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While the Trump administration tries to gin up a “red team-blue team” debate over climate science, the academic peer review process has been picking apart the science in a far more rigorous way for years. Two new studies provide a window into how that process works. Both debunk popular climate change denial arguments while providing new insight into just how much more warming we should expect. 

We also took a closer look this week at how cars and even heavy machinery are pulling away from gas and diesel. A new report just accelerated the forecast for an electric car takeover, and we stopped by the Port of San Diego to see how one major pollution source is plugging in to reduce its carbon footprint.

2 New Studies Undermine Climate Denial Arguments
BY: JOHN H. CUSHMAN JR.

The papers are reminders of how the peer-review process works, and why peer-reviewed research remains the key to sound climate policies.
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Electric Cars Will Outsell Gas Competitors by 2040, BNEF Says
BY: GEORGINA GUSTIN

Automakers and governments are also sending clear signals that the internal combustion engine is headed for the blocks.
Credit: Zero Emission Resource Organization/CC-BY-2.0

Ports Go Electric in Drive to Decarbonize and Cut Pollution
BY: LESLIE KAUFMAN

Led by the Port of San Diego, California’s dockyards are moving away from diesel machinery and plugging in.
Credit: Port of San Diego
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— California Gov. Jerry Brown in his announcement of plans for an international "Climate Action Summit" in San Francisco in 2018.
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From Beef to Palm Oil, Investors Worry about Climate Risk in the Food Industry
BY: GEORGINA GUSTIN

Investors pressured Exxon to disclose its climate risk. Now they're targeting food companies with similar shareholder resolutions — 131 this year.

G20 Summit: Climate Diplomacy Gets Complicated in the Age of Trump
BY: MARIANNE LAVELLE

As the world’s big emitters meet, their response to the G20 climate plan will be a barometer of their willingness to push back on Trump and fulfill their Paris climate promises.

Oil and Gas Drilling on Federal Lands Headed for Faster Approvals, Zinke Says
BY: GEORGINA GUSTIN

Environmental groups say the Interior Department's plan for swifter approvals and leases is a giveaway to Big Oil.
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