- “Signs That Gulf Stream Is At Risk Of Collapse” • Climate scientists have detected indications that the Gulf Stream might collapse, one of the most important potential tipping points in the climate crisis. Researchers found the currents had “an almost complete loss of stability over the last century.” They are at their slowest of at least 1,600 years. [The Guardian]
- “California Hydropower Plant Forced To Shut Down As Water Levels Fall At Lake Oroville” • The Edward Hyatt Power Plant at Lake Oroville, a major California hydroelectric facility, has been forced to shut down due to low water levels for the first time since it opened in 1967, officials said. The state is grappling with an unrelenting drought. [CNN]
- “US Petroleum Consumption Decreased To 25-Year Low In 2020” • In 2020, 18.1 million barrels per day of petroleum products were consumed in the US, a 25-year low. From 2019 to 2020, petroleum consumption decreased in every sector of energy consumption, and it decreased a record 15% in the transportation sector. [CleanTechnica]
- “466 Groups Urge Biden to Fill FERC Seat With Champion For Environment, Energy Justice ” • 466 environmental and energy justice, racial justice, faith, and youth organizations from all across the US sent a letter urging President Joe Biden to appoint a nominee to FERC who will champion environmental and energy justice. [Center for Biological Diversity]
- “Climate Change: New Report Will Highlight ‘Stark Reality’ Of Warming” • UN researchers are set to publish their strongest statement yet on climate change. Due out on August 9, the report that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just compiled will be their first global assessment on the science of global warming since 2013. [BBC]
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