Environment, Climate Change, and Terramechanics

ISTVS Resource Initiative Update
from ISTVS Resource Initiative editor Alex Keen


Concerns and action from governments over reducing and correcting the effects of climate change are gaining importance and support from citizens in most countries. Legislation for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is being enacted and is gaining support, and, in some countries, there is already pressure to reduce the deadline and move to net carbon capture — cities like Manchester in the UK are already setting more demanding targets than the national government.

Large parts of the solutions that have been proposed to manage and reverse climate change, and its effects, include the move to electric powered vehicles and renewable energy, afforestation and reforestation, agricultural greening and the increase of photosynthesis from agricultural and other land.

As soil is the main terrain we deal with, its long term sustainability and that of the vehicles that we use is a prime concern; ISTVS colleagues have a record of investigating aspects of the environmental impact of how we use vehicles, including soil erosion and flora, and the development of electric vehicles, their performance and drivelines. The move to having only new electric vehicles, already within two decades in some countries, should be focusing our attention on electric vehicles, their technology, support and control systems.

We have started a section on the environment, climate change and terramechanics on the Resource Initiative webpages and welcome interest, dialogue, feedback and relevant content from ISTVS colleagues for this concern as well as for the other areas of the RI pages:
» Environment, Climate Change, and Terramechanics

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