October 26 Energy News

October 26, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “‘It’s All Quite Devastating’: Documenting The Rapid Loss Of Arctic Sea Ice” • The Arctic is heating twice as fast as the global average. The effects of changes in the Arctic are playing out worldwide, however. CNN spoke to three photographers and filmmakers who have made it their mission to document an evolving Arctic landscape. [CNN]

Arctic Photographer Esther Horvath (Harold Jager)

¶ “Get Ready For A Rural America Wind Power Renaissance” • Rick Perry is retiring from the US DOE. While in office, Perry went out of his way to voice support for the President at every opportunity, but his cheerleading often seemed to coincide with a new renewable energy initiative or some other enthusiastic pronouncement on renewables. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Airbus Vahana Flies” • Airbus just completed the 100th test flight of the Vahana eVTOL demonstrator, its Alpha One full-size aircraft. This comes as Eduardo Dominquez-Puerto, Airbus Head of Urban Air Mobility, talked in an Airbus video about how the company is well placed to take full advantage of the eVTOL urban air mobility race. [CleanTechnica]

Changing out batteries (Vahana courtesy photo)

¶ “UN Scientists Say There Is A Way To Delay Climate Change For 20 Years For Pocket Change” • Rene Castro Salazar, of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, told Time that almost half of the 5 billion acres of land around the world that have been degraded could be restored for $300 billion, about two months of worldwide military spending. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New UAF Climate Report Highlights Rapidly Changing Alaska Ecosystems” • Alaska has broken so many climate records over the last five years, it suggests the state has crossed a threshold into increasingly rapid ecosystem changes, according to a report by scientists at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. [KTOO]

Port Heiden’s coast (Photo courtesy of Jaclyn Christensen)

¶ “Stanford Study Casts Doubt On Carbon Capture” • Research by Mark Z Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science, suggests that carbon capture can cause more harm than good. Jacobson said carbon capture only reduces “a small fraction of carbon emissions, and it usually increases air pollution.” [Stanford University News]

World:

¶ “Japanese Renewable Energy Company To Add 200 MW Of Solar Power To The [Zambian] Grid Next Year” • According to a Reuters report, Japanese renewable energy company Univergy Solar is to invest more than $200 million in two solar power projects in Zambia. They will add 200 MW to the country’s national grid next year. [Lusaka Times]

Solar power station (Lusaka Times image)

¶ “Centre Plans To Run Ladakh Completely On Renewable Energy” • India’s Union government plans to make Ladakh the first Indian union territory to run entirely on renewable energy. The government wants to add solar power units to the territory’s already installed hydro plants to meet all its power demand from renewable energy sources. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “Australia’s Pipeline Of Renewable Energy Projects Swells Over 130 GW” • Australia’s pipeline of grid-scale solar, wind and battery projects is growing at an unprecedented pace in 2019. According to Rystad Energy, a consulting company based in Norway, it now stands at 133 GW, up from 94 GW at the start of the year. [pv magazine Australia]

Renewable energy (Pixabay image)

¶ “Argentina Slouches Toward China Debt Bondage On Eve Of Election” • As Argentine voters go to the polls to elect their next president, surveys show the leftist, anti-American opposition camp with a comfortable lead. This could put the country into closer ties with China, which is already loaning billions to build a nuclear power station there. [Nikkei Asian Review]

US:

¶ “Governor Calls Plains ‘Renewable Energy Corridor’” • Eastern Colorado’s plains offer “huge potential” for green energy, according to Colorado Gov Jared Polis. His assessment came after a recent visit to Yuma County where he and Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg toured wind turbines and livestock facilities. [Journal Advocate]

Wind turbines

¶ “Coal Miners, Including Those Who Protested In Kentucky, Receive Back Pay” • Around 1,700 Former Blackjewel coal miners, including some in Kentucky who blocked a coal train from moving, have finally been paid after a layoff and months of protests. Although their paychecks have been paid out, their benefits have not. [CNN]

¶ “Rio Tinto Starts Producing Lithium In California From Old Mining Waste” • Rio Tinto Group is starting pilot production of lithium in California, sifting through old mining waste instead of excavating new areas, as the electric car battery revolution fuels demand. The company has found lithium carbonate at an old boron mine. [Los Angeles Times]

Old Rio Tinto borax mine (David McNew | Getty Images)

¶ “House Democrats Set To Introduce First-Of-Its-Kind Climate Refugee Bill” • House Democrats are set to introduce the first major piece of legislation to establish protections for migrants displaced by climate change, ramping up a push for a long-overdue framework for how the US should respond to a crisis already unfolding on its shores. [Grist]

¶ “Mass Attorney General Healey Sues ExxonMobil For Misleading Consumers And Investors” • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is suing ExxonMobil, alleging the oil giant is misleading consumers and investors about the role its products play in climate change. The lawsuit, alleges that the company’s “deception campaign” is ongoing. [WBUR]

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