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October 15 2021

Americans getting more serious about climate change, Harvard to divest from fossil fuels, floating solar panels, how to cool a planet

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reports that American’s views about climate change have shifted significantly in the past six months. For the first time ever in its regular survey, over 70% of Americans polled are now very or somewhat worried about global warming. Those that think climate change is happening outnumber those that do not by a ratio of 6:1, and a majority of those polled say that global warming is harming Americans now.

An article in the Hill notes that Ford has announced it is going to be expanding its manufacturing of the Ford F-150 Lightning, the electric version of its best-selling pickup truck. The company has already received 150,000 orders for the vehicle, which will be available in the spring of 2022. Meanwhile, Car & Driver reports on the recall of every GM Bolt sold due to a battery defect that could cause a fire. Almost 150,000 Bolts have been sold, and a dozen fires have been publicly identified. No injuries or deaths are attributed to these incidents. Although this is a very small failure rate, GM stopped production of the Bolt in order to address what appears to be a rare battery-manufacturing defect. AP notes that the defect has been corrected and replacement batteries for Bolts are now being made…

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September 30 2021

Paris emissions cuts not enough, Arctic changes affect temperate latitudes, new mosquitoes for southern California, making flood insurance reflect real risk, banning fossil-fuel-powered ships

According to the United Nations, if all countries meet the emissions cuts they promised pursuant to the Paris Accords, the global average temperature will rise 2.7°C by 2100. The New York Times reports that emissions are projected to grow by 16% during this decade compared with 2010 levels, even as the latest scientific research indicates that they need to decrease by at least a quarter by 2030 to avert the worst impacts of global warming. These findings led the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to state, “the world is on a catastrophic pathway.”

An article at NPR notes that there were warnings issued in the northeast for intense rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, but they were inadequate. Even those who heard the warnings could not really understand what 3-7 inches of rain in an hour would mean for their community. This is part of the communication challenge presented by the unprecedented weather coming our way in the new climate. An AP article explains why the remnants of Hurricane Ida were so deadly in New Jersey and New York, a meteorological phenomenon seen before during Hurricane Camille and other storms…

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I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!
October 15 2021

Americans getting more serious about climate change, Harvard to divest from fossil fuels, floating solar panels, how to cool a planet

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reports that American’s views about climate change have shifted significantly in the past six months. For the first time ever in its regular survey, over 70% of Americans polled are now very or somewhat worried about global warming. Those that think climate change is happening outnumber those that do not by a ratio of 6:1, and a majority of those polled say that global warming is harming Americans now.

An article in the Hill notes that Ford has announced it is going to be expanding its manufacturing of the Ford F-150 Lightning, the electric version of its best-selling pickup truck. The company has already received 150,000 orders for the vehicle, which will be available in the spring of 2022. Meanwhile, Car & Driver reports on the recall of every GM Bolt sold due to a battery defect that could cause a fire. Almost 150,000 Bolts have been sold, and a dozen fires have been publicly identified. No injuries or deaths are attributed to these incidents. Although this is a very small failure rate, GM stopped production of the Bolt in order to address what appears to be a rare battery-manufacturing defect. AP notes that the defect has been corrected and replacement batteries for Bolts are now being made…

read more
September 30 2021

Paris emissions cuts not enough, Arctic changes affect temperate latitudes, new mosquitoes for southern California, making flood insurance reflect real risk, banning fossil-fuel-powered ships

According to the United Nations, if all countries meet the emissions cuts they promised pursuant to the Paris Accords, the global average temperature will rise 2.7°C by 2100. The New York Times reports that emissions are projected to grow by 16% during this decade compared with 2010 levels, even as the latest scientific research indicates that they need to decrease by at least a quarter by 2030 to avert the worst impacts of global warming. These findings led the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to state, “the world is on a catastrophic pathway.”

An article at NPR notes that there were warnings issued in the northeast for intense rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, but they were inadequate. Even those who heard the warnings could not really understand what 3-7 inches of rain in an hour would mean for their community. This is part of the communication challenge presented by the unprecedented weather coming our way in the new climate. An AP article explains why the remnants of Hurricane Ida were so deadly in New Jersey and New York, a meteorological phenomenon seen before during Hurricane Camille and other storms…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

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