- “Climate Change Is Already Affecting Global Food Production – Unequally” • The world’s top 10 crops – barley, cassava, maize, oil palm, rapeseed, rice, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane, and wheat – supply in total 83% of all calories grown on cropland. Research shows climate change is affecting production of these key resources. [Science Daily]
- “UK Goes Two Weeks Without Coal Power” • The UK has gone two weeks without any power generated from coal-fired sources, setting a new record, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator. The last coal generation came off the system at 3.12pm on 17 May, it said. The previous record was eight days, one hour and 25 minutes, set on 9 May. [reNEWS]
- “A Huge Energy Storage Deal Raises Major Doubts” • After a Japanese maker of gas turbines and a US owner of salt caverns teamed up to develop a massive energy storage project, based on hydrogen and compressed air, doubts have come up. Neither technology has a track record. Neither customers nor funding have been identified. [MIT Technology Review]
- “Ohio’s Nuclear Bailout Plan Balloons To Embrace Coal” • While other states embrace renewable energy, Ohio is heading backward. A bill passed this week by the Ohio House would subsidize nuclear and coal power while cutting state support for renewable energy and energy efficiency. And utility customers will foot the bill. [InsideClimate News]
- “Pilgrim’s Shutdown Ends Nuclear Power Era In Massachusetts” • It took about five hours for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth to shut down permanently after 47 years of generating electricity. Technicians reduced Pilgrim’s power output gradually before launching the final step of inserting control rods at 5:28 pm. [Valley News]
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