- “South Australia’s Stunning Renewable Energy Transition, And What Comes Next” • South Australia dumped coal and sources more than half its generation from wind and solar. It is now a net exporter rather than an importer of electricity. It plans to have “net 100%” renewable energy in a decade, and a multiple of that in the future. [RenewEconomy]
- “US Begins Formal Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord” • The Trump administration announced that it will begin formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, the first step in a year-long process to back out of the agreement to reduce emissions of planet-warming gases. Trump is working to reduce federal regulations on pollution. [CNN]
- “Southern Florida Among Spots At Greater Risk Due To Sea Level Rise, Finds New Machine Learning Study” • We have a very high confidence that we’ll see 8-12 inches of sea level rise by 2050. But elevations along coast lines were not really well understood, a study shows. And some places, such as southern Florida, are facing problems. [CleanTechnica]
- “Oil And Gas Majors Must Cut Output 35% By 2040 To Reach Paris Targets” • A report from independent financial think tank Carbon Tracker concluded that the world’s seven leading oil and gas majors must cut production by an average of 35% by 2040 if global emissions are to be kept “well below” 2°C, in accordance with the Paris Agreement. [CleanTechnica]
- “Feds Exempt Shuttered Pilgrim From Emergency Requirements” • Federal regulators have signed off on a request to exempt the now-closed Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station from certain emergency planning and preparedness requirements, the NRC announced. US Senator Sen Edward Markey (D-MA) called the move “shocking.” [WBUR]
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