- In a report posted online, Wisconsin’s Division of Emergency Management devoted extensive attention to climate change and natural disasters it will cause, such as floods, drought and forest fires. The Public Service Commission and the Department of Natural Resources had removed all mentions of climate change from their websites. [The Sheboygan Press]
- The UK’s Government was accused of trying to bury a major report about the dangers of global warming. The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Report, which must by law be issued every five years, was released almost without notice. It speaks of deaths from heat waves doubling, increased flooding, and other dire problems. [The Independent]
- Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on average, for new electricity capacity around the world, and this is true for developed countries like the US as well as developing countries like India, Nigeria, and Mexico. One of the biggest problems for dealing with climate change is just getting people to understand that fact. [CleanTechnica]
- Australia won’t be following Donald Trump’s lead on renewable energy policies, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says. His statement comes after calls from within the Coalition to scrap Australia’s renewable energy targets if the US President attempts to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement of 2015. [Northern Rivers Echo]
- In December, purchases of EVs – cars that require plugging in for a charge – set a monthly US sales record, surpassing the previous mark by 45%. In all, some 25,000 EVs were sold last month nationwide. Nearly 160,000 EVs were bought or leased in 2016, up 37% from 2015. New, more affordable EV models are introduced every year. [ecoRI news]
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