November 10 Energy News

November 10, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “India Doesn’t Need To Choose Between Clean Air And Growth” • In India, air pollution causes over a million deaths annually. It increases healthcare costs and leads to the loss of productivity as people take sick days, leading to a $55 billion loss in 2013. Some people believe dealing with pollution will be bad for business. That, however, is not the case. [CNN]

New Delhi (Manish Swarup | AP)

¶ “Can States And Cities Do Enough To Fight Climate Change?” • Even though President Trump has made good on his pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, there’s still a lot the US can do to help the world live up to the goals of the agreement. Cities, states, businesses and other organizations have committed to reducing emissions. [Press Herald]

¶ “Toll Of Climate Change On Greenland’s Icebergs Unnerving” • The tallest icebergs in the world were towering in front of me, pristine and glistening in the Arctic sunshine. It felt unnerving to be near them, however. The tallest of the icebergs in front of us was around 80 metres high, and the icebergs of Disko Bay were once double that height. [RTE.ie]

Iceberg (Ansgar Walk, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Has Climate News Coverage Finally Turned a Corner?” • Here is some good news, for a change, about climate change: When hundreds of newsrooms focus their attention on the climate crisis, all at the same time, the public conversation about the problem gets better: more prominent, more informative, more urgent. [DeSmog]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Thirsty Future Ahead As Climate Change Explodes Plant Growth” • By the end of the century plants could consume substantially more water, leaving less for people across North America, Europe, and Central Asia, even if it rains and snows more, according to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. [National Geographic]

Forest and fresh water

World:

¶ “Testing Begins For First Offshore Wind Farm In Australia” • Scientific testing is beginning for Australia’s first proposed offshore wind farm. The Star of the South wind farm is to provide up to 2000 MW, about 18% of the state’s power demand and enough for over 1.2 million homes. The cost is to be between A$8 billion ($5.5 billion) and A$10 billion. [The Age]

¶ “Volkswagen Announces Pre-Production At Chinese Electric Vehicle factory” • Volkswagen announced that it has started pre-production of the Volkswagen ID at its first purely EV-focused factory in China. China has an EV mandate that requires car makers to produce new energy vehicles or buy credits from those that do. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen EVs in California (CleanTechnica image)

¶ “Novel Attempt To Create Awareness Among Children On Energy Conservation” • A novel attempt to create awareness among children on energy conservation that had its roots in Tirupati is now a hit across India. What’s the result? Nearly five lakh (500,000) families have successfully reduced their electric power bills. [The Hindu]

¶ “AP Photos: Indian Coal Mines Still Burning After A Century” • The fires started in 1916. More than a century later, coal pits in Jharia, in a remote corner of India’s eastern Jharkhand state, continue to spew flames and clouds of poisonous fumes into the air. Coal has contributed to economic growth in India, but that came at a cost. [Daily Inter Lake]

Flames from underground (Photo: Aijaz Rahi | AP)

¶ “France’s EDF Expects Six New Nuclear Reactors To Cost €46 Billion – Le Monde” • French power utility EDF estimates it would cost at least €46 billion ($51 billion) to build six of its latest generation EPR nuclear reactors if the government decides to build them, French newspaper Le Monde reported, citing a confidential EDF document. [Douglas Daily]

US:

¶ “‘We’re Fighting For Our Lives’ – US Apple Farmers Endure Major Crop And Profit Losses As Climate Changes” • Fruit growers like Elizabeth Ryan are trying to find ways to cope with warmer winters and unprecedented heat, rain and drought. But climate change has become an impossible financial burden for many farmers. [CNBC]

Elizabeth Ryan, orchard owner (Emma Newburger | CNBC)

¶ “Changing Energy Landscape Shakes Up Rural Co-Ops” • Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos is pioneering a radical new strategy to power all of its daytime electric needs entirely with solar energy by 2022. “We expect to hit our 100% daytime solar goal by 2021, a year ahead of our original schedule,” Kit Carson’s CEO said. [Albuquerque Journal]

¶ “Lake Erie’s Green Monster: Climate Change Adds Pressure To Prevent Toxic Algal Blooms” • The multi-million-dollar battle to contain Lake Erie’s green algae has gone on for decades. Now, a new urgency involves a race with the climatological clock in the algae-enhancing impact of global warming’s greater rainfall and higher temperatures. [Cleveland.com]

Toledo water intake crib (Marvin Fong | The Plain Dealer)

¶ “Even Trump Can’t Keep Coal Companies From Declaring Bankruptcy” • The US Energy Information Administration or EIA’s data says, “between 2010 and the first quarter of 2019, US power companies announced the retirement of more than 546 coal-fired power units, totaling about 102 gigawatts of generating capacity.” [Forbes]

¶ “Did Exxon Mislead Investors About Climate-Related Risks? It’s Now Up to a Judge to Decide” • Lawyers for New York State and ExxonMobil wrapped up a landmark climate fraud trial, shaping a tangle of testimony and evidence into competing narratives on whether the oil company misled investors about the risks it faces from climate regulation. [InsideClimate News]

Have a blissfully marvelous day.

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