Extreme weather increases the risk of armed conflict in ethnically-diverse countries, a new study suggests.

Schleussner, C. F. et al. (2016) Armed-conflict risks enhanced by climate-related disasters in ethnically fractionalized countries, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1601611113 Around 23% of conflict outbreaks in these countries over the last three decades have occurred during climate-related disasters, such as droughts and heatwaves, the paper says. The results don’t suggest that weather extremes directly trigger conflict, …

Will eclipse viewers drive home cause a smaller version of the historic 10-day China Nat’l Hwy 110 traffic jam?

From Wikipedia.  More links and video at the bottom.  Midwestern and western states in the US lack the large number hurricane evacuation planning and training of southern and Gulf Coast states.  Wyoming and Nebraska populations are expected to double for the eclipse, with almost everyone leaving right after it occurs mid-day on Monday. The China National Highway 110 traffic jam was a …

China continues to reduce coal capacity, halting construction on a total of 150 GW of new coal-fired generation capacity 2016-2020

China’s state-run news agency Xinhua has revealed that China has currently halted construction on new coal-fired power plants in an effort to avoid building over-capacity while simultaneously hoping to promote a cleaner energy mix. The Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday that China had halted construction on a total of 150 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power generation capacity between 2016 …

Cuomo says congestion pricing is an idea whose time has come

By Laura Bliss, City Lab, 16 August 2017 Here’s how a governor-backed plan could win this time around. For the first time in years, congestion pricing might have real political traction in an American city. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has come out in support of the idea as a solution for New York City, with its thickening traffic and …

Tesla tiny house/studio tows behind one of their cars

Electricity from sunlight makes economic sense in Australia, in part because the cost of electricity in that sun-splashed country is sky high. Tesla’s overall plan is to include displays for its rooftop solar products in its stores. The problem is, at the present time, it has an official sales presence only in Sydney and Melbourne. How to get the message …

Costa Rica enacts a single-use plastics ban that is a model for others

By Carolyn Fortuna on Clean Technica, 17 Aug 2017 Soon plastic waste will no longer clog up Costa Rica’s landfills, as that country has announced it will embark on a single-use plastics ban by 2021. Costa Rica wants to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics. A global environmental leader, Costa Rica has already …

L-ion batteries to cross $100/kWh in 2018, residential solar + electric battery cost-competitive with grid electricity by 2020

Energy storage prices are falling rapidly, allowing new combinations of solar, wind, and energy storage to “outcompete” the costs of coal and natural gas plants, according to a new study. Research and development investment for energy storage projects have brought the cost of a lithium-ion battery down from $10,000 per kilowatt-hour in the early 1990s to an expected $100 per …