"However, in the EU as few as 5% of lithium-ion batteries are recycled. This has an environmental cost. Not only do the batteries carry a risk of giving off toxic gases if damaged, but core ingredients such as lithium and cobalt are finite and extraction can lead to water pollution and depletion among other environmental consequences."
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Someone needs to look into adding pantographs to cars and catenaries to roads, get batteries out of the equation.
But then cars would become street cars with tires. Or continue improving the internal combustion engine, but reduce the number of miles traveled by car.
I live in an urban area, I have a car and so does my spouse, I'm never giving up my car, but I would really like it if I could make more of my trips without needing to use my car. That's all I'm advocating for.
If you live in a rural area, you will need a car and that will probably never change until teleportation is invented.
I work in Machine Learning and Computer Vision, I could do all my work from home, and not a single employer I had allowed us to work from home. Not the 5-person startup, not the Fortune 100, and none of the companies that fall somewhere in between.
Originally Posted by 1958carnut
"We put so much money into our office building, we need you to be here" is their usual argument. It is stupid, since we don't really interact or socialize at work other than thru email and messaging, so what's the point? We could save time and fuel working from home, and free the roads for people who truly need to drive to work.