Volkswagen launches new research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory & University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Volkswagen Group of America’s Innovation Hub Knoxville, the company’s technology unit for applied materials science, has expanded its research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT).

UK Consortium in £8M project to design EV powertrain for global market

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GKN Automotive, Drive System Design and the University of Nottingham are collaborating on an £8-million (US$10 million) project to design and develop a world-leading electric vehicle powertrain for the global market. GKN Automotive, a global Tier One electric vehicle driveline supplier, is responsible for the design of the ACeDrive system, including the overall packaging and the development of the motor, inverter and transmission.

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Drive System Design presents design methodology for accommodating future uncertainty in EV powertrain design: ePOP

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UK-based automotive engineering specialist Drive System Design (DSD) will present a system-level approach for EV powertrain design in a paper at the 17 th CTI China Symposium in Shanghai from 23-25 September. The paper will illustrate how, using the method developed at DSD, future EV powertrains can be better optimized and protected against uncertain global trends in technology development and commodity prices.

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Eagle Graphite and University of British Columbia partner on development of silicon-modified anodes

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The University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Advanced Materials for Energy Storage Lab, under the leadership of Dr. Jian Liu, is the project’s research lead during the initial stages. Flake graphite accounts for approximately 40% of global natural graphite supply. Potential North American graphite consumption for electric vehicles is expected to grow by as much as 93,000 tpy by 2020—roughly equivalent to 25% of estimated global flake graphite production of 375,000 tpy for 2013.

DOE launches design & construction of $75M grid energy storage research facility at PNNL

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The GSL also supports DOE’s Energy Storage Grand Challenge, which draws on the extensive research capabilities of the DOE National Laboratories, universities, and industry to accelerate the development of energy-storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in the energy storage technologies of the future and a secure domestic manufacturing supply chain.

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New Resource for University Educators

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to close classrooms and shift to remote learning, prompting instructors to adapt their curricula and teaching style. Transformation in Practice: Approaches to Innovative Instructional Design.

Global NCAP calls for universal application of minimum vehicle safety standards in all world markets by 2020

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Millions of new cars sold in middle and low income countries fail to meet the UN’s basic safety standards for front and side impacts, according to international automotive safety watchdog Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). Global NCAP has released a new policy report, “ Democratising Car Safety: Road Map for Safer Cars 2020 ”, calling for minimum vehicle safety standards to be applied universally in all world markets. —Global NCAP Chairman Max Mosley.

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UC San Diego launches Institute for Materials Discovery and Design

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The University of California San Siego (UCSD) has formed the San Diego Institute for Materials Discovery and Design, a joint initiative of the Jacobs School of Engineering and Division of Physical Sciences at UCSD. The institution’s goal is to position UC San Diego as the recognized global academic leader in nanoscale and quantum materials design and discovery.

Ford to expand research collaboration with Australian universities

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Ford will expand its collaboration with Australian universities as part of a commitment to developing a world-class system of external alliances, programs and practices in Australia and Asia. The company has appointed senior Ford Technical Engineer, Richard Taube, as Ford Australia’s Manager for University Programs. Ford’s vision is to expand its research presence in Australia and to grow alliances with the most relevant and technically capable universities.

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Street network patterns reveal global trend towards increasing urban sprawl

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New research from McGill University and the University of California, Santa Cruz has found that the local streets of the world’s cities are becoming less connected, a global trend that is driving urban sprawl and discouraging the use of public transportation.

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MIT study: people globally follow a “visitation law”; inverse relationship between distance and frequency of visits

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A new paper by an MIT team and colleagues in Singapore, China, Italy and Denmark, drawing on global data, finds that people visit places more frequently when they have to travel shorter distances to get there. The visitation law could have many practical applications—from the design of new infrastructure to urban planning. 2021) “The universal visitation law of human mobility.”

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Cambridge study finds globalized economy making water, energy and land insecurity worse

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The first large-scale study of the risks that countries face from dependence on water, energy and land resources has found that globalization may be decreasing, rather than increasing, the security of global supply chains. Researchers from the University of Cambridge used macroeconomic data to quantify these pressures. Globalization allows companies to make their products almost anywhere in the world in order to keep costs down.

