On a semi-regular basis I share some of the information that comes in the monthly Sierra Magazine. They have a page they call “Up To Speed: Two Months, One Page.” I summarize some of the information on that page here:
The Bad News:
• March 2016 was the warmest month one record. It was the 11th straight month to set the record, which was also unprecedented.*
• Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide rose by the greatest margin on record.*
• For the second year in a row the Arctic Sea ice has shrunk to a record low.*
• Mitsubishi admitted that it has been exaggerating the fuel economy of its cars sold in Japan for 25 years.
• The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that local governments, such as those in Longmont and Fort Colins, cannot ban fracking in their jurisdictions.
[*And yet we have a presidential candidate who insists that Global Warming is a hoax while, at the same time, he petitions the Scottish government for permission to build a sea wall to protect his golf course in Scotland from rising sea waters. (This would also come under the heading of “bad news,” except that it deserves its own category — perhaps: More Insanity?? )]
The Good News:
• Oregon announced that it will stop buying coal entirely by 2030.
• Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company declared bankruptcy.
• ConAgra Foods, General Mills, and Kellogg said they will voluntarily label foods containing GMOs.
• President Obama withdrew his earlier proposal to open the southeastern Atlantic seaboard to oil and gas drilling.
• Within a month of the Tesla Model 3’s unveiling, nearly 400,000 people had paid $1000 apiece to reserve the all-electric car.
* Seaworld announced that it will stop the captive breeding of orcas.