August 14 Energy News

August 14, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can Eating Fish Ever Be Sustainable?” • Seafood includes everything from farmed prawns to wild mackerel. It can have an array of environmental impacts, from high carbon emissions to the effects of overfishing, slaughtered bycatch, or antibiotic pollution. But some seafood can be a healthy source of food with low-carbon, low environmental impact. [BBC]

Mussels (Christopher Carson, Unsplash)

¶ “Study Explores Effect Of Climate Change On Economic Growth” • Research from the University of California examines the fundamental issue that underlies the costs and benefits of climate change policies. The study, published in Environmental Research Letters, found that economies are sensitive to persistent temperature shocks. [Devdiscourse]

¶ “Taming Tomorrow’s Wildfires” • Wildfires have been ravaging the Western US. Researchers at the US DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are tackling the problem of increasingly intense wildfires from scientific angles, ranging from predicting big blazes to preventing future fires. And they’re keeping our lights on in the process. [CleanTechnica]

Sensing the fire from space (NASA image)


¶ “Evacuated Twice In A Summer As France’s Fires Burn” • Twice this summer, Christian Fostitschenko has been evacuated from his home. In July, he had to leave home because of a massive fire. Now, in August, he has had to leave for another fire. He lives in the town of Saint-Magne, in southwestern France, and he doesn’t know when he can go back home. [BBC]

¶ “Climate Activists Fill Golf Holes With Cement After Water Ban Exemption” • Climate activists in southern France have filled golf course holes with cement to protest against the exemption of golf greens from water bans amid the country’s severe drought. Golf greens are getting water while a hundred French villages are running short. [BBC]

Golf hole (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)

¶ “Fear In Bangladesh After Huge Fuel Price Rise” • Bangladesh, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, has raised fuel prices by more than 50% in just a week. It blames rising oil prices in the wake of the war in Ukraine. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in protest, as another South Asian nation faces a growing financial crisis. [BBC]

¶ “Wind Blows Away Australian Records” • The wind farm road block is gone. It’s full steam ahead for Australian wind power now, and wind is blowing away Australian records. Under new management, wind power is being encouraged, every day seems to herald a new wind farm announcement, and power generation records being broken. [CleanTechnica]

Western Australia (Harry Cunningham, Unsplash)

¶ “Renewable Energy Projects Are Taking Off But Where Is The Workforce?” • The renewables industry has exploded in Victoria, with ambitious energy targets set by the state government. But in a job market crying out for people to fill 86,000 vacancies in rural and regional Australia, doubt remains on the ability to fill roles in the new industry. [ABC]

¶ “India To Miss Renewable Energy Goal, Officials And Experts Say” • India will miss its renewable energy target for the end of the year, with experts blaming “multiple challenges” including a lack of financial help and taxes on imported components. The country has installed just over half of its planned renewable energy capacity. [Morung Express]

Rooftop solar system in India (VD Photography, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Adds Model Y Variant With BYD Blade Batteries In Germany” • Germany’s TeslaMag says new structural battery packs from BYD are arriving at the Tesla factory in Grünheide, Germany. The packs have a capacity of 55 kWh and feature BYD’s LFP Blade battery cells. Cars will soon be available with the new battery packs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ukraine Targets Russian Soldiers Threatening Europe’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant” • Ukraine is targeting Russian soldiers who shoot at Europe’s largest nuclear power station or use it as a base to shoot from, as G-7 nations, fearing a nuclear catastrophe, called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from the Zaporizhzhia power plant. [CNBC]

Sniper (Dominik Sostmann, Unsplash)

¶ “Medvedev Says That The EU Also Has Nuclear Power Plants And ‘Accidents Are Possible’ There” • Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, blames Ukraine for the dangerous situation at the Zaporizhzhia plant. He pointed out that the EU has nuclear plants, and “accidental” incidents are also possible there. [Yahoo! Sports]


¶ “Autonomy Orders 23,000 More Electric Vehicles” • After a lot of recent news about Autonomy, the biggest EV subscription company in the US, we have even more. The company has just ordered 23,000 EVs from 17 different automakers to expand and diversify its subscription fleet. Up till now, it has only offered the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. [CleanTechnica]

Autonomy Tesla Model Y (Autonomy image)

¶ “First Tesla Megapack Deployed In NYC” • NineDot Energy has launched a community-scale battery energy storage site in the Bronx. It will be the first such site in New York City. The battery system has a 3.08-MW, 12.32-MWh Tesla Megapack system, a solar canopy, and the infrastructure needed for bi-directional EV chargers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Extreme Weather Is Only Getting Worse. Can Cities Protect Public Transit?” • Last September, in New York City, commuters waded through waist-deep water to leave a subway station due to Hurricane Ida. Heat melted streetcar power cables in Portland, Oregon. Now, in San Francisco, the heat is warping train tracks. Can cities cope? [CleanTechnica]

Have a maginficently encouraging day.

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