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THE BRIEF [May 8-14’23]
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This week’s highlights
[#heatwave] — A historic heat wave caused by climate change is sweeping across Asia and Europe, breaking temperature records in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Spain. The heat wave has a 1-in-400 chance of occurring each year and is one of the most brutal heat events the world has ever witnessed, according to a climate historian. Climate change continues to drive extreme heat and its impacts, which are likely to continue as Pacific Ocean conditions shift from La Niña to a more warming El Niño pattern.
[#norwayev] — Despite concerns about electric cars causing grid collapses and using up natural resources, Norway's EV revolution has been successful with about 80% of new cars sold last year being battery-powered and closer to 90% this year. The transition to electric cars has not been without its challenges, such as unreliable chargers and long waits during periods of high demand, but it has also created new job opportunities. The demand for electricity has increased, but most owners are charging their cars at night when demand is lower and the cost of electricity is lower. Overall, the EV revolution in Norway has brought many benefits without the dire consequences predicted by critics.
[#fossilruling] — A ruling in the US might now make it possible for communities to sue the fossil fuel industry for damages due to climate change. According to Bill McKibben, this seemingly small victory could represent a major turn in the climate fight.
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