- “Paris Slams On The Brakes And Sets 30 kph Speed Limit To Reduce Pollution” • Authorities in Paris are forcing drivers to slow down, setting a speed limit on almost all the city’s roads to reduce pollution and improve safety. But there are questions about whether the rule, which limits drivers to 30 kph (19 mph), will actually reduce pollution. [CNN]
- “China Curbs Coal-Fired Power Expansion, Giving Way To Renewables” • In the first half of this year, the government of China has chopped newly-approved coal-fired units by 78.8% to 5.2 GW as compared with the same period last year, the non-government environment organisation Greenpeace said in its latest research report. [Upstream Online]
- “Using Hot Sand To Store Energy” • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are in the late stages of prototype testing a thermal energy storage technology that uses silica sand as a storage medium. The system is a reliable, cost-effective, and scalable solution that can be sited anywhere. The sand is heated to 1,200°C (2,192°F) for energy storage. [CleanTechnica]
- “Renewables Surge ‘Not Fast Enough For Net Zero’” • The world will fall far short of hitting the 2050 net zero ambition established by the COP21 Paris Agreement, according to a report, DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook. The report made clear that this is true even if all new electricity generation capacity is from renewable resources. [reNEWS]
- “Cunningham: Energy Legislation Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Fights Climate Change” • The Illinois Senate passed legislation that sets an ambitious goal of 100% renewable energy for the state by 2050. It creates a firm schedule for closing coal, oil, and gas-based power plants. It provides short-term funding for old nuclear plants. [Illinois Senate Democratic]
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