- “Thawing Permafrost Is Giving Scientists The Chance To Study Long-Dead Diseases (Prepare For The Next Pandemic)” • As the permafrost thaws, it could reveal the origins of many diseases, such as scarlet fever or smallpox, helping scientists understand past outbreaks and cope with new ones. That could lead to life-saving discoveries. [CleanTechnica]
- “The Largest Ecosystems On The Planet Could Collapse In A Single Lifetime, Study Finds” • Large ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest and Caribbean coral reefs could collapse within a lifetime, a study found. If these critical ecosystems collapse, they could spark a chain of events that could lead to widespread ecological failure. [CleanTechnica]
- “Navigant Research Report Shows Offshore Wind Is Expanding To New Markets As Technology Prices Decline And Renewable Energy Becomes More Attractive” • Improved technology and rapidly declining costs have combined to move the offshore wind market forward, according to a report released by Navigant Research. [Oklahoman.com]
- “India: Funding For New Coal Power Projects Dries Up” • In contradiction to Environment Ministry claims, a new briefing note published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says India’s coal-fired power project pipeline is rapidly shrinking. There have been 46 GW of cancellations in the last twelve months. [Smart Energy]
- “Texas Retail Choice Design Bests 13 Other States In Driving Solar Power” • NRG Energy signed 1,300 MW of solar PPAs in Texas last summer, thanks to state retail competition policies that create favorable conditions, the NRG vice president of regulatory affairs said. Those conditions are missing in the 13 other states that have retail competition. [pv magazine USA]
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