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Climate change effects likely to include long-term inflation

Nov 14, 2023
The fifth National Climate Assessment says climate change will continue to nudge household spending higher in many categories — including health, food and home repair.
In June, smoke from Canadian wildfires drifted over New York City and obscured the Manhattan skyline. Increased air pollution could lead to higher health care costs.
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We can charge phones wirelessly. What about electric vehicles?

Oct 30, 2023
Boosters of the technology say it could reduce the size — and cost — of EV batteries.
While current EVs require charging stations, proponents of wireless charging say the technology could reduce the size — and cost — of EV batteries.
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As weather gets less predictable, hydropower dams look to new forecasting techniques

Oct 24, 2023
"Forecast-informed reservoir operations" may help planners deal more effectively with flood or drought conditions.
Dams were built during a much different climate regime from the conditions we're experiencing and expecting. Operators of the facilities are seeking ways to adapt.
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The Biden administration is investing in hydrogen hubs, but roadblocks remain

Oct 24, 2023
The promise of hydrogen fuel is that it could cut emissions in industries that have proven difficult to decarbonize. It’s a lot of pressure for an industry that’s barely off the ground.
Inflation is pushing the costs of infrastructure, like production plants, to support the hydrogen fuel economy. Above, a hydrogen production plant in Germany.
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More than 130 major companies press world leaders to phase out fossil fuels by 2035

Oct 24, 2023
Companies including Ikea, Nestle, Unilever and Volvo are saying that they're already grappling with the costs of the climate crisis.
Unilever is among the companies that signed on  to a recent letter ahead of COP28 urging world leaders to cut fossil fuel use.
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Rising temperatures threaten the Mediterranean's tourism industry

Oct 12, 2023
Temperatures are increasing in the Mediterranean 20% faster than the global average. That's likely to have an impact on tourism.
A man cools off at a fountain in Xàtiva, in eastern Spain, during a heatwave on Aug. 10.
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Climate change put a dent in Levi's sales. It's likely to do the same for other products.

Oct 6, 2023
Because nobody's thinking about wearing denim when it's 110 degrees outside.
Warming temperatures have contributed to soft sales for denim, according to Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh.
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Clean energy investment may have bought a chance to avoid climate catastrophe

Sep 26, 2023
But the world must rapidly expand spending on renewables, and cut spending on fossil fuels, to make it happen.
The world will need to dramatically boost its investment in renewable energy to stave off irreversible effects of warming, according to the International Energy Agency.
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Climate change means more extremes for Washington hops farmer

Sep 25, 2023
After a cold spring and unseasonably hot and dry summer, Patrick Smith of Yakima is seeing some abnormalities in when his crops mature.
"Overall, I'd say that the apple crop statewide is looking quite good," Washington farmer Patrick Smith says.
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A plan for alleviating poverty and climate change

The two challenges are interrelated, and a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute says they must be addressed in tandem.
It'll take investment equal to about 8% of global GDP annually to close both the economic empowerment gap and the net-zero transition gap, according to the McKinsey Global Institute,
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