- “Costa Rica To Go 100% Plastic and Carbon-Free By 2021” • No country has made more environmental progress than Costa Rica. The country has got 99% of its energy from renewable sources since 2014. It has doubled the size of its forests, creating a huge carbon sink. Now, it plans to be free of plastic and fossil fuels by 2021. [The Rising]
- “GE Will Shutter California Natural Gas Plant 20 Years Early” • GE notified the California Energy Commission it is shuttering the Inland Empire in Riverside, California, according to Reuters. The Inland Empire plant was only commissioned in 2009. GE invested roughly $1 billion in the plant, but operating it has become uneconomical. [CleanTechnica]
- “The Olympics’ New Swiss HQ Is Both Eco-Friendly And Symbolic” • The new Swiss headquarters for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is finished, and the building, in the city of Lausanne, is the most sustainable in the world, the architects say. The building occupies a scenic spot on the shore of Lake Geneva, inside Louis Bourget Park. [CNN]
- “Why Climate Change Might Be Worse Than You Think” • If you are using today’s climate models to predict the frequency and severity of tomorrow’s severe weather, your estimates could be off, a convocation speaker at a major Canadian university suggested. That is important for the Canadian property and casualty insurance industry. [Canadian Underwriter]
- “Ørsted Wins New Jersey Offshore Prize” • Officials in New Jersey have selected Ørsted as the winner in the state’s first offshore wind solicitation with the 1100MW Ocean Wind project. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities received 14 bids from three developers for the solicitation, which was issued in September 2018. [reNEWS]
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