- “Renewables Account For 100% Of Oct 2019 Capacity Additions In US” • The US put into service 722 MW of new power capacity in October, 2019, and all of it was renewable, the latest monthly report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows. For January through October, slightly less than 50% of new capacity has been natural gas. [Renewables Now]
- “California, Climate Change And The Trauma Of The Last Decade” • The wildfires were more destructive. The drought was the longest on record. In 2015, the Sierra snowpack reached its lowest level in 500 years, but the storms, when they finally came, unleashed more water than our dams could contain. California is experiencing climate change. [Los Angeles Times]
- “Australian Miners Hit By Lowest Thermal Coal Price In More Than A Decade” • Australian coal exporters have experienced the biggest annual drop in thermal coal prices in more than a decade over the course of 2019. This raises doubts about the industry’s projections that demand will grow. The spot price of thermal coal is down more than a third. [The Guardian]
- “Removal Of Spent Nuclear Fuel At Fukushima Daiichi Delayed Up To Five Years” • The Japanese government decided to delay the removal of spent fuel from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s No 1 and No 2 reactors by up to five years, casting doubt on whether it can stick to its schedule to dismantle the crippled complex. [The Japan Times]
- “Counting The Cost 2019: A Year Of Climate Breakdown” • Christian Aid published the report, Counting the Cost 2019. It identifies fifteen of the most destructive droughts, floods, fires, typhoons and cyclones of 2019, each of which caused damage of over $1 billion. Seven of the events cost more than $10 billion each. [Reliefweb]
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