Sites That Will Be Swallowed by the Sea Coastal erosion and flooding are threatening ancient cities from Tunisia to Italy.

Washington is looking the other way The world's largest cannabis dispensary just opened in Vegas—and it has an entertainment complex attached Italian storms claim 17th life, and 14 million trees Ocean Cleanup device in Great Pacific Garbage Patch breaks, will be towed back to port On Long Island, Failure to Absorb Sandy’s Lessons Six years after Sandy hit New York killing 43 people and destroying numerous homes, waterfront development in the region continues with scant attention to cohesive storm-mitigation strategy.

Sustainable land use begins with land re-use Higher mortgage rates, rising prices costing homebuyers more than $1,200 a year The recent jump in mortgage interest rates, along with the continued rise in home prices, has increased monthly costs for homebuyers by 15 percent and reduced their purchasing power, according to Zillow.

Robert Shiller says Tesla rival Faraday has come unplugged Faraday joins the long list of battery-car start-ups that have been left on the hard shoulder Tesla Semi tire inflation patent paves way for pickup truck, Model Y &

X’s off-road abilities Wages and salaries jump by 3.1%, highest level in a decade Ten years in, the green bond market is poised for growth Why almost everyone was wrong about Tesla’s cash flow situation Critics said Tesla was "on the verge of bankruptcy."

Student-Loan Debt Is Crushing Millennials The Dirty Legacy of China’s and India’s Growth Contaminated Site Clean-up Opportunities in China China's Growing Clout Triggers Economic Arms Race With Old Order US factory orders increase more than expected in September Practitioner Insights: Avoiding Environmental Landmines in Commercial Real Estate Transactions Slightly heavier than a toothpick, the first wireless insect-size robot takes flight Farmland solar installations on the rise, but meeting local pushback Why Amazon’s future depends on moving from the internet to the physical world Amazon’s cashier-less Go stores give us a glimpse at its vision for the future of retail Geoffrey's Toy Box is coming to Kroger this holiday season Why the U.S. housing recovery is built on quicksand Sears’

Faucet Works owner seeks $5M over gas station contamination Many U.S. firms in China eyeing relocation as trade war bites: survey More than 70 percent of U.S. firms operating in southern China are considering delaying further investment there and moving some or all of their manufacturing to other countries as the trade war bites into profits, a business survey showed on Monday.

Growing the future High-tech farmers are using LED lights in ways that seem to border on science fiction Oil Falls to Two-Month Low as Global Demand Anxiety Intensifies Southern California suffers its worst housing slump in over a decade The number of new and existing houses and condominiums sold during the month plummeted nearly 18 percent compared with September 2017, according to CoreLogic.

That was the slowest September pace since 2007, when the national housing and mortgage crisis was hitting.The median price of Southern California homes sold in September, $505,000, was still 3.6 percent higher than it was a year ago.

and Baltimore is ripe for investment Amazon is packing more stuff into warehouses: Here’s why it matters Amazon’s CFO said during last week’s earnings call that the company could start using cubic feet —

Housing sentiment tumbles to lowest in a year, as more say now is not a good time to buy Consumer attitudes toward both buying and selling homes dropped, with the former falling the most of all the six survey components, a sizable five percentage points.

Fewer consumers now expect home prices to rise, echoing other surveys that have shown a drop in the number of people who think owning a home is currently a good investment.

Cummins and Hyundai made an all-electric excavator as heavy machinery goes electric The world’s first humanless warehouse is run only by robots and is a model for the future Mujin, a start-up spun out of Tokyo University, has developed robot controllers that can fully automate warehouses and fulfillment centers.

system -- here's what you can do wrong, and the embarrassing, demeaning ways they can punish you Transit stations help lure business relocations and new jobs U.S. House Prices Are Rising Faster Than American Wages U.S. housing markets peaking as prices, mortgage rates rise.

‘It’s a long time coming’: $6.2 million wildlife bridge over I-90 nears completion The World’s Fastest Growing Economy Has the World’s Most Toxic Air If India could conquer its air pollution problem, its citizens and government would be much richer.

During the 12 months since the bank’s last report to mid-2018, aggregate global wealth rose by $14 trillion to $317 trillion, representing a growth rate of approximately 4.6 percent, according to the Global Wealth Report 2018, published by Credit Suisse’s Research Institute on Thursday.

It helped feed 2 million people Black moms in Illinois 6 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related conditions As climate change batters U.S. cities, some discuss 'managed retreat'

Indian Coal Mining Companies Plan $1.6 Billion Solar Investment The world’s largest coal mining company, Coal India Limited (CIL), and India’s largest lignite mining company, NLC India Limited (NIL), have announced a joint venture to set up 3 gigawatts of solar power capacity.

NV Energy issues RFP for additional 350+ MW of new renewables Housing Market Is Raising Serious Red Flags Real home price growth looks to have already entered a cyclical downturn that is likely to intensify as affordability worsens.

US industrial production increased for a 4th-straight month, but momentum slowed sharply in the third quarter U.S. industrial production increased for a fourth straight month in September.