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Applanix and University of Waterloo collaborate on advanced guidance and control technologies for autonomous vehicles

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Applanix, a Trimble Company, is collaborating on advanced research for autonomous vehicle guidance and control systems with the University of Waterloo Center for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Applanix will also provide WatCAR with Trimble on-board GNSS-Inertial board set designed for high-performance, high-volume Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) applications.

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Honda begins joint research with Boston University in information security for AI; secure MPC

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Honda Research Institute (HRI), a Honda R&D subsidiary, and Boston University have agreed to begin joint research in the area of data security and privacy for artificial intelligence (AI) research. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering of Boston University as one strategic partner for joint research collaboration.

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Volkswagen Group expands research partnership with Stanford University

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million to Stanford University. In addition to research projects, the contribution will go towards programs to help educate future engineers in computer science and electromechanical design giving them the tools to push the boundaries of automotive innovation. Dr. Winterkorn will offer perspective from the vantage point of a leading global corporation on broad strategic issues facing the school, its programs, and resources.

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Scientists synthesize first functional designer chromosome in yeast

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An international team of scientists led by Dr. Jef Boeke, director of NYU Langone Medical Center’s Institute for Systems Genetics, has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology—designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels. cerevisiae as the basis for a synthetic designer genome, Sc2.0.

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CSIRO and Piotrek partner on next-gen solid-state Li-ion batteries for global market

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Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, and Japanese specialist chemical manufacturer, Piotrek , are partnering to commercialize Australian-developed battery technologies globally within the next five years. RAFT is a form of controlled free radical polymerization that enables the design of polymers with enhanced properties.

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Universities of Birmingham and Warwick launch new fuels lab

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The UK Universities of Birmingham and Warwick launched a new lab to support investigations into the dynamic aspects of combustion of alternative fuels, as well as gasoline and diesel, with the aim of reducing harmful vehicle exhaust emissions, particularly greenhouse gasses. —Professor Miroslaw Wyszynski, lead investigator from the University of Birmingham’s School of Mechanical Engineering.

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Ford kicks off new automated driving research projects with MIT and Stanford University

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Building on the capabilities of the automated Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle unveiled last month ( earlier post ), Ford is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University to research and to develop solutions to some of the technical challenges surrounding automated driving. A color gradient designated height. Ford is heavily involved in vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) cooperative communication initiatives globally (e.g.,

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Ford expanding global electrified vehicle battery R&D

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Ford is expanding its electrified vehicles research and development program in Europe and Asia this year, creating a “hub-and-spoke” system that allows the global team to further accelerate battery technology and take advantage of market-specific opportunities. Through this network, the EPE team will take advantage of globally connected technologies to develop lighter and more durable EV batteries.

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BAIC BJEV in strategic cooperation with Dresden University of Technology for lightweighting technology

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BAIC BJEV), a subsidiary of BAIC, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Dresden University of Technology (TUD) to create the Sino-German Automotive Light Weighting Technology Joint R&D Center. BAIC BJEV has been building its global R&D network in its core areas, i.e. electric and smart technologies, by establishing oversea R&D centers in Silicon Valley, USA; Aachen, Germany; Detroit, USA; and Barcelona, Spain. Beijing Electric Vehicle Co.,

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Xiamen University team assesses reasons for purchasing EVs in first-tier cities in China; smog a major factor

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A team of researchers at Xiamen University in China has examined the factors influencing electric vehicle uptake in major Chinese cities. China has become a behemoth in the global auto market—and it continues to grow. A survey is designed and conducted to collect empirical data about the factors that may influence the purchasing intention about EVs; quantitative analyses of these factors are also implemented.

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Rule Britannia: Can the UK Set Global AI Standards?

