- In March 2017, when Arctic sea ice is typically at its maximum winter extent, circling US satellites recorded an extent of just 5.57 million square miles, the lowest maximum in the record’s 38-year history. Now, due to budget cuts, the 38-year continuous US Arctic satellite monitoring program is about to end, leaving scientists blind. [The Wire]
- Tesla’s solar roof is off to a good start, and that bodes well for the sprawling solar panel factory that the company plans to open in Buffalo later this year. Less than a month after the company started taking orders for their solar roof tiles, Tesla executives told analysts that the new product already is “sold out well into 2018.” [Buffalo News]
- Philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and others will dig into their own pockets to make sure the Paris climate agreement is met, no matter what happens in Washington. They pledged up to $15 million to the United Nations, the same amount the UN stands to lose from the United States’ early withdrawal from the climate pact. [9NEWS.com]
- US states accounting for almost 30% of national gross domestic product have pledged to meet the country’s commitments in the Paris climate agreement by joining the US Climate Alliance. The mayors of 187 US cities, with a total population of 52 million, have also agreed commitment to uphold the Paris agreement goals. [Financial Times]
- Vermont will join the US Climate Alliance, a coalition of states intent on countering President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement. Late Friday afternoon, after lawmakers and environmental activists called for Vermont to play a part, Governor Phil Scott announced the state will also join. [Seven Days]
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