I would really like to see the average age or even better – a distribution of plant age by country. What we do when these plants reach EOL is probably an open question … we’ll be dead, so somebody else’s problem?
Bloomberg’s Green newsletter earlier this week (it’s a daily blast) posted an article about cars. This visualization caught my attention and I piled on to the nagging question of “what is truly better for climate, newer EV cars or the older metal ICE cars?”
A snippet quote:
“Carmakers are already quite rigorous about becoming cleaner operationally; as Attwood noted, Ford already operates 88 plants that send zero waste to landfills, and Honda has begun designing its vehicles for “end-of-life,” a.k.a. easier materials recovery and re-use. There is an economic rationale for companies behind these cleaner operations.… Read the rest
“Bumblebee populations in North America and Europe have plummeted amid rising temperatures and heat extremes, according to new research. A study in Science finds a 46 percent decline in areas inhabited by bees in North America and a 17 percent decline in Europe, a pattern it asserts is linked to increasingly severe heat and other climate extremes.
Bumblebees are key pollinators, but their large bodies and preference for cooler climates make them vulnerable to extreme heat.”
This quote is from 2000 NYT and I am not sure we’ve made too many forward steps (if any); quote:
“In trying to illuminate what humans are doing to the natural environment, scientists and conservationists over the years have come up with a number of descriptive images.… Read the rest
Even if you grant a valid choice; where is USA? Where are any truly ‘developing’ countries? … Read the rest
Climate Models Are Running Red Hot, and Scientists Don’t Know Why
Quote: “Climate models tend to use a pretty stable range of assumptions about future emissions. Hausfather and Peters’s commentary is about which ones best describe the real-world trend. A much bigger question is the ongoing impact of changes caused by warming itself: permafrost melt, wildfires, changes to cloud cover, the release of frozen deep-sea methane. Update the science about how these feedbacks will interact and further accelerate warming, and headaches really start.
Recent updates to several climate models have been turning up surprising—and scary—new results.… Read the rest
From Grist, quote: “We need fertilizer to grow the food the world needs to survive. But fertilizer pollution turns lakes into slime pits, kills fish and other marine life, contaminates drinking water, and creates suffocating smog. It’s also a major source of greenhouse gas. You don’t hear about fertilizer’s impact on the environment as much as coal, or oil, perhaps because we haven’t found an adequate replacement. In this series, Grist, the Center for Public Integrity, and The World examine how our dependence on fertilizer harms the climate and endangers the public.”… Read the rest