This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of June 5th. Listen to the audio version on our podcast feed. It has far more jokes.
...so here we go:
Moving Markets. The number of electric cars on the road globally hit 2m in 2016. The number of battery-powered vehicles numbered just hundreds globally in 2005 and passed the 1m milestone in 2015, but sales jumped 60% in 2016. (The Guardian)
Moving Monsters. For the first time in 100 years, sizable numbers of humpback whales are being spotted in the waters off NYC, and it's thanks to years of environmental clean-up efforts. It's shocking to longtime New Yorkers, who remember when the city's rivers and beaches were an ecological punchline. (Popular Science)
Where is the puck moving? While coal still produces much more energy in the US than solar, solar jobs now outnumber those in coal by more than 2-to-1, according to the Department of Energy. (PRI)
High courtroom drama. A Federal judge denied a Trump administration appeal in youth climate lawsuit . Juliana v. United States — pits a group of youth climate plaintiffs against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry. The plaintiffs allege that the federal government, through its actions and coordination with the fossil fuel industry, have violated their constitutional right to a livable climate. (Think Progress)
Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot, a book from the NGO Population Media Center contains powerful and evocative images showing the ecological and social tragedies of humanity’s ballooning numbers and consumption. The book is out now, and can be viewed in its entirety online at populationspeakout.org.
Behavioral economics 101. A new study provides some clues as to why the political climate in the United States appears to be increasingly polarized. It suggests this polarization could be related to a desirability bias rather than a confirmation bias. People are less likely to accept new information when it conflicts with the political outcomes they want, according to research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology.
If you come to a cliff, turn around and walk away are going backwards? In her first ever online class, Dr. Jane Goodall teaches how you can conserve the environment. She also shares her research on the behavioral patterns of chimpanzees and what they taught her about conservation. You’ll learn how to “act locally” and protect the planet. The class begins in fall 2017 via Masterclass.com
It’s not quite divestment but... Investors claimed a historic win last week at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting when 62 percent votes in favor of a shareholder proposal calling on the oil and gas giant to assess and disclose how it is preparing its business for the transition to a low-carbon future. The proposal was hotly contested as Exxon’s management fought to sway investors right up to the last moment. Institutional investors with more than $5 trillion of combined assets under management co-filed the proposal.
Watch it. National Geographic has re-released Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary, titled “Before The Flood,” online commercial-free until June 9. The documentary — which premiered in October 2016 — has reached over 60 million people worldwide and has surpassed a record-setting 1 billion minutes viewed.
And finally… Intelligence without wisdom makes one a smart fool. Arguing a Scientific American interview that standardized tests and IQ scores are creating individuals who possess a certain kind of intelligence, but not the kind that helps society to progress in meaningful ways, Cornell professor Robert Sternberg, says, “[our testing system] leads to people who are very good at advancing themselves, often at other people’s expense. We may not just be selecting the wrong people, we may be developing an incomplete set of skills.” Chew on that over the weekend...