- “Super Hot October Drags 2020 Toward 2nd-Hottest Year On Record” • The year to date (January through October) ranked second-hottest for the globe as Arctic sea ice coverage shrank to historic lows for the month, according to NOAA scientists. The most recent monthly global climate report from NOAA also has other highlights. [CleanTechnica]
- “Hydrogen-Powered Trains Could Replace Diesel Engines In Germany” • Siemens and Germany’s rail operator Deutsche Bahn have announced plans to test a hydrogen-powered train with a range of more than 370 miles, technology that promises to reduce CO₂ emissions and help make 1,300 diesel units obsolete. The test will last one year. [CNN]
- “After Scotland Tour, Maine Hatches Offshore Floating Wind Turbines Plot” • Maine has some deep and challenging waters for wind turbines, but it also boasts sustained offshore winds speeds that are estimated to be enough to meet its existing electricity demand 36 times over. Governor Janet Mills came away from a tour of Scotland with big plans. [CleanTechnica]
- “Floating Solar Could Benefit From EU Offshore Renewables Strategy” • While wind power dominates the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy unveiled by the European Commission, which envisions 300 GW of floating capacity by 2050, the report also notes various EU funding pots which could support ocean-based solar development. [pv magazine International]
- “GM Withdraws Support For Trump Lawsuit Seeking To Roll Back Auto Emissions Rules” • General Motors announced in a letter to environmental groups it was withdrawing its support from Trump administration litigation that aimed to take away California’s right to set its own auto emissions rules. GM said it had been supportting a single US standard. [CNN]
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