- “Elon Musk Becomes World’s Richest Person As Wealth Tops $185 Billion” • Elon Musk became the world’s richest person, as his net worth rose past $185 billion. Musk was pushed into the top slot after Tesla’s hit a market value of $700 billion. That makes the car company worth more than Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai, GM, and Ford combined. [BBC]
- “Greener planes of the future … or just pretty plans?” • In traditional aircraft the fuselage is basically dead weight and needs big wings to keep it in the sky. But newer aircraft designs are being tested. In some, the whole airframe provides lift, so it can be lighter and smaller than current designs, but can potentially carry the same payload. [BBC]
- “Vattenfall Makes Room For Seabirds Off Norfolk” • Swedish developer Vattenfall will use taller turbines than initially planned at its 1800-MW Norfolk Vanguard and 1800-MW Norfolk Boreas projects. After consultations with ornithologists, the developer raised clearance heights to 30 metres from 22 to place rotors above the flight paths of birds. [reNEWS]
- “Renewable Energy Sources Dominated New US Electrical Generating Capacity In 2020” • Renewable energy sources dominated US electrical generating capacity additions in the first 11 months of 2020, according to a review of FERC data by the Sun Day Campaign. Almost 71% of new utility-scale capacity was renewable. [Environment + Energy Leader]
- “2020 Ties 2016 As Hottest Year On Record” • 2020 has tied 2016 as the hottest year on record, the EU’s climate monitoring service said, keeping Earth on a global warming fast track that could devastate large swathes of humanity. The six years since 2015 are the six warmest on record, as are 20 of the last 21, the Copernicus Climate Change Service said. [Phys.Org]
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