November 14 Energy News

November 14, 2021

COP26:

¶ “COP26 Climate Deal Includes Historic Reference To Fossil Fuels But Doesn’t Meet The Urgency Of The Crisis” • Nearly 200 nations reached a climate agreement at COP26. It references the role of fossil fuels in the climate crisis for the first time. India made an 11th-hour objection, however, that watered down the language about reducing the use of coal. [CNN]

Machinery in a German lignite mine (C M, Unsplash)

¶ “Evasive Words And Coal Compromise, But Deal Shows Progress” • The COP26 Climate Pact is an ambitious attempt to rein in rising temperatures, but the last-minute row over coal has cast a shadow over the deal. India was joined by China in pushing for a watering down of a key commitment, insisting on “phasing down” rather than “phasing out” coal. [BBC]

¶ “It Won’t Save Us From Drowning” • The COP26 climate deal plans to reduce the world’s reliance on coal and promises more money to help poor countries cope with the impacts of global warming. But those who are most exposed are largely pessimistic about the outcome of the summit, believing that the agreements aren’t enough to save their homelands. [BBC]

Tina Stege, Climate Envoy for the Marshall Islands
(PeaceActionMaine, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Blah Blah Blah…: A Brief Summary Of COP26, Says Greta Thunberg” • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of an impending “climate catastrophe,” while climate campaigner Greta Thunberg dismissed Saturday’s COP26 climate conference deal as “blah, blah, blah.” Even those who welcomed the deal said a huge amount of work remains. [India Today]

¶ “What Is COP26 And What Has Been Agreed At Glasgow Climate Conference?” • Extreme weather events linked to climate change are intensifying. The past decade was the warmest on record and governments agree urgent collective action is needed. COP26 was the latest of a series of meetings on what to do about it. Here are some things agreed on. [BBC]

Evidence of climate change (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “Putin Warns Belarus Over Gas Threat To EU” • President Lukashenko of Belarus threatened to cut off gas supplies to the EU after it threatened sanctions over a growing migrant crisis on the Belarus-Polish border. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that stopping natural gas supplies from Russia to the EU would be a breach of contract with Russia. [BBC]

¶ “Korea Needs To Invest More To Meet Wind Power Target” • South Korea needs more aggressive investment in the renewable energy sector to achieve its offshore wind capacity goal by 2030 and address the country’s geographical weaknesses in wind energy, according to a report from London-based consulting firm Ernst & Young. [The Korea Herald]

Korean offshore wind farm (Korea South-East Power Co)

¶ “Li-Cycle And Atlis Motor Vehicles Partner On Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries” • Li-Cycle, based in Toronto, entered into an agreement with Atlis Motor Vehicles, an Arizona startup mobility technology company, according to an announcement. Li-Cycle, which focuses on recycling lithium-ion batteries, is the largest battery recycler in North America. [CleanTechnica]

US:

¶ “Solar PV And PV+Storage Costs Keep Dropping, New NREL Reports Show” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released its annual cost breakdown of installed solar PV and battery storage systems. US Solar Photovoltaic System and Energy Storage Cost Benchmark: Q1 2021 details installed costs for PV systems as of the first quarter of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Change in costs (NREL image)

¶ “Delta Boss Says Climate Change Means Flying Will Cost More” • Delta Air Lines chief executive Ed Bastian told the BBC that tackling climate change will make flying more expensive. Atlanta-based Delta, the world’s second biggest airline, says that it spends $30 million per year on carbon-offsetting and has been carbon neutral since March 2020. [BBC]

¶ “XPRIZE & Musk Foundation Announce 23 XPRIZE Carbon Removal Student Award Winners” • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk along with his foundation are funding the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition, which is aimed at fighting climate change. XPRIZE announced that $5 million of that prize was been awarded to 23 student-led teams. [CleanTechnica]

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