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  • First Tesla Model 3 Rollover Crash:  ‘Only Minor Injuries, Car Performed Exceptionally Well’, Says Owner

    Climate Change News Jul 18, 2018 | 06:14 am

    First Tesla Model 3 Rollover Crash:  ‘Only Minor Injuries, Car Performed Exceptionally Well’, Says Owner We have yet to see any result from third-party crash tests on the Tesla Model 3, but we are still learning about the safety performance of the car through real-world accidents. Now an owner reports back on what could be the first reported Model 3 rollover accident. All-electric vehicles are ... hard to roll over thanks to their often large battery pack installed at the bottom of the vehicle – keeping the center of gravity really low. But it doesn’t mean that they can’t roll over.  Enough speed combined with hitting an object acting as a ramp and you can see pretty much any car fly. It’s exactly what happened to a Model 3 owner’s wife this week. He shared his wife’s accident on the Tesla subreddit (reprinted with permission):“Figured I would share this since it may be the first rollover accident of a Model 3.  It happened earlier this week, my wife was the only one in the car at the time and her memory of the events is blurry because everything happened so fast but the following is what we know. She was traveling on the freeway at approximately 70mph in the left lane.  The car collided with a second vehicle in the middle lane.  The front driver side of the Model 3 then hit the cement median with enough force to shear the front wheel off.  Then the slide sideways and started rolling.  A witness said the car rolled “several times” before finally settling upside down.  The[…]

  • Tuesday 17

    Climate Change News Jul 18, 2018 | 03:50 am

    Tuesday 17

  • Comprehensive Study:  Carbon Taxes Won't Hamper the Economy - by Dana1981

    Climate Change News Jul 17, 2018 | 17:33 pm

    Comprehensive Study:  Carbon Taxes Won't Hamper the Economy - by Dana1981 Eleven teams participated in a recent Stanford Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) project, examining the economic and environmental impacts of a carbon tax.  The studies included “revenue recycling,” in which the funds generated from a carbon tax are returned to taxpayers either through regular household rebate checks (similar to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby [CCL] and Climate Leadership Council [CLC] proposals) or by offsetting income taxes (similar to the approach in British Columbia). Among the eleven modeling teams the key findings were consistent.  First, a carbon tax is effective at reducing carbon pollution, although the structure of the tax (the price and the rate at which it rises) are important.  Second, this type of revenue-neutral carbon tax would have a very modest impact on the economy in terms of gross domestic product (GDP).  In all likelihood it would slightly slow economic growth, but by an amount that would be more than offset by the benefits of cutting pollution and slowing global warming. Meanwhile, House Republicans are again on the verge of introducing a Resolution denouncing a carbon tax as “detrimental to American families and businesses, and is not in the best interest of the United States.” The strong economic case for a carbon taxThe modeling teams examined four carbon tax scenarios, with starting prices of $25 or $50 per ton of carbon dioxide, rising at 1% or 5% per year.  These are somewhat modest policy scenarios; CCL proposes a starting tax of $15 per ton rising at $10 per year, and the[…]

  • Monday 16

    Climate Change News Jul 17, 2018 | 16:49 pm

    Monday 16

  • Trump Is Wrecking the Climate and Free Trade.  Here Is a Common Solution for Both.

    Climate Change News Jul 16, 2018 | 21:42 pm

    Trump Is Wrecking the Climate and Free Trade.  Here Is a Common Solution for Both. Instead of tit-for-tat retaliation to US tariffs, trade partners should link their response to climate goals and kill two birds with one stone.Countries affected by US tariff increases are weighing their options for retaliation. Many of the same countries have pledged to lead the fight against climate change.  By basing their countermeasures on the carbon footprint of US goods, these countries can defend their trade interests and underscore their commitment to climate action.Last week, the simmering trade conflict between the US and many of its trade partners entered into a new phase.  After increasing tariffs on imports such as washing machines, solar cells, soya beans, steel, and aluminium during the first half of 2018, the White House announced on July 10 that it would target an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports with new tariffs. China has already promised to strike back in kind.As countries consider how to respond to US protectionism, they have a rare opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  So far, trade partners have taken the traditional route of dollar-for-dollar counter-tariffs on politically sensitive goods.  The result is a trade war that risks spiralling out of control.  A better option would be to target US goods based on their carbon intensity, drawing attention to climate priorities in a language the White House understands.In a new comment in Nature magazine, we discuss the potential for so-called “border carbon adjustments” (BCAs) to strengthen climate action in the current tariff standoff.  BCAs are tariffs or other carbon[…]

