MPR News meteorologist Paul Huttner with the latest research on our changing climate.
The search for a better EV battery as customer demand rises
The surge in demand for electric vehicles has ignited a new kind of “space race” within the automobile industry as manufacturers compete to create the next industry-shifting electric vehicle battery.
Automakers and tech companies are looking to create a solid-state battery which could give electric vehicles a longer range with shorter charging times, said Inside Climate News journalist Dan Gearino. Those are changes that could help electric vehicles cross over into the mainstream, he said.
Gearino joined Climate Cast with more on the future of electric car batteries. Click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the Climate Cast podcast to hear the episode.
Climate change risks mounting for businesses
From litigation to financial and material loss due to extreme weather — the corporate world is managing mounting risks due to climate change.
Carbon dioxide in atmosphere spikes to new high
In the past month, atmospheric carbon dioxide reached 420 parts per million for the first time. That’s a 50 percent increase from pre-industrial levels.
A missing sign of spring worries fire researchers
Plants that researchers use to measure moisture are so dry, they aren’t growing this spring. The conditions could act as kindling for another record fire season.
The natural gas boom appears to be going bust
Many saw natural gas the bridge fuel to a net-zero energy future. But rapidly emerging climate solutions mean that bridge is getting shorter fast.
Expect low ice years on Lake Superior to continue
This year, Lake Superior saw its lowest January ice levels in 48 years. While there will be outliers, scientists expect the trend to continue.
Plus: your broadcast, points to the effects of CC locally with great effect.
Negative: your broadcast, fails miserably at pointing fingers at the causes of CC. My quote: “fossil fuels are our destruction”!
Neutral: people want/need hope. I grew up knowing our world would end in nuclear winter. Now I “believe” our end is a CO2 summer. I was wrong the first time; let’s keep our fingers crossed! I recommend a podcast called “Drilled”. Because!
Needs Native voices!
I hope you begin to Center the voices and stories of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and environmental justice activists more!
Very few of these stories are about Native sovereignty; would be great to see more!!
NoDAPL, NoKXL, IdleNoMore, 350 Pacific, and so many more...
These folks are the rock stars of the movement against climate change; they have been doing the work for centuries that settlers are just coming around to, and they are the communities most impacted by climate change and pollution.
Appreciate the discussion
Love the discussion like format