Climate change and extreme weather driving migration – Phys.Org

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Oct 112017
 

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Climate change and extreme weather driving migration
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Dr Wesselbaum is particularly interested in the effects of temperature and weather-related disasters, and how migration responds over time to changes in its driving forces. Including temperatures and disasters is important, as research has shown that

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Nissan Unveils Redesigned 2018 Nissan Leaf With 400 km Range, ProPilot Autonomous Driving Features

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Sep 062017
 

Nissan unveiled its new 2018 Nissan LEAF which features a completely new exterior design that is sure to be less polarizing and more in line with the look and feel of the rest of the Nissan fleet. Following the event, Nissan launched the official 2018 Nissan LEAF website to lure the thousands viewing the livestream [&hellip

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Germany Approves Legislation Aimed At Allowing Fully Autonomous Driving

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Apr 112017
 

The national Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany decided on Thursday to change an existing traffic law that had prohibited vehicles from being engaged in autonomous mode. Drawing on votes from both the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union (CSU), the Bundestag has agreed to allow fully autonomous driving vehicles to travel on Germany’s streets

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“Towns Driving State Policy:” New London Aims to Ban Fracking Waste

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Feb 182017
 

One by one, Connecticut municipalities are sending a message to state and federal legislators: no to local fracking waste disposal. Following the lead of municipalities across four counties beginning with Washington and most recently including Middletown …
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Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, U.N. Agency Says – Huffington Post

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Nov 092016
 

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Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, U.N. Agency Says
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MARRAKECH, Morocco ― The five years from 2011 through 2015 were the warmest on record, a trend that's increasing the prevalence of extreme weather, including flooding and drought, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization has found.
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MIT Study Will Pay Tesla Drivers $1000 To Be Monitored While Driving

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Jun 062016
 

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Originally published on TeslaMondo. “A car that’s driving itself needs to know when the driver is able to take control back.” And so MIT will pay about $ 1k to Tesla owners who are willing to have their cars equipped with a bunch of cameras that monitor not the road, but the driver. They even detect your gaze [&hellip

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How to Survive Driving in Extreme Weather Conditions – Quoted

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Dec 092015
 

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How to Survive Driving in Extreme Weather Conditions
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Extreme weather is like a bear attack: when it happens to you—or when you imagine it happening and try to remember what you hypothetically are supposed to do—it can be difficult to remember the specifics of what you are definitely supposed to do and …

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Driving EVs For More Than A Decade — Comments & Stories From Early Adopters

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Apr 232015
 

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It might be a bit of a surprise to some, but electric vehicles (EVs) have now been commercially available for more than a decade — enough time to get a really comprehensive handle on the experience of owning one. So what do those that first adopted the technology back at the dawn of commercial availability

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Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming … – ThinkProgress

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Aug 212014
 

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Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming
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But in recent years you may have noticed a disproportionate increase in record-smashing extreme weather and suspected that's also linked to global warming. A new study from a team of scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

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Plug-in Hybrid Fuel Consumption Can Be Cut By 10% Via Logged Driving Routes

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May 262014
 



The fuel consumption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can be cut by as much as 10% (for long-distance driving) through the use of logged driving routes, according to new research from the Chalmers University of Technology.

Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology have come up with a method to automatically identify recurrent travel routes from logged driving data and compute optimal control rules for these. Moreover, Viktor Larsson has developed methods to make the calculations more efficient in terms of computation time and memory. The strategy can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10% compared to conventional methods. Image Credit: Volvo Car Corporation

By scheduling the use of the battery for specific portions of a journey, fuel consumption can be decreased considerably (for some trips) — but in order to do this, the car needs to “remember” the routes commonly used.

Enter the new research — a new method has been developed that allows a vehicle to identify “recurrent routes and pre-compute when the battery should be used, and when running the car on petrol is more energy efficient.”

Importantly, the method can be implemented nearly immediately — in vehicles that are already in production, and just using existing technology.

Creator Viktor Larsson, from the Chalmers University of Technology, explains: “After each trip, the vehicle can upload driving statistics to a server that identifies recurrent routes and calculates an optimal strategy for the energy management. The strategy is transferred to the car. For the next trip, the car can either try to identify the route completely by itself or ask the driver to verify if any of the most common routes will be driven.”


Larsson thinks that perhaps the system could be made available via an app on the driver’s phone, rather than running on a server.

Over the past year or so, Larsson has been working with Volvo Car Corporation to explore the idea — allowing for the development of features that have now been simulated and tested in an actual vehicle, the V60 PHEV.

“In the simulations we made, we saw that fuel consumption could be reduced by up to 10% compared to the strategy currently in use,” notes Viktor Larsson.

A very interesting, simple, effective-sounding approach to improving PHEV performance — to my mind anyways. Seems very likely that this technology will make its way to market in the next few years.

In related news — Volvo’s PHEV version of the XC90 will likely be launching sometime relatively soon (a fully electric version follows later), perhaps in a year or so. Maybe (unlikely, I know..) the system could find its way into use with that model? The Volvo V60 PHEV is quite popular in some European countries, but it’s unclear if the V60 PHEV will ever come to US dealerships.

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