Drone Deliveries Good for the Environment, New Study Finds.

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The study was conducted by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Carnegie Mellon University, and found that using drones instead of trucks would mean an overall reduction in energy consumption by switching the delivery method from gas-fueled to electricity-fueled, as well as a reduction in the release of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

But these findings don’t apply to all drones.

Only the use of small drones for deliveries would have a positive impact on the environment—big drones could actually be worse for the environment, the study notes.

The study didn’t find that drones are always the better option when it comes to making deliveries, but rather that small drones used for short-distance deliveries—the distance is important because it cuts down the resources needed for storing delivery items—would have a positive impact on the environment.


 

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It's weird how there is so much concern over reducing emissions on deliveries, and little concern with having the things being shipped made in the US. Seems if climate change was a serious issue there would be a bigger push for countries to outsource only things they are not capable of producing in their own country.
 

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Will droves be able to deliver in a blizzard, sand storm, or in high winds?
 

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Vulnerability to weather will have to be something you sign off on when you choose such delivery.
 

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