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February 12 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Australia Fires: 113 Animal Species ‘Need Emergency Help'” • Australia has identified 113 animal species which will need “urgent help” after their numbers and habitats were devastated by recent bushfires. There appeared to be no extinctions, the government said, but almost all species on the list had lost at least 30% of their habitats due to fires. [BBC]

Koala with mittens (Reuters)

  • “Global Carbon Emissions ‘Flatline’ In 2019” • Global carbon dioxide emissions plateaued in 2019, defying expectations of a rise, according to International Energy Agency data. After two years of growth, global CO₂ emissions were unchanged at 33 GT in 2019, even as the world economy expanded by 2.9%, IEA found. [reNEWS]\
  • “Mayflower Wind To Deliver $58/MWh Power” • Output from the 804-MW Mayflower Wind offshore wind farm off the US east coast will be sold to Massachusetts utilities for $58/MWh (€53/MWh), according to documents filed on the power purchase agreement. The regular wholesale market prices are projected to be $84/MWh. [reNEWS]
  • “Environmentalism And The Electric Car” • I know people who are concerned about the anti-environmental actions of the Trump administration (undermining protection of waterways, giving industry carte blanche to pollute more). Several of those same individuals just bought new gas cars in the last year. That’s the problem! [CleanTechnica]
  • “In A World-First, India’s Dozen Major Ports Now Run Fully On Renewable Energy” • The dozen state-owned major ports in the country have switched to renewable energy to meet their entire power requirements. This makes India the first nation in the world to have all government-owned ports running on solar and wind energy. [The Hindu BusinessLine]

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Climate Action Film Festival-Albany Debut

SunCommon is pleased to announce a showing of the Climate Action Film Festival in Albany, NY.
This is a collection of short films from near and far featuring stories about those taking action against climate change. We will step away from the doom and gloom we know too well and move to a place of hope, inspiration and ACTION.
In its Capital District premiere, sponsored by SunCommon, CAFF 2020 hits the Spectrum Theater in Albany, NY on March 4. We’re proud to host this event in partnership with Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment. All proceeds from this screening will be donated to this local climate action grassroots group.

This will be first festival of its kind exclusively featuring storytelling around solutions, rather than simply the impacts of climate change, the Climate Action Film Fest (CAFF 2020) is a touring, single-night event featuring a 90-to-120-minute presentation of short films from around the world.

For perhaps the first time in your life you will be able to view engaging, enlightening and encouraging films about climate change all in one sitting. Enjoy being with kindred souls and take part in lively discussions before and after these films.
The program screens from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 at the Landmark Spectrum 8 Theaters at 290 Delaware Ave Albany, NY. Tickets are available in advance with a “pay what you can” on-line donation of $10 to $20, but no one will be turned away. Seating is limited on a first come, first-served basis.
Watch nine films from featured filmmakers Tom Mustill, Dan Lin and more. One of the films being featured in this, CAFF’s inaugural lineup, is Words Have Power, directed by Lynne Cherry, founder of Young Voices for the Planet, best-selling children’s author and currently a visiting scholar at the Benjamin Center at SUNY-New Paltz. Words Have Power features 10-year-old Jaysa Mellers, a girl on the front lines of climate change who stands up to a power plant – and wins. Her dynamic speeches at rallies and City Hall catalyze her community to fight the coal-fired power plant that causes her asthma, and together they shut it down.

February 11 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Some Antarctic Penguin Colonies Have Declined By More Than 75% Over 50 Years” • Penguin colonies in some parts of the Antarctic have declined by more than 75% over the past half century, largely as a result of climate change, researchers say. The colonies of chinstrap penguins were last surveyed almost 50 years ago. [CNN]

Chinstrap Penguins (Abbie Trayler | Greenpeace UK)

  • “Red Rock Lights 1-GW Rocket At Inch Cape” • Red Rock Power has applied to boost capacity at its Inch Cape offshore wind farm off east Scotland to up to 1 GW from 700 MW. The capacity increase can be achieved without raising turbine numbers thanks to “technological advances,” the Chinese-owned company told Scottish authorities. [reNEWS]
  • “Arctic Permafrost Thawing Will Double Previous Carbon Emissions Estimates” • A study by the Colorado University Boulder shows that the abrupt thawing of the Arctic permafrost will double previous estimates of potential carbon emissions. In fact, it is already changing the landscape and ecology of the circumpolar north. [CleanTechnica]
  • “GE Renewable Energy To Support The Clean Energy Growth In The Philippines” • GE Renewable Energy booked a contract with Angat Hydropower Corporation to rehabilitate the 218-MW Angat hydropower plant located in the Philippines. This 53-year-old Angat hydropower facility also supplies water for Metro Manila and for irrigation. [REVE]
  • “All Unilever Operations Now Run On 100% Renewable Electricity” • British-Dutch manufacturing giant Unilever made the switch to 100% renewable grid electricity for its entire value chain. It will now turn its attention to sourcing the entirety of its energy needs from renewable sources. It has a goal of carbon-neutrality by 2030. [CSO Magazine]

