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September 11, 2022

Top Story

Cancer breakthrough is a ‘wake-up’ call on danger of air pollution

By Hannah Devlin, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:39:20

Scientists have uncovered how air pollution causes lung cancer in groundbreaking research that promises to rewrite our understanding of the disease. The findings outline how fine particulates contained in car fumes “awaken” dormant mutations in lung cells and tip them into a cancerous state. The work helps explain why so many non-smokers develop lung cancer and is a “wake-up call” about the damaging impact of pollution on human health. “Globally, more people are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution than to toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke, and these new data link the importance of addressing climate health to improving human health.” [ read more … ]

Grid

Both GOP and Dems see vindication in Calif. grid misery

By Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:43:23

Both sides of the argument have some merit, according to Andrew Campbell, the executive director of the Energy Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. He said renewable energy has performed exceptionally well in extreme weather conditions in California and that renewable energy battery storage, which has been built out significantly in California, contributed heavily to meeting peak demand in the evening when solar energy shuts down. [ read more … ]

Climate

Global Drought Saps Hydropower, Complicating Clean-Energy Push

By Anna Hirtenstein and Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:39:52

Record drought across the globe this year dried up rivers and reservoirs and sapped the world’s largest source of renewable electricity: hydropower.  The dip in electricity generated by the flow of water across dams in China, Europe and the U.S. stifled power production. In some places, it has caused factories and smelters to shut down for weeks on end.  California’s energy grid faced its biggest blackout risk since 2020 this week because of record demand and lack of electricity supply, including from water-starved hydropower stations [ read more … ]

A king for the climate takes the throne in England

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:41:50

When Prince Charles became King Charles III on Thursday after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, his decadeslong crusades to elevate environmental protection ascended to the throne with him. Charles gave his first speech on the topic in 1970, revealing an interest that has evolved over the past half-century. He has used his public persona to advocate for forest, soil, ocean and biodiversity conservation and has pushed businesses to invest in programs to preserve and value nature.
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Summer is ending, but climate disasters keep coming

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:42:01

September marks the start of a new season for meteorologists. It’s the beginning of “climatological fall” in the Northern Hemisphere — and, ostensibly, a transition to milder weather. But much of the U.S. is still baking, burning, withering or swimming. It’s the reality of life on a warming planet. Research suggests that the hottest part of the year is lengthening and the risk of extreme heat, and other heat-related disasters, is rising.
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States

California’s Green Dreams Mean Adding More EVs to a Rickety Grid

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:38:54

California’s fight against global warming is on a collision course with its rickety grid. The state aims to end net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, forcing many things that burn fossil fuels — particularly vehicles, factories and buildings — to switch to electricity. And yet California, the world’s fifth-largest economy, struggles to keep the lights on during its increasingly severe heat waves. [ read more … ]

Can the Northeast slash carbon and keep the lights on?

By Miranda Willson, Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:40:50

New England needs to start pivoting away from natural gas to address its longstanding electric reliability issues, even as it leans on the fuel in the short term to keep the lights on, the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday. Richard Glick’s comments came during an all-day conference aimed at solving a longstanding issue facing the six New England states: how to keep the power on during the depths of winter, when the region’s gas pipeline capacity is strained.
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Biden Administration

Sanders blasts permitting reform as Democrats’ divide grows

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:42:36

Manchin said Thursday he had been expecting Sanders to oppose it and reiterated that he expects permitting reform to ride on the CR. “We’re talking about small nuclear reactors, we’re talking about solar farms and wind farms, but we have to have the fossil horsepower that we need right now to run the country,” Manchin said.
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Gina McCarthy wants to go out on a ‘high note’

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:42:52

“I think that now’s a good time for me to leave the White House, don’t you? I mean, really,” McCarthy told the audience at an Aspen Institute event in downtown Washington. “I just know that before every phone call, I’m like, ‘Oh, God,’ something’s gonna go wrong.” [ read more … ]

Commentary

Editorial: Iowans can capitalize on biggest-ever climate-change law

By Des Moines Register Editorial Board  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:37:45

No matter the law’s shortcomings or unfortunate compromises, the cumulative effects on warming-causing emissions worldwide will be profound. We are better off now and in the future for President Joe Biden having signed the hard-won bill. But it would be an awful shame to get less than the full benefits the law makes possible. Taking complete advantage of incentives and grants in the bill to transform energy production, from the macro view to the home heating and cooling micro level and everything in between, will require conscious action from utilities and other businesses, governments at all levels, regulators in particular, and individuals.  [ read more … ]

EVs

Rivian Gets a $3 Billion Boost by Making Mercedes a Frenemy

By Edward Ludlow, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-09-11 15:40:29

Rivian just added almost $3 billion to its market capitalization in a day, and all it took was a fairly bare-bones deal with a new frenemy. The upstart and Mercedes-Benz will join forces to build big electric vans in Europe “in a few years,” the two revealed Thursday, sending Rivian shares soaring 11%, their biggest jump in four months. Thin as the announcement was on detail, it sent an obvious signal. Yes, this young plug-in pickup maker is having trouble ramping up production, but one of the most storied manufacturers in the world still sees real potential. [ read more … ]

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