April, 2024

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Amnesty International: Dow’s failure to offer remedy for Bhopal disaster has created a “sacrifice zone”

Envirotec Magazine

Aerial view of the abandoned industrial gas leakage site at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, in February 2022 (image credit: Paulose NK / Shutterstock.com). The failure of the US-based chemical company Dow to provide remedy to victims of a deadly gas leak from a pesticide plant in India that resulted in the deaths of more than 22,000 people has created a “sacrifice zone” in which 500,000 more continue to suffer, Amnesty International has said in a new report published on 28 March ahead of the 40 th anniv

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Flint Water Crisis: Everything You Need to Know

NRDC onEarth

After officials repeatedly dismissed claims that Flint’s water was making people sick, residents took action. Here’s how the lead contamination crisis unfolded—and what we can learn from it.

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Coalition’s O’Brien prompts walkout at solar event after claiming renewables will lead to blackouts

Renew Economy

Opposition energy spokesman Ted O'Brien prompts walkout at solar events after claiming Australia's renewable energy plans lead to regular blackouts. The post Coalition’s O’Brien prompts walkout at solar event after claiming renewables will lead to blackouts appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Have the world’s coral reefs already crossed a tipping point?

Grist

About a year ago, the seas got unusually hot , even by our current, overheated standards. Twelve months of broken records later, the oceans are still more feverish than climate models and normal fluctuations in global weather patterns can explain. When the seas turn into bathwater, it threatens the survival of the planet’s coral reefs, home to a quarter of all marine life and a source of sustenance for many people living along the world’s coasts.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Big oil privately acknowledged efforts to downplay climate crisis, Senate report finds

The Guardian: Energy

Internal documents revealed by committee show companies lobbied against climate laws they publicly claimed to support Big oil has privately acknowledged its efforts to downplay the dangers of burning fossil fuels, a US Senate committee has found. Major fossil-fuel firms have also pledged support for international climate efforts, but internally admit these efforts are incompatible with their own climate plans.

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Hexagon Purus Receives Order to Deliver Hydrogen Storage Systems to HPS Home Power Solutions

FuelCellsWorks

Oslo, Norway– Hexagon Purus, a world leading manufacturer of zero-emission mobility and hydrogen infrastructure solutions, has received an order worth approximately EUR 3.8 million for hydrogen storage systems from the German.

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Hidden Fossil Fuels: Plastic Production Drives Climate Change

NRDC onEarth

Study shows that plastic production could be nearly one third of the global carbon budget and emits four times more greenhouse gases than the airline industry.

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Six projects named to start feasibility studies for Australia’s first offshore wind farms

Renew Economy

Big day for Australia's offshore wind ambitions with six potential projects awarded feasibility licences and another six to follow. Altogether, a potential 25GW of new capacity. The post Six projects named to start feasibility studies for Australia’s first offshore wind farms appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The world’s 4th coral bleaching event has officially arrived

Grist

As ocean water heats up, swaths of once-technicolor coral reefs have begun turning white, putting ecosystems across the globe at risk. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the International Coral Reef Initiative announced on Monday that the world is undergoing its fourth global coral bleaching event, marking the second such occurrence in the last decade.

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Natron Energy starts manufacturing ‘50,000+ cycle-life’ sodium-ion batteries at Michigan factory

Energy Storage News

Natron Energy has started commercial-scale operations at its sodium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Michigan, US, and elaborated on how its technology compares to lithium-ion in answers provided to Energy-Storage.news.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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“40 Percent Market Share” – Car Giant Wants to Build 100,000 Hydrogen Vehicles Per Year

FuelCellsWorks

The European-American car company Stellantis plans to significantly expand its production capacity for commercial vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells. Jean-Michel Billig, head of the group’s hydrogen program, said this in.

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India installs record 6.2GW of solar PV in March 2024

PV Tech

India has installed a record 6.2GW of new solar capacity in March 2024, nearly doubling the previous record for all renewables, according to a report from Rystad Energy.

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Southeast at a Crossroads: Bad Gas Bet or Clean Energy Boon?

NRDC onEarth

The Southeast is facing a spike in electric load growth projections. Utilities are proposing a massive gas buildout to meet it—we can do better.

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Bowen says first battery storage tender is “massively oversubscribed” with 19,000 MW of projects

Renew Economy

The federal government's first major capacity auction is 32 times oversubscribed by a massive pipeline of battery storage projects. The post Bowen says first battery storage tender is “massively oversubscribed” with 19,000 MW of projects appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Long-Awaited Milestone: Fuel Loading Begins at India’s Prototype Fast Nuclear Reactor

POWER Magazine

India in March began fuel loading at a 500-MWe/1,250-MWth prototype fast-breeder reactor (PFBR) located at Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu, marking a crucial phase for the second stage of the country’s ambitious The post Long-Awaited Milestone: Fuel Loading Begins at India’s Prototype Fast Nuclear Reactor appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Texas got more electricity from solar than coal last month

Canary Media

The Texas clean energy juggernaut hit a new milestone as the state’s solar production outpaced coal-fired generation over an entire month for the first time. For years, coal and fossil gas ruled the competitive ERCOT market, which supplies power to almost all of Texas.

