- “The Ocean Genome Helps Fight Disease: Here’s How We Save It” • The ocean plays a surprising role in fighting Covid-19. The “ocean genome” is a rich source of anti-viral compounds. And enzymes from a remarkable hydrothermal vent bacterium have been key to the technology in virus test kits, including those used to diagnose Covid-19. [CleanTechnica]
- “The Oil Bankruptcies Are Just Beginning. Here’s Who Could Be Next” • The oil crash is blocking US fracking companies from accessing the cheap credit that fueled their prolific rise. That reversal of fortunes could prove fatal for overleveraged shale oil companies, and the weakest players are likely to be tipped into bankruptcy. [CNN]
- “Pandemic Masks Further US Environmental Deregulation By Trump Administration” • A paper published in Nature describes how bringing health data and other evidence to the policymaking table may change if the EPA moves forward with a pair of proposals about the ways that science is used and evaluated at the agency. [CleanTechnica]
- “Tokyo 2020 Targets 100% Renewable Energy To Power The Games” • The Tokyo Olympic Games are to be powered by electricity from 100% renewable energy, the Sustainability Pre-Games Report says. The report covered more than electricity. It said even the Olympic medals will be made from metals recycled from electronic devices. [China.org.cn]
- “Zambia Explores Renewables, Energy Surplus By 2022” • Zambia’s constant power cuts are now a thing of the past. Thanks to a robust hydraulic and solar power generation industry in recent years, the country is now self-sufficient in energy. And, there is even better news for the country. Electricity production could soon be in surplus. [Smart Energy]
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