- “Alaska’s Warming Ocean Is Putting Food And Jobs At Risk, Scientists Say” • The ice around Alaska is not just melting. It has gotten so low that the situation is endangering some residents’ food and jobs. Ocean temperatures in the Chukchi and North Bering seas are nearly 10°F (5°C) above normal, satellite data shows. [CNN]
- “France Hits Record Temperature Of 45.9°C” • France has hit its highest recorded temperature, 45.9°C (114.6°F), amid a heatwave in Europe that has claimed several lives. The new record was set in the southern village of Gallargues-le-Montueux. The previous record was 44.1°C during a 2003 heatwave that killed thousands of people. [BBC] (The record jumped 1.8°C, 3.24°F. – ed)
- “The Price Of A Fully Renewable US Grid: $4.5 Trillion” • The cost of shifting the US power grid to 100% renewable energy over the next 10 years is an estimated $4.5 trillion, according to a new Wood Mackenzie analysis. The price is for going entirely to renewables, replacing all nuclear and fossil fuels with renewable energy. [Greentech Media] (Please note: This study covers a faster and more complete changeover than even the Green New Deal calls for.)
- “UK Signs Net-Zero Emissions Requirement Into Law” • Two weeks after Theresa May, the UK’s outgoing Prime Minister, announced that she was introducing legislation to enshrine into law a net zero emissions by 2050 target, it was signed into law, making the UK the first major global economy to make such a target legally binding. [CleanTechnica]
- “Fracking Creates A Glut Of Fossil Fuels And A Mountain Of Debt” • Steve Schlotterbeck, former chief executive of EQT, one of the largest shale gas fracking companies in the US, shocked people at a petrochemicals conference in Pittsburgh recently by telling them that fracking has been an “unmitigated disaster” for investors in shale companies. [CleanTechnica]
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