- One of the world’s largest ocean circulation systems may not be as stable as believed, according to a study in the journal Science Advances. In fact, changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation – the same deep-water ocean current featured in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow” – could occur quite abruptly. [Science Daily]
- Evidence the earth experienced a slowdown in global warming over the past couple of decades has been further eroded with a new US study confirming climate change continues unabated. NOAA found the oceans had warmed at the rate of 0.12° per decade since 2000, or nearly twice the previous estimate. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
- A government-led rescue of French nuclear group Areva and the wider atomic-energy industry may cost the state as much as €10 billion, but political support is almost certain, regardless of who wins the presidential election in May. Areva supplies three quarters of France’s electricity and employs 220,000 people. [The Globe and Mail]
- ExxonMobil agreed to provide an investment package worth about $180 million to Rex Tillerson, letting him cash in on benefits that he would have been required to give up in order to serve as President-elect Trump’s top diplomat. The deal includes benefits that ExxonMobil has no legal obligation to provide. [CleanTechnica]
- Tesla has begun mass production of battery cells at the Gigafactory. The company said the cost of battery cells will significantly decline due to a number of inherent optimizations and economies of scale. These will enhance yield, lowering the capital investment per Wh of production. The Gigafactory is 35% complete. [CleanTechnica]
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