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On February 24, Axios' Joann Muller hosted a virtual event on the transportation sector and the travel industry's focus on sustainability and eco-friendly transit featuring United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby and General Motors Chief Sustainability Officer Dane Parker.

Scott Kirby unpacked the green future of air travel, highlighting scalable sustainability approaches like carbon sequestration. He shared his expectations for the airline industry's return to normal, and the impact of effective vaccine rollout and government response.

  • On how the airline industry can get to carbon neutral: "Carbon sequestration is the only solution that is fully scalable. We're doing a lot with sustainable fuels, for example, but you run into a limit of getting feedstock for sustainable fuels."
  • On his projections for when people will feel confident traveling again: "I have real confidence in the long term that by this time next year we'll be back towards a world where people feel safe traveling again."

Dane Parker unpacked GM's intent to completely phase out gasoline-powered cars and trucks, as well as how the government can employ policies to support the industry in its sustainability efforts.

  • On reaching an inflection point around electric vehicle adopotion: "There's an alignment of the technology and the maturity of the technology, the understanding of customers and the willingness of customers to embrace something new, and the understanding and support of policymakers around the world."

Axios CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei hosted a View from the Top segment with Uber SVP of Mobility & Business Operations Andrew Macdonald and discussed sustainability in ride-share, focusing on electric vehicles and creating an equitable electric charging infrastructure.

  • "When you think about where chargers tend to be in cities today, often those are wealthier neighborhoods, office buildings, etc. When we look at our driver base, they live all over cities and they often live in areas that are underserved by some traditional services. And so we want to make sure that drivers have access to charging and that it's not just in wealthier areas."

Thank you Uber for sponsoring this event.

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Ipsos poll: Support growing for abortion rights in Latin America

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Support for abortion rights in some Latin American countries has jumped considerably since 2014, with Argentina seeing the biggest shift, an Ipsos poll finds.

The big picture: The view that abortion should be permitted at least under certain circumstances is held by a majority of adults surveyed in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

Biden claims "era of relentless war" is over in first UN speech

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Addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time since taking office, President Biden laid out his vision for how the U.S. will confront what he characterized as a "decisive" next decade in human history.

Why it matters: In the face of unprecedented global challenges — the pandemic, climate change, rising authoritarianism — Biden made a case for multilateralism, democratic values, the rule of law and empathy for common struggles.

Treasury sanctions cryptocurrency exchange over ransomware transactions

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The Department of the Treasury announced Tuesday it will sanction cryptocurrency exchange SUEX for allegedly facilitating financial transactions for multiple ransomware actors.

Why it matters: The sanctions, the first against a cryptocurrency exchange platform, are part of the Biden administration's crackdown on ransomware in response to several high-profile cyberattacks this year.