- “How Shrubs Can Help Solve Climate Change” • In South Africa, there used to be a thicket the size of Cyprus that could suck up the equivalent of three times the US’s annual carbon emissions. Spekboom is a shrub that grows in semi-desert. Not only useful as a carbon sink, it has the ability to alter local soil and weather conditions, so other plants grow. [BBC]
Please Note: Numbers in this article seem to be confused about US emissions. They are not 5,783 million tonnes, as the article states, but 5,783 billion tonnes. Instead of drawing down three times US emissions, the thicket would appear to draw down 0.3% of it. The news is still very good – and the numbers are easier to believe.
- “Trump Administration Is Not Trying To Save The Coal Industry, New Energy Secretary Says” • Coal will probably continue to decline as a fuel for US power plants, the secretary of energy said, but it might supply the rare earth elements needed for batteries. The US coal industry has declined faster under Trump than under Obama. [Forbes]
- “The 2020 Chevy Bolt – GM Changes The Game, Again” • In 2016, the Chevy Bolt became the first affordable long range EV, beating the Tesla Model 3 to market. Now, it is updated. You can buy a Bolt for around $26,000. It undersells all other affordable EVs you can buy in America, and it also has a longer range than any of them. [CleanTechnica]
- “NC Judge Approves Duke Energy’s Coal Ash Agreement” • A North Carolina judge approved a settlement over Duke Energy cleaning up coal ash dumps. The company will excavate almost all of the coal ash at its current and former coal plants and rebury it in lined landfills to keep toxic chemicals out of water supplies. The plan could cost $9 billion. [Kallanish Energy]
- “Top Climate Scientist Makes Faith Case For Action” • Dr Katharine Hayhoe, director of Texas Tech University’s Climate Science Center, delivered the keynote address a forum on faith and business in Alabama. As an evangelical Christian, she argues that Christians and other people of faith have a moral obligation to reduce harmful impacts of climate change. [al.com]
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