Archive for May 22nd, 2022

May 22 Energy News

May 22, 2022


¶ “From Alternative Fuels To Rationing Trips: A Guide To More Sustainable Flying” • Aviation accounts for just 3.5% of our total planet-warming emissions. Matteo Mirolo, aviation policy officer at Transport & Environment, a European campaign group for cleaner transportation, said there are lots of solutions, but they are not ready yet. Others agree. [CNN]

Rail, an alternative to flying (Amtrak image)

¶ “Why We Can Send A Rover To Mars, But We Can’t Send An Electron From New York To California” • Space missions are a federal matter, but states determine energy policy and decisions on infrastructure. Right now, states and the federal government can choose how to define our country’s options for clean energy and plan the challenges ahead. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “What Is Biodiversity And How Are We Protecting It?” • The UN has declared Sunday, May 22, to be the International Day for Biodiversity to raise awareness of the extinction risk facing animals and plants. Nearly a third of all species are currently endangered due to human activities. Governments will meet on the issue this year in China. [BBC]

Cotton Top Tamarins (Rebecca Campbell, Unsplash)


¶ “Ukraine’s Natural Environment Is Another Casualty Of War. The Damage Could Be Felt For Decades” • The destruction Russian forces caused to the Ukrainian landscape here is brutal and omnipresent: Scorched earth, forest floors ravaged by missiles, and trees broken down and uprooted, and abandoned military equipment litters the ground. [CNN]

¶ “Australian Voters Deliver Strong Message On Climate, Ending Conservative Government’s Nine Year Rule” • Australian voters have delivered a sharp rebuke to the center-right government, ending nine years of conservative rule. They have voted in favor of the center-left opposition that promised stronger action on climate change. [CNN]

Sydney Harbor (Photoholgic, Unsplash)

¶ “Hyundai And Kia Plan Electric Car Ramp In Korea” • Hyundai and Kia recently confirmed that they will build a new electric car factory in Georgia at a cost of nearly $6 billion. And this week, Hyundai Motor Group announced it plans to invest $17 billion between now and 2030 to ramp up electric car production in South Korea. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Spain Heatwave Brings Record May Temperatures” • Parts of Spain are experiencing their hottest May ever with temperatures of more than 40°C (104°F) in some places, according to the state weather agency, AEMET. The agency issued heat warnings in ten regions for Saturday, saying it could be “one of the most intense” heatwaves in years. [BBC]

Madrid (Florian Wehde, Unsplash)

¶ “Sizewell C ‘May Cost Double Government Estimates And Take Five Years Longer To Build’” • The proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station could cost UK taxpayers more than double what is estimated and take five extra years to build, research by the University of Greenwich Business School shows. The plant could cost taxpayers £25.40 a year extra. [The Guardian]


¶ “It’s Going To Be Hot With A Chance Of Blackouts” • In a reliability assessment for the coming summer, NERC, the regulating authority that oversees the health of the US electrical grid, predicted that excessive temperatures and ongoing drought could cause the power grid to buckle. And weather extremes are guaranteed because of the climate crisis. [CNN]

Beach (Aliko Sunawang, Unsplash)

¶ “In A Parallel Universe, Oil Companies Included In S&P 500 ESG Index While Tesla Kicked Out” • In a weird parallel universe, the S&P 500 Environmental, Social, and Governance Index dropped Tesla but added oil companies. Oh, wait, that’s this universe. Exxon and Marathon Oil were added to the index at the same time that Tesla was removed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Emboldened By Climate Change, Ticks Are Killing Off Moose In Maine” • Outside of Alaska, Maine has the country’s largest population of moose. But Maine’s moose are under threat. In parts of Piscataquis and Somerset counties, 86% of calves tracked by scientists have died. The culprit is most often a huge number of winter ticks. [Popular Science]

Moose (Cora Leach, Unsplash)

¶ “Three Ways US Cities Broke Clean Energy Records In 2021” • After remaining undaunted in their pursuit of renewables in 2020, US cities, counties and tribal governments made 2021 another record-breaking year for renewable energy development in the United States. Here are three ways American cities are excelling. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Village Of Canton Working To Offer Renewable Energy To Residents” • The village of Canton, New York, is working to offer residents Community Choice Aggregation. Residents and small businesses could get a renewable electricity supply in this way. The program would pool local electricity demand to leverage the collective buying power. []

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