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Russia’s war on Ukraine has roiled global commodities markets—including those for nickel and other metals used in electric vehicle batteries—and laid bare how vulnerable the world is to price shocks in the metals essential to the electric vehicle future. That volatility comes on top of the pandemic-triggered supply chain woes that have dogged the auto industry for months. President Joe Biden’s pledge to catalyze the electric vehicle transition has been only partly fulfilled, with consumer electric vehicle tax credits, money for charging stations and other assistance stalled with the rest of his Build Back Better package in Congress.

Also this week, a new study shows that wildfires in the West will bring worsening health impacts to communities far away from blazes because of particulate pollutants that when inhaled can damage cells and organs. The Pacific Northwest is a hotspot for the increase of particulate pollution, or PM2.5, with harmful levels  from wildfire smoke likely to double or triple by the end of the century. 

Russia’s War in Ukraine Reveals a Risk for the EV Future: Price Shocks in Precious Metals
BY MARIANNE LAVELLE
After the nickel market goes haywire, the United States and its allies launch a critical minerals energy security plan, with stockpiling an option.
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Deadly ‘Smoke Waves’ From Wildfires Set to Soar
BY BOB BERWYN
New research sees the Pacific Northwest, a future hot spot for dangerous spikes of PM2.5 pollution, getting smoked out every three to five years by late this century.
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Complex Models Now Gauge the Impact of Climate Change on Global Food Production. The Results Are ‘Alarming’
BY GEORGINA GUSTIN
Climate change is a "threat multiplier," making hunger emergencies worse. Advanced modeling shows that crop yields could plummet, faster than expected.
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Indigenous Land Rights Are Critical to Realizing Goals of the Paris Climate Accord, a New Study Finds
BY KATIE SURMA
Tribal lands studied sequester far more carbon than non-Indigenous regions. Yet Indigenous’ rights are often ignored and the forests the tribes protect are exploited or lost.
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Ecuador’s High Court Rules That Wild Animals Have Legal Rights
BY KATIE SURMA
In the case of a woolly monkey taken from the wild and raised as a pet for 18 years, the court ruled that wild animals must be protected against “disproportionate cruelty, fear and distress.” Read More
US Taxpayers Are Spending Billions on Crop Insurance Premiums to Prop Up Farmers on Frequently Flooded, Unproductive Land
BY GEORGINA GUSTIN
As climate change worsens flooding across the Midwest and South, crop insurance payments on waterlogged land have surged 300 percent in recent decades. That number will likely rise. Read More
Inside Clean Energy: US Battery Storage Soared in 2021, Including These Three Monster Projects
BY DAN GEARINO
Storage industry continues rapid growth despite rising costs. California leads the way. Read More
Warming Trends: How Urban Parks Make Every Day Feel Like Christmas, Plus Fire-Proof Ceramic Homes and a Thriller Set in Fracking Country
BY KATELYN WEISBROD
A column highlighting climate-related studies, innovations, books, cultural events and other developments from the global warming frontier. Read More
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Germany’s New Government Had Big Plans on Climate, Then Russia Invaded Ukraine. What Happens Now?
BY DAN GEARINO
A new chancellor and his coalition want to enact major clean energy legislation at the same time that the war has scrambled the geopolitics of energy.
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