May 31 Energy News

May 31, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “New-Wave Urban Farming” • People continue to lose their jobs amid pandemic, raising concerns about whether farmers and growers in the production chain can still get their supplies to market. The question also arises as to whether consumers can afford to buy them. Some people have been developing ideas to address food security. [Bangkok Post]

Vegetable plots occupy a secluded garden

¶ “Scripps Scientists Identify Climate Change As Major Marine Heatwave Contributor” • Two studies, led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, highlight the significance of long-term observations to understand ocean climate trends and events, including marine heatwaves. [San Diego Community Newspaper Group]

¶ “Thanks To Renewables And Machine Learning, Google Now Forecasts The Wind” • Using machine learning, Google and the Google-owned Artificial Intelligence firm DeepMind have been able to better predict wind production, better predict electricity supply and demand, and as a result, reduce operating costs for win plants. [Forbes]

Wind turbine (Photo: Vitaly Nevar | TASS via Getty Images)

World:

¶ “Largest Solar Power Plant In UK History Gets Final Approval” • Three years in the planning, the Cleve Hill Solar Park has final approval from the UK Planning Inspectorate Office. Completed, it will be the largest solar power plant in the UK with a capacity of 350 MW. It will provide enough electricity each year to supply 91,000 UK homes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Audi’s New ‘Mission:Zero’ – Protecting Natural Habitats & Biodiversity” • Audi has been a member of the “Biodiversity in Good Company” initiative for five years. Volkswagen Group has numerous projects to preserve biodiversity at Audi sites. The Audi Environmental Foundation has plans to expand that commitment to benefit biodiversity. [CleanTechnica]

Bug hotel at an Audi site (James B via Twitter)

¶ “Inuit Communities Are Shaping Research Priorities” • In northern Canada, climate change can make travel on ice deadly. In Nunavut, the SmartICE research project integrates traditional ice knowledge with real-time data gathered from sensors out on the sea ice. SmartICE aims to make reliable maps of ice travel hazards, accessible by computer or smartphone. [Grist]

¶ “Electric Bicycle Sales Blooming Since The Lockdown, Cities And Commuter Habits Shifting” • Cities are rethinking space and adding bicycle infrastructure continuously, and the pandemic presents an extra opportunity to reflect and take bolder action that some cities are seizing. Paris, Milan, and Brussels are among the examples. [CleanTechnica]

Cyclists in New York (Image: Bike New York via Twitter)

¶ “All Iran’s JCPOA deviations resulted from US provocation: Russia” • Under the JCPOA (the Iran nuclear deal), Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for ending economic and financial sanctions. After the US withdrew from the deal, Iran had no reason to honor it, but Iran’s President said Iran would return to it, if other countries do also. [Tehran Times]

US:

¶ “Trump’s Fossil Fuel Agenda Gets Pushback From Federal Judges” • Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration, ruling that it has failed to protect the environment and address climate change. The latest ruling came when an appeals court refused to revive a permitting program for oil and gas pipelines. [Daily Rocket Miner]

Nodding donkey

¶ “Advancing Offshore Wind Community Acceptance Practices: New Report” • The US potential for offshore wind is nearly twice the electricity it uses, an American Wind Energy Association analysis shows. The report provides money-saving lessons the offshore wind sector can take from other clean economy sectors in dealing with local governments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Decommissioned Nuclear Reactor A Heavy Haul For Nevada Roads” • A nuclear reactor vessel from the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California made its way through Las Vegas by rail, headed to a transfer site and placement on a truck to become the heaviest object ever moved on a Nevada highway. [Mohave Valley News]

Have an extraordinarily fun day.

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