March 5 Energy News

March 5, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “What Does Climate Adaptation Look Like?” • Climate adaptation encompasses a wide array of actions that help people and nature cope with the present-day harms of climate disruption and minimize future harms. Ideally, adaptation allows us to move beyond just surviving the climate crisis to thriving in a fundamentally new world. [CleanTechnica]

Outdoor cafe in Venice (Stephen Percival, CC BY-NC 2.0)

¶ “Utility Investors Risk Billions In Rush To Natural Gas: Is It A Bridge To Climate Breakdown?” • Natural gas was commonly considered a “bridge fuel.” Now, electric utilities must face the mathematical reality that fast-falling clean energy costs mean the bridge only leads to climate breakdown and the destruction of shareholder value. [Forbes]

¶ “Breaking Australia’s Vicious Energy Cycle” • In the past 15 years Australian politics have too often been typified by short-termism and reactiveness. This haphazard approach has on occasion delivered positive outcomes, such as the Finkel Review following the 2016 blackout in South Australia. But usually it leads to half-baked policies. [EcoGeneration]

Mountain wind farm

Science and Technology:

¶ “Plastic-Chomping Caterpillars Can Help Fight Pollution” • The waxworm went from zero to hero when researchers discovered it might help solve one of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. The creature can chomp through many plastics, even polyethylene, a non-biodegradable plastic that clogs landfills and seas. [CNN]

World:

¶ “The Climate Crisis Made Australia’s Wildfires At Least 30% More Likely, Study Finds” • The wildfires that burned across Australia recently were made far more likely and intense by the climate crisis, a analysis shows. Scientists found that chances of the kind of extreme weather that triggered the blazes increased by more than 30% since 1900. [CNN]

Bushfire (Brook Mitchell | Getty Images)

¶ “Eastern Russia Broke Records For Warmest Winter, Leaving Moscow Snowless” • Moscow is usually blanketed in snow for four to five months a year. But this year, Russia’s capital had barely any snow cover in the whole of February, described by local meteorologists as a “once in a century” occurrence. It was the warmest winter on record. [CNN]

¶ “Cashmere And Climate Change Threaten Nomadic Life” • Mongolia’s vast grasslands cover about three-quarters of the country, where nomadic herdsmen have maintained traditions going back centuries. But this is changing – fast. About 70% of the land has been damaged, largely due to overgrazing. And now, there is climate change. [BBC]

Mongolian goat herd (Chami Akmeemana)

¶ “France Begins Winding Down Its Reliance On Nuclear Power” • France began shutting down its oldest nuclear plant last month after 43 years of operation. The Fessenheim plant’s closure is the first in a series that the government has proposed. The country does not intend to abandon its reliance on nuclear power altogether, however. [Bellona]

¶ “Hydrogen ‘Can Power Virtually All Container Ships Crossing The Pacific'” • Liquid hydrogen could power nearly all container vessels crossing the Pacific ocean, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, a study by the International Council on Clean Transportation found. The international shipping industry is a major source of CO₂ emissions. [Recharge]

Container ship (Roy Luck | Flickr)

¶ “Severn Trent To Spend £1.2 Billion On Protecting The Environment” • One of the UK’s biggest water companies plans to spend £1.2 billion to help repair the environment and end its contribution to the climate crisis by 2030. Severn Trent plans to cut its emissions to virtually zero within the next decade by using 100% renewable energy. [The Guardian]

¶ “Dutch Government Doubles Renewable Energy Subsidies To €4 Billion” • The Dutch Government announced it will double the amount of money available under its renewable energy subsidy program to €4 billion (£3.4 billion, $4.5 billion ) in 2020, in a bid to meet its obligations to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the end of 2020. [Energy Live News]

Dutch solar farm (Shutterstock image)

US:

¶ “Ford Will Add Transit Cargo Van To Its Electric Vehicle Lineup” • Ford announced this week it will offer a battery electric version of its Transit cargo van beginning with the 2022 model year. The electric Transit will join the Mustang Mach-E and an all electric version of the bestselling F-150 pickup truck as Ford ramps up its EV offerings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Trump Administration Ignores Oil Worker Safety In Pursuit Of Offshore Oil Profits” • Recent reports show that political appointees at the Interior Department ignored experts who opposed issuing a rule rolling back safety measures for offshore oil rig workers. It is not the first time that experts were ignored and safety weakened. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore oil platform (Zukiman Mohamad | Pexels)

¶ “Wind Giant GE Renewable Energy Says Coronavirus Mitigation A Key Focus In 2020” • GE Renewable Energy says mitigating the impact of the coronavirus on its wind energy supply chain will be one of its four top focuses in 2020. Plant shutdowns in China are already forecast to dent the bottom line of parent company General Electric. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Criminal Investigations Target Shale Gas Industry” • More than a dozen criminal cases involving the shale gas industry are being pursued in Pennsylvania, the state’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. He cited the protections for clean air and pure water in the state Constitution as justifications for pursuing the criminal cases. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Have a wonderfully exquisite day.

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