Climate Change Could Affect Global Agriculture Within 10 Years

Climate impacts on global agriculture emerge earlier in new generation of climate and crop models: Potential climate-related impacts on future crop yield are a major societal concern. Previous projections of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project’s Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison based on the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 identified substantial climate impacts…

US: Hundreds of billions to be given to clean energy, electric vehicles and flood defenses

The Biden administration announced a vast spending bill, with hundreds of billions of dollars allocated to support clean energy, electric vehicles and new defenses against extreme weather events. The Guardian notes: This proposed framework includes $555bn in incentives, investments and tax credits aimed at bolstering the deployment of renewable energy such as solar and wind, as well…

Footage of Floods in Canada and China (May 2017)

Rainfall broke several records. Jiulongzhen broke the daily rainfall record for Guangzhou, while Xintangzhen broke the three-hour rainfall record for the province. Rivers in Huadu district saw the biggest flood in 20 years. Water overflew three dikes, damaging one of them http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=182565 Carbon dioxide sources from Alaska driven by increasing early winter respiration from Arctic tundra http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/05/02/1618567114…

Far outside the historical climate: Heat and Rainfall extremes

The study “Increasing heat and rainfall extremes now far outside the historical climate” found that the climate warmed 0.25C during the last decade, resulting in increased rainfall and heat extremes. Abstract Over the last decade, the world warmed by 0.25 °C, in-line with the roughly linear trend since the 1970s. Here we present updated analyses showing…

NIO and TESLA record deliveries even when the industry is affected by chip shortages

Despite the current chip shortages affecting many automakers around the world to the point where entire factories have been shut down, the EV market hasn’t been impacted that much so far, with TESLA even delivering record numbers, same holds for NIO, or XPENG. However, it also depends on how automakers order their chips, or how…

United States: Federal Climate Adaptation Plans 2021

Twenty three reports from various agencies offer candid descriptions of how climate change is already affecting the federal government’s work and the various threats the U.S. is facing. Impacts include increases in floods and droughts, more pests and disease affecting America’s food supply, while affordable housing is increasingly at risk from both extreme weather events…

Eric Rignot: Sea level rise there is a distinct possibility it could go faster

We interviewed Eric Rignot, Donald Bren Professor and Chancellor Professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine and Senior Research Scientist for the Radar Science and Engineering Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 6th IPCC Report and Sea Level Rise Chris Machens: Hello Eric, back in 2015 I’ve asked you about…

Siemens Gamesa introduces world first recyclable wind turbine blade

While for many wind turbine components such as tower or machine house recyclable solution exist, the introduction of recyclable wind turbine blades is new. A new resin makes the difference and paves the way for fully recyclable wind turbines, and possibly a new standard for the entire industry. Siemens Gamesa has produced six such blades…