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Electric Vehicles Will Drive A $5 Trillion Transition

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

“Death of the Combustion Engine” and the “End of Oil” headlines are increasing in frequency on the promise of better, cheaper EVs with greater selection. Yet the actual data trends for ICE car sales and oil consumption are like pistons firing in the other direction, revving harder and racing away from any speculative eulogies.

Elon Musk: It Takes More Than Intelligence To Succeed (Infographic)

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Having spent many years as an advisor to venture capital funds and numerous billionaires (to say nothing of raising six children), Cantrell has been involved in many stories of success and failure. He’s a likely candidate to answer that often-asked question, “What’s the secret of Elon Musk’s success?”

Big Auto’s Latest Bait & Switch Hustle Is “Electrified” Vs Fully Electric Cars

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

There’s still a lot of confusion about the different types of electrified vehicles out there. National newspapers regularly mix up hybrids such as the Toyota Prius with pure electric cars such as Teslas. Government agencies and academics serve up an ever-growing alphabet soup of acronyms (HEVs, PEVs, BEVs, FCVs, ULEVs, PZEVs and many more). It’s no wonder consumers are clueless

The EV Transition Could Mirror The Horse To Model T Transition

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

How long will it take for electric vehicles to replace fossil-burners? Observing the current auto market, one might conclude that it will take quite a long time. Of over a billion vehicles on our planet’s roads today, only two million are electric, and half of those are in China. Many consumers are not even aware that an EV is a viable option

Water Shortages Amplify The Potential For Violence In The Developing World

October 7th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

When drought strikes a particular part of the world — especially in developing nations — agricultural production decreases, incomes drop, food becomes hard to come by and prices rise. All of this amplifies the potential for rioting. Climate change will exacerbate drought in already arid regions, especially in the summer — and likely lead to more violence.

Climate Change Intensifies Hurricanes (Video)

October 6th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Hunter Cutting, director of the Climate Signals project, explains how climate change has amplified the damage done by hurricanes by increasing both the reach of storm surge and the volume of rainfall and by lifting the power ceiling of storms.

Sci-Fi Novel “The Punch Escrow” Envisions Corporatocracy In A Changing Climate

October 6th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

In Tal Klein’s new novel, The Punch Escrow, humans have successfully tackled disease and climate change, but powerful corporations control everything. The book has created a stir among sci-fi fans, and there are already plans to adapt it to the big screen. In this conversation, Klein shares his perspective on science, technology and the future of our species. This interview has been edited for length and clarity

UK Hedge Fund Enables First Climate Prediction Market

October 6th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

UK hedge fund Winton Capital is setting up the first market to make predictions about climate change. Climate scientists will bet on the future state of the climate, and the market will pay out yearly to those who make the most accurate predictions

LA Paints Its Streets White To Keep The City Cooler

September 18th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

While politicians elsewhere waffle on climate change, officials in Los Angeles are tackling the problem head on with a radical plan to lower the temperature of the city. Mayor Eric Garcetti intends to cut the average temperature in LA by 3 degrees F over the next two decades. As part of that effort, LA streets are getting a new coat of paint

Urban Trees Protect Buildings From High Winds, Cold Temps, & Air Pollution

September 17th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Scientists have learned that urban trees — even just a single tree — can help homes and office buildings save energy by blunting the chilling power of a stiff wind. Trees keep pedestrians more comfortable when they stroll down the street, and they help lower building heating costs by reducing wind pressure. Even trees without leaves can help slow the wind down

How Food Waste Turned A Barren Landscape In Costa Rica Into A Lush Forest

September 16th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Orange isn’t just the new black. It’s also the new green. Twenty years ago, an orange juice producer dumped thousands of tons of orange peels and pulp onto a barren section of a Costa Rican national park, which has since transformed into a lush, vine-laden woodland. The shift is a dramatic illustration of how agricultural waste can regenerate a forest and sequester vast sums of carbon — for free.

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