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January 10 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “January 2020 Warmest On Record: EU Climate Service” • Last month was the warmest January on record globally, while in Europe temperatures were a balmy three degrees Celsius above the average January from 1981 to 2010. New temperature highs have become commonplace, mainly due to the impact of climate change, scientists say. [eNCA]

Protest sign (Markus Spiske | Unsplash)

  • “Tri-State Will Replace Coal Plants With A Gigawatt Of New Wind And Solar” • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will close its coal plants in Colorado and New Mexico and build renewable projects. Tri-State announced 304 MW of new wind projects and 715 MW of new solar projects in Colorado and New Mexico. [Energy and Policy Institute]
  • “Sydney Rains: Record Rainfall Brings Flooding But Puts Out Mega-Blaze” • Sydney has been hit by its heaviest rain in 30 years, bringing widespread flooding but also putting out two massive bushfires in New South Wales. Australia’s weather agency said 391.6 mm (15.4 inches) of rain had fallen in the past four days in Sydney. [BBC]
  • “Cheap Solar And Wind Send Power Prices To Three-Year Low, As Coal Output Falls” • Australia’s record renewables growth in 2019 has helped to deliver a dramatic decline in wholesale electricity prices in the year’s final quarter – despite and possibly even because of a marked fall in output from the nation’s coal-fired generator fleet. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Democratic Party Quietly Launches National Climate Platform Planning Effort In NH” • Leaders of the Democratic Party voted unanimously to form a climate change council last summer, after criticism for declining to hold a climate-focused presidential debate. The council met in New Hampshire just ahead of the primary. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

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February 9 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “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.

Planting to restore spekboom (UN Environment Programme)

  • “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. []

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February 8 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “65 Degree Weather in Antarctica Appears to Have Broken Heat Record” • The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65°F (18.3°C), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins. The reading was taken at Esperanza Base, in an area that has warmed almost 5.4°F (3°C) over the past half century. [KTLA]

Esperanza Base (Wikipedia)

  • “Mad Money’s Jim Cramer Is Done With Fossil Fuels” • Jim Cramer, a stock analyst and money manager known for yelling about one stock or another on his show Mad Money, was asked about investing in Chevron or Exxon Mobil. This gave him the opportunity to speak out against buying into these oil companies or any other fossil fuel stocks. [Forbes]
  • “Justice Department Notifies Four Automakers It Has Dropped Antitrust Investigation” • The Justice Department notified four major automakers that it has closed an antitrust investigation involving the companies, launched after they rejected the Trump administration’s relaxed air pollution and mileage regulations, a department official told CNN. [CNN]
  • “3,000 US Audi e-tron Buyers Can Drive On Sunshine For Free” • The first 3,000 Audi e-tron buyers in the US after February 3 are getting free 10-year subscriptions to solar power for their electric driving, according to a press release from Audi. The German automaker has partnered with Arcadia to provide the clean energy bonus. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Majority Of US Adults Believe Climate Change Is Most Important Issue Today” • As the effects of climate change become more evident, over half of US adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue we face today, a poll says. But 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change. [Science Daily]

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February 7 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “King County (Washington) To Get 120 Electric Buses” • King County Metro, which serves Seattle and the rest of King County, Washington, recently agreed to purchase 40 sixty-foot Xcelsior CHARGE articulated electric buses from New Flyer. And looking ahead, it intends to order another 80 of the battery-electric buses next year. [CleanTechnica]

New Flyer electric bus

  • “Australia Fires: Heavy Rain Extinguishes Third Of Blazes In NSW” • Torrential rain across the east coast of Australia has extinguished a third of the fires in the region and could put more out, officials say. A wide band of rain sweeping New South Wales has put out 20 of about 60 fires in the state in the past day. Now authorities warn of flash flooding. [BBC]
  • “Bumblebees’ Decline Points To Mass Extinction – Study” • Bumblebees are in drastic decline across Europe and North America owing to hotter and more frequent temperature extremes, scientists say. Data collected for a 115-year period on 66 bumblebee species show how bumblebee populations have changed over the years. [The Guardian]
  • “When It Comes To Climate Hypocrisy, Canada’s Leaders Have Reached A New Low” • Canada has made pledges about “net-zero emissions by 2050.” The government would seem to believe the climate crisis is real and dangerous. But it is about to approve a shale oil mine that could use up about a third of the Earth’s carbon budget. [The Guardian]
  • “Metro Council Passes Resolution Calling For Louisville’s Transition To Renewable Energy By 2040” • In Kentucky, the Louisville Metro Council passed a resolution pushing for the city to be fully powered by clean energy in no more than 20 years. Through a series of steps, Louisville would transition to 100% clean energy community wide by 2040. [WDRB]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

