- Some 1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electric power. In Rwanda, for example, less than 20% of the population live in homes that enjoy electricity, a fact that stymies development and reinforces poverty. It is a huge problem, but to some people, it is a statistic that rings not of hopelessness, but of opportunity. [BBC News]
- Hurricane Nate, which pummeled the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama at Category 1 status early Sunday, has made the 2017 hurricane season one of the worst on record since 1893 and possibly earlier, just in terms of numbers of hurricanes. And US territories have never before been hit by three category 4 storms in one season. [Gizmodo]
- “New Orleans is the canary in the coal mine for coastal cities” • There were at least three “1,000-year” storm events in 2016. Now New Orleans is coping with Hurricane Nate. It and other flooding cities are signposts for countless communities that face the specter of their own natural hazards made unfathomable by climate change. [CNN]
- The Kankakee Valley REMC, a membership cooperative that delivers electricity to more than 18,000 customers in rural areas of seven Indiana counties, began offering a new Co-Op Solar Program this month. It allows members to buy up to half of the electricity they use from solar energy sources without having to install solar panels. [nwitimes.com]
- Like many other frivolous things in Puerto Rico these days, the shiny motorcycles at the Planet Honda showroom have been pushed to the side. In their place are dozens of folding chairs, and on Thursday morning, they were all filled with people waiting to buy portable generators, to light their powerless homes. [Standard Republic]
For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.