- “A new generation of airships is taking to the skies” • Other than its enormous size, though, this “whale” has very little to do with its animal namesake. It’s an airship, and French aeronautics company Flying Whales hopes its hybrid-electric, helium-lift vessel will change the shape of sustainable transport. Other companies are pushing similar products. [CNN]
- “No Land, No Problem For Netherlands In Solar Drive” • The Netherlands has to innovate to find places to put new renewable energy capacity. It already has an average of two solar panels per person, but to meet a 2030 goal to generate 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, developers are building over lakes, landfills, and farms. [Taipei Times]
- “Countries Agree Historic Oceans Treaty To Protect The High Seas” • Nearly 200 countries have agreed to a legally-binding treaty to protect marine life in international waters, which cover around half of the planet’s surface, but have long been essentially lawless. The treaty provides legal tools to establish and manage marine protected areas. [CNN]
- “As The West’s Drought Eases, This Area Remains In The Worst On Record – And It’s Hitting Farmers Hard” • As much-needed winter storms alleviate drought conditions in California and southern parts of Oregon, the deluge of snow and rain in the West largely missed Central Oregon, leaving Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties dry. [CNN]
- “Oil Heartland Texas Embraces Renewable Energy” • Modern Texas was built on oil, and its production has long been a source of pride. But now, areas that moved to the steady rhythm of oil derricks for more than a century are making the state a national leader in wind and solar energy. A convergence of factors has led to this unexpected result. [Geo.tv]
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