- After 24 days at sea and a journey of over 10,000 km (6,214 miles), the icebreaker MSV Nordica set a new record for the earliest transit of the fabled Northwest Passage. The Arctic route linking the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans has been opening up sooner and for a longer period each summer due to climate change. [Houston Chronicle]
- As Europe battles biblically extreme weather, experts say it is linked to climate change. From intense heatwaves to severe flooding, Europe is a continent of extremes at the moment. Severe weather conditions have caused mayhem and destruction in many countries. Some parts of Italy have seen rainfall totals 80% below normal. [Yahoo News UK]
- Minnesota utility regulators greatly increased the “social cost” of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, but not as much as requested by two state agencies and environmental groups. It voted 3-2 to raise that cost from the current range of $0.44 to $4.53 per short ton to a range of $9.05 to $43.06 per short ton by 2020. [Duluth News Tribune]
- Landmark robot footage Fukushima Daiichi’s unit 3 nuclear reactor is helping TEPCO understand the damage and forcing it to rewrite of the road map for decommissioning. The first images indicate melted fuel did not burn through the pressure vessel, but exited through the holes used to insert the control rods. [The Japan Times]
- Tesla has rolled out its new Model 3 vehicle, its least costly car to date. The first 30 customers, mostly company employees, received their cars on Friday. Chief executive Elon Musk said the Model 3 was the “best car for its cost, either electric or gasoline.” Prices start at $35,000, which the firm hopes will bring mass market interest. [BBC News]
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