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First Coal-Free Day in Britain Since Industrial Revolution

April 21st, 2017

Via: BBC: Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says. The energy provider said Friday’s lack of coal usage was a “watershed” moment. Britain’s longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours – first achieved last May, […]

New Zealand: Ongoing Dairy Pollution of Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve

April 17th, 2017

Disclosure: I am involved with the effort to bring attention to the pollution and water take issues at Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve. — Intensive dairy farming is destroying freshwater resources around New Zealand. It turns out the crown jewel of them all, a national treasure and a globally unique ecosystem is now threatened. How does […]

Daimler Moving Electric Car Plans Forward by Three Years

March 29th, 2017

Via: Reuters: Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler (DAIGn.DE) is accelerating its electric car program, it said on Wednesday after announcing that it had failed to cut fleet emissions in Europe for the first time since 2007. Daimler put its emissions numbers down to customers increasing preference for sports utility vehicles (SUVs), which tend to be more polluting […]

All New Taxis in Beijing Must Be Electric

March 1st, 2017

Great, now don’t charge them with electricity generated by burning coal. Via: National Business Daily: All newly added or replaced taxies in the city of Beijing will be converted from gasoline to electricity, according to a draft work program on air pollution control for Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and surrounding areas in 2017.

Hydrologist Needed

February 8th, 2017

A friend, and Cryptogon reader, is behind an effort to protect a valued body of water in New Zealand. She requires an experienced hydrologist for a paid consulting job involving, “A critical review of a critique of a heavily math-based, computer conceptual model.” If you know of a hydrologist who would like a consulting job, […]

Europe: Vegetable Shortages Due to Weather

February 4th, 2017

Via: Reuters: British supermarkets have taken to rationing shoppers to three iceberg lettuces per visit after bad weather hit growing conditions in Spain, leading to a shortage in supplies that is set to continue through to March. Tesco (TSCO.L), Morrisons (MRW.L) and Sainsbury’s (SBRY.L) have all imposed restrictions on bulk purchases after production in Spain […]

Fukushima Reactor Radiation Levels Soaring Unexpectedly

February 4th, 2017

Via: ScienceAlert: The radiation levels inside Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor No. 2 have soared in recent weeks, reaching a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour, a number experts have called “unimaginable”. Radiation is now by far the highest it has been since the reactor was struck by a tsunami in March 2011 – […]

Microplastics Found in Supermarket Fish, Shellfish

January 29th, 2017

Via: CBC: Tiny pieces of plastic are making their way into fish and shellfish found at the supermarket, a new study has shown. The findings are part of a report prepared for the International Maritime Organization, the UN agency responsible for preventing marine pollution. It’s not yet been established what effect these tiny particles of […]

Trump Backs Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

January 24th, 2017

Via: BBC: US President Donald Trump has infuriated environmentalists by signing executive orders that support two controversial oil pipelines. The new Republican president backed the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects, provided American steel is used. The Obama administration in late 2015 halted Keystone, which would carry crude from Canada to Texas. The Army decided […]

Wyoming Wants to Ban Sale of Electricity from Large Scale Wind and Solar Projects within State

January 22nd, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Christian Science Monitor: While renewable-energy use has grown substantially over the last few years, the regulatory environment remains volatile. Some states have worked hard to stimulate renewable energy, supporting infrastructure projects and offering incentives to consumers who install home solar arrays. But others have […]

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