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Why Is COVID-19 Taken More Seriously Than Climate Change?

March 21st, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Climate change is an existential threat to humanity. We are on a trajectory to destroying a livable climate. This has been modeled, we know why it's happening, how it works, and how to fight it. We also have the technology to defeat it. And bonus, that technology is cost effective


Iceland is Doing Science — ~50% of People with COVID-19 Not Showing Symptoms, ~50% Have Very Moderate Cold Symptoms [UPDATED]

March 21st, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Science: do it. Iceland has decided to jump right into proper scientific methodology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than "panic now and evaluate later." The country, which has followed similar social distancing strategies as other European nations, has been conducting a random sample (i.e., scientifically useful) test of its population — with results from 1.5% of its population so far. This means it is testing a true representative portion of its population


Elon Musk: Should Have 1000 Ventilators Next Week, + 250,000 N95 Masks For Hospitals Tomorrow — CleanTechnica Exclusive

March 21st, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel said on MSNBC on Friday, March 20, that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told him it would probably take 8–10 weeks to get ventilator production started at his factories (he's working on this at Tesla and SpaceX). I reached out to Musk for clarification on that topic and he replied that, "We have 250k N95 masks. Aiming to start distributing those to hospitals tomorrow night. Should have over 1000 ventilators by next week."


U.S. Banks Continue To Fund Dirty Energy

March 20th, 2020 | by The Years Project

A new report from a collection of leading NGOs takes a deep dive into how banks around the world are fueling the climate crisis. The report, called Banking On Climate Change, finds that 35 banks have poured a staggering $2.7 trillion into dirty energy projects from 2016 to


Kimbal Musk & Big Green Are Seeding The Future With Free Seeds

March 19th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

Kimbal Musk and his wife, Christiana, shared a touching video yesterday in which they announced that Big Green is giving away free seeds for Plant A Seed Day, which is today. Kimbal shares the story of Lenny, whose mother and family have struggled with hunger


NOAA: Earth Just Passed 2nd Hottest February On Record

March 19th, 2020 | by Cynthia Shahan

Confirming what you might have sensed, it is not simply you sweating more than expected (or enjoying spring in the North when it is generally winter) — indeed, the whole planet is sweating, as February 2020 ranked as the second-hottest February in the 141-year global climate record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information


“We Will Make Ventilators,” Elon Musk Promises — NYC Will Be One Buyer

March 19th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider

“We will make ventilators if there’s a shortage,” Elon Musk said on Twitter last night. From my perspective, this is why we love Elon Musk. He cares about humanity and wants to help. The swift response on Twitter was that there was a shortage. In fact, "THERE IS A SHORTAGE" (in all caps like that) quickly rose to the top of Twitter's trending topics


The End Of An Era — Volkswagen Is Saying Goodbye To The Golf Family

March 19th, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

When I read “Volkswagen Confirms Summer Launch For ID.3, Says It Will Cost Less Than Gas/Diesel Models,” I only thought: “Wow, price parity sooner than I expected.” An hour later, I thought: “Wait a second, better product, lower price” — that causes what is known as the “Osborne effect.”


[UPDATED] Progress On COVID-19 Treatment?

March 18th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

There are plenty of things to consider with regards to the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 crisis — dozens or hundreds of important matters. I am not a medical expert in any way, but like others, I've been compelled to obsessively read about this stuff and also see what rises to the top of social media and conventional media


Chevy Bolt = #2 Subcompact Car In California, BMW i3 = #3 “Entry Luxury Car”

March 18th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan

We recently reported on the Tesla Model 3 being the 3rd best selling vehicle in California in 2019 as well as the Tesla Model X ranking either #1 or #4 in its class, depending on which class you put it in. Some other electric cars did quite well in California as well, though. The Chevy Bolt was the 2nd best selling subcompact car in California and the BMW i3 was the 3rd best selling "entry luxury car" there


6 Lessons From Previous Pandemics

March 18th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Like many people, I have been reading a lot about the outbreak of COVID-19 around the world and doing my best to take precautions with the best information provided to me. And even more so since I and all my colleagues at UCS are working from home


DOE Seeking Input & Collaboration On Science & Technology Response To COVID-19

March 18th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

The Department of Energy (DOE) encourages you to consider scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that the research community may answer using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure. Please send research questions that the scientific community may address with DOE resources by email to SC.DCL@science.doe.gov


Navigant’s Nonsense About Tesla Autonomous Driving

March 16th, 2020 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

It is that time of year again. We see all the self-appointed experts extol their superior vision on the subjects that are most clickbait worthy. For a few years now, Navigant Research has produced its “Leaderboard” about the race to full autonomous driving. It is highly respected in the media, not so much among those that know a tiny bit about the subject



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