- “Business Leaders Must Help Fight The Climate Crisis” • This is a make-or-break year. Global emissions have risen for three consecutive years when they should be dropping sharply, if the world is to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can respond with material action. But we are running out of time. [CNN]
- “Australia Fires Will Be ‘Normal’ In Warmer World” • UK scientists say the recent fires in Australia are a taste of what the world will experience as temperatures rise. Prof Richard Betts from the Met Office Hadley Centre said we are “seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions under a future warming world of 3°C.” [BBC]
- “Oceans Are Warming At The Same Rate As If Five Hiroshima Bombs Were Dropped In Every Second” • A study showed that 2019 was another year of record ocean warming.The world’s oceans are now heating at the same rate as if five Hiroshima atomic bombs were dropped into the water every second, scientists have said. [CNN]
- “China 2019 Electric Vehicle Market Share Grows To 4.7% Despite Tighter Incentives” • In China, as sales of combustion vehicles fell 8.4%, EVs gained market share. Government officials expect fossil vehicles sales to fall again in 2020 but EV sales will remain relatively healthy. Tesla’s locally made vehicles are part of the reason for that. [CleanTechnica]
- “Bill McKibben Organizing Protests Against Banks That Fund Fossil Fuel Industry” • Bill McKibben got arrested once again on January 10th as he and other climate protesters blocked an ATM at a Chase Bank in New York City. Since the Paris Agreement, the bank has loaned $195 billion to fund fossil fuels. Other banks are not far behind. [CleanTechnica]
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