Bezos worries that in the coming generations the planet’s growing energy demands will outstrip its limited supply. “We have to go to space to save Earth.”
Jeff Bezos controls nearly 40 percent of all e-commerce in the United States. More product searches are conducted on Amazon than on Google, which has allowed Bezos to build an advertising business as valuable as the entirety of IBM. One estimate has Amazon Web Services controlling almost half of the cloud-computing industry. Forty-two percent of paper book sales and a third of the market for streaming video are controlled by the company; Twitch, its video platform popular among gamers, attracts 15 million users a day. All of this makes Bezos arguably the most powerful man in American culture. (link) The Atlantic
Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) latest report, Breakthrough Batteries: Powering the Era of Clean Electrification, shows that cost and performance improvements are quickly outpacing forecasts, as increased demand for EVs, grid-tied storage, and other emerging applications creates positive feedback loops for further investment and research, setting the stage for mass adoption. Now, analysts expect the capital cost for new battery manufacturing capacity to drop by more than half from 2018 to 2023.
The majority of the carbon emission reduction pledges for 2030 that 184 countries made under the Paris Agreement aren’t nearly enough to keep global warming well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). Some countries won’t achieve their pledges, and some of the world's largest carbon emitters will continue to increase their emissions, according to a panel of world-class climate scientists. (link) NatGeo
More than 1,500 Google employees are publicly calling on their employer to reduce its contributions to climate change, including a commitment to zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.
Google says it’s been a carbon-neutral company since 2007 (meaning it offsets its carbon emissions by purchasing credits) and has increasingly invested in renewable energy sources like wind power. But critics say offsets don’t address the root of the problem, arguing that tech companies like Google need to reduce emissions from the get-go rather than purchase their way out of environmental guilt, as well as stop doing business with fossil fuel companies and stop donating to climate-change-denying politicians. (link) Vox
Tech workers are uniting and demanding that their employers adopt meaningful climate change values - a carbon creed.
I’m a climate scientist.
I’m also an evangelical Christian.
And I’m Canadian, which is why it took me so long to realize the first two things were supposed to be entirely incompatible.”
In this thought provoking op-ed, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe explains why faith tradition and climate change are compatible, but climate science is not a religion. (link) NY Times