In 2017, traffic congestion caused urban Americans to travel an extra 8.8 billion hours and purchase an extra 3.3 billion gallons of fuel for a congestion cost of $166 billion, according to the University of Texas A&M’s 2019 Urban Mobility Report.
It will cost $3.5 Billion to build a seawall to protect Jacksonville, FL from climate change-induced rising sea levels, according to research from the Center for Climate Integrity. The next most expensive city to protect is New York, at $2B. On a per capita basis, the most expensive cities to protect from rising sea levels are Galveston, TX ($21,282/person) and Barnstable, MA ($20,062/person). Galveston also ranks 4th in the highest absolute cost, at $1.1B.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that in 2018, climate and weather disasters killed at least 247 people and cost the nation an estimated $91 billion. Fourteen separate weather and climate disasters in 2018 cost at least $1 billion each.
According to a study by UC Irvine’s Eric Ringot, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Antarctica ice melt has accelerated by 280% in the last 4 decades.
Ice loss in Antarctica has increased from 40 gigatons per year from 1979-90 to 252 gigatons per year from 2009-17. The melt-rate has been accelerating in the most recent decades, up 280% in the second half of the nearly 40 years compared to the first half.
According to Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator, over 3 million households, roughly 1/5 of all households, now have some form of small scale renewable energy systems, and of those roughly 2/3 are solar.
According to the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-Comparison Exercise, Antartica is losing more than 200 Billions tons of ice, annually. This is more than 3X the rate of the last decade and more than 5X the rate of the late 1990s.
RethinkX believes that by 2030, there will only be 44 Million passenger cars on the road in the US, down from around 247 Million in 2020. They attribute the 80% decline to sharp increase in Transportation as a Service / Mobility as a Service (TaaS and MaaS).
There are over fifty companies registered and approved to test autonomous vehicles in California. These include major car manufacturers like VW, Toyota, and Ford; tech firms like Google/Waymo, Apple, Nvidia, Baidu; TNCs like Lyft and Uber; AI/ AV startups like TuSimple and Apex.AI and many others in each category.
The Electric Vehicle Charging Association reported there were more than 50,000 charge points (public and private) in operation in the U.S. in 2017, up from 45,000 the year before.
According to Fatih Birol of the International Energy Agency, “the number of people estimated to be without access to electricity fell below 1.1 billion in 2016, and the pace of providing access has accelerated.”
1.1B is at once unfathomable and also encouraging: last year’s number was 1.2 billion.