Though the age of climate science denial is not over (yet), a study finds, salvation might come from Hollywood, as it might offer a rare opportunity to cut across political affiliation lines with a message that is both entertaining and eye-opening. And also in this edition (in the Clean tech section): Tesla Motors should check its rearview mirror. General Motors just unveiled the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, a pure electric vehicle.
Quote of the day
“With a public that holds views on climate change that largely align with political affiliation, Hollywood might offer a rare opportunity to cut across these lines with a message that is both entertaining and eye-opening.”
Anthony Leiserowitz at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications, in the GreenBiz’ story Can Hollywood save us from climate catastrophe?
Will trade trump climate pact?
By Brian Bienkowski – The Daily Climate
A powerful legal tool designed to protect foreign investors could undermine commitments made in Paris last month to reign in climate warming emissions.
Era of climate science denial is not over, study finds
By Graham Readfearn – The Guardian
Is organised climate science denial finished? After global heat records were continually broken over the last decade, and as sea levels rose and scientists reported the accelerated melting of polar ice sheets, you might be forgiven for thinking the debate over climate change had shifted.
Can Hollywood save us from climate catastrophe?
By David Wigder – GreenBiz
By taking on the link between football and brain injuries, the recently released movie “Concussion” reminds us of the potential for Hollywood to shape attitudes and beliefs about controversial topics through entertainment.
Let’s drink to being a champagne environmentalist
By Andrew Simms
If we’re going to fix climate change, we’ll have to get creative
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A carbon sink that can’t be filled
By Patchen Barss – Phys.org
Forests can store as much as 45 percent of the world’s terrestrial carbon, making them a critical part of the process of regulating climate change.
Natural gas / coal
Natural Gas Prices Surge on Larger-Than-Expected Inventory Draw
By Nicole Friedman – Wall Street Journal
Natural-gas futures soared Thursday after weekly inventory data showed that stockpiles fell more than expected last week.
Leviathan Partners Pursue Israeli Buyers For Gas
Partners in Israel’s offshore Leviathan natural gas site said on Jan. 7 they were in talks to supply gas to a number of Israeli companies.
Crimea turns on gas supply to freezing Ukrainian town
Gas has begun flowing into a southern Ukrainian town that pleaded for Russian help during a bitter cold spell. Amid regular blackouts caused by the Kiev administration, Crimean authorities have fulfilled President Vladimir Putin’s order to prevent people from freezing.
At the edge of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital, in a space roughly the size of a football field, stands hope for Africa’s industrial future: the Ubungo power plant.
Is this sunny state trying to kill solar power?
By Claudia Assis – Market Watch
Nevada has turned into a sunny battleground for the future of solar in the U.S., with regulators there moving to make solar power less attractive to homeowners and businesses and pitching utilities against solar-power companies.
Tesla Won’t Get a Charge Out of This Electric Car
By Charley Grant – Wall Street Journal
Tesla Motors should check its rearview mirror. General Motors on Wednesday unveiled the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, a pure electric vehicle.
How Satellite Technology Can Help California’s Water Woes
By Steven Savage – Forbes
It’s raining hard here in Southern California for the second day in a row. After four years of drought it’s a welcome change, but it’s also causing problems.