1967 Volkswagen Camper transformed into ‘Back to the Future’ time machine

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As Marty would say, “that’s heavy”. Velocity Motors gave this 1967 VW camper a Back to the Future -inspired renovation that would make Doc Brown proud. Complete with Delorean-esque gull-wing doors and even a Flux Capacitor, the vintage van is currently on sale for $89,995. The exterior of the renovated camper is painted a sleek, muted grey. However, once the gull-wing doors swing upwards, there’s no denying the personality behind the custom makeover. In the front seat, drivers will enjoy a nice wide windshield as they program the working Flux Capacitor to go back to the future on a moment’s notice. No word if the Capacitor needs a boost from a lighting bolt to jolt the car into action. Related: Iconic VW Camper van to be revived as a battery-electric vehicle The revamped VW camper ‘s interior goes full throttle on its cinematic homage. A bright yellow and orange retro scheme was used throughout. The side doors open up into the passenger area, complete with comfy sofas and retro chairs – perfect for watching the Back to the Future movies on the large flat screen. The vintage van has just over 50,000 miles and is currently on sale by Nashville-based Velocity Motors for $89,995. + Velocity Motorcars Via My Modern Met Images via Velocity Motorcars

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Newly-released report stating humans are the cause of climate change at odds with Trump officials

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On Friday, 13 federal agencies under the Trump Administration released a comprehensive scientific report that states clearly that humans are the dominant cause of climate change. This may come as a surprise, given the Republican position on the issue . President Trump has called climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese and has removed the United States from the landmark Paris agreement. Trump’s fellow Republicans have even tied themselves in knots to praise fossil fuels, with current US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry going so far as to link them with the prevention of sexual assault . The release of the legally mandated report highlights how far removed Trump and his Republicans remain from mainstream scientific opinion, even from within federal agencies under Trump’s leadership. The report details the ways in which climate change has already impacted the planet, including a 1.8 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase in the past 115 years. The long-term trend towards a warmer, more volatile planet and human activity’s primary role in it is “unambiguous,” reads the report, and that there is “no convincing alternative explanation” for the warming climate. The Trump Administration and the Republican Congress continues to argue otherwise in spite of the scientific consensus. “This report has some very powerful, hard-hitting statements that are totally at odds with senior administration folks and at odds with their policies,” said Philip B. Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center, according to the New York Times . “It begs the question, where are members of the administration getting their information from? They’re obviously not getting it from their own scientists.” Related: Renewables keep booming despite Trump administration’s attempts to axe Obama’s Clean Power Plan The report is the latest installment of a congressionally mandated review known as the National Climate Assessment. Every four years, hundreds of scientists within government and academia compile a peer-reviewed report that is considered the United States government’s most authoritative statement on climate science. Although members of the Trump Administration clearly take issue with the science presented in the report, they are largely focused on passing tax reform and have chosen not to engage in a fight over climate change at this moment. Nonetheless, the Trump Administration’s decision to ignore climate science could have dire consequences in the future. “This profoundly affects our ability to be leaders in developing new technologies and understanding how to build successful communities and businesses in the 21st century,” said Christopher Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, according to the New York Times . “Choosing to be dumb about our relationship with the natural world is choosing to be behind the eight ball.” Via New York Times Images via Depositphotos (1) , lead image via Ralf Kayser  

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Almost 200 countries gather at COP23 to accelerate climate action

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COP21 ultimately led to the groundbreaking 2015 Paris Agreement . Now, two years later, world leaders are meeting in Bonn, Germany to talk climate action at COP23, and how they can speed up implementation of the landmark deal’s goals without support from the US. Delegates from nearly 200 countries will be present. Fiji prime minister Frank Bainimarama will serve as COP23’s president. It’s not just government leaders who are gathering, but representatives from cities, businesses, and civil society organizations. The BBC reported around 20,000 visitors and delegates will be present. Speakers will include Solar Impulse pioneer Bertrand Piccard , United Nations Special Envoy Michael Bloomberg , and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger , to name a few. Related: Nicaragua joins Paris Accord, leaving the US and Syria as lone dissenters Although President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of the Paris Agreement , the country cannot leave until 2020 so there will be an American team of negotiators present, which the BBC said is comprised largely of career civil servants. But some Trump administration members will reportedly back an event at COP23 promoting fossil fuels and nuclear energy as climate change solutions, which is upsetting some delegates. The BBC said at the event, speakers will focus on how coal and other fuels can help curb the impacts of increasing temperatures . A White House spokesperson said, “It is undeniable that fossil fuels will be used for the foreseeable future, and it is in everyone’s interest that they be efficient and clean.” International Institute for Environment and Development director Andrew Norton said the idea that fossil fuels can help tackle climate change is beyond absurd, saying, “These talks are no place for pushing the fossil fuel agenda. The US needs to come back to the table and help with the rapid cuts in emissions that the situation demands.” American governors, mayors, and business people part of the We Are Still In coalition will attend COP23 to show the world much of the country below the federal government still backs the Paris deal. Via the BBC and United Nations Climate Change Images via COP23Demo on Flickr and Takver ( 1 , 2 ) on Flickr

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