- “Rocky Mountain Institute Study Shows Renewables Are Kicking Natural Gas To The Curb” • After analyzing the most recent data from two of the largest US electricity markets, the Rocky Mountain Institute has come to a startling conclusion. Renewables are muscling in on natural gas. What happened to coal is now happening to gas. [CleanTechnica]
- “Storm Alex: Heavy Rains Cause Severe Flooding In France And Italy” • At least two people have died and 25 are missing after a powerful storm hit southern France and north-western Italy. Named Alex, it brought fierce winds, torrential rains, and floods. Météo-France said that 450 mm (17.7 in) of rain fell in some areas over the course of just 24 hours. [BBC]
- “Federal Bill Could Increase Prescribed Burns In California, Incentivize State To Burn At A Larger Scale” • Fire suppression, a lack of prescribed burns, and climate change are among the top reasons behind the scale and intensity of the fires in California, experts say. A federal bill could help address those issues, or at least be a starting point. [Capital Public Radio News]
- “Smoke Choking California Again As Dangerous Fire Conditions Continue” • The smoky haze in much of the West created hazardous conditions that public health officials believe will have an impact even after the smoke clears. Researchers at Stanford University attributed up to 3,000 deaths in California to just one month of the wildfire smoke. [The Guardian]
- “New York and New England Need More Clean Energy. Is Hydropower From Canada the Best Way to Get it?” • Just as New England states rush to green their electric grids, they are getting offers of hydroelectric power from Canada. But some groups of environmentalists say it is time to seize the moment to develop local wind and solar power. [InsideClimate News]
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