January 8 Energy News

January 8, 2020


¶ “David Suzuki: A 2020 Vision For Climate Action” • Let’s hope 2020 marks the start of a year and decade when we finally take climate disruption as seriously as the evidence shows we must. We understand the problem and know how to deal with it. Many solutions exist and more are being developed, but failing to act decisively makes everything more difficult. [Straight.com]

Pipes for pipeline (Getty Images)

¶ “Why You Should Care About The National Climate Bank” • The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that an annual investment of $2.4 trillion is needed in the energy system alone until 2035 to limit temperature rise to below 1.5 °C from pre-industrial levels. This kind of climate cash needs transformative thinking. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Bushfires Aren’t Rocket Science, They’re Climate Science” • Global warming, and the changes in climate associated with it, is due to the fossil fuels we’re burning: oil, natural gas, and the biggest culprit of all, coal. That is not complicated. We need only to wake up and look out the window to see the ever more obvious changes in the climate. [Newsroom]


Science and Technology:

¶ “Perdue Farms’ New Meat-Packing Foam Dissolves In Your Sink” • Not all locations recycle foam, so it’s not a perfect solution to the packaging waste problem.Perdue Farms will start packaging some of its meat products in a more earth-friendly way with compostable foam made of cornstarch that dissolves in water or in a landfill. [CNN]

¶ “Study Shows Coal Kills People. Imagine That!” • A new study by Jennifer Burney of the University of California and published in the journal Nature Sustainability explores the relationship between coal plant emissions and human mortality both nearby and downstream from those facilities. It also looks at coal’s effects on crops. [CleanTechnica]

USDA inspector (USDA image)


¶ “Australia fires: How the world has responded to the crisis” • Bushfires in Australia, have left a trail of destruction in their wake. They have razed almost 2,000 homes, and killed at least 25 people and hundreds of millions of animals since they began in September. People in Australia and abroad have been eager to find ways to offer assistance and support. [BBC]

¶ “Iran Attack: Crude Oil Prices Rise After Iraq Missile Attacks” • Oil prices have risen further after two bases hosting US troops in Iraq were hit by ballistic missiles. Brent crude was up by 1.4% at $69.21 per barrel in the middle of the Asian trade, easing back from earlier gains. Global stock market prices were sent lower on concerns over the conflict. [BBC]

Flaring gas (Getty Images)

¶ “Burned Koalas Are Overflowing Australian Hospitals” • Thousands of koalas have been badly injured by the bush fires in Australia to the point where hospitals are overflowing. Artisans have mobilized to get creative when it comes to comforting these innocent victims of the fires. This article has links showing where and what to donate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pakistan To Elon Musk: We Want A Tesla Factory” • Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, has sent a message to Elon Musk: “Dear Elon Musk your next destination may be Pakistan where 68 percent of the world population lives within 3.5 hours flight radius from Islamabad,” he shared on Twitter. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory (Tesla image)

¶ “Belgian Clean Power Output Grows 17%” • Renewable energy generation in Belgium grew 17% in 2019, according to data from the country’s transmission system operator Elia. Wind and solar power rose from 9.82 TWh in 2018 to 11.52 TWh last year. The company said the majority of the electricity came from solar in the summer and wind in the winter. [reNEWS]

¶ “Danish Solar Power Firm To Invest €300 Million Here” • A Danish solar power company, together with its Irish partner, is announcing plans to invest €300 million in the sector in Ireland. Obton, a business specializing in solar PVs, and Shannon Energy will develop up to 500 MW of solar projects here over the next five years. [RTE.ie]

Solar array

¶ “Japan Changes Fukushima Cleanup” • Japan has changed its plan for cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear plant. The change further delays the removal of used nuclear fuel that has remained in cooling pools since the 2011 disaster. The removal process is difficult, and TEPCO, is aiming to complete the task within 30 to 40 years. [VOA Learning English]


¶ “Dominion’s Planned US Offshore Wind Project Could Be World’s Largest At 2.64 GW” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said that Dominion Energy named it the preferred supplier for what could be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, at 2.64 GW. Siemens said model and number of turbines remain to be determined. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa)

¶ “US Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell In 2019 Due To Less Coal Consumption, Data Shows” • After rising sharply in 2018, US greenhouse gas emissions fell an estimated 2.1% in 2019, analysis of preliminary figures published by the Rhodium Group shows. The fall is almost solely due to reduced use of coal for generating electricity. [CNN]

¶ “Sununu’s Net Metering Plan Tees Up Another Renewable Energy Clash in Concord” • New Hampshire Gov Chris Sununu has a new plan to expand renewable energy net metering for towns and businesses. It is an alternative to a plan he has blocked the past two years. But advocates of that earlier plan are not pleased. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Have an enchantingly beautiful day.

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