Cheaper Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Horizon

Cheaper Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Horizon

Most Americans are aware that electric vehicles are better for the environment, but one of the issues deterring consumers from purchasing them is the cost — electric vehicles (EVs) are, on average, $19,000 more expensive than gas cars. But that may be about to change, giving consumers more affordable options.

Why this Matters: The United States is at a crossroads in its relationship with gas-powered vehicles.

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Siberia’s Arctic Sea Ice Hasn’t Formed Yet This Year

Siberia’s Arctic Sea Ice Hasn’t Formed Yet This Year

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer We’ve reached another dangerous climate milestone: for the first time in recorded history, it’s late October and there is no Arctic in Siberia’s Laptev sea. The seasonal sea ice usually melts in the summer and reforms by this time. These ice-free waters put Arctic sea ice at its lowest […]

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Interview of the Week: Scott Ressler on National Geographic’s “The Last Ice” click button

Interview of the Week: Scott Ressler on National Geographic’s “The Last Ice”

This week, we sat down with Scott Ressler, the producer and director of the National Geographic Society’s latest feature documentary film called “The Last Ice.”  Watch the full interview, and also the film’s beautiful trailer below.  It premieres on National Geographic Wild on Monday at 9 PM ET. On the Film’s Genesis: It started out […]

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Greenland Ice Sheet Past The Point of No Return – Climate Crisis Continues to Roil the Planet click button

Greenland Ice Sheet Past The Point of No Return – Climate Crisis Continues to Roil the Planet

Even if we stop emitting greenhouse gasses, it is too late to reverse the damage done — the Greenland ice sheet is beyond saving, according to a new study published in the journal Communications Earth & Environment last Thursday, based on a review of more than 30 years of satellite data. 

Why This Matters:  The perfect metaphor for the climate crisis.  We have fallen off the first step and we can’t stop, but we don’t know how bad it will feel as we keep falling, and falling, and falling. The bottom line is that Florida and other coastal areas are going to be under water and there is no stopping that — we must adapt.

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One “Cool” Thing: Freak Ice Storm In Mexico

One “Cool” Thing: Freak Ice Storm In Mexico

On Sunday, residents of Guadalajara, Mexico woke up to find their city under nearly 5 feet of ice that fell overnight as hail.   The region’s Governor, Enrique Alfaro told AFP, “I’ve never seen such scenes in Guadalajara. Then we ask ourselves if climate change is real. These are never-before-seen natural phenomenons,” he said. “It’s incredible.”  […]

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DC Gets Winter Storm Impact Scale Courtesy of Capital Weather Gang

DC Gets Winter Storm Impact Scale Courtesy of Capital Weather Gang

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has created a scale to rate the winter storms that always seem to snarl travel and impact schools and businesses in the region.  Rather than gauging a storm by the number of inches of snow, the Weather Gang scale rates the storm’s impact.

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