ICYMI: Hertz Gives Up on EVs, China’s Shrinking Population, Sea Turtles Turning Female & We’re All on Thin Ice

Environmental news of the week for busy people

Illustration by Peter Arkle

By Paul Rauber

Illustrations by Peter Arkle

January 19, 2024

Hertz is selling 20,000 EV rental cars in favor of internal combustion vehicles. 

The top 10 percent of US drivers account for one-third of the country’s gasoline use.

The National Labor Relations Board says that EV start-up Lucid illegally fired two workers for their support of the United Auto Workers union.

Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea lead Tesla to suspend EV production at its “gigafactory” in Germany.

California traffic cops stop Black motorists 132 percent more often than white drivers. 

Ten percent of world climate emissions come from tourism. 

The EIA estimates that US coal production dropped by a quarter in the past two years.

In 2022 and 2023, one out of four humans was living under drought.

Record-high tides wash away two historic fishing shacks in South Portland, Maine. 

China’s population shrank last year for the second year in a row. The number of babies has declined every year for the last seven. 

The percentage of green turtles who are born female increases by 3.8 percent each year. More than 68 percent of the turtles who visited Bermuda in the past four years were female. 

Eastern monarch butterflies are not in trouble after all, so you can stop propagating them at home. 

Rapidly warming South Africa will soon be too hot for the world’s remaining populations of black-and-white rhinoceroses. 

Bird flu has infected 320 species, including lions, tigers, grizzly bears, and elephant seals. 

Reverse zoonoses—the transmission of human diseases to wild creatures—has become the leading cause of death in some populations of chimps and gorillas

On Alaska’s North Slope, 275 barrels of oil leak from a pipeline near the boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting 20 percent more than previously realized, at a rate of 30 million tonnes an hour.  

Four ice fishers have been killed and dozens injured after falling through incompletely frozen Minnesota lakes

NASA confirms it: 2023 was the hottest year on record.