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And it says the government should coordinate efforts to develop the AI technologies that will be key in the fight against global climate change. The United Kingdom could effectively lead the world for AI standards if its rules are strong and well-designed. (By

China’s SAIC Motor named winner of 10th LA Auto Show Design Challenge; Mobiliant

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The judges of the 10 th annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge named SAIC Motor the winner of the 2013 competition. SAIC Motor beat out eight world-renowned auto design studios for the honor with an innovative public transit solution aimed at alleviating urban problems such as air pollution and traffic congestion. Inspired by an ant’s distinctive body structure and the mutually beneficial relationship between ants and trumpet trees, SAIC Motors designed Roewe “ Mobiliant.”

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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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The Honda technology builds off of the research conducted by the University of Delaware and now supported by NRG Energy, Inc. The ev2g project is designed to answer a number of questions, including: Inverter. Honda is supplying an Accord Plug-In Hybrid with added V2G capabilities to the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus jointly to investigate the potential of this technology to benefit the electrical grid, vehicle owners and society.

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Nissan and Tsinghua University’s Suzhou Automotive Research Institute sign MOU on cooperative research

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and Suzhou Automobile Research Institute at Tsinghua University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, in which the two parties have agreed to promote a cooperative effort regarding the research of future automotive technology. Aiming to solidify the strategic joint research efforts between Nissan and Tsinghua University, the agreement includes a mutual personnel exchange program designed to take advantage of both parties’ strengths. Nissan Motor Co.,

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NASA awards Lockheed Martin team $20M for preliminary design work on new quiet supersonic passenger aircraft

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NASA has awarded a contract for the preliminary design of a quiet, “low boom” supersonic flight demonstration aircraft—the first in a new series of ‘X-planes’ in NASA’s New Aviation Horizons initiative, introduced in the agency’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. The 10-year New Aviation Horizons initiative has the goals of reducing fuel use, emissions and noise through innovations in aircraft design that departs from the conventional tube-and-wing aircraft shape.

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Northwestern team develops new approach to catalyst design using SPBCL and DFT; new HER catalyst 7x more active than Pt

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Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new approach for creating new catalysts to aid in clean energy conversion and storage. The design method, reported in a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , (PNAS) also has the potential to impact the discovery of new optical and data storage materials, catalysts that impact pharmaceutical synthesis and catalysts that allow for higher efficiency processing of petroleum products at much lower cost.

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IBM and McMaster University Collaborate on Cognitive Car Research

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IBM and McMaster University in Canada have launched a research project to investigate how the automotive industry can connect a vehicle’s multiple microprocessors, which currently work in isolation, to create a “cognitive car” that can predict vehicle failures before they happen, redirect drivers to less congested routes and help reduce traffic accidents.

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Sasol and University of Pretoria Collaborating on Synthetic Fuel Research

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A research collaboration between South Africa-based Sasol and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Pretoria (UP) has led to the commissioning of high-tech equipment to gain better insights into the properties and performance of synthetic diesel fuels. This program was initiated a few years ago and is already successfully established, using the framework of a hub-and-spoke collaboration philosophy, at several SA Universities.

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NSF to award up to $22M for advanced materials research; controlling materials properties through design

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The US National Science Foundation has issued a solicitation ( 14-591 ) for up to $22 million in awards under its Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) program. DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness. The DMREF goal is to control material properties through design.

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Bank of America joins Stanford’s Global Climate & Energy Project

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Bank of America has joined Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project (GCEP), a collaboration of academic and business experts that identifies and supports new avenues of research to make environmentally sustainable, low-cost energy available to everyone. GCEP, founded 11 years ago, supports research not only at Stanford, but also at universities around the world. Participating universities and sponsors can license the technology to other entities.

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Toyota Research Institute launches $35M effort to use AI to accelerate design & discovery of advanced materials; focus on batteries and fuel cells

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The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years in research that uses artificial intelligence to help accelerate the design and discovery of advanced materials. —Jens Norskov, Professor at Stanford University and director of the SUNCAT center.

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Primus Green Energy to support gas-to-liquids research at Princeton University; comparing STG+ to other GTL platforms

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developer of a proprietary process to produce gasoline and other fuels from biomass and/or natural gas ( earlier post ), will provide financial support to engineers at Princeton University for general research on synthetic fuels, which will include assessments of various gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies—including Primus’ own STG+—for sustainability and economic viability. Process Synthesis and Global Optimization of a Thermochemical Refinery.

