- “Britain’s Ancient Fortresses For Nature” • Though made by man, hedgerows form a vital reservoir of biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes where many species might otherwise struggle to survive. By nurturing pollinating insects, they can enhance the yield of crops. And they do it all while pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. [BBC]
- “German Government Deal: 2030 Coal Phaseout, But Plenty Of Questions Remain” • An accelerated 2030 coal phaseout is inevitable for Germany to meet the EU’s environmental, energy, and climate targets, and Paris Agreement goals. Also, coal profits have collapesed, coal is uneconomic, and subsidizing it would be an intolerable waste of public money. [CleanTechnica]
- “Mining Nickel From Plants Is Possible And Could Cut CO₂ Emissions” • We eat plants every day for their mineral content, but actively growing plants that contain massive amounts of minerals such a nickel and extracting that mineral for industrial purposes? This is agro-mining, growing plants specifically to absorb metals from the soil. [CleanTechnica]
- “FLO Installs The Northernmost Fast Chargers In North America” • If Santa ever trades in his reindeer for battery power, he might rest easier knowing there’s a public charging station conveniently close to home. That’s because FLO installed a pair of DC fast chargers in Fairbanks, Alaska. FLO charging stations are certified to operate at -40°. [CleanTechnica]
- “Madeira Island Will Reach 50% Renewable Energy With New Battery Storage System” • The Portuguese island of Madeira will be able to reduce its fossil fuel use radically while keeping its electricity supply stable and reliable, thanks to battery energy storage system technology. The battery system capacity is to be 22.5 MVA, 15.6 MWh. [Energy Storage News]
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