November 7 Energy News

November 7, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “What’s The Difference Between 1.5°C And 2°C Of Global Warming?” • Really, what is the difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of warming? “At 1.5°C, there’s a good chance we can prevent most of the Greenland and west Antarctic ice sheet from collapsing,” said climate scientist Michael Mann at Pennsylvania State University. At 2°C, we lose that chance. [Reuters]

Calving glacier (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Ice on the edge of survival: Warming is changing the Arctic” • The Arctic is warming three times faster than the rest of the planet and is on such a knife’s edge of survival that the UN climate negotiations underway in Scotland this week could make the difference between ice and water at the top of the world, according to scientists. [CTV News]


¶ “Delhi Pollution: Are Diwali Fireworks To Blame?” • Around 57,000 people died prematurely in Delhi in 2020 as a result of exposure to air pollution according to Greenpeace, despite the Covid lockdown. During Diwali, fireworks make air pollution even worse than usual. Several Indian states have banned them, but enforcement is often weak. [BBC]

Diwali in Jodhpur (Anirudh, Unsplash)

¶ “Countries Must Make Bold Compromises At Summit – PM” • Ministers and negotiators at COP26 should “pull together and drive for the line” to secure ambitious action on climate change, Boris Johnson said. He said countries must be ready to “make the bold compromises and ambitious commitments needed” at the final week of the climate summit. [BBC]

¶ “AXA Restricts Investment In And Insurance Of New Oil & Gas Projects” • How can you build it if you can’t insure it? It is getting harder and harder to insure those activities that are increasing the risk of climate events. AXA, multinational insurance firm based in France with roughly a trillion dollars worth of assets, is leading the way on decarbonizing risk. [CleanTechnica]

Tanker (Ian Simmonds, Unsplash)

¶ “EVs Help Lower Total Emissions In Norway By 3.5% In 2020” • The latest report from Statistics Norway says the country’s EV policies are working. In 2020, total emissions for the country were down 3.5% from the prior year. Elbil, the Norwegian electric car association, says the greater number of EVs on the roads was a big factor in that reduction. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Geothermal Power Plants In Japan Quadruple Since 2011 Nuke Accident” • The number of geothermal power plants in Japan has quadrupled since the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, industry data shows. Nevertheless, geothermal power accounts for only 0.3% of the country’s total power output because many of the plants are of small scale. [Kyodo News]

Geothermal power plant (Yuzawa Geothermal Power image)

¶ “Tesla Opens A New Factory For Battery Manufacturing Equipment In Canada” • Tesla opened a new factory to produce battery manufacturing equipment in Canada, Reuters reports. Frank Scarpitti, the mayor of Markham, Ontario, took to Twitter to share his excitement about Tesla’s presence in his city, in an official statement. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Ford Slips EV Version Of Popular Transit Van Past Mustang Media Fuss” • Everybody is making a big fuss about Ford Motor Company’s EV version of its iconic Mustang line, but Ford has been working on an EV version of its super-popular Ford Transit van, too. The company has released a preproduction model to at least two leading customers. [CleanTechnica]

Ford E-Transit (Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co)

¶ “Ford’s CEO Says Tesla Needs To Be Taken Seriously As The Dominant Player In The EV Market” • There was a time when Tesla and Elon Musk were butts of legacy auto jokes. But Ford CEO Jim Farley recently held an internal meeting with 20,000 Ford employees, and a good portion of that meeting was about Ford’s competition, primarily Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Professor Collaborates With DOE On A Nuclear Waste Project” • University of North Texas Professor Haifeng Zhang is working on a project for the DOE, to find new ways to monitor the storage of nuclear waste. Other researchers on the project are from the National Energy Technology Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. [North Texas Daily]

Have a remarkably superior day.

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