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Australia Transport Authority Won’t Approve Tesla’s Battery-Powered Semi

Did you know that TESLA also manufactures an e-truck? But Australia has refused to approve the “Semi”. We recently reported on the Nikola company’s hydrogen truck. Engineers and other experts have doubts about the concept because the extremely volatile gas…

New GSA Bulletin articles published ahead of print in April

(Geological Society of America) The Geological Society of America regularly publishes articles online ahead of print. For April, GSA Bulletin topics include multiple articles about the dynamics of China and Tibet; the Bell River hypothesis that proposes that an ancestral, transcontinental river occupied much of northern North America during the Cenozoic Era; new findings in the climatic history during one of Earth’s coldest periods: The Late Paleozoic Ice Age; and the age an nature of the Chicxulub impact crater.

Empowering citizens for successful energy transitions

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) The terms “co-creation” and “co-production”, which denote the possibility for laypeople to participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives, have been gaining popularity. A new IIASA-led study explored options for empowering citizens as a driver for moving from awareness about the need to transform energy systems to action and participation.

1.5℃ global warming limit is not impossible – but without political action it soon will be – Mirage News

Limiting global warming to 1.5℃ this century is a central goal of the Paris Agreement. In recent months, climate experts and others, including in Australia, have suggested the target is now impossible. Authors Bill Hare Director, Climate Analytics, Adjunct Professor,…

Trading Old Cars for Electric Bikes: France Proposes Handsome Financial Incentives

The French government is planning to give citizens who want to trade in their old cars a  $3,000 grant (€2,500) towards the purchase of an electric bike. The notion has been approved by lawmakers at the National Assembly in a preliminary vote and is part of a more ambitious round of emissions cuts planned for […]

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Climate change: John Kerry warns world heading for ‘catastrophic’ global warming unless leaders act now – Sky News

John Kerry has told Sky News the world faces “catastrophic” global warming unless leaders do more to combat the problem. The US climate envoy told Sky’s Sophy Ridge the problem is “extremely urgent” and that “countries are simply not getting…

Annotated Bibliography: Synthetic Turf and Climate, health, biodiversity and microplastics pollution issues

Increasing use of synthetic surfaces and synthetic turf is problematic for Several reasons.  Synthetic turf is: Derived from fossil fuel petrochemical industry Produces greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing and as it degrades Increases landfill at end of life Produces micro-plastic…

‘Let’s make it count’: World leaders, royalty and environmentalists gear up for major climate summit COP26 – CNBC

Six years ago, after days of painstaking negotiations, world leaders managed to thrash out a deal on climate change. The result was the Paris Agreement, decided at the COP21 summit in Paris. Described by the United Nations as a legally-binding…

Biden’s new 2030 climate change target: Will it be fair to other countries? – Vox.com

On April 22, President Biden will convene global leaders for a virtual climate summit in a bid to reassert US leadership and motivate countries to cut emissions much more aggressively. Of course, the US is only just recommitting to climate…