- “Trump Admin. Desperate To Keep Coal Power Plant Alive With Taxpayer Dollars” • Trump supporters have repeated often, “government shouldn’t be picking winners and losers.” Now, the administration is trying to prop up the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona with taxpayer dollars, perfectly illustrating the depth of the lie. [CleanTechnica]
- In mid-December, National Grid Plc will start an automated trading system that pays hospitals and research facilities at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to sell electricity from their onsite solar panels, batteries, and other generators to doctors’ offices and businesses, the first power market ever designed within a single utility service area. [Bloomberg]
- A poor country in the Caribbean did a good deal better than Florida with Hurricane Irma. In fact, as far as hurricane preparedness goes, the Dominican Republic beat the US hands down. After losing many power lines and over 40% of their generating capacity, the grid was still operating, partly thanks to two backup battery systems. [CleanTechnica]
- Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Last year’s increase was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years. Researchers say a combination of human activities and El Niño drove CO2 to a level not seen in 800,000 years. [BBC News]
- Climate change is already affecting the health of populations around the world, but things are set to get worse if adequate changes are not made. Fueling the impact is the fact that more than 2,100 cities globally exceed recommended levels of atmospheric particulate matter, a report published in the medical journal The Lancet says. [CNN]
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