Byton’s New SUV Is the Smart, Electric, Autonomous Vehicle We Want to Believe In

Another year at CES, another snazzy new electric-vehicle launch. Another startup looking to revolutionize mobility — and another potential disappointment. Byton, the worldwide brand of China-based EV startup Future Mobility Corp., kicked off the show Sunday afternoon with the debut of its first vehicle: a high-tech electric SUV. Or, as the company calls it, a “next-generation smart device.” At the past two Consumer Electronics Shows, Faraday Future held hyped-up and high-production-value vehicle launches the day before the conference. Last year featured flowing cocktails and a drag race between an

Evaluating biases in Sea Surface Temperature records using coastal weather stations

Science is hard. Some easy problems you can solve by hard work, if you are in the right place at the right time and have the right skills. Hard problems take the combined effort of multiple groups looking at the problem, publishing results and finding fault with eachother’s work, until hopefully no-one can find any more problems. When problems are hard, you may have to publish something that even you don’t think is right, but that might advance the discussion. The calculation of an unbiased sea surface temperature record is a hard problem. Historical sea surface temperature observations come from a variety of sources, with early records being measured using wooden, canvas or rubber buckets

What an integrated Western grid means for California

The electricity grids of the Western U.S. are home to major electricity innovation — as well as major grid challenges.

These entrepreneurs are democratizing data to predict flood risks

The co-founder of Cloud to Street discusses the catalyst for her venture and why she organized her venture as a business, not a nonprofit.

2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #1

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor’s Pick Show this cartoon to anyone who doubts we need huge action on climate change This story focuses on a scenario from climate scientist Joeri Rogelj, which would give us a 66 percent chance at limiting warming to 2 degrees, which would requires no emissions by 2065, followed by negative emissions. But a previous version of this story

How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the US

After 10 years running Sungevity, I recently completed a tour visiting solar companies in and around the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. I am pleased to report the residential solar industry is thriving around the world — everywhere except right here in the U.S. The reason for this is startlingly simple: American consumers are being charged over two times more for solar than is the average consumer overseas. That’s USD $10,000 more for a typical 5-kilowatt residential solar system. The panels are the same — so what on earth is going on? The answer: red tape. Here in the land

New research, December 25-31, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Climate change mitigation 1. Renewable technologies in Karnataka, India: jobs potential and co-benefits “We show that enhancing green economy offers benefits that include the creation of jobs, but also delivers a much wider set of socio-economic and environmental welfare gains for emerging economies such as India.” 2. Social acceptance of new energy technology in developing countries: A framing experiment in rural

Expect strong growth this year for commercial energy storage

A perfect storm of market dynamics is making installations that combine solar PV with batteries far more attractive.

A ‘Paris Agreement for shipping’ could lower maritime emissions

Along with sustainable aquaculture and stronger ocean biodiversity laws, the world will see a deep dive into marine conservation this year.

Can We Prevent a Global Energy Crisis From Bitcoin Mining?

Bitcoin has a large and rapidly growing energy and environmental footprint. The bitcoin ecosystem now uses approximately the same power as the entire country of Bulgaria, about 0.2 percent of the global total for electricity. Bitcoin’s computing network has grown at an 1,100 percent average annual pace over the last five years. So if we project out just a few years, we get a truly massive energy demand for the new king of coins: Bitcoin would use more electricity than the entire world uses today, by 2020, if the recent growth

3 ways companies will push climate action in 2018

And the prime opportunity days to highlight your company’s leadership this year.

3 ways real estate developers can stay ahead of climate change

The global real estate industry stands to face the brunt of a changing climate, but there ways to stem the tide.

Takeout produces a lot of trash. It doesn’t have to

The latest Climate Lab video discusses how to be environmentally responsible with takeout.

New Tax Bill Offers Unexpected Benefits to Commercial Solar Installations

The commercial solar industry entered the holiday season with an unexpected policy gift from Washington. The new tax plan passed by Congress introduced two provisions favorable for commercial solar installations: a reduction in the corporate tax rate and the expansion of depreciation allowances. Unsurprisingly, there are very strong and divergent opinions on whether the tax bill will benefit society at large. This article does not attempt to address these important societal questions, but rather will solely analyze how the return on investment and net present value for commercial solar installations will change under the new tax code. We will perform a bottom-up analysis for a hypothetical

Solar O&M: A Nationwide Game Played Locally

A handful of large companies currently dominate the U.S. solar PV operations and maintenance market. But distinct player landscapes also exist at the regional level, according to the latest O&M report published by GTM Research, “Global Solar PV O&M 2017-2022: Markets, Services and Competitors.” The report identifies the top PV O&M vendors in the nation: First Solar, SOLV, MaxGen

It’s time to give funds for sustainable infrastructure and other ‘real assets’ a closer look

The potential upside: predictable returns and the knowledge that you’re contributing to a low-carbon future.

5 trends that will guide the flow of water strategy in 2018

The theme underlying them all: better access for all.

Scientists say nature should be ‘no-brainer’ for climate action

Scientists show that preserving nature is needed to fight climate change.

Unlocking the Distributed Grid With Flexibility Management Software

Behind-the-meter solar and energy storage systems are hitting the grid at a breakneck pace. But will they be efficiently managed and monetized? With flexibility management software, they can. “Utilities recognize that there will be a large increase in behind-the-meter storage and PV over time, and electric vehicles as well,” said Quique Schwarz, chief data scientist at AutoGrid, a software

Can the GRI and SASB reporting frameworks be collaborative?

Tim Mohin, chief executive of GRI, and Jean Rogers, chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), about the dance between standards.

H&M walks the runway towards 100 percent circularity

The foundation’s Global Change Award is part of an ambitious mission to transform the entire clothing industry, starting with itself.

5 ways to go green

Here are five ways you can help the environment this year.

2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #52

Happy New Year!… Story of the Week… Analysis of the Week… Toon of the Week… Quote of the Week… Coming Soon on SkS… Poster of the Week… SkS Week in Review… 97 Hours of Consensus… Happy New Year! Happy New Year from the all-volunteer, SkS author team! Story of the Week… How We Know It Was Climate Change Flooding south of Houston in September in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Credit Barbara Davidson for The New York Times This was a year of devastating