Menopausal Mother Nature

News about Climate Change and our Planet

electric

The Arcimoto Fun Utility Vehicle Is Officially In Production!

Mark Frohnmayer and the crew of creative crafters at Arcimoto have spent years refining the three-wheeled electric vehicle they call the Fun Utility Vehicle. After eight major revisions, 3 new configurations, a vehicle rental scheme, and all the excitement of taking the company public, they are finally starting production of the first retail builds of the Fun Utility Vehicle

Trump:  We’re Stripping California’s Right to Set Tougher Auto Standards

Auto industry experts say the uncertainty would likely dampen the market for electric vehicles.  Nine other states could lose their tougher rules, too. President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration would strip California of its authority to enact the…

The public is waking up to global warming – The Washington Post

By Letters to the Editor September 18 at 5:08 PM Two articles in the Sept. 13 paper spoke to the world’s greatest threat besides politics: the overwhelming use of fossil fuels. Reed Hundt’s Friday Opinion essay, “Firms need to cooperate…

BMW i3 = #1 Electric Vehicle In Germany In August, Record Performance

The German plug-in electric vehicle market continued on the right track in August, having registered 8,121 units. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) were up +104% year over year (YoY), while plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) keep suffering (down 9%). The plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) share was 2.6% in the month, with BEVs alone hitting 1.6%. That kept the 2019 plug-in share at 2.6% (1.7% BEV)

Energy

If the world ran on sun, it wouldn’t fight over oil | Bill McKibben

We are sadly accustomed by now to the idea that our reliance on oil and gas causes random but predictable outbreaks of flood, firestorm and drought. The weekend’s news from the Gulf is a grim reminder that depending on oil…

Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns – The New Yorker

I’m skilled at eluding the fetal crouch of despair—because I’ve been working on climate change for thirty years, I’ve learned to parcel out my angst, to keep my distress under control. But, in the past few months, I’ve more often…

China Is Doing a Lot Better on Climate Action than Most People Realize

The first is that the air was clean and the sky was blue.  While my friend was there during the cleaner air summer rather than the winter when the air quality is typically at its worst, the improvement in air…

Solar Panel Toxic Waste Problem ‘A Ticking Time Bomb’

For decades, the solar industry benefited from generous federal, state, and local subsidies to increase its footprint. Yet these generous subsidies ignore the costs of disposal of solar panel waste. Things may be changing. In May 2018, Michael Shellenberger, a…

21 reasons why forests are important

Forests cover nearly a third of all land on Earth, providing vital organic infrastructure for some of the planet’s densest, most diverse collections of life. They support countless species, including our own, yet we often seem oblivious of that. Humans…

Attending National Drive Electric Week Event In Florida

Yesterday, I attended the Drive Electric Week event in New Port Richey. Next week, if all goes as planned, I’ll attend another one in Florida. I’ve been attending these sorts of events for a few years. Although I enjoy them, I don’t think they are very effective at their stated purpose. Every time I attend a Drive Electric event, it seems that it is preaching to the choir. I was happy to see a few non-EV owners at the event, but the majority of the people there owned an