The nonstop deluge of climate change headlines can be daunting, so we like to pick out a few each week to focus on. Feel free to share a climate story that grabbed your attention this week!
From Mike Lindblom at the Seattle Times: Sticker shock for Washington’s hybrid and electric car owners: $75 fee in their new car-tab bills
- Hybrid-vehicle owners will pay a $75 per year to finance charging stations beginning this month.
- “The hybrid fee was part of House Bill 2042, intended to promote electric vehicles and reduce carbon emissions.”
- The fees will raise an estiamted $9.9 million per year from hybrid cars.
From Geoffrey A. Fowler at the Washington Post: Everyone’s AirPods will die. We’ve got the trick to replacing them.
- Wireless headphones have become an expensive, disposable product.
- Batteries in Apple’s AirPods, Amazon’s EchoBuds and Microsoft’s Surface EarBuds can’t be replaced. Once they die, the entire product is recycled.
From Zoya Tierstein at Grist: Science is in ‘crisis’ under Trump, new reports show
- Two recent studies have found that climate change acceptance is on the decline among Washington D.C. policymakers.
- Echo Chambers in Climate Science found that since 2016, “Washington elites” (think tanks, environmental groups and government officials) have surrounded themselves with information that supports their view of whether climate changed is human caused or not.
- Proposals for Reform Volume II: National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy found that climate change has become politically polarized due in part to climate scientists being pushed out of federal roles and being replaced with industry researchers.
From Dan Jacobson in the San Francisco Chronicle: To counter climate change, California needs to tap offshore wind
- California’s carbon-free targets are already aggressive, but coastal winds are just begging to be harnessed for green energy.
- ” According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a fleet of wind turbines floating (mostly out of sight) roughly 25 miles off our coastline could produce 16 gigawatts of energy — about a third of the 40-plus gigawatts used statewide during peak periods.”