Archive for July 28th, 2019

July 28 Energy News

July 28, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “The Best Trees To Plant For Global Warming Have Three Blades And Generate Electricity” • What is better, a forest or a wind farm? Calculations show a wind farm is about eight times more effective at reducing CO₂e annually than a forest. Also, it eliminates a bunch of other air and water pollution, and reduces habitat destruction. [CleanTechnica]

Solar+wind farm (Washington State Department of Commerce)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Set To Grab Global #1 Premium Vehicle Spot In 2020, Crushing Mercedes C-Class And BMW 3 Series” • Tesla aims to produce 600,000 to 650,000 vehicles in 2020, including about 500,000 of the Model 3. In 2018, Mercedes sold 478,000 of its C-Class, and BMW sold 366,000 of its 3 Series, but those numbers are declining. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A Wind Turbine Farm The Size Of Delaware Could Power The Entire United States” • What if we wanted to generate all the primary energy that the US uses for everything, heating, cooling, industry, and transportation, with wind generation? How many wind turbines would that take? How much land? It turns out, it is not much. [CleanTechnica]

US energy, 2018 (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

¶ “Republican Politicians May Start Accepting Climate Change” • In the US, Republican politicians could actually start to accept the science of global warming and attendant climate change, and offer actual solutions. That’s probably because Republican voters are much more aware of reality than the party’s political rhetoric makes it seem. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Despite Hinkley, The New Plan For Nuclear Is Hardly Better Than The Old One” • The government’s new funding model at the heart of its plan for a nuclear renaissance is an improvement since it struck a deal three years ago to support Hinkley Point C in Somerset. This is the best that can be said for the new strategy, and it is very faint praise. [The Guardian]

Cranes at Hinkley Point (Photo: Sam Frost | The Observer)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Fungus Is Now Infecting Humans And Global Warming May Be To Blame” • A fungus is beginning to infect human beings for the first time. Three distinct strains appeared in three continents, as the fungus had to adapt to ambient temperatures closer to the body temperatures of mammals. It also became resistant to drugs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Is This Still The Best Place To Be A Puffin?” • When Prof Mike Harris started research on puffins on the Isle of May in the 1970s, there were 2,000 breeding pairs. Today, there are 40,000. But life has not always been easy, and the number was 80,000 only ten years ago. Weather, driven by climate change, has been a growing problem. [BBC]

Puffins on the Isle of May (Photo: Marine Quintin)

World:

¶ “Tunisia Faces Worsening Energy Deficit” • The Tunisian government admits the risks faced by the country’s economy because of its inability to meet growing domestic demand for energy. And Tunisia’s oil income is down. It produces about 40,000 barrels of crude oil per day, down from about 110,000 barrels per day in 2010. [The Arab Weekly]

¶ “Adani Green Energy To Add 800 MW Of Renewable Energy Projects” • In a planned expansion of its energy business, the Indian company Adani Green Energy plans to add over 800 MW of renewable energy projects in the current financial year and 3300 MW in two more years. The company is committed to 10,000 MW by 2022. [Pressroom Today India]

Solar system (Adani Green Energy image)

¶ “No Need For Transition Period In Shift To Renewable Energy – Group” • Murang Kuryente, a Philippine clean energy advocacy group, claimed there is no transition period needed in the shift the renewable energy, and coal-power plants should be closed immediately. The Philippine Department of Energy takes the position that a transition is needed. [GMA News]

¶ “Amazon Deforestation Is Fast Approaching A ‘Tipping Point,’ Studies Show” • New satellite data shows that the rate of deforestation is increasing in the Amazon, prompting fears that the rainforest could reach a tipping point beyond which it could not recover. The rainforest plays a vital role in stabilizing the global climate. [The Weather Channel]

Amazon rain forest (Weather Channel | Getty Images)

¶ “Shopping Mall Banking On Solar, While Going Green” • South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province is known for its beaches and sunshine. Local retail businesses are starting to take advantage of all those sunny days to generate their own electricity with a view to “going green” and reducing their monthly electricity costs. Mtuba Mall is one of them. [ESI Africa]

US:

¶ “Nashville Man Uses Solar Power To Empower Minority Communities” • Jason Carney has been around the industry for years. He runs his own clean energy company. He came to notice something unusual: he didn’t know any other families of color with solar grids. His new mission to use solar power to empower minority communities. [NewsChannel5.com]

Jason Carney (Photo: Eric Hilt)

¶ “Andrew Yang Understands The Climate Crisis. Here Are Five Ways He’ll Tackle It As President.” • As climate change quickly became an important point of discussion for politicians, most presidential candidates have kept the pace and announced plans to tackle the issue. Andrew Yang says he gets the climate crisis and he has a plan. [The Rising]

¶ “A Louisiana Republican Reckons With Climate Change” • Garret Graves is a forty-seven-year-old Republican congressman from Louisiana who, earlier this year, bet his considerable political future on the proposition that the age of conservative climate denial is over. Democrats and climate activists view his position with some cynicism. [The New Yorker]

Have a resplendently fine day.

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