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  • New Study Reconciles a Dispute About How Fast Global Warming Will Happen

    Climate Change News Sep 25, 2018 | 04:48 am

    New Study Reconciles a Dispute About How Fast Global Warming Will Happen We’re currently on pace to double the carbon dioxide-equivalent (including other greenhouse gases) in the atmosphere by around mid-century.  Since the late 1800s scientists have been trying to answer the question, how much global warming will that cause? In 1979 top climate scientists led by Jule Charney published a report estimating that if we double the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from pre-industrial levels of 280 ppm to 560 ppm, temperatures will warm by 3 ± 1.5°C.  Four decades later, ‘climate sensitivity’ estimates remain virtually unchanged, but some climate contrarians have argued that the number is at the low end of that range, around 2°C or less. It’s an important question because if the contrarians are right, the 2°C resulting global warming would represent significantly less severe climate change consequences than if mainstream climate scientists are right and temperatures rise by 3°C.  It would also mean our remaining carbon budget for meeting the 2°C Paris target is about twice as large than if the mainstream consensus is right.  If the consensus is correct, we’re on pace to blow through the remaining Paris carbon budget by around 2030. Read more at New Study Reconciles a Dispute About How Fast Global Warming Will Happen

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  • Leaked:  Draft UN Declaration to ‘Ensure Decent Future’ for Fossil Fuel Workers

    Climate Change News Sep 25, 2018 | 04:39 am

    Leaked:  Draft UN Declaration to ‘Ensure Decent Future’ for Fossil Fuel Workers Proposal by Polish climate presidency calls for a program to monitor national efforts to protect communities impacted by climate action. Workers in the fossil fuel industry must be assured a “decent future” even as mines and plants are forced to close, according to a leaked draft UN declaration. The draft, prepared by the Polish UN climate presidency and posted below, calls for a program to monitor national progress on protecting workers and communities that rely on traditional industries. The Polish government intends for heads of state to adopt the proposal at UN talks in December. If it is accepted, countries will recognize “challenges for sectors, cities, and other subnational authorities highly dependent on fossil fuels and high emitting industries, and the need for national governments to ensure a decent future for workers impacted by the transition” to a sustainable, “low greenhouse gas emission” future. The ‘Solidarity and Just Transition Silesia Declaration’ is named after the region of Poland where this year’s climate conference will take place.  On Monday Climate Home News reported coal workers in the host city of Katowice felt threatened by the pursuit of increasingly rapid cuts to coal use. Read more at Leaked:  Draft UN Declaration to ‘Ensure Decent Future’ for Fossil Fuel Workers

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  • Monday 24

    Climate Change News Sep 25, 2018 | 04:29 am

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  • Volkswagen Plans 16 New Electric Car Assembly Plants, 1 in North America

    Climate Change News Sep 24, 2018 | 04:10 am

    Volkswagen Plans 16 New Electric Car Assembly Plants, 1 in North America Volkswagen has officially introduced its new MEB modular platform, the electric car manufacturing template it says will form the basis for as many as 10 million electric cars in the coming years.  As part of that plan, the company expects to have 16 electric car assembly plants in operation by the year 2022, part of its $40 billion dollar EV investment strategy.Many of those new facilities will be scattered across Europe.  The company has already begun converting its factory in the German city of Zwickau to be the first factory that will build electric cars exclusively.  The first ID-branded electric car from the company — a 5 door sedan that bears more than a passing resemblance to the popular Golf — will be built there.The company is also planning two new electric car factories in China to go along with the manufacturing locations it already has there.  Building cars in China will allow Volkswagen’s locally produced automobiles to avoid import tariffs imposed by the government on imported cars.Thomas Ulbrich, head of e-mobility for Volkswagen, announced this week that his company will build at least one new electric car factory in North America.  “There is no decision done so far,” told reporters in Germany.  “We think there’s a natural fit to Chattanooga, but there’s no planning done so far.”  According to The Drive, the new factory is expected to begin producing cars by 2022.Read more at Volkswagen Plans 16 New Electric Car Assembly Plants, 1 in North America

