Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declares emergency as storm is expected to hit Florida

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis campaigns for Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance during an event run by Turning Point Action in Youngstown, Ohio, U.S., August 19, 2022.  Gaelen Morse | Reuters Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 24 counties as Tropical Storm Ian gathers strength over the Caribbean and is expected … Read more

The Affordable Electric Vehicle Is Still Mostly Fantasy

(Bloomberg) — Jack Norton, a history professor in Minneapolis, started shopping for an electric vehicle early last year. His requirements were simple: all-wheel drive and a price tag under $55,000. At first, Norton noticed that few EVs were being shipped to Minnesota, where car companies are contending with looser emissions mandates than in much of … Read more

Apple event had an unusually dark tone, emphasizing emergency features

When Apple held its annual launch event for the iPhone 13 in 2021, it started with a joyful video featuring jazz dancers celebrating the natural beauty of California (which can be captured with an iPhone camera, of course). The undertone of Apple’s iPhone 14 launch this week was darker. After zooming in on Apple’s headquarters … Read more

California and the West broil in record heat wave

Residents on the American River at Discovery Park during a heatwave in Sacramento, California, US, on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. A record-setting heat wave made life miserable in much of the West on Tuesday, with California stretching into its second week of excessive heat that taxed the state’s power supply and threatened power shortages that … Read more

Stricter standards needed for carbon offsets, congressional reps urge

Riverside industrial pulp mill showing smokestacks and stream releases as the facility operates on a sunny afternoon. Education Images | Universal Images Group | Getty Images Several House Democrats this week called for stricter standards for voluntary carbon offsets that companies and governments buy to compensate for the greenhouse gasses they emit. Reps. Jared Huffman, … Read more

Pakistan floods make foreign minister ask for IMF, international help

Pakistani families wade floodwaters in the southern part of the country on Sunday. The death toll from flooding there has surpassed 1,000. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Pakistan needs financial help to deal with “overwhelming” floods, its foreign minister said on Sunday, adding that he hoped financial institutions such as the International … Read more

EV makers face cash squeeze amid soaring battery, production costs

Production of electric Rivian R1T pickup trucks on April 11, 2022 at the company’s plant in Normal, Ill. Michael Wayland / CNBC In the transition from gas-powered vehicles to electric, the fuel every automaker is after these days is cold hard cash. Established automakers and startups alike are rolling out new battery-powered models in an … Read more

Australian bank to scrap loans for new diesel and gasoline cars

Cars and buses in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, May 25, 2020. Authorities in the country are looking to set up a National Electric Vehicle Strategy. Brendon Thorne | Bloomberg | Getty Images An Australian bank plans to stop giving loans for new diesel and gasoline cars as the country tries to encourage the use of … Read more

The World’s Cotton Supply Keeps Shrinking, Hit by Drought, Heat

Bom Futuro group, one of Brazil’s largest cotton producers accounting for about 10% of the nation’s planted area, has seen yields fall 27% compared with the previous season. Julio Cezar Busato, a grower in Sao Desiderio, Bahia state, has suffered from a similar decline. Dryness is reducing the number of cotton bolls, making them lighter … Read more

Delta, NFL, Air Force use Tomorrow.io to prepare for extreme weather

As the severity, intensity and frequency of climate disasters increase, preparation is becoming more crucial than ever to protect lives, as well as infrastructure, businesses and local economies. One high-tech forecasting company is now stepping up, offering hyper-detailed weather prediction and pre-storm strategy plans, right down to a city block.  Boston-based Tomorrow.io already boasts clients … Read more