- “Australia Fires: A Visual Guide To The Bushfire Crisis” • Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fueled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. The fires, burning since September, have intensified over the past week. High temperatures and strong winds are forecast for the weekend, creating further fire risk. [BBC]
- “Lithium For Tesla Battery Uses Less Water Than 11 Avocados” • Reportedly, 3,840 liters (1,104 gallons) of water are evaporated for a 64-kWh battery. According to the director of the Helmholtz Institute for Electrochemical Energy Storage, this is the amount of water used to producte in 250 grams of beef, 10 avocados, or 30 cups of coffee. [CleanTechnica]
- “Avangrid Betting Big On Renewable Energy” • Avangrid is pushing forward with multi-billion-dollar initiatives to create two wind farms off the coast of Nantucket, about 30 miles south of Cape Cod. Together, they would add more power to the New England grid than the company’s controversial $1 billion Maine transmission project. [Lewiston Sun Journal]
- “Plan Your Plot For 2020: Think About Seeds And New Beds” • It may be the depths of winter, but spring is coming. Order seed this month to avoid missing out on more interesting varieties. Support small suppliers if you can; organic if possible. You can maybe start off hardier seed in a propagator, or sow late-winter leaves if you have a cold frame. [The Guardian]
- “Fifteen New Electric Articulated Buses Deployed In NYC – 500 Planned To Serve All Five Boroughs” • New York City’s MTA has deployed the first phase of its new all-electric articulated bus fleet. The 2020–2024 Capital Plan includes $1.1 billion to acquire 500 new electric buses to serve all 5 boroughs. This first phase includes 15 buses. [CleanTechnica]
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