- Carlos Alvarado, the new president of Costa Rica, announced the country’s “titanic and beautiful task of abolishing the use of fossil fuels in our economy to make way for the use of clean and renewable energies.” He made the remarks at his inauguration speech in front of a crowd of thousands, according to a report in the Independent. [EcoWatch]
- Opinion: “We Will Prevent Catastrophic Climate Change!!” • Of late, I feel increasingly confident that environmentalists will be able to make that claim soon. A few experts, like Tony Seba and Ramez Naam, are starting to make the claim. I had been wary of the idea, but increasingly I think they are right because of the exponential growth of renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]
- President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly axed the monitoring system NASA runs to keep track of greenhouse gas levels, the US journal Science revealed. The Carbon Monitoring System, a project costing $10 million (£7 million) per year, which remotely tracks the world’s flow of carbon dioxide, is to lose funding. [BBC]
- Voters in Newport, New Hampshire, approved a 2.2-MW solar energy project capable of providing the entire annual energy needs for Newport town and school facilities. The vote was 652 to 235. The solar installation will be the largest municipal project in New Hampshire and one of the state’s largest solar projects overall. [Green Energy Times]
- The Arkansas Public Service Commission found that the Wind Catcher Energy Connection project is in the public interest. The $4.5 billion project includes a 2,000-MW wind farm in the Oklahoma Panhandle, and construction of a dedicated power line about 350 miles long that will carry the wind energy to the Tulsa area. [Transmission and Distribution World]
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