August 10 Energy News

August 10, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Climate Scientists Have Done Their Bit. Now The Pressure Is On World Leaders” • Scientists have warned for decades that we were changing the climate in a way that would have devastating impacts on the planet and our lives. The landmark report from the IPCC showed that it is already happening, and faster than we ever expected. [CNN]

Ice (Johannes Plenio, Unsplash)

¶ “We Saw This Coming” • As I read the press reports, I realized that the joke has been on us. A small group of very smart, very selfish people backed by huge sums of money managed to stop the changes that need to be made to stop climate change. They’ll go to a future Hell of their own creation, but they are bringing us with them. [Environmental Health News]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Was That Wild Weather Caused By Climate Change? Scientists Can Now Say ‘Yes’ With Confidence” • Historic heat waves are so clearly caused by human-driven emissions that researchers can easily link them to climate change. Scientists at World Weather Attribution say this year’s Northwest heat wave would have been “virtually impossible” without it. [CNN]

Rainfall from Hurricane Harvey (National Weather Service)

World:

¶ “Greece Faces ‘Disaster Of Unprecedented Proportions’ As Wildfires Ravage The Country” • Greece faces a “natural disaster of unprecedented proportions,” as 586 wildfires burn all over the country, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address. Sixty-three organized evacuations have taken place in the past few days. [CNN]

¶ “At-Risk Nations Fear Extinction After IPCC Report” • Nations vulnerable to climate change have warned they are on the “edge of extinction” if action is not taken. The warning by a group of developing countries comes after the landmark UN IPCC report argued that global warming could make parts of the world uninhabitable. [BBC]

Protest sign (Ma Ti, Unsplash)

¶ “The IPCC Environmental Warning India Cannot Ignore” • Among the most serious findings of the sixth assessment report of the UN’s climate science organisation is that some of the climate systems of the planet have already seen irreversible changes due to unabated global warming. India is exposed to both increased droughts and flooding. [BBC]

¶ “Tesla Giga Shanghai’s New Production Rate Is 450,000/Year” • Tesla’s Giga Shanghai reached a milestone earlier this month. It now has an annualized vehicle production rate of 450,000 Models Y and 3 vehicles. Last year, Tesla met a goal of delivering 500,000 cars globally. Now, there are thoughts that Tesla could make 1 million EVs in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Modle Y (Tyler Casey, Unsplash)

¶ “Broad Public Support For Tough Action On Climate Change – Poll” • The survey of 2,046 British adults aged 16 to 75 found 60% wanted a ban on imported goods linked to deforestation, while just 10% did not. The survey also found 58% wanted the UK to use its diplomatic influence to persuade other countries to reduce emissions. [Evening Standard]

¶ “Abandoned Pits Of Former Mining Town Will Fuel Green Revolution” • A garden village with 1,500 homes, a primary school, and shops is being planned on fields near the old mining town of Seaham, County Durham. The heating and hot water for the entire development will come from water pumped from an abandoned mine shaft nearby. [The Guardian]

Miners’ homes in Seaham (peter robinson, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Study Finds 95% Of Renewable Energy Capacity In Richest Countries” • An analysis found that 95% of installed renewables capacity is located in just 16% of global countries, particularly in Global North countries. However, Global South countries have the strongest growth in energy demand, and are still heavily reliant on fossil fuels. [Open Access Government]

US:

¶ “‘Final Warning’: Lawmakers, Biden Administration Sound Alarm Over UN Climate Report And Urge Swift Action” • US Lawmakers and the Biden administration’s top climate officials sounded the alarm in response to a new report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, urging nations to swiftly limit global warming to 1.5°C. [CNN]

Dixie fire Pyrocumulus (Frank Schulenburg, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “‘We’re Seeing Truly Frightening Fire Behavior’ Firefighters Battling The Dixie Fire Say” • Pyrocumulus, firenadoes, dry lightning. It sounds like an apocalyptic movie, but it’s the reality that firefighters are facing. When wildfires are this intense, they can sometimes create their own weather, making their next move nearly impossible to predict. [CNN]

¶ “Ørsted Signs US Power Play With Microsoft” • Ørsted and Microsoft have entered into an agreement for Microsoft to purchase energy from a 430-MW solar farm project in Texas. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will buy power from the Old 300 solar farm in Fort Bend County, which is expected to come online next year. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “Ford’s Got More Ambitious EV Plans Than The White House” • Ford and the Biden administration announced their goals to convert to EVs the same day. Now, we see that the Ford targets, 40–50% full EV sales in 2030, are a bit stronger than the Biden administration’s, which has a goal of 50% plugin and hydrogen vehicle sales by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Push For Green Energy Could Strand More Than $68 B In Coal And Gas Assets, S&P Says” • An ongoing push to expand renewable energy generation in the US could strand at least $68 billion in coal and natural gas power plant investments, an S&P Global Market Intelligence report says. The assets at risk include both coal and gas investments equally. [Utility Dive]

Have a tremendously worthwhile day.

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