- “Renewable Energy Surpassed Fossil Fuels For European Electricity In 2020” • Europeans got more of their electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuels for the first time last year, according to an annual report from Ember and Agora Energiewende. It found that 38% of electricity was generated by renewables last year, and 37% by fossil fuels. [CNN]
- “Three Reasons Scientists Are Optimistic Under President Biden” • During the Trump Administration, there was a general feeling that science was under attack. Whether climate science, COVID-19, or the environment, a “fog” hung over the science community. Now, there seems to be a new optimism with the inauguration of President Biden. [Forbes]
- “BP Oil Exploration Team Swept Aside In Climate Revolution” • The geologists, engineers, and scientists of BP’s oil exploration team have been cut to less than 100 from a peak of more than 700 a few years ago, company sources told Reuters. The job cuts are part of a climate change-driven overhaul triggered last year by CEO Bernard Looney. [Reuters]
- “Heatwave Sweeps Australian Cities And Raises Bushfire Danger” • A heatwave sweeping south-east Australia has sent temperatures soaring in the nation’s biggest cities and escalated the threat of bushfires. There was an emergency warning for Adelaide due to a large blaze in South Australia, and Victoria faced its worst fire risk in a year. [BBC]
- “Wyoming Could Lead US Green Energy Push With Wind Power” • The area of Gillette, Wyoming was the self-declared “energy capital of the nation.” It used to supply some 40% of the country’s coal. That was a source of pride. Now, times have changed, and Wyoming offers some of the best areas in the country to develop windpower. [Deutsche Welle]
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