EPA Points To Massive Ocean Changes –Most Important Climate News 7.3.24

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BYD appears ready to top Tesla as the top seller of EVs in the world. Research firm Counterpoint states, “BYD’s BEV market share is set to surge in 2024, the year it is expected to overtake Tesla in BEV sales.” Climatecrisis247 believes that this is an impressive performance, However, it is largely because its home market of China is by far the largest EV market in the world. The question about BYD’s success is whether it can move into Europe and the US. To a large extent, that potential move is blocked by tariffs. 

Hurricane Beryl –Is Miami’s Next Hurricane Coming This Year?

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Rich nations are partially responsible for Hurricane Beryl, at least according to some critics who say these countries have not invested enough to slow global warming. According to The Guardian, “The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has decried a lack of political will in western Europe and the US to tackle the global climate crisis as Hurricane Beryl has made landfall as an “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm.” Climatecrisis247 believes that there is some validity to the statement, and the problem has two parts. First, the largest, wealthy nations have not honored their climate change promises. Second, they have not provided the capital they were supposed to provide to poor nations to help combat global warming. 

EPA Raises Alarm On Oceans

The EPA has published an analysis of the effects of oceans on climate change. Oceans react more slowly to greenhouse gas emissions because of their depth and size. They cover over 70% of the world’s surface. However, the EPA said several trends show the protection oceans have provided in a world in which heat is rising has become more limited because the heat of their water has increased sharply since the 1950s, surface temperatures, in particular, have risen quickly, sea levels have gone up, threatening areas like the East Coast of the US, and ocean acidity has changed.” Higher acidity affects the balance of minerals in the water, making it more difficult for certain marine animals to build their protective skeletons or shells.” Climatecrisis247 believes this is one of the most extensive analyses of how oceans have changed due to global warming and the potentially huge effects. 

Climate And Food Cost Inflation

The climate crisis is affecting the availability of some foods, which is driving up inflation. According to the FT, “From oranges in Brazil to cocoa in west Africa; olives in southern Europe to coffee in Vietnam, permanently shifting weather patterns as a result of climate change are reducing crop yields, squeezing supplies and driving up prices.” Climatecrisis247 believes that a closer look at the FT analysis shows that the breadth of crops affected in the upcoming decades will be much larger than it is today. The resulting inflation could change the global economy significantly. As is usually the case, this will hit poor nations the hardest.

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