- “Can California Cropland Be Repurposed For Community Solar?” • When you think of solar power, California undoubtedly comes to mind. But surprisingly, its community solar programs haven’t been able to gain traction. Out of the 5,700 MW of all installed community solar in the country, less than 1% of that is in California. That may change. [CleanTechnica]
- “Maui Fires: Upcoming Bankruptcy Spikes Visitor Costs To All Islands Except Kauai” • Many expect the behemoth Hawaiian Electric Company to be forced into bankruptcy by the recent Maui wildfires. HECO supplies all of Hawaii’s electricity, except for what is used on the island of Kauai, which has its own power company and uses renewables. [Beat of Hawaii]
- “The Other ‘Niño’ That Fuels The Most Destructive Atlantic Hurricanes” • Scientists are starting to study closely a weather phenomenon they had know about for years. Called the “Atlantic Niño,” it may have an outsized influence on a hurricane season’s destructive potential, since they fuel some of the Atlantic Oceans’ most intense storms. [BBC]
- “China’s Summer Of Climate Destruction” • China’s summer this year has seen both extreme heat and devastating floods, which struck areas where such weather has been unheard of. Scientists, who blame climate change, warn that the worst is yet to come. The crop loss in Heilongjiang Province alone had major impacts on the country’s food supplies. [BBC]
- “Agrivoltaics To Save US Farmland From Buildings” • Partly fueled by misinformation about climate change, some people argue that solar power is not a proper use of farmland, missing the more significant loss of land to development. Agrivoltaics, the dual use of farmland with solar arrays, can be the solution to farmland loss, not the cause. [CleanTechnica]
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