- “Are public objections to wind farms overblown?” • Renewable energy researchers wanted to see how much local opposition there is to existing wind farms across the US. With funding from the DOE , they teamed up to undertake the largest scientific study to date on how people who live near US wind farms perceive them. [Phys.Org]
- Ticks are making us sicker. Illnesses spread by ticks more than doubled between 2004 and 2016, a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. Mosquito-borne illnesses are also on the rise. The lead author, declining to address the “politically fraught issue of climate change,” blames warmer weather. [Grist]
- Federal subsidies for renewable energy dropped to $6.7 billion in FY 2016, a 56% decline from FY 2013. Renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were about $15 billion. The decline came with decreasing support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Renewable energy accounted for 46% of the FY 2016 total. [Biomass Magazine]
- According to a tracking report from five international agencies, the world is lagging behind its sustainable development goals for the period 2015-2030. The report underlines the fact that progress in electricity, where rapidly falling costs of wind and solar have driven the uptake, is not yet matched by heating and transportation. [pv magazine International]
- The California Independent System Operator reported that the state had record-breaking amounts of solar power generated, at 10,539 MW on April 29. California also hit a new record for the instantaneous portion of demand met by renewable energy at 73%, just 15 minutes before the solar record, with solar and wind alone meeting 64% of demand. [CleanTechnica]
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