Battery research is leading to exciting results. Can lithium batteries recharge in seconds instead of hours? That would change how we do a lot of things, wouldn’t it?
Two very related pieces of news that I picked up on today:
Scientists in Copenhagen this week publicly stated that 21st century sea-level rise will be in the neighborhood of a meter or more – not the few inches to a foot that was cited by the 2007 IPCC Report – if we do not change our GHG emission profile.
At the same time, an increasing number of Americans think the threat climate change poses is exaggerated. This is, quite simply, astounding to me. The number and intensity of climate change-driven changes around the world have been rising year after year. But largely due to a multi-million dollar marketing campaign run by a small group of rich extremists, more Americans (mostly Con-servatives) than ever before think the world’s largest conspiracy is afoot. Their outright rejection of science is stunning, considering the age we live in and considering the news item I just cited.