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The “Evil” Plan Has Succeeded: the Younger Generation Wants Electric Cars

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A new study reveals that kids aged 14 to 17 want an electric car as their first vehicle.

Kids these days, I tell ya.

Vlad Mitrache via Autoevolution:

The internal combustion engine (ICE) is apparently living its last decades, as more and more signs seem to point toward its ultimate demise. Yesterday, Toyota announced that it would cut its CO2 emissions by 90% by 2050, which means giving up on cars using ICEs other than as range extending generators for the electric motors on just some of their models.

Today, a study conducted in the UK shows that no less than eight in ten (81%) 14-year-olds intend to buy an EV when the time to own a car comes. That percentage decreases as the age of the respondents grows, but it remains over 50 percent.

The study was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of Go Ultra Low, a campaign aimed at encouraging people to consider the acquisition of ultra-low emission vehicles.

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Congressmen Want Probe of Exxon Mobil ‘Failing to Disclose’ Climate Change Data

Michael Phillis and Susanne Rust write at the L.A. Times:

Members of Congress are asking for a federal investigation into Exxon Mobil.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Walnut Creek) wrote a letter Wednesday to Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch asking the Department of Justice whether the company violated the law by “failing to disclose truthful information” regarding climate change.

The letter cites recent investigations by the Los Angeles Times, Columbia University’s Energy and Environmental Reporting Project, and Inside Climate News, which showed the company incorporated climate change research into its operations while publicly casting doubt on that very same science.

“When I read the Times investigation it occurred to me that it is very similar to what the tobacco companies were doing decades ago,” Lieu said. “Evidence showed that what they were saying was incorrect and they kept spreading this disinformation campaign.”

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Research Suggests that Warmer Oceans Are Releasing Stored Methane

Sonar image of bubbles rising from the seafloor off the Washington coast. The base of the column is 515 meters deep (about 1/3 of a mile) and the top of the plume is at 1/10 of a mile (180 meters) deep. Credit: Brendan Philip/University of Washington

Sonar image of bubbles rising from the seafloor off the Washington coast. The base of the column is 515 meters deep (about 1/3 of a mile) and the top of the plume is at 1/10 of a mile (180 meters) deep.
Credit: Brendan Philip/University of Washington

There is some contention over the veracity of the feedback loops used in various climate models. In short, everyone agrees that CO2 demonstrably captures infrared radiation and will make the earth warmer when found in higher concentrations; its presence in the atmosphere alone will undeniably create some degree of warming. This warming from CO2 alone is not what climate models use to predict future temperature, because there is a massive number of other variables and feedback loops present in Earth’s systems and cycles, e.g. water vapor, cloud cover, dust, methane concentration, ocean absorption of carbon, marine life sequestration, absorption by plant life, overall albedo, NOx concentrations, sun variability, etc.… Read the rest

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World’s Largest PR Firm Is Dropping Coal, Climate Change Deniers

ZKfsR4JCVia Planet Experts:

Last year, Planet Experts ran a brief story on Edelman, the largest public relations firm in the world, and its role in selling the public misinformation on climate change. At the time, Edelman was almost alone among its top 25 peers in its willingness to represent climate change deniers.

And that was all right for the firm’s CEO, Richard Edelman, who held the view that turning away any business would cost his company the chance to reach $1 billion in revenues.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the cash register.

Edelman Lost Clients, Leaders and Goodwill Over Climate Change

Last year, The Nation confirmed that Edelman was on a nearly $52 million retainer for the American Petroleum Institute (API). As part of the strong arm of the fossil fuel industry, Edelman ran several pro-oil campaigns, including the management of “multiple websites and online advertising efforts asking officials to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, support tax deductions for the oil industry and expand access for drilling on public lands.” Corporate Watch even alleged that Edelman was responsible for astroturfing several fake grassroots organizations in support of fossil fuel spending and jobs.

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Climate Skeptic’s Fossil Fuel Funding Exposed


Andy Rowell writing at Oil Change International (from Feb.):

For nearly two decades avid researcher, Kert Davies, has been hunting climate deniers and exposing their links to the fossil fuel industry.

Davies, who used to run Greenpeace USA’s Research Department, developed Exxon Secrets a decade ago which highlighted many of these links. It remains an invaluable tool today.

Last year, Kert decided to move on from Greenpeace and set up the Climate Investigations Center, whose remit is to “monitor the individuals, corporations, trade associations, political organizations and front groups who work to delay the implementation of sound energy and environmental policies that are necessary in the face of ongoing climate crisis.”

