$67 billion of damage from Hurricane Harvey is directly attributable to climate breakdown, the costs of which have been severely underestimated. Also update from Heede and the Climate Accountability Institute

Houston Chronicle, June 2020 Climate crisis to blame for $67bn of Hurricane Harvey damage – study. Exclusive: new figure far higher than previous estimates of direct impact of global heating https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/columnists/tomlinson/article/Coronavirus-costing-oil-gas-1-8-trillion-data-15327990.php Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, Fri 12 Jun 2020 At least $67bn of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 can be attributed directly to climate breakdown, according to …

Huge public savings in store as states move toward “transportation electrification”

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/02/14/expanded-use-evs-ct-ma-md-ny-pa-yield-multi-billions-savings-benefits/   From Massachusetts and New York to California, state governments are embracing plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and are setting—and achieving—goals to put PEVs on the road and removing petroleum-burning cars and trucks. States are finding that they can realize big benefits from at least three directions: Electric vehicle owners will see their vehicle operating costs go down. All residents …

Electric cars and cheap solar ‘could halt fossil fuel growth by 2020’

The Guardian, 17 Feb 2017:  Solar power and clean cars are ‘gamechangers’ consistently underestimated by big energy, says Imperial College and Carbon Tracker report  By 2035, electric vehicles could make up 35% of the road transport market, and two-thirds by 2050. Photograph: Miles Willis/Getty Images for Go Ultra Low Falling costs of electric vehicles and solar panels could halt worldwide …

New study finds that higher temps in the Southwest since 2000 (1.6 F higher than average) is responsible for 1/6 to half of river flow reductions since 2000

New study found that the higher temperatures in the region since 2000 (1.6° Fahrenheit higher than the average since record-keeping there began) are responsible for between one-sixth to one-half of the river flow reductions seen since 2000.  By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica, 23 Feb 2017 The warming trend that has accompanied anthropogenic climate change to date has reduced …

Driving Fee Rolls Back Asthma Attacks in Stockholm

Study estimates that without new “congestion pricing” policy, kids would have suffered 45 percent more asthma attacks.  Cross-posted from Inside Science.  By Nala Rogers, 2 Feb 2017 Stockholm, Shutterstock (Inside Science) — Most people weren’t worried about air pollution in Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, according to Emilia Simeonova, an economist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The city already had …

EV implementation scenario have positive social economic value based on fuel savings and jobs alone, not to mention air quality or climate change benefits

Results suggest positive total social economic value associated with increased PEV deployment, driven primarily by the private benefits of fuel savings. The net positive total social benefits for the Niche and Breakthrough scenarios are $4.7 and $9.3 billion per year by 2035, respectively. By comparison, the Aggressive and Low Cost scenarios have total social benefits estimated at $26.5 and $34.2 …

Social costs of carbon need to be updated, say the National Academy of Sciences

Washington Post, 14 January 2017. How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” —  and its suggestions could help address a growing …

50 Tips For Slowing The Electric Car Revolution

August 11th, 2016 by Zachary Shahan  His recent article “22 Ways To Delay The Electric Car Revolution” was hugely popular, but readers offered a lot more ideas and wanted me to take the list to 50, so here we are. Let’s say that, for some reason, you really don’t want humans to drive in cleaner, more enjoyable, more exciting, safer, better …