- The Norwegian municipality of Arendal pledged to become 100% climate neutral. It is the world’s first municipality to join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, which means it will measure and reduce emissions “to the greatest extent possible” and offset other emissions. Municipal operations have been climate neutral since 2008. [Energy Live News]
- In a paper published in July, James Hansen said that because of continued inaction since the Paris agreement was reached, limiting carbon emissions will no longer be enough. Now, he says, active measures to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will be required. And those measures will impose staggering expenses. [CleanTechnica]
- Two recent reports indicate that the cost of wind power will continue to decrease, making it one of the most affordable green alternatives on the market. The US DOE’s Wind Technologies Market Report and a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory both say wind technology and efficiency continues to improve. [Interesting Engineering]
- The annual report from trade body Oil & Gas UK said 60,000 direct and indirect jobs were lost across the industry in 2016, more than the 40,000 it had predicted. The report said the sector could lose another 13,000 jobs in 2017. The oil and gas industry still supports more than 300,000 jobs in the UK, but that is 150,000 fewer than the peak in 2014. [BBC]
- A major Wyoming wind project designed to deliver energy to California faces growing competition from solar power. Solar development alone could succeed in meeting California’s renewable energy standard, which will require half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030, Wyoming legislators were told. [Redwood Times]
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