  • Buried Internet Infrastructure At Risk As Sea Levels Rise

    Climate Change News Jul 16, 2018 | 20:25 pm

    Buried Internet Infrastructure At Risk As Sea Levels Rise Thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the United States may soon be inundated by rising seas, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Oregon. The study, presented July 16, 2018 at a meeting of internet network researchers, portrays critical communications infrastructure that could be submerged by rising seas in as soon as 15 years, according to the study's senior author, Paul Barford, a UW-Madison professor of computer science. "Most of the damage that's going to be done in the next 100 years will be done sooner than later," says Barford, an authority on the "physical internet" -- the buried fiber optic cables, data centers, traffic exchanges and termination points that are the nerve centers, arteries and hubs of the vast global information network.  "That surprised us.  The expectation was that we'd have 50 years to plan for it.  We don't have 50 years." Read more at Buried Internet Infrastructure At Risk As Sea Levels Rise

  • China, EU Reaffirm Paris Climate Commitment, Vow More Cooperation

    Climate Change News Jul 16, 2018 | 20:06 pm

    China, EU Reaffirm Paris Climate Commitment, Vow More Cooperation China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other signatories to do the same, saying action against rising global temperatures had become more important than ever. Following President Donald Trump’s decision last year to withdraw the United States from the agreement, China and the European Union have emerged as the biggest champions of the 2015 accord, which aims to keep global temperature increases to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.  Read more at China, EU Reaffirm Paris Climate Commitment, Vow More Cooperationg 

  • Sunday 15

    Climate Change News Jul 16, 2018 | 03:50 am

    Sunday 15

  • Clean Energy Is Catching Up to Natural Gas - by David Roberts

    Climate Change News Jul 15, 2018 | 04:30 am

    Clean Energy Is Catching Up to Natural Gas - by David Roberts The natural gas “bridge” to sustainability may be shorter than expected. In its role as a bridge natural gas seems to have a comfortable future. First, it will replace coal and nuclear “baseload” plants, and then, as renewables grow to supply the bulk of power, it will provide flexibility, filling in the gaps where variable renewables (wind and solar) fall short. By playing these multiple roles, natural gas will long outlive coal and prove useful well into the latter half of the 21st century.  It will enjoy a long, slow exit. Or so the story goes. Around 2015, though, just five years into gas’s rise to power, complications for this narrative began to appear.  First, wind and solar costs fell so far, so fast that they are now undercutting the cost of new gas in a growing number of regions.  And then batteries — which can “firm up” variable renewables, diminishing the need for natural gas’s flexibility — also started getting cheap faster than anyone expected.  It happened so fast that, in certain limited circumstances, solar+storage or wind+storage is already cheaper than new natural gas plants and able to play all the same roles (and more). The cost of natural gas power is tethered to the commodity price of natural gas, which is inherently volatile.  The price of controllable, storable renewable energy is tethered only to technology costs, which are going down, down, down.  Recent forecasts suggest that it may be cheaper to build new renewables+storage than to continue operating[…]

  • Heat Records Falling Around the World in 2018

    Climate Change News Jul 15, 2018 | 04:10 am

    Heat Records Falling Around the World in 2018 The first five months of 2018 were the fourth warmest in global records going back to 1880, according to NOAA.  Along the way, a number of extreme heat events have occurred already this year.  In recent weeks across the Northern Hemisphere, these records have included an impressive number of all-time highs (an all-time high is the warmest temperature reported on any date at a given location). Setting an all-time high is no small accomplishment, especially for locations that have long periods of record (PORs). All-time highs are especially noteworthy when you consider that, on average, the planet is warming more during winter than during summer, and more at night than during the day.  Urban heat islands are no doubt contributing somewhat to the heat records achieved in large urban areas, but the extreme heat of 2018 has also played out in remote rural areas without any urban heat islands. As of July 13, the U.S. Records summary page maintained by NOAA showed that 18 U.S. locations had set or tied all-time highs so far this year, as opposed to 10 locations that set or tied all-time lows.  There is an even sharper contrast between the number of all-time warm daily lows (40) and all-time cool daily highs (5), which has been a common pattern in recent years....The increasing frequency and intensity of heat waves is among the most obvious and well-documented effects of climate change.  For the globe, The 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report noted that “a[…]