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August 30, 2021

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Floating wind turbines could open up vast ocean tracts for renewable power

By Paola Rosa-Aquino, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-08-30 15:18:59

In the stormy waters of the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, five floating offshore wind turbines stretch 574 feet (175 metres) above the water. The world’s first floating windfarm, a 30 megawatt facility run by the Norwegian company Equinor, has only been in operation since 2017 but has already broken UK records for energy output. While most offshore wind turbines are anchored to the ocean floor on fixed foundations, limiting them to depths of about 165ft, floating turbines are tethered to the seabed by mooring lines. These enormous structures are assembled on land and pulled out to sea by boats. [ read more … ]

Climate

What We Know About Climate Change and Hurricanes

By Veronica Penney, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-30 15:20:17

Hurricane Ida intensified overnight, becoming a Category 4 storm over the course of just a few hours. The rapid increase in strength raises questions about how much climate change is affecting hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. While researchers can’t say for sure whether human-caused climate change will mean longer or more active hurricane seasons in the future, there is broad agreement on one thing: Global warming is changing storms. [ read more … ]

Trudeau Pledges Tighter Rules for Oil Companies to Cut Emissions

By Kait Bolongaro, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-30 15:20:07

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would require Canada’s oil and gas sector to set benchmarks to reduce emissions if he is re-elected.  In a platform published Sunday, the Liberals pledged to force oil and gas companies to set five-year targets to cut their emissions with the aim of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. The program would begin in 2025. Part of the plan includes a C$2 billion ($1.6 billion) fund to create green jobs in oil-producing regions.  [ read more … ]

EVs

GM’s Chevy Bolt Recall Casts Shadow Over EV Push

By Mike Colias and Ben Foldy, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-30 15:19:37

Andrew Krupowicz was relieved last month to end the lease on his 2019 Chevrolet Bolt electric car, which had been recalled for the risk of a battery fire. He replaced it with a new, larger Bolt model that wasn’t subject to the safety callback. “I thought, ‘Great, I’m out of the woods,’” he said. But two weeks later, General Motors Co. GM 2.43% expanded its recall to include every Bolt it has built, including his own vehicle. The chartered accountant from Toronto is keeping the car but adding a networked fire alarm in case it catches fire. [ read more … ]

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