Archive for October 24th, 2022

October 24 Energy News

October 24, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “The Climate Films Shaping Society” • We need a subtler, more varied portrayal of climate change in film than just climate disaster blockbusters, says Becca Warner. Social scientists and non-profits argue that climate is a topic that belongs in many kinds of on-screen stories, not just the occasional thriller about climate disaster. [BBC]

Grey’s Anatomy episode “Hotter Than Hell” (Credit: ABC)

World:

¶ “Nigeria’s Stolen Oil, The Military And A Man Whose Name Is Government” • A network of illegal oil pipelines being unearthed in Nigeria shows the extent of oil theft in the country. In Delta state, thieves built their own 4 km (2.5 mile) pipeline through the heavily guarded creeks to a 24-foot rig on the Atlantic Ocean, where vessels blatantly load stolen oil. [BBC]

¶ “New Ground As Tech Aims To Help Boost Soil Health” • More than half of the world’s agricultural soil is degraded, experts say. An Indian guru called Sadhguru is leading a global campaign, SaveSoil, which pushes to improve soil health around the world. He calls for farmers to be given incentives to keep a minimum of 3% of organic content in their soil. [BBC]

Sadhguru (SaveSoil image)

¶ “Uganda-Tanzania Oil Pipeline Sparks Climate Row” • Uganda and Tanzania are set to begin work on a massive crude oil pipeline a year after the International Energy Agency warned that the world risked not meeting its climate goals if new fossil fuel projects were not stopped. The two East African countries say their priority is eonomic development. [BBC]

¶ “Hurricane Roslyn Makes Landfall In Mexico, Potentially Bringing Life-Threatening Conditions” • Hurricane Roslyn slammed into west-central Mexico on Sunday, bringing rain and threats of inland flooding. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said, “This rainfall could lead to flash flooding and landslides in areas of rugged terrain.” [CNN]

Hurricane Roslyn approaching Mexico (CIRA image)

¶ “Lilium Jet EVTOL Reaches New Milestone” • The Phoenix 2 air taxi is the prototype for an EVTOL jet, and it’s currently in its fifth generation. Because the engines can pivot, they allow for quick vertical takeoff and an easy transition into flight. Lilium had shared a video of the Phoenix 2 prototype going from a hover to wing-borne flight. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Etihad Airways Plans To Bring In COP27 Delegates On A Net Zero Emissions Flight” • Delegates to COP27 will travel to the conference with net zero emissions, rather than contributing to climate change. Etihad Airways partnered with World Energy for the first Net-Zero flight powered by Book & Claim, a Sustainable Aviation Fuel, to deliver delegates. [CleanTechnica]

Etihad Airways flight (Etihad Airways image)

¶ “Hydrogen To Be Injected Into UK Station For First Time” • Hydrogen will be injected into an emergency gas-fired power station for the first time in a pilot backed by the owner of British Gas. Centrica invested in an industry joint venture to trial using hydrogen at an existing “peaking plant” at its Brigg station in Lincolnshire, the Guardian can reveal. [The Guardian]

¶ “Russians Will Not Leave Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, But Are Allegedly Not Opposed To ‘Safety Zone’” • The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergei Ryabkov, stated that a protective zone around the Zaporizhzhia NPP is necessary. He also made clear that Russia considers demilitarisation of the ZNPP as impossible. [Yahoo News]

US:

¶ “Food Waste Is A Huge Climate Problem. A New Candy Has A Sweet Solution In Time For Halloween” • Plant-based, chewy FAVES candies contain 96% fruits and vegetables. The ingredients are chosen partly to be nutritious, and partly because they would otherwise have gone to waste at farms and grocery stores, the company says. [CNN]

¶ “Eviation Sells More Alice Electric Aircraft For Underserved Routes” • Aviation contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions, and there actually are companies striving to bring electric aircraft into the market. Some are succeeding. In a recent press release, Eviation had exciting news that it sold 25 more of its electric Alice aircraft. [CleanTechnica]

Alice (Eviation image)

¶ “Hershey And National Grid Renewables Sign Second Big Power Deal” • Everything has an environmental cost, and anything that we can cut it back on helps. And yes, that’s even true for chocolate. That’s why a recent deal between Hershey and National Grid Renewables is so exciting, and it isn’t the first time they’ve done it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “States Are Vying For Money To Start ‘Hydrogen Hubs. What Are They?” • The DOE is looking to dole out $7 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law to fund up to ten regional clean hydrogen hubs. Each would be “a network of clean hydrogen producers, potential clean hydrogen consumers, and connective infrastructure…” [Nebraska Examiner]

Windpower making green hydrogen (Longshanks, public domain)
Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “US DOE Pledges Funding For Hydro” • The US DOE has announced three funding opportunities to advance hydropower. The funding will come through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. It will support expansion of low-impact hydropower, such as pumped storage and retrofits for dams that do not produce power. [reNews]

¶ “State Of NJ Files Lawsuit Against Five Oil And Gas Companies For Climate Change Misinformation” • The Attorney General and agencies of New Jersey and filed a lawsuit against five oil and gas companies and the American Petroleum Institute, alleging they knowingly made false claims to deceive the public about climate change. [Essex News Daily]

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