December 27 Energy News

December 27, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Combating Climate Change Through High-Performance Districts” • If we are going to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5°C, we need to fix our buildings. They are the largest end-users of energy, generating nearly 40% of our greenhouse gas emissions. But fixing one building at a time won’t work. It has to be done at district level. [CleanTechnica]

Roosevelt Island (NREL image)

¶ “Bright Spots On Climate To End A Dark Year” • As 2020 comes to a close, and it can’t end fast enough, two big climate victories came on the same day, perched atop a clear change in direction mandated by the election. Both were actions by the US congress. One is the Covid-19 relief bill, and the other is a bill allowing the EPA to restrict HFCs. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “It May Be Too Late To Save The World’s Largest Lake From Climate Change” • The largest inland body of water on Earth, the Caspian Sea, is declining precipitously, a study published in Communications Earth & Environment says. Scientists warn it will fall 9 to 18 meters (30 to 59 feet) by the end of the century, if emissions continue to rise. [ScienceAlert]

Oil rigs in the Caspian Sea
(Geopolitical Intelligence Services, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Manmade Microplastics Found In Human Placenta For First Time” • Raman microspectroscopy detected microplastics in a study of human placentas. The researchers analyzed placentas from six healthy women after they gave birth and found 12 microplastic fragments in four of them, ranging from 5 to 10 micrometers in size. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “This Hybrid Renewable Energy Megapark In India Will Be The Size of Singapore” • The massive 30-GW wind and solar project recently founded in Gujarat’s Kutch region will spread over 72,600 hectares (180,000 acres). That area is the size of Singapore. The project will cut CO₂ emissions by as much as 50 million tons annually. [Intelligent Living]

Sunset in Kutch (NandaMunish, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Nuclear Power ‘Not Ruled Out’ But No Appetite For It – Ryan” • Eamon Ryan, leader of Ireland’s Green Party  and Minister for the Environment and Climate, has “not ruled out” the possibility of nuclear power being put to use during the transition to more efficient energy. But he also said there is no appetite for it at the moment. [Irish Examiner]

¶ “Extreme E: Lewis Hamilton Is Helping To Make Racing Environmentally Friendly” • Lewis Hamilton isn’t just the world’s most successful Formula One driver ever, he’s also a key backer of a new off-road electric vehicle racing series called Extreme E. The plan is to promote sustainability and encourage the take-up of electric vehicles. (Video) [BBC]

Extreme E car (David Merrett, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “The Resistance: In The President’s Relentless War On Climate Science, They Fought Back” • The scientists’ efforts were often unseen and sometimes unsuccessful. But over four years, they mounted a guerilla defense that kept pressure on the Trump Administration. Here is a story about how they fought back, keeping science alive. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Elon Musk’s 3 Core Tesla Messages This Year, From Numerous Public And Private Statements” • Tesla CEO Elon Musk has tweeted more than 3,000 times this year. We at CleanTechnica follow his tweets closely, and by analyzing them collected three core messages from Elon this year. They focus on the team, engineering, and manufacture. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla solar roof (Elon Musk, Tesla, via Twitter)

¶ “In 2018, The California AG Created An Environmental Justice Bureau. It’s Become A Trendsetter” • Attorney General Xavier Becerra launched the Environmental Justice Bureau within the Environmental Division of his office in February 2018. It has been so effective in the short time since that it is being copied in other states. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “West Virginia Environmental Coalition Publishes ‘A Citizen’s Guide To Climate Change’” • The West Virginia Climate Alliance, an environmental, civil rights, and faith-based coalition, has a mission to provide science-based education on climate change to West Virginia’s residents and policymakers. It is publishing ‘A Citizen’s Guide To Climate Change.’ [My Buckhannon]

Have a fabulously fine day.

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