October 8 Energy News

October 8, 2018

IPCC Report:

¶ “Climate Report: Scientists Urge Deep Rapid Change To Limit Warming” • After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5°C. [BBC News]

Renewable electricity generation

¶ “Eight Things You Need To Know About The IPCC 1.5°C Report” • While all countries committed under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C-2°C (2.7°F-3.6°F), major questions remained: How can the world achieve this temperature goal? And what happens if it doesn’t? Here are eight things to know. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “The IPCC Global Warming Report Spares Politicians The Worst Details” • The IPCC report’s summary paints a sobering picture of the impacts of a global mean surface temperature rise of 2°C. The summary was approved by all governments, the US, Australia, and Saudi Arabia included. It does not even mention some of the content’s worst projections. [The Guardian]

Changing monsoon patterns not mentioned (Stringer | Reuters)

¶ “Morrison Vows No Money For Climate Conferences And ‘All That Nonsense'” • Australia’s prime minister responded to the latest IPCC report by declaring that he had no intention of spending money on climate conferences and “all that sort of nonsense.” He indicated Australia would resume a disruptive role in world climate talks. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “UN Climate Report Warning: Act Now, It’s A Life Or Death Situation” • Earth’s surface has warmed 1°C, which has been enough to lift oceans and unleash a crescendo of deadly storms, floods and droughts. It is on track toward an unlivable 3°C or 4°C rise. At current emissions levels, we could pass the 1.5°C marker as early as 2030. [The National]

Hanna Lake, Pakistan (AFP)

¶ “Climate Crisis Spurs UN Call For $2.4 Trillion Fossil Fuel Shift” • The world must invest $2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to the scientists convened by the United Nation’s IPCC. [Yahoo News]

World:

¶ “Hambach Forest Clearance Halted By German Court” • A German court on temporarily blocked mining company RWE from razing further sections of an ancient forest to mine coal. The open-pit mine run by RWE currently covers 33 square miles. Only 10% still remains of the 12,000-year-old Hambach Forest. [CNN]

Small parts of the Hambach Forest and the Hambach Mine
(Photo: Federico Gambarini | picture alliance via Getty Images)

¶ “World To Install Over One Trillion Watts Of Clean Energy By 2023” • The world could install over 1,000 GW of renewable power, more than the EU’s entire generating capacity, over the next five years. One scenario the International Energy Agency has in its latest annual report on renewables forecasts up to an extra 1.3 TW by 2023. [BloombergQuint]

¶ “Tesla Speeding Up Chinese Factory Due To Trump Trade War” • China is putting a 40% tariff on cars imported from the US, and according to Tesla, it costs 55–60% more to manufacture a car in the US than it does to produce the same car in China. So Tesla is accelerating the construction of its new production facility near Shanghai. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla in China

¶ “Pilbara Wind And Solar Plans Jump To 11 GW As Macquarie Provides Capital” • Plans for the Asia Renewable Energy Hub, a huge wind solar hybrid project in north-western Australia, jumped from 9 GW to 11 GW. This follows Macquarie Group providing development capital and new analysis of wind speeds in the area. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Victorian solar farm approved while three other ‘controversial’ projects deferred” • The Victorian government has given the green light to the Congupna project, a solar farm in northern Victoria that could produce enough power for more than 20,000 homes. The state has a goal of getting 40% of its power from renewables by 2040. [ABC News]

Location of the Congupna project

¶ “India Signs Agreement For Six Nuclear Power Units With Russia” • On the sideline of the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit, the countries signed a deal for cooperation on developing a new nuclear power project in India. The nuclear project will have six power units with latest Generation 3+ VVER 1200 reactors. [Energy Bangla]

US:

¶ “2018 Nobel In Economics Awarded To William Nordhaus And Paul Romer” • The Nobel Prize in economic science went to two Americans. William D Nordhaus was cited for his work on the implications of environmental factors, including climate change. Paul M Romer was cited for work he has done on the importance of technological change. [New York Times]

Nordhaus and Romer (Credit: Niklas Elmehed)

¶ “TVA Solar Lags As Power Companies Across Southeast Embrace Renewable Energy” • The nation’s largest public utility continues to lag behind much of the Southeast in solar growth, and the gap is getting wider. Critics claim the Tennessee Valley Authority is stunting solar growth as it avoids downsizing its infrastructure. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “Q&A With Joel Clement: Interior Department Whistleblower Discusses Climate Change In The Trump Era” • “I don’t think we’ve ever seen an administration try to undercut science so blatantly as this one,” Joel Clement told a group of students and professors at the Indiana University Robert H McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. [Indianapolis Star]

Have an utterly charming day.

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