Archive for July 11th, 2021

July 11 Energy News

July 11, 2021

World:

¶ “Extreme Heat Cooked Mussels, Clams And Other Shellfish Alive On Beaches In Western Canada” • The devastating heat wave that ravaged British Columbia last week is being blamed for a massive die-off of mussels, clams and other marine animals that live on the beaches of Western Canada. The animals were exposed to the heat at low tide. [CNN]

Mussels (Gil Ndjouwou, Unsplash)

¶ “Volvo Group, Daimler, And Traton Group Pump Up Heavy-Duty Truck Charging” • Three top commercial vehicle makers, Volvo Group, Daimler Truck, and Traton Group, have reached an agreement to “install and operate a high-performance public charging network for battery electric heavy-duty long-haul trucks and coaches across Europe.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UN Report: Indigenous Lands Protecting Biodiversity Are Being Threatened By Incursions” • A report conducted by the UN found that Indigenous Peoples’ food systems are the most sustainable. But climate change and incursions into Indigenous lands threaten tribal food systems and our planet’s well-being, Inside Climate News reported. [CleanTechnica]

Inuits sharing frozen walrus (Ansgar Walk, CC-BY-SA 2.5)

¶ “Egypt’s President Al-Sisi Directs For Maximized Use Of Renewable Energy” • Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has directed for the maximized use of renewable energies, during a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, according to a presidential spokesperson. [Daily News Egypt]

¶ “Bac Lieu Prioritises Renewable Energy” • The Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu has made renewable energy a top priority, aiming to move the economy toward sustainable development and green growth. The province proposed that the Government of Vietnam leave the Cai Cung coal-fired power plant complex out of its power development plan. [VietnamPlus]

Windpower in Vietnam (Tony Pham, Unsplash)

¶ “President Says No More Coal Power” • President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has shot down the setting up of any coal power plants, saying he has vowed to shift Sri Lanka towards renewable energy and does not want to be a joke before the world. The decision puts a proposed 300-MW extension of the Norochcholai Lak Vijaya plant in jeopardy. [Sunday Times]

¶ “Liberal Government Calls For Proposals For Low-Cost Renewable Energy Projects” • Nova Scotia gets considerable amounts of wind and sunshine, and the Liberal government has a plan to harness more of both as renewable energy sources. Premier Iain Rankin announced a request for proposals to attract low-cost and innovative energy. [SaltWire]

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia (Tobias Negele, Unsplash)

¶ “Japan’s Plutonium Stockpile Climbs To 46.1 Tons In 2020, First Rise In 3 Years” • Japan was in possession of a total of some 46.1 metric tons of plutonium at home and abroad as of the end of 2020, the Cabinet Office reported to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. The amount represents an increase of about 0.6 tons from the previous year. [The Mainichi]

US:

¶ “US Heatwave: California And Nevada Brace For Record-Breaking Temperatures” • Extreme heat is building in the West, with forecasts of record-breaking temperatures in California and Nevada. The new heatwave comes after the region experienced the hottest June on record. California’s Death Valley recorded a high of 54.4°C (130°F) on Friday. [BBC]

Death Valley (Julien Cavandoli, Unsplash)

¶ “Risk Managed? New Report Finds Chemical Disaster Risks From Climate Change” • The Union of Concerned Scientists, Earthjustice, and the Center for Progressive Reform released a policy brief estimating the risks posed by natural disasters, made worse by climate change, to Risk Management Program facilities and the surrounding communities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fire Lookouts: The US Forest Service Lookouts Watching For Fires” • As many of us struggled to adapt to home working and isolation during the coronavirus pandemic, the few remaining fire lookouts of the US Forest Service often live and work for weeks at a time on their own, scouring the horizon for any hint of smoke from remote lookout towers. [BBC]

Inside a lookout tower (Jason Rost, Unsplash)

¶ “Ten US Cities Get Low-No Grants To Help Buy Proterra Electric Buses” • The US Federal Transit Administration offers “Low or No Emission Program Grants” to buy electric buses and related technology. Proterra has announced that ten different transit agencies have just been awarded Low-No grants to buy Proterra technology. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “LIPA: Green Energy To Dominate LI Electric Grid By 2030” • According to a timeline released by the Long Island Power Authority for meeting state mandates to retire the region’s fossil-fuel power plants by 2040, nearly 70% of Long Island’s electricity will be generated by renewable sources including wind and solar energy by 2030. [Newsday]

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