For anyone who has followed how climate sceptics have distorted the debate on climate science, there are a few key names on the list. And one of those is Wei-Hock Soon, more commonly known as Willie Soon, who is an astrophysicist from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

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‘Capitalism is Mother Earth’s Cancer’: World People’s Summit Issues 12 Demands

"Caring for Mother Earth is a moral issue," UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon (left) told the World People's Conference on Saturday. "We must change how we use Mother Earth's resources, and live in a manner that is sustainable." Here, he is pictured with Bolivian President Evo Morales. (Photo: Reuters)

“Caring for Mother Earth is a moral issue,” UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon (left) told the World People’s Conference on Saturday. “We must change how we use Mother Earth’s resources, and live in a manner that is sustainable.” Here, he is pictured with Bolivian President Evo Morales. (Photo: Reuters)

This article originally appeared on Common Dreams.

Decrying capitalism as a “threat to life,” an estimated 7,000 environmentalists, farmers, and Indigenous activists from 40 countries convened in the Bolivian town of Tiquipaya for this weekend’s World People’s Conference on Climate Change, aiming to elevate the demands of social movements and developing countries in the lead-up to upcoming United Nations-led climate talks.

“Capitalism is Mother Earth’s cancer,” Bolivian President Evo Morales told the crowd, which also heard over the course of the three-day conference from United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon as well as other Latin American leaders.

The people’s summit, which concluded Monday afternoon, produced a 12-point declaration (Spanish) that will be presented during the COP21 climate negotiations taking place November 30-December 11 in Paris, France, during which 200 countries will attempt to cement an agreement to curb global warming.… Read the rest

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When Exxon’s Business Ambition Collided with Climate Change Under a Distant Sea

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Neela Banerjee & Lisa Song write at InsideClimate News:

In 1980, as Exxon Corp. set out to develop one of the world’s largest deposits of natural gas, it found itself facing an unfamiliar risk: the project would emit immense amounts of carbon dioxide, adding to the looming threat of climate change.

The problem cropped up shortly after Exxon signed a contract with the Indonesian state oil company to exploit the Natuna gas field in the South China Sea—big enough to supply the blossoming markets of Japan, Taiwan and Korea with liquefied natural gas into the 21st century.

Assessing the environmental impacts, Exxon Research and Engineering quickly identified Natuna’s greenhouse gas problem. The reservoir was contaminated with much more carbon dioxide than normal. It would have to be disposed of somehow—and simply venting it into the air could have serious consequences, Exxon’s experts warned.

Exxon’s dawning realization that carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect posed a danger to the world collided with the company’s fossil fuel ambitions.

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At site of world’s worst nuclear disaster, the animals have returned

This photograph shows wild boar in a former village near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

This photograph shows wild boar in a former village near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

Cell Press via EurekAlert:

In 1986, after a fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive particles into the air, thousands of people left the area, never to return. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on October 5 have found that the Chernobyl site looks less like a disaster zone and more like a nature preserve, teeming with elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves.

The findings are a reminder of the resilience of wildlife. They may also hold important lessons for understanding the potential long-term impact of the more recent Fukushima disaster in Japan.

“It’s very likely that wildlife numbers at Chernobyl are much higher than they were before the accident,” says Jim Smith of the University of Portsmouth in the UK. “This doesn’t mean radiation is good for wildlife, just that the effects of human habitation, including hunting, farming, and forestry, are a lot worse.”

Earlier studies in the 4,200 km2 Chernobyl Exclusion Zone showed major radiation effects and pronounced reductions in wildlife populations.

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Air France Executives Attacked as Carrier Cuts 2,900 Jobs

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Mathieu Rosemain via Bloomberg:

Air France executives were forced to flee with their clothes in tatters after workers stormed a meeting at Charles de Gaulle airport in protest at 2,900 planned job cuts.

Human resources chief Xavier Broseta and Pierre Plissonnier, head of long-haul flights, scaled an eight-foot fence to escape, aided by security guards. Broseta emerged shirtless and Plissonnier had his suit ripped to shreds.

Violence erupted Monday as Air France told its works council that 300 pilots, 900 flight attendants and 1,700 ground staff might have to go after failed productivity talks with flight crew. The protest, in which agitators chanted “naked, naked,” is just the latest to turn physical in France, where managers at Michelin & Cie. and Sony Corp. have been held hostage over firings, irate farmers have blocked city streets with tractors and manure and more than 100 Uber Technologies Inc. taxis have been smashed up by rival drivers.

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