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Modeling the Demand for Electric Vehicles and the Supply of Charging Stations in the United States

CBO – Modeling the Demand for Electric Vehicles and the Supply of Charging Stations in the United States: Working Paper 2023-06 By David Austin. “This paper presents a simulation model of the markets for light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) and the associated public charging infrastructure, as well as the network interactions between them. It illustrates the… Continue Reading

State of the Climate in 2022

September 2023 | State of the Climate in 2022. Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 104, No. 9, September 2023. Compiled by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, State of the Climate in 2022 is based on contributions from scientists from around the world. It provides a detailed update on… Continue Reading

Alarming scale of marine sand dredging laid bare by new data platform

The Guardian: “One million lorries of sand a day are being extracted from the world’s oceans, posing a “significant” threat to marine life and coastal communities facing rising sea levels and storms, according to the first-ever global data platform to monitor the industry. The new data platform, developed by the UN Environment Programme (Unep), tracks… Continue Reading

This Brutal Summer in 10 Alarming Maps and Graphs

Wired: “…As global temperatures rapidly climb, humanity is seeing more and more of the disastrous effects scientists warned us about: fiercer heat waves, more intense wildfires, and heavier rain. The extremes of the past few months are but a preview of the ever-worsening pain we’ll endure if we don’t dramatically reduce carbon emissions. “We have… Continue Reading

Global Forest Watch Map

“Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world. Thousands of people around the world use GFW every day to monitor and manage forests, stop illegal… Continue Reading

TEMPO – Nitrogen Dioxide Air Pollution Over North America

NASA: “The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument collected its “first light” measurements of nitrogen dioxide air pollution over North America on August 2, 2023. Beginning at 11:15 AM Eastern Daylight Time (8:15 AM Pacific Time), the instrument scanned the continent every hour for six consecutive hours. TEMPO measures sunlight reflected and scattered off… Continue Reading

California Wildfire + Landscape Resilience Interagency Treatment Dashboard

“As California works toward ambitious wildfire and landscape resilience goals, transparency and effective planning tools are critical to success. This beta version of the California Wildfire and Landscape Interagency Treatment Dashboard, for the first time ever in California, provides a single source for displaying recently completed (2022) forest and wildland projects from over a dozen… Continue Reading

Invasive species costing the world at least $423bn every year

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control: “…Nearly 80% of the documented impacts of invasive alien species on nature’s contributions to people are also negative – especially through damage to food supplies – such as the impact of the European shore crab (Carcinus… Continue Reading

Google Maps Platform adds air quality and pollen information to capture changing climate realities

Mashable: “Google’s latest launch suggests Maps is becoming more than a navigation tool, as the company announces three new public APIs covering solar, air quality, and pollen data and predictions to address the world’s new climate reality. Now, in addition to the company’s Maps, Routes, and Places APIs, a new “Environment” category will be joining… Continue Reading

Quantifying Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Human Deaths to Guide Energy Policy

Quantifying Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Human Deaths to Guide Energy Policy by Joshua M. Pearce and Richard Parncutt. This article belongs to the Special Issue The Future of Energy Policy. “When attempting to quantify future harms caused by carbon emissions and to set appropriate energy policies, it has been argued that the most important… Continue Reading