- “Trump Admin Pushes Oil Drilling In National Forests” • The Trump administration took the wraps off a new rule that will make it easier to drill for oil and gas in national forests. This is happening just as communities are suffering from dirty air and the dangers of a warming planet, from wildfires and heat waves to hurricanes and derechos. [CleanTechnica]
- “BHP Signs Wind And Solar Deal To Help Power Queensland Coal Mines” • Global mining giant BHP has signed a five year contract to use wind and solar to deliver up to half of the power needs for its coal mining operations in Queensland. It’s the first big renewable energy off-take agreement signed by BHP in Australia. [RenewEconomy]
- “What It’s Like To Live In A City That’s Had Three ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Climate Disasters In Twelve Years” • In 2008, Cedar Rapids was completely underwater in a flood considered to be one of the country’s worst natural disasters. But a similar flood came in September, 2016. Last month brought 140 mph winds of a Category 4 derecho. [HuffPost]
- “Plastics Will Be Toast, Thanks To Moonlighting Microbes” • Oil & Gas stakeholders may see plastics as a path to the future, but researchers have discovered that certain microbes can moonlight as refineries. They can make ethylene, a building block for all sorts of plastics and chemicals that currently rely on oil and gas. [CleanTechnica]
- “Austin Community College Becomes First Community College In Texas To Use 100% Renewable Energy” • Two Austin Community College campuses now use 100% renewable energy, the college announced. The switch to clean energy makes ACC the first community college in Texas to have campuses that are entirely powered by the sun and wind. [KVUE.com]
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