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Tesla Trumps Toyota Part II: The Big Problem With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Tesla’s Model S. CREDIT: ShutterstockThe biggest problem hydrogen fuel cell vehicles face is that they deliver no obvious major consumer (or societal/environmental) benefit compared to the competition, but have a bunch of obvious consumer defects....

Posted August 16, 2014    

Bad News For California: NOAA Lowers Chance Of El Niño To 65%, Predicts A Weak One

El Niño visualization (via NOAA)The best chance for ending the brutal California drought — a big El Niño — seems to be disappearing.Back in the spring, you may recall, NOAA said the chances of an El Niño developing this year were at almost 4 out of...

Posted August 14, 2014    

Tesla Trumps Toyota: Why Hydrogen Cars Can't Compete With Pure Electric Cars

Tesla’s Model S. CREDIT: Shutterstock“Toyota Bets Against Tesla With New Hydrogen Car,” blares the headline at fool.com. That is a bad bet. It may even prove to be a major blunder for Toyota, which actually severed its RAV4 partnership with electric...

Posted August 9, 2014    

More Evidence Global Surface Temperatures Poised To Rise Rapidly

Chart of global temperature since 1950 showing the phase of the El Niño-La Niña cycle. Via NASA.A new study finds that when climate models factor in the temporary warming and cooling impact of El Niño and La Niña, they accurately predict recent...

Posted July 26, 2014    

Change In Antarctic Sea Ice Trend Not So Extreme, Study Finds

Iceberg surrounded by sea ice in Antarctica. CREDIT: Eva Nowatzki, distributed via imaggeo.egu.euA new study finds that the change in the trend of Antarctic sea ice growth over time is “not as extreme as the published literature indicates,” as one...

Posted July 25, 2014    

NOAA State Of The Climate In 2013: 'Our Planet Is Becoming A Warmer Place'

Heat energy in the top 2,300 feet (700 meters) of the ocean in 2013 compared to the 1993-2013 average. Orange and blue areas show where the upper ocean’s heat storage rose or fell by as much as 5 gigajoules per square meter. CREDIT: NOAA, Larry...

Posted July 21, 2014    

Hottest March-June On Record Globally, Reports Japan Meteorological Agency

You may recall that the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) reported last month that March-May was the hottest in more than 120 years of record-keeping. Well, the JMA reported Monday that last month was the hottest June in more than 120 years of...

Posted July 16, 2014    

No False Choices: To Preserve A Livable Climate, We Need To Slash Both CO2 And Methane

Natural gas can either leak out as methane, or be flared as CO2 before going to market. CREDIT: ShutterstockThe bad news is that humanity has dawdled for so long that our only realistic chance to avoid multiple, irreversible, catastrophic climate...

Posted July 12, 2014    

Four Of 10 Fracked Wells In Pennsylvania Are Projected To Fail

This undated handout frame grab taken from video, provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection shows bubbling due to impaired cementing in an unconventional gas well in Pennsylvania. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pennsylvania Department of...

Posted July 6, 2014    

Renewables Projected To Add Triple The Capacity Of New Fossil Fuel Plants By 2030

CREDIT: AP/Matt YoungThe “world is already adding more renewable-energy capacity each year than fossil fuel capacity,” Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) explained earlier this year. And BNEF’s just-released 2030 Market Outlook projects that...

Posted July 3, 2014    

A New Wind Turbine Generates Back The Energy It Takes To Build It In Just 6 Months

A new study finds that wind turbines have an energy payback of 6 months, which is comparable to the best solar photovoltaic systems. In other words, in their first six months of operation, large wind turbines produce the same total amount of energy...

Posted July 2, 2014    

Climate Stories You Missed While Watching The World Cup

CREDIT: ShutterstockSo you filled in coach Jürgen Klinsmann’s tweeted note to get out of work. And you decided that seeing images of all the flooding in Brazil at the site of the U.S.-German match filled your quota of climate news for the day.Well,...

Posted June 30, 2014