- Anchorage has yet to see an official temperature below zero for this winter; this makes it the fourth latest date for that to occur. In the winter of 2000-2001, no below zero temperatures were recorded at all. Including that year, all of the five latest dates for sub-zero temperatures in Anchorage have happened since 2000. [KTUU.com]
- 2017 was the second hottest year on record with regard to global average temperatures, after only 2016, according to a report from the Copernicus Climate Change Service. It was a year of extremes, with many wildfires, very low sea ice extent, and lots of drought. Now, of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 were in this century. [CleanTechnica]
- There are fears of an environmental disaster in the East China Sea as a tanker continues to leak oil two days after colliding with a cargo ship. Chinese officials have told state media the Sanchi is in danger of exploding and sinking. Rescuers attempting to reach the site were being beaten back by toxic clouds, according to the transportation ministry. [BBC]
- The North Sea Wind Power Hub, an artificial island in the North Sea that could supply renewable energy to 80 million people in six European countries, is set to open in 2027. TenneT thinks the project could handle windfarms with a capacity of 30 GW, more than twice the amount of offshore wind power Europe currently has installed. [Digital Journal]
- The US State Department is taking steps toward signing a US-Saudi nuclear umbrella agreement required by United States law as a preliminary to selling the country nuclear power reactors. The White House is hinting it would not insist that Saudi Arabia promise not to reprocess irradiated fuel to extract plutonium or enrich uranium. [The Hill]
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