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August 7, 2019

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Give Up Your Gas Stove To Save The Planet? Banning Gas Is The Next Climate Push

By Lauren Sommer, NPR  •    •  Posted 2019-08-07 04:24:57

As more cities and states try to cut carbon emissions, some are taking aim at a new target: natural gas inside homes. Buildings, through heating and cooking, use almost a third of the natural gas consumed in the U.S. In July, Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the country to ban natural gas in new buildings, starting next year. City officials say new efficient electric appliances have lower carbon footprints than gas-powered furnaces and water heaters. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

How Hot Was July? Hotter Than Ever, Global Data Shows

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-08-07 04:25:26

European climate researchers said Monday that last month was the hottest July — and thus the hottest month — ever recorded, slightly eclipsing the previous record-holder, July 2016. “While July is usually the warmest month of the year for the globe, according to our data it also was the warmest month recorded globally, by a very small margin,” Jean-Noël Thépaut, head of the Copernicus Climate Change Service, said in a statement. [ read more … ]

Battery-Powered Ships Next Up in Battle to Tackle Emissions

By Masumi Suga, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-08-07 04:25:42

The electric battery boom has a new target: ships. Four Japanese companies have teamed up to build the world’s first zero-emission tanker by mid-2021 that will be powered by large-capacity batteries and will operate in Tokyo Bay, according to a statement on Tuesday. The new company e5 Lab Inc. is a venture between Asahi Tanker Co., Exeno Yamamizu Corp., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corp. [ read more … ]

Power and Tech Giants Fight Over Airwaves Space in the U.S.

By Millicent Dent, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2019-08-07 04:25:58

Those secure, wireless signals helped the company manage outages, even while winds of up to 65 miles (105 kilometers) per hour lashed the region. But as the world becomes increasingly wireless, U.S. regulators plan to open more of those airwaves to tech companies. The move pits two of the most powerful U.S. industries against each other. Tech giants including Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. contend the airwaves, in the 6 gigahertz range, should be open for use by the next generation of lightning-fast wireless networks. Utilities say the new networks threaten to create interference that could make it harder to keep the lights on. [ read more … ]


If You Want ‘Renewable Energy,’ Get Ready to Dig

By Mark P. Mills, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2019-08-07 04:26:26

“Renewable energy” is a misnomer. Wind and solar machines and batteries are built from nonrenewable materials. And they wear out. Old equipment must be decommissioned, generating millions of tons of waste. The International Renewable Energy Agency calculates that solar goals for 2050 consistent with the Paris Accords will result in old-panel disposal constituting more than double the tonnage of all today’s global plastic waste. Consider some other sobering numbers: [ read more … ]


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