May 19 Energy News

May 19, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Change: One Man’s Fight To Save A California Tree” • After a huge wildfire killed a forest in San Diego, California, in 2002, Cody Petterson set his heart on replanting the trees. He planted hundreds of Bigcone Douglas-firs, but they are being killed by heat and drought. Their only habitat is California, where climate change is killing them. [BBC]

Cody Petterson (Photo: Cody Petterson)

¶ “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How Commercial Electric Vehicles Present Unique Challenges For Charging Infrastructure” • In the climate crisis, reducing emissions requires an all-hands-on-deck approach to goods and services, including how they are designed, produced, sourced, and transported. Transportation is the biggest source of emissions in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The heat is on over the climate crisis. Only radical measures will work” • Drowned cities; stagnant seas; intolerable heatwaves; entire nations uninhabitable. A four-degree-warmer world is the stuff of nightmares and yet that’s where we’re heading in just decades. Meeting our emissions targets may seem hard. It will be far harder for our children if we don’t. [The Guardian]

As permafrost melts, grave markers tumble.
(Mark Ralston | AFP | Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “ABB Unveils Blockchain Inverter Pilot As Tech Emerges From Buzzword Status” • Inverter manufacturer ABB has launched a blockchain pilot to examine how the technology could boost the role of solar in peer-to-peer energy trading and smart grids. If successful, the firm intends to ensure that all inverters in the same class are blockchain ready. [PV-Tech]

¶ “New Report On Plastics And Climate – The Hidden Costs Of A Plastic Planet” • The Center for International Environmental Law published Plastic & Climate The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. It says that greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastic “threaten the ability of the global community to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.” [CleanTechnica]

CIEL report

World:

¶ “Australia Poll Result Divides The Nation” • The result of yesterday’s election in Australia triggered rage and disgust for those hoping for a change of government deemed fairer and kinder to the environment. Many took to social media to express dismay after an election in which climate change was a major issue. [The Straits Times]

¶ “Climate Change Concerns Sour Germany’s Love For Cars” • In car-loving Germany, climate change has become a leading – but divisive – issue for voters going into European elections. A new Deutschland Trend poll by national broadcaster ARD, shows that 48% of respondents listed climate change as their biggest concern. [CNN]

Protest (Christoph Soeder | DPA | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “India: Share Of Non-Fossil Fuel Generation Tops 22% In 2018–2019” • Data released by India’s Central Electricity Authority and analyzed by CleanTechnica shows that the share of non-fossil fuel generation, including renewable energy, nuclear power, and large hydropower, topped 22.2% in the financial year 2018-19 (April 2018 to March 2019). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Ministry To Support Private Renewable Power Plants For Electricity Exports” • The Iranian Energy Minister, Reza Ardakanian, said the country’s renewable power plants operated by the private sector will be provided with necessary facilities to export electricity to the neighboring countries, Tasnim news agency reported. [Tehran Times]

Solar power system in Iran

¶ “UN Urges Universities To Be Catalysers Of Sustainability” • Young people are driving a global wake-up call on climate change and the need to reduce our carbon footprint. Many universities struggle with the concept of ‘greening,’ however, and their achievements to date have been “scattered and unsystematic”, UN Environment warned. [University World News]

¶ “Seven Solar Energy Projects Worth $1.5 Billion Unveiled In Saudi Arabia” • In Saudi Arabia, as part of its Vision 2030 economic diversification push, seven PV solar power projects with a combined capacity of 1.52 GW and worth $1.51 billion were launched on the side-lines of the recently concluded Saudi Elenex exhibition. [Utilities Middle East]

Large solar system

¶ “Guardian Drops Neutrality In Climate Crisis Reporting” • The Guardian updated its style guide to introduce terms that more accurately describe environmental crises. “Climate emergency, crisis, or breakdown,” are preferred to “global warming,” and “global heating” is favoured over “global warming.” The original terms are not banned. [Outside the Beltway]

US:

¶ “Children Of The Sun Solar Initiative Rises Out Of Devastating Fire” • The 2016 Cayuse Mountain Fire burned over 18,000 acres, destroyed 14 tribal homes on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and burned transmission lines for buildings and wells. The tribe has a solar system designed to foster resilience, autonomy, and sustainability. [CleanTechnica]

Solar installation

¶ “Republican Justin Amash Calls For Trump Impeachment” • Rep Justin Amash is the first Republican congressman to call for impeachment of Pres Donald Trump. He accused AG William Barr of misleading the public about the Mueller report, which found 10 instances where Mr Trump possibly attempted to impede the investigation. [BBC]

¶ “Nonprofits Using Community Solar To Help Veterans, Families” • Community solar usually comes with barriers such as credit score checks that can put it out of reach for some of those who have the most to potentially gain, but several Minnesota nonprofit organizations are turning to community solar as a tool to fight poverty. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Have a triumphantly agreeable day.

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