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October 9, 2018

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Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:39:59

A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent. [ read more … ]

U.N. issues ‘red alert’ on climate warming

Jean Chemnick and Chelsea Harvey, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:39:43

It’s still possible to avoid catastrophic climate change, but it will require immediate and aggressive action, said a long-awaited United Nations report. The document from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a consortium of the world’s leading scientists, found allowing the planet to warm even a half-degree more — 2 degrees Celsius versus 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels — could have substantially greater consequences for both natural ecosystems and the humans who depend on them. [ read more … ]

Americans win Nobel for work on climate and growth

By Jim Heintz and David Keyton, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:40:57

Two Americans won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences today, one for studying the economics of climate change and the other for showing how to help foster the innovation needed to solve such a problem. William Nordhaus of Yale University and Paul Romer of New York University will share the 9 million-kronor ($1.01 million) award, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Top Calif. lawyer hammers EPA rule rollback

Sean Reilly, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:41:15

Toxic emissions could soar in California as a result of a Trump administration repeal of a decades-old hazardous air pollution policy, the state’s top attorney argues in new legal documents. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) warned a federal appeals court last week that the rollback of the Clinton-era “once in, always in” policy may cause industrial releases of hazardous air pollutants to “more than double,” jumping by as much as 935 tons per year under a worst-case scenario. [ read more … ]

World to Install Over One Trillion Watts of Clean Energy by 2023

By Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:41:50

The world could install more than a trillion watts of renewable power over the next five years, more than the entire current generation capacity of the European Union. The International Energy Agency’s latest annual report on renewables forecasts as much as an extra 1.3 terawatts of clean energy will be installed by 2023 under one scenario. Even in its more conservative central forecast, the agency predicts that global renewable energy capacity will grow by 1 terawatt, driven by a boom in solar installations and more accommodating government policy. [ read more … ]

On-and-Off Wind and Solar Power Pushing Coal Plants to the Brink

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:42:06

The Gentleman coal plant was once the linchpin of Nebraska’s electricity grid, its twin smokestacks visible for miles across the prairie. Now, the state’s biggest power source is routinely pushed aside to make room for more wind and solar energy. Operators ramp it down and then bring it back up again, often on a daily basis. That’s not how coal-fired power plants are supposed to be used — they respond more like oil tankers than speed boats — and the stress is taking a toll on the aging equipment. It’s either that or shut down for good. Almost 40 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has been shuttered or targeted for closure since 2010, either because they’re no longer profitable to run or require significant investments to meet environmental rules. [ read more … ]

Op-Ed: New Jersey renewable energy: Save money, our land, water, air and health

By MICHELE S. BYERS , New Jersey Herald  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:42:24

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a new law that requires New Jersey to get half of its power from renewable energy by 2030, and he’s setting the bar even higher with a goal of achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2050, which should be defined to mean 100 percent renewable energy. Right now, renewable energy makes up about 15 percent of our power. [ read more … ]

Volkswagen wants to wire garages, the grid and more

David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-10-09 04:42:51

Volkswagen makes cars, by and large. But it laid the seeds of a pervasive presence in a different business — electric vehicle charging — in a plan filed with regulators this week. Between next summer and 2021, it proposes to spend $200 million in California on nearly every part of the charging ecosystem. The carmaker will charge the batteries of ride-sharing companies like Lyft, of automated cars like Google’s and of transit buses. It will expand charging at highway stops and at rural health clinics. It will lease thousands of chargers for home garages and — most interesting for the grid — may operate its own platform to manage their energy. [ read more … ]

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