- “Jordan’s plans to turn the desert green” • According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation, food production needs to be increased by 50% by 2050. Food production accounts for about 70% of our freshwater consumption and emits 25% of greenhouse gases. While arable land is being lost to climate change, Jordan is farming in a desert. [BBC]
- “GE unveils 5.3-MW onshore titan” • Turbine manufacturer GE has taken the wraps off a new 5-MW-plus onshore wind turbine featuring a novel two-piece blade design. The 5.3-158 is part of the Cypress platform to be unveiled at WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 this week. It offers a 50% power increase from GE’s 3-MW turbine. [reNews]
- “Volkswagen Plans 16 New Electric Car Assembly Plants, One In North America” • Volkswagen plans to make as many as 10 million electric cars in the coming years. As part of that plan, the company expects to have 16 electric car assembly plants in operation by 2022, part of its $40 billion dollar EV investment strategy. [CleanTechnica]
- “Tackling climate change to be key talking point at UN summit” • With global temperatures rising, superstorms taking their deadly toll and a year-end deadline to firm up the Paris climate deal, leaders at this year’s UN General Assembly are feeling a sense of urgency to keep up the momentum on combating climate change. [ETEnergyworld.com]
- “Power Outages During a Hurricane Can be Deadly. Solar Could Fix That.” • Maria, and the more recent storms like Hurricane Florence, tell a story about reliable power that’s quite different from what President Trump has claimed as he gives his usual support to fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not secure, but the sun is reliable. [Mother Jones]
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