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$12+M awarded to 4 projects seeking to design crops with ability to fix their own nitrogen; no artificial fertilizers

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The four highly innovative projects encompass: an effort to use synthetic biology to create new useful components for plants; a global search for a mysterious lost bacterium with significant unique functions; work to engineer beneficial relationships between plants and microbes; and an effort to mimic ingenious strategies employed by blue-green algae. Golbeck, Penn State University; Christopher A. Researchers led by Washington University in St. Maranas, Penn State University.

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BGI and Johns Hopkins University to collaborate on Sc2.0 synthetic yeast project

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China-based BGI and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) signed a collaborative research agreement for the Sc2.0 (a a newly designed version of Saccharomyces cerevisiae ) project, a synthetic biology project which seeks to re-design and synthesize the yeast genome. BGI was founded in Beijing, China in 1999 with the mission of being a premier scientific partner to the global research community.

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Alcoa Foundation awards Ohio State University $400K to research light-weight, metal-based, vehicle structures

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The Alcoa Foundation recently awarded a $400,000 grant to the Ohio State University (OSU) Institute for Materials Research in support of innovative design and manufacturing technologies that will enable the creation of lighter, more environmentally friendly vehicle structures. According to Luscher, vehicles in the future will need to have unique structural designs in order to achieve these weight savings. The new design results in a weight saving of over 55%.

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Chrysler Group in 5-year, $18.2M partnership with McMaster University to develop advanced electric and hybrid powertrains; funding from Canadian Government

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Chrysler Group LLC has entered a 5-year, $18.2-million partnership with McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, with funding support from the Canadian government, to develop next-generation, energy-efficient, high-performance electrified powertrains and powertrain components. Much of their work will be done at MARC, a $26-million facility where teams will be able to develop, design and test an electric or hybrid car.

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U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund 6 energy and biomedical projects; batteries, policy and fuels

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Six research teams from the University of Michigan (U-M) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) have won a share of $1.16 This project will develop quantitative data on the combustion properties of current and emerging biodiesel fuels in order optimize biodiesel fuel performance in engine design and encourage broader use. The universities have committed to spending up to $3 million each on their part of the collaborative research over the five-year period.

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U of Birmingham scientists launch project to tackle global clean cold challenge

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Scientists from the University of Birmingham launched a major research project to investigate how “clean cold” could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ (UN) global Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 Global Goals include abolishing poverty and hunger; providing good healthcare and education; raising peoples’ quality of life; and cleaning up the environment, while promoting economic growth. Clean cold is, therefore, central to achieving the Global Goals.

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IBM and University of Guadalajara create Smarter Cities Exploration Center; transportation pilot seeks to reduce commuting time in city by 15%

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IBM and the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) in Mexico have created a Smarter Cities Exploration Center. Supported by technical and intellectual guidance of IBM’s global research lab experts, the Center will be the first of its kind in Latin America, tasked with the mission to design solutions to tackle infrastructure challenges faced by Guadalajara—Mexico’s second-largest city—and other cities around the world.

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U. Mich. establishes $12.3M center to accelerate design of advanced materials with open-source computational tools

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With an $11-million, five-year grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Materials Genome Initiative ( earlier post ), the University of Michigan is putting in another $1.3 The software tools will provide a radical change from the traditional trial-and-error approach, John Allison, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan.

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DLR wrapping up ECLIF in-flight study of emissions from alternative aviation fuels; potential for improved fuel design

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Scientists from NASA's Langley Research Center and the University of Oslo are taking part in the supplementary ground measurements during static tests using the A320 ATRA at the German Armed Forces Technical and Airworthiness Center for Aircraft (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Luftfahrzeuge und Luftfahrtgerät der Bundeswehr [Wehrtechnische Dienststelle 61]; WTD 61 ) in Manching. At present, global air traffic contributes towards almost 5% of global warming.

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