- The fossil fuel industry has cost the US around $240 billion per year over the last decade through the effects of extreme weather and air pollution, according to a new study from the non-profit Universal Ecological Fund. But that figure represents an average. This year, the bill for damage is estimated to be approaching $300 billion already. [CleanTechnica]
- A storm of scientific information about sea-level rise threatens the most lucrative, commission-boosting real estate properties along US coastlines. But some real estate lobbyists are teaming up with climate change skeptics to block public release of sea-level rise predictions and ensure that coastal planning is not based on science. [Houma Courier]
- The US Department of Agriculture, the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and the US Department of Energy have just completed a study that shows the problem of methane emissions coming from cattle is worse than previously thought. There may be two possible solutions – feeding cows seaweed or stop eating beef. [CleanTechnica]
- The range of the southern pine beetle could expand further north significantly within just a few decades as the result of increasingly warm winters, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The only thing limiting the range of southern pine beetles is the coldest winter temperatures, and they are rising significantly. [CleanTechnica]
- Plug-in electric vehicle sales in New York State have surged 74% (year-on-year comparison) since the launch of the Drive Clean Rebate program there, a statement from the governor’s office has revealed. The program offers up to $2,000 in rebates for the purchase of new plug-in electric vehicles from participating dealerships. [CleanTechnica]
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