Industrial output grew at a 3.3 percent annualized rate in the third quarter after accelerating at a 5.3 percent pace in the second quarter.

America’s budget deficit jumps by 17% as spending surges The federal budget deficit rose 17 percent in fiscal year 2018, according to the Trump administration.

Cities and companies want more wind, solar power, report says Thousands line up for zero-down-payment, subprime mortgages Borrowers can have low credit scores, but have to go through an education session about the program and submit all necessary documents, from income statements to phone bills.

Add chargers to gas stations Replacing gas pumps with EV chargers, as a new partnership aims to eventually do, won’t require drivers to change their behavior–and it will save the planet a lot of carbon emissions.

AI And Storage At The 2019 CES

Various talks and exhibits showed how machine learning and other AI algorithms will change the way we play, drive, work and live.This piece will look at some interesting aspects of AI and how they involve digital memories and storage.

Jim Elliott from the Samsung memory group spoke at this event showing that 70% of the data generated by all the connected smart devices will be processed at the edge, because they can’t tolerate the latency of transport to large data centers (the cloud).He pointed out that DRAM and SSD solutions will be needed at the edge to store the information that will be processed there.

Gryfalcon is a startup company that recently introduced an AI chip platform designed for edge AI applications as well as cloud applications and is very efficient on power use, while high in performance.

The company’s Lightspeeur 2802M uses 40 MB of non-volatile non-volatile memory (MRAM), rather than volatile and real estate hungry SRAMS as memory to support AI processing, using 22 nm lithography.

The image below shows 16 2801 Gryfalcon chips with 28 nm lithography on a GAINBOARD 2803 PCIe board showing very favorable performance versus NVIDIA and Graphcore AI processors.

This included a company from Spain, Zero to Infinity, that was showing their low earth satellite launch system (Bloostar) using a small 3-stage rocket launched from the edge of the atmosphere after being lofted up by a high atmosphere balloon.

CES 2019: The 4 biggest trends, demystified

After all the CES product blitzes are done, the multimillion dollar booths are packed up and the PR buzz has utterly spent itself, the real trends become a lot more clear.

The biggest battleground of CES 2019 -- Amazon Alexa versus Google Home -- is primarily an AI battle that plays out in voice-powered smart speakers that are the hottest new category in consumer electronics.

Some of the most interesting examples include:  While the internet of things has been a leading topic of recent CES shows, it faded into the background as a topic in 2019 -- even though it was everywhere, if you were really looking.

Read more at TechRepublic: Internet of Things: Progress, risks and opportunities (free PDF) On the show floor at CES 2019, health tech and sleep tech were among the busiest booths, and there were more of them than ever.

At CES 2019, Sleep Number touted Olympic athletes and NFL football players using its smart beds to improve performance.  Read more at TechRepublic: Sleep Number and the NFL have teamed up to offer smart beds to all 1,800 players in the league.

There were also special lighting and sound products to help you fall asleep and stay asleep, smart sensors that can slide under your existing mattress, smart pillows to control your temperature while you sleep, smart hepa filters to keep you breathing clearly as you sleep and more.

Read more at CNET: In search of a smarter night's rest at CES 2019 With so many people concerned about the state of the world and the future of humanity, it wasn't a surprise that CES 2019 put a greater emphasis on technology that could make a larger impact on society.

We saw it at CES press day on Monday, Jan. 7 when Ford's Don Butler joined the Qualcomm press conference to announce that Ford would integrate Qualcomm's 'vehicle-to-everything' (C-V2X) technology across its fleet of vehicles in 2022.

TechRepublic special report: Tech and the future of transportation (free PDF) At the tail end of press day, one press conference that drew a surprisingly big crowd was the unveiling of the Impossible Burger 2.0.

At the press event, Impossible Foods CEO Patrick Brown cited the fact that China asked its citizens to cut their meat intake by 50 percent in 2016 to help fight the country's challenges with pollution and agriculture, but it has had little impact on China's growing appetite for meat.

Impossible Foods touts that eating one Impossible Burger in place of a cow-based burger saves the equivalent of 75 square feet of land, a half bathtub of water and 18 miles of emissions in a car.

The company also points out that 'animal agriculture occupies almost half the land on earth, consumes a quarter of our fresh water' and has multiple other negative impacts on land, food yield and ecosystems.

But Impossible Foods also knows how much barbecue, tacos and hot dogs play a part in humans' favorite rituals and so wants to find a more responsible way to keep us enjoying beef  before the population grows to 9-10 billion by 2050 and creates a food crisis.

This year put greater focus around technologies and innovations that can help communities better protect against and recover from natural disasters, resolve water crises, improve food security, support first responders and make communication networks strong enough to survive epic storms.

'This need for more robust products to create an impervious infrastructure is becoming apparent in all geographies, so we want to see innovations that are truly resilient, which should dramatically protect and improve the lives of human beings,' said Carmichael Roberts, a board member of Zero Mass Water, a CES 2018 exhibitor that uses tech to pull water directly from the the abundant oxygen in the air.

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