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Norway’s Torghatten and Myklebust Verft to Construct World’s Largest Hydrogen Ships

FuelCellsWorks

Torghatten Nord has chosen the Norwegian Myklebust Shipyard for the construction of two hydrogen ferries, which will carry up to 120 cars on Norway’s longest ferry route between Bodø and.

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World’s biggest economies pumping billions into fossil fuels in poor nations

The Guardian: Energy

G20 countries spent $142bn in three years to expand operations despite a G7 pledge to stop doing so, study finds The world’s biggest economies have continued to finance the expansion of fossil fuels in poor countries to the tune of billions of dollars, despite their commitments on the climate. The G20 group of developed and developing economies, and the multilateral development banks they fund, put $142bn (£112bn) into fossil fuel developments overseas from 2020 to 2022, according to estimates c

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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Protecting Biodiversity Means Saving the Bogs (and Peatlands, Swamps, Marshes, Fens…)

NRDC onEarth

Wetlands cover just 6 percent of the planet’s land area but provide habitat for 40 percent of wildlife.

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Solar is now being installed faster than any technology in history

Renew Economy

At current installation rates, solar will pass fossil gas in 2024 and coal in 2025. Technologies like nuclear would require "magical growth rates" to compete. The post Solar is now being installed faster than any technology in history appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Big Oil Clouded the Science on Extreme Weather. Now It Faces a Reckoning.

DeSmogBlog

This story was originally published by ExxonKnews. When Bucks County, Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit last week against major oil and gas companies for climate damages, Commissioner Chair Diane Ellis-Marseglia pointed to “unprecedented weather events here in Bucks County that have repeatedly put residents and first responders in harm’s way, damaged public and private property and placed undue strain on our infrastructure.

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Erthos secures 180MW community solar portfolio in Texas

PV Tech

Arizona-based solar technology company Erthos has signed a master agreement with developer Sky Community Solar (SCS) on a 180MW community solar portfolio in Texas, US.

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FuelCell Energy Announces Debt Financing for Derby Power Projects

FuelCellsWorks

DANBURY, Conn– FuelCell Energy, Inc., (Nasdaq: FCEL) today announced that the Company closed on a project debt financing transaction with Liberty Bank and Connecticut Green Bank for the company’s two.

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Terraform Industries converts electricity and air into synthetic natural gas for the first time

TechCrunch: Climate

The modern world is dependent on a vast network for extracting, processing, transporting and ultimately consuming hydrocarbons like crude oil and natural gas. But these resources come with a cost: they’re finite, difficult to extract and take carbon dioxide out of the ground and release it into the air. Instead of reducing humanity’s dependence on […] © 2024 TechCrunch.

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BESS noise has ‘exploded as a concern’ recently

Energy Storage News

The noise of battery energy storage system (BESS) technology has "exploded" as a concern in the last six months, an executive from system integrator Wartsila ES&O said.

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Batteries smash more records as they shift solar to evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids

Renew Economy

California's 10 GW of big battery capacity is now dominant player in evening peaks, and soaking up solar in middle of the day. The post Batteries smash more records as they shift solar to evening peak in one of world’s biggest grids appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The first all-electric tugboat in the US is about to launch

Canary Media

With their roaring diesel engines, tugboats push, pull and guide much larger vessels into port and out to sea. They are small but mighty — and incredibly dirty , spewing huge amounts of toxic exhaust and planet-warming emissions every year. Now, however, the humble harbor craft is going electric.

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Vogtle Unit 4 Achieves Commercial Operation, Now Largest Nuclear Power Plant in the U.S.

POWER Magazine

The road was long and the challenges difficult, but Plant Vogtle is now the largest nuclear power plant in the U.S., as Unit 4 was declared commercially operational on April […] The post Vogtle Unit 4 Achieves Commercial Operation, Now Largest Nuclear Power Plant in the U.S. appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Energy Industry Veteran Brian Kellar Appointed Chief Financial Officer of BayoTech

FuelCellsWorks

Albuquerque, NM, USA— BayoTech, Inc. (“BayoTech”), an innovator in hydrogen production and transportation solutions, is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Kellar as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With.

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Liz Truss Book Calls for Climate Laws to be Abolished and Boasts of Effort to Cancel UK COP Summit

DeSmogBlog

The new book by former Prime Minister Liz Truss urges the UK, U.S. and EU to drop their landmark climate change laws, spreads falsehoods about green policies, and fondly recalls an attempt to cancel a major climate conference. Truss, who is the Conservative MP for South West Norfolk, resigned as prime minister in October 2022 after just 49 days in office.

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Electric trucks and buses show massive sales growth in Europe

Charged

The market share of fully electric trucks and buses is growing at an impressive pace in Europe, according to a new report from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The news comes to us via the Australian EV news site The Driven. Writer Daniel Bleakley laments that his country is so far behind the curve (a report by The Australia Institute found that a paltry 0.2% of Australia’s bus fleet is electric).

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“Simply astounding:” Australian coal mine methane emissions may be twice offical data

Renew Economy

Australia's coal mine methane emissions are being vastly underreported and are damaging the nation's credibility on climate change, economist Professor Rod Sims has warned. The post “Simply astounding:” Australian coal mine methane emissions may be twice offical data appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs

Impact Alpha

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a partnership between ImpactAlpha and Mission Investors Exchange (MIE) to present new ideas and perspectives in. The post The brilliant case for impact investing in America’s HBCUs appeared first on ImpactAlpha.