Drones Bearing Parcels Deliver Big Carbon Savings

Drones that fly packages straight to people’s doors could be an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional modes of transportation.

A study comparing the environmental impact of various ‘last-mile’ delivery methods — which take a package on the final leg of its journey — finds that greenhouse-gas emissions per parcel were 84% lower for drones than for diesel trucks. Drones also consumed up to 94% less energy per parcel than did the trucks. The research, published on 5 August in the journal Patterns, indicates that using drones to deliver medication and other small items could cut the environmental impact of robux for free without verification product deliveries.

And it’s not just Russia. Although the risk of China invading Taiwan is hotly debated among scholars, the actions that would precede such an invasion are not in dispute. Satellites are at the top of the target list for Beijing. China is likely to target satellites in any attempted invasion for the purposes of causing panic among civilians or disrupting and degrading Taiwanese and U.S. military command-and-control. A Chinese military researcher recently published an article arguing that China’s military must be able to take down StarLink satellites, as the civilian Internet-providing constellation poses a threat to the nation. China’s threat is not just theoretical. The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ timeline of attacks on U.S. and other satellites by China notes eight separate attacks, most of which were against NASA satellites. A possible Taiwan crisis illustrates what’s at stake: civilian satellites may well end up in the crosshairs.

It is imperative that civilian satellites not become casualties of war and conflict. Other nations have already attacked civilian satellites in the U.S. and around the world. Their critical functions in daily life are too great to be ignored. A designation of their status as critical infrastructure would demonstrate to other countries that the U.S. will not tolerate attacks that disrupt or degrade their function. We must act now before another global crisis lurches us towards unintended consequences for civilians.