For some, the evidence of global warming is hard to accept, especially when it has been difficult to draw the link between individual storms and an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gasses. Now a new study by a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University has done just that. By studying the pattern of the jet stream, Professor Michael Mann and a team of other scientists showed that warmer ocean temperatures are making the jet stream more erratic pulling more warm, tropical air into northern reaches of the U.S., for example, increasing the frequencies of summer hurricanes in New...
Five electric cars tested in cold Norwegian winter: how did they do?
Drivers in the parts of North America that get winter weather are deeply familiar with snow-clogged wheel wells, iced-in wipers, and weak batteries, to list just a few. Our counterparts in Norway have exactly the same challenges in winter—but they're far further along in adopting plug-in...John Voelcker
Texas fossil-fuel industry made state more vulnerable to hurricane
Hurricane Harvey will go down as one of the most destructive and costliest natural disasters in the United States. While the storm has dissipated, with this week's attention focused on Hurricane Irma, the effects and damage tolls will last for years—and one thing already seems clear: Texas'...Sean Szymkowski
Driving electric cars in winter: tips from experienced owner
One of the challenges of electric cars is persuading potential buyers that they can do virtually everything that most other vehicles can. For those who live in wintry climates, that includes dealing with snow, slush, road salt, ice, and variable traction. Given the recent major snowstorms that hit...John Voelcker
Could You Storm-Chase In A 2012 Chevy Cruze? Yes, But...
Be honest: unless you’re a storm chaser, the chances are you don’t shop for a new car based on its capabilities in heavy storms. But as part of its latest advertising efforts to promote the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors wants you to know that the compact sedan can take everything...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Central Michigan University Requests Refund For EV
In the summer of 2008, amid staggering gas prices, Central Michigan University (CMU) invested $23,000 into an electric vehicle. Just over a year later, the school is requesting a refund, citing the vehicle's poor performance in cold weather. The EV in question is believed to be a Miles ZX40ST Work...Robert Scardino