Climate Science Electric Vehicles Public Opinion Weekly Climate Change Briefing

Weekly Climate Change Briefing, 1 December 2019

Climate Change news, people, gossips, and tech.

Tesla Cybertruck: “Better  Utility than a Truck with more Performance than a Sportscar”

Vavavoom. After much teasing, Tesla’s cybertruck has finally been unveiled. It’s not out yet, and we still don’t know what the final specifications of the production model will be (supposedly the truck will look like the picture below).

 It’s an all electricK pickup truck, which packs a lot of power, a lot of speed and a lot of range. Its windows will be shatterproof (though they did break during the demonstration). In the first few days after the fanfare demo, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, was able to tweet that some 300,000 people had put $100 dollars down for pre-orders. Impressive marketing indeed.

 I like the version with the pull out barbecue. Great for impromptu picnics or tailgate parties. 🍡

Tesla cybertruck with bbq

Toyota: “Right now, there’s no demand for Electric Vehicles.”

This is a pretty sobering interview of the General Manager of Toyota North America. Read between the usual corporate lines. No plan for electric cars. Toyota has been arguing quite ineptly that hybrids are in fact on board charging electric vehicles. Fancy that! When asked about its competitors (all have electric cars scheduled to hit the markets), the gentleman trashes them pronto. They are no good so they have to make electric cars, unlike us, the best. Volkswagen? It’s because of the diesel scandal etc.

That deserves an “OK Boomer”.

Toyota and the Japanese car manufacturers sound more and more like Kodak and Nokia at their heydays.  If you look at their vehicle offering (with the notable exception of Nissan), the Japanese seem to be more inclined to sell us the same old antiquated petrol tech, granted with nice shiny touch screens and Apple Car Play for our smartphones. Then again, Toyota has been the uncontested king in the Third World with its ubiquitous Land Cruisers and pickup trucks that equip government goons and UN agencies alike. But customers’ tastes are changing fast in emerging economies… with half decent roads you can drive an electric Audi or Porsche just as easily as a petrol hungry Land Cruiser.

A great photo by Darina Rodionova on Unsplash
Toyota Land Cruiser in its natural habitat (preferably developing country of the Tropics)

World Meteorological Organization: “Concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017”

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has the usual annual dire news on greenhouse gas concentrations in the earth’s atmosphere. No surprise here. The 400 ppm, which we merrily crossed in 2015, was seen as the point of no return.

World Meteorological Organization: “Concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017”

There’s no sign of slowing down, let alone a decline says the WMO. Keep in mind that the last time the Earth experienced such high levels of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, average temperatures were 2-3 degrees higher and sea level 10-20 meters than now. 🚣🏼‍♂️

2019 Climate and Public Opinions International Survey: “Reality of climate change no longer questioned”

Ipsos, a French marketing research firm, has completed a survey of climate change and public opinion across 32 countries for French electric utility Electricité de France (EDF). The good news is that people are finally concerned about climate change and realize that it is happening. It’s not the stuff of legend or fake news. But the bad thing is about a quarter of people still attribute climate change to natural or unknown phenomena. Huge variations across countries of course.

I was pleasantly surprised that around the planet when asked whether they knew what they could do to fight climate change on a personal level, almost half of respondents responded “yea, somewhat”.  A good third of people want their next car to be electric. 🚗

32 countries surveyed

24017 respondents

29 questions

Great concern about climate change

Climate change no longer questioned

Confusion on cause of climate change

Change in lifestyle still modest

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