February 6 Green Energy News

  • “CO₂ Emissions Fell By 12%, As Wind And Solar Took The Lead In Europe” • The report “The European Power Sector in 2019” was recently published by climate think-tanks Sandbag and Agora Energiewende. It says that wind and solar provided 18% (569 TWh) of EU electricity in 2019, while coal fell to just 15% (469 TWh). [Saurenergy]

Power generation in Europe by wind, solar, and coal

  • “Arctic Sinkholes Open In A Flash After Permafrost Melt” • Arctic permafrost can thaw so quickly that it triggers landslides, drowns forests, and opens gaping sinkholes. This rapid melt can dramatically reshape the Arctic landscape in just a few months, a study shows. Previous climate models overlooked a particularly vulnerable type of soil. []
  • “Exxon’s Market Value Has Crumbled By $184 Billion” • ExxonMobil, the world’s most valuable public company in 2014, looks like it is in steady decline. A stunning $184 billion, 41% of its value, has been wiped off Exxon’s market valuation since its 2014 peak. It just posted dreadful results that suggest a turnaround is unlikely any time soon. [CNN]
  • “Trump Withholding $823 Million For Clean Energy, Democrats Say” • The Trump administration is withholding funding for a clean energy program it unsuccessfully tried to cut, according to Democrats on the House Science Committee. This raises the specter of political interference. The unspent funds now amount to $823 million. [Yahoo News]
  • “Scientists Warn Multiple Overlapping Crises Could Trigger ‘Global Systemic Collapse'” • Overlapping environmental crises could tip the planet into “global systemic collapse,” more than 200 top scientists warned in a 50-page report. Climate change and issues related to it each poses a monumental challenge to humanity in the 21st century. [ScienceAlert]

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February 5 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Saugeen Ojibway Nation Has Saved Lake Huron From A Nuclear Waste Dump” • In a major victory for Canada’s First Nations, the Saugeen Ojibway Nation overwhelmingly voted down the proposed deep geological repository for storage of low-level and intermediate-level radioactive nuclear waste next to Lake Huron. [CounterPunch]

Sunset (Photo: Kevin M Klerks, CC BY 2.0)

  • “Thanks To Renewable Energy: Electric Bulbs Will Finally Glow In 1200 Government Schools” • Students in far flung areas across Kashmir division have a reason to smile as more than 1200 government schools will be provided round the clock electricity from the clean renewable energy sources. Previously, only 36% of the schools had power. [The Kashmir Monitor]
  • “From Billie Eilish To Maroon 5, Green Touring Is Becoming The New Normal” • Green touring has been around for decades, with musicians including Neil Young and Bonnie Raitt among the movement’s pioneers. But as effects of climate change continue to intensify, the music industry is now making this approach mainstream. [CNN]
  • “Largest US Offshore Wind Farm Hinges On Fossil Fuel Giant” • Some Virginia Democrats, who had previously been adversarial to Dominion Energy, are easing that position a bit, as they see the company work on the Mid-Atlantic’s first offshore wind farm. Dominion proposes to build hundreds of turbines off the coast of Virginia. [E&E News]
  • “Trump’s New Trade Deal Is Disastrous For The Planet” • A number of leading members of Congress and virtually every major environmental group have one thing made clear, Trump’s United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement opts for ignoring the health of the planet. Despite these warnings, Trump signed his pro-polluter trade deal last week. [CNN]

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February 4 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Greta Thunberg Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize” • Two members of the Swedish Parliament nominated 17-year-old Greta Thunberg for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Thunberg started just three years ago with lone climate protests on Fridays at the Swedish Parliament. Since then, she has emerged as a world leader. [CleanTechnica]

Greta Thunberg in Iowa (Greta Thunberg on Twitter)

  • “Coronavirus And Oil: Why Crude Has Been Hit Hard” • The world’s biggest oil producers could be about to reduce output as they grapple with the fallout of the coronavirus. As China has responded to the medical emergency, travel restrictions are in place factories, offices and shops remain shut. The result is a 20% reduction in demand for oil. [BBC]
  • “Scientists Find Another Threat To Greenland’s Glaciers Lurking Beneath The Ice” • Warmer air is not the only threat to Greenland’s ice sheet. A study published in the journal Nature Geoscience found that the ice is being attacked from below: Warm ocean water moving underneath the vast glaciers is causing them to melt even more quickly. [CNN]
  • “In Massachusetts, Activists Say Net-Zero Not Enough Without 100% Renewables” • Gov Charlie Baker and the state Senate are receiving widespread praise for their commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but some activists say the state needs to be more ambitious for a meaningful impact on climate change. [Energy News Network]
  • “How ConEd And National Grid Are Experimenting With Energy Storage In New York” • New York has adopted an aggressive energy storage target to have at 3 GW by 2030. By the end of 2022, the state’s six investor-owned utilities are each to procure 10 MW of storage, except for Consolidated Edison, which must adopt at least 300 MW. [Utility Dive]

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