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  • Sunday 23

    Climate Change News Sep 24, 2018 | 03:50 am

    Sunday 23

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  • Energy Efficiency Can Address Climate Change, Drive Prosperity, and Strengthen National Security

    Climate Change News Sep 23, 2018 | 04:37 am

    Energy Efficiency Can Address Climate Change, Drive Prosperity, and Strengthen National Security New paper by award-winning American physicist, Amory B. Lovins, reveals energy efficiency as a bigger, cheaper resource than expected. Distinguished American energy expert Amory Lovins Tuesday published what may be the most important findings for climate change since Lord Nicholas Stern published “The Economics of Climate Change” in 2007. Current climate change thinking argues that the world has to use energy at least 3% more productively each year in order to stay below 2 degrees.  Amory Lovins argues that the world’s ability to sustain such rapid savings (slightly above the 2015 peak of 2.8%/y) is far greater—and can prove even more profitable—than had been thought. In the paper, titled How Big Is the Energy Efficiency Resource?, Lovins shows that the potential for energy efficiency has been massively understated and its cost overstated, by analyzing not whole buildings, vehicles, and factories, but only their individual parts, thus missing valuable ways to help the parts work together to save more energy at lower cost.  Lovins shows a pathway to staying well below 2 degrees is more achievable that any current climate scenarios assume or suggest. “In the same way that no one expected the cost of solar and wind to plummet, driving faster adoption that cuts their cost further,” Lovins explained, “we have overlooked the ability of modern energy efficiency to do the same thing.” The paper cites strong empirical evidence that the scope for energy efficiency is actually severalfold larger and cheaper than had previously been thought.  Unlike renewable energy, whose[…]

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  • Saturday 22

    Climate Change News Sep 23, 2018 | 04:21 am

    Saturday 22

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  • ICE Car Death Watch Trolls the Trolls

    Climate Change News Sep 22, 2018 | 05:52 am

    ICE Car Death Watch Trolls the Trolls What do you first think when you see a picture of a burning car on Twitter?  Tesla of course, since that’s the public service announcement the media has drilled into our head.  Also, you know, a gas tank can’t catch fire and blow up.  And even if gas was flammable, cars wouldn’t be catching on fire every day, ya know?From one of our newest reports, here are a few quotes about fires (note that ICE = internal combustion engine, which is the thingie that burns gasoline or diesel in a “normal” car):“ICE cars are fundamentally more exposed to fatal fire risks than their electric counterpart.”“Even in case of collision, ICE vehicles are more likely to catch fire than hybrid vehicles.”“ICE cars are fundamentally more exposed to fatal fire risks than their electric counterparts, as the deadliest fires are mostly due to flammable liquids located in the engine area.”Read more at ICE Car Death Watch Trolls the Trolls

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  • Tesla Signs Lithium Supply Deal with China’s Biggest Producer

    Climate Change News Sep 22, 2018 | 05:45 am

    Tesla Signs Lithium Supply Deal with China’s Biggest Producer China’s largest lithium producer, Ganfeng Lithium, said on Friday that it had signed a three-year deal to supply Tesla with lithium hydroxide for batteries—another lithium supply agreement for Tesla as it tries to stay ahead in raw materials sourcing before the coming massive EV competition from legacy carmakers. The top Chinese lithium producer will supply around one-fifth of its production to Tesla under the deal between 2018 and 2020, according to a filing by Ganfeng Lithium with the Shenzhen stock exchange as carried by Bloomberg.  The agreement can be extended by another three years, Ganfeng Lithium said. In May of this year, Tesla entered into an agreement with Australia’s Kidman Resources Limited.  The Australian company entered into a binding deal to supply Tesla with lithium hydroxide for an initial term of three years on a fixed-price take-or-pay basis from the delivery of first product.  The deal also has two 3-year term options for renewal. If Tesla’s Nevada factory reaches battery production equivalent to 35 gigawatt hours by late next year, Tesla may need 28,000 tons of lithium hydroxide from late 2019 onwards, according to forecasts by industry consultants Benchmark Minerals, quoted by Bloomberg. Read more at Tesla Signs Lithium Supply Deal with China’s Biggest Producer

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  • Friday 21

    Climate Change News Sep 22, 2018 | 03:50 am

    Friday 21

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