August 9 Energy News

August 9, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why China’s Climate Policy Matters To Us All” • China’s carbon emissions are vast and growing, dwarfing those of other countries. Experts agree that without big reductions in China’s emissions, the world cannot win the fight against climate change. China’s President Xi Jinping has said his country will aim for its emissions to peak before 2030. [BBC]

Li River, a different picture of China (Sam Beasley, Unsplash)

¶ “Tipping Points With World Climate Starting – How To Respond?” • I try to remain positive. But increasingly, evidence points to our breaching tipping points that can’t be remediated. There are ice sheets melting, ocean currents changing, record heat in Siberia. I think the answer is hope and work for the best, but prepare for the worst. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “IPCC 6: Slash Methane Or Die. Any Questions?” • The sixth IPCC climate report is due out, but there are already broad hints about what it will say. Put together over a period of years by thousands of scientists and climate researchers in 195 countries, IPCC reports offer us a snapshot of where our planet is in terms of human survivability. [CleanTechnica]

Where is our civilization going? (Constantinos Kollias, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Major Climate Changes Now Inevitable And Irreversible, Stark UN Report Says” • The Earth’s climate system is changing across the entire planet and human activities are worsening its effects. As a result, those effects are “widespread, rapid and intensifying,” according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. [The Irish Times]

¶ “Landmark Report Stresses Urgency Of Climate Crisis” • The latest report from the IPCC, to be published today, August 9, stresses the urgency to protect the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement for global temperature rise to remain below 1.5°C. It says emphatically that the action needed for a stable climate cannot be delayed. [Met Office]

Wildfire smoke (Manny Becerra, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “The World Is On The Brink Of ‘Catastrophe,’ Leader Of Next UN Climate Talks Warns” • Failure to act now on climate change will result in “catastrophic” consequences for the world, the leader of the UN’s next climate talks warned. He warned that the COP26 talks in November would be among the last chances to limit global heating. [CNN]

¶ “Greece Wildfires: Evia Island Residents Forced To Evacuate” • Wildfires are continuing to rip through the Greek island of Evia, prompting residents to flee to safety by sea. More than 2,000 people have already been evacuated. Greece is experiencing its most severe heatwave in 30 years, and temperatures have spiked to 45°C (113°F). [BBC]

Village in central Evia (C messier, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “400-MW Wind Farm In Saudi Arabia Begins Generating” • A 400-MW windpower project in Saudi Arabia is now generating electricity. The project was developed by a consortium led by EDF Renewables and Masdar, two of the leading renewable energy companies in the world. It is comprised of 99 Vestas turbines, each of 4.2-MW capacity. [Saur Energy]

¶ “UK Backs Siemens Gamesa, GRI Factory Plans” • The UK government has selected manufacturers Siemens Gamesa and GRI Renewable Industries to receive grant funding to develop factories in the Humber region. Siemens Gamesa will expand its offshore blade plant in Hull by 41,600 square meters, more than doubling the size of the facilities. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower supply facility (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Derby’s Solar-Powered Future” • Derby, Western Australia, with a population of over 3,300, is celebrating solar installations funded by the state government. The plan has a $66.3 million renewable-energy package, designed to help foster resilience, create sustainable jobs, and promote recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Australia Trails World On Energy Transition And Emissions” • Contrary to the federal government’s talking points, a report found that the country’s performance on energy and emissions trails the rest of the world. The report, Back of the pack, from the progressive think tank The Australia Institute, compares Australia with 23 similar countries. [Renew Economy]

Rooftop solar power in Queensland (Kgbo, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

US:

¶ “Denver Experienced The Worst Air Quality Of Any Major City In The World Due To Smoke From Western Wildfires” • Denver had the worst air quality of any city in the world for several hours Saturday, as heavy smoke from western wildfires polluted the city. The 107 wildfires in the West have burned 2.1 million acres, about a third of the size of Vermont. [CNN]

¶ “The Boring Company In Talks With Austin And San Antonio To Build Tunnels” • The Boring Company has some big plans for a possible transportation tunnel that would go from Giga Texas to Downtown Austin. The company is also in talks with officials in San Antonio for a tunnel in Central Texas similar to the one that opened in Las Vegas. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla in a tunnel (The Boring Company)

¶ “Panther National Partners With Tesla To Build A Luxury Community That Is Sustainable” • Tesla is building a new 218-home luxury development in Florida with solar roofs, batteries, and EV chargers, Yahoo! News reports. Centaur US Holdings is developing the new community, Panther National, around a golf course in Palm Beach. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Challenging Nuclear As Potential Climate Change Solution” • Research suggests that we can power 80% of the US with wind, solar, and 12 hours of energy storage, but replacing the country’s nuclear power plants hasn’t been seen as financially viable. Is that about to change? Moving forward, it seems nuclear has lost its swagger. [PV Magazine]

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