August 8 Energy News

August 8, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Five Key Things To Watch For In The UN Climate Report” • Filled with detail and tracing multiple future scenarios, the IPCC report is likely to run hundreds or even thousands of pages. New research, computer modeling, and data collection will make this report the most comprehensive yet. Here are five key things to watch for. [Thomson Reuters Foundation News]

Lake Tahoe, in drought on a cold winter day (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Need To Be Reduced Dramatically, But Nuclear Power Isn’t The Way” • There are growing questions as to whether nuclear power plants are a variable “alternative” to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Based just on risk costs, the Fukushima disaster shows that the economics of nuclear power are by no means a safe bet. [The Hankyoreh]

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Machine Learning Breakthrough Uses Satellite Images To Improve Lives” • A team at UC Berkeley has devised a machine learning system to tap the problem-solving potential of satellite imaging, based on low-cost, easy-to-use technology that be used by researchers and governments worldwide. The study appeared in Nature Communications. [CleanTechnica]

Satellite image (Photo by NASA via Pxfuel)

¶ “Virtuous Cycles Of Technology Adoption” • What creates the “S” curve of technology adoption? It is a virtuous cycle. Positive change creates more positive change, just as negative change has the opposite effect. In a report, Carbon Tracker identifies seven of these paired cycles which are creating “S” curves and speeding us toward the future. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Climate Change: Low-Income Countries ‘Can’t Keep Up’ With Impacts” • Low-income countries struggle to protect themselves against climate change, officials and experts have told the BBC. Organisations representing 90 countries say that their plans to prevent damage have already been outpaced by climate-induced disasters, which steadily get worse. [BBC]

Flood (rachman reilli, Unsplash)

¶ “Greece Wildfires: PM Describes ‘Nightmarish Summer” • The prime minister of Greece has talked of a “nightmarish summer” as forest fires continue to ravage the country. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes in various parts of Greece and more than 1,000 firefighters have been deployed to bring the flames under control. [BBC]

¶ “AC Cobra Series 1 Electric Is Ready For Launch” • Storied British car brand AC announced plans for an all-electric version of its iconic AC Cobra Series 1 sportscar last year, with its performance promised to be on par with the original V8. Now, the first of the electric AC Cobras is out on the road, as it goes through real-world testing. [CleanTechnica]

AC Cobra (Image by AC Cars, via EV Obsession)

¶ “ReNew Power Signs PPA With SECI For Country’s Maiden Round-The-Clock Renewable Energy Project” • To supply power from the 400 MW RTC project at 80% utilization rate, ReNew Power will need to install wind and solar capacity, along battery storage facilities, that will bring the total project cost to an estimated $1.2 billion. [The Financial Express]

¶ “Experts Approve Key UN Climate Science Report” • A critical UN science report that will provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment yet of the state of Earth’s climate has been approved by representatives from 195 countries. IPCC delegates had been locked in virtual negotiations for two weeks, vetting the summary of the report. [New Age]

Arctic ice (Melissa Bradley, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “$1.5 Million Grant Will Improve Wildfire Spotting From The Air And Space” • Helped by a $1.5 million grant, a UC Berkeley physicist and a firefighter-turned-scientist plan to outfit spotter planes with improved infrared detectors to study fire. They hope that within four years similar systems in space will do 24/7 fire discovery and monitoring. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Justice Reactivates Public Energy Authority, Appoints New Members” • Governor Jim Justice reactivated the West Virginia Public Energy Authority, which has been inactive for ten years, and appointed new members. The body has the authority, among other powers, of issuing bonds to build coal or natural gas power plants. [WV MetroNews]

Mountaintop removal mining (iLoveMountains.org, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Bipartisan Bill Leaves Out Key Climate, Clean Energy Steps; Upgrade To Power Grid Left Out” • The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill headed for a Senate vote falls far short of the president’s pledge to transform from an economy powered by fossil-fuels into one that is clean-burning and free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. [Houston Chronicle]

¶ “Community Choice Clean Energy Coming To Santa Barbara South Coast In October” • Through community choice, clean energy is coming to the Santa Barbara South Coast this fall to help meet the goal of 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030. Customers will be able to choose between various electricity services for the first time. [Noozhawk.com]

Have a delightfully fortunate day.

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