- Siem Offshore Contractors installation support vessel Siem Moxie has started work at Statoil’s 30-MW Hywind floating wind farm off Scotland. The vessel arrived at the Buchan Deep site last week and is supporting ongoing commissioning work on the project’s five Siemens 6-MW Turbines, which are mounted on soar-buoy floating foundations. [reNews]
- “The Week the Earth Stood Still” • When normally sober scientists start draining the barrel of awful superlatives to describe a summer day off the Gulf Coast, it’s time to pay attention. And today, the smartest military men count the global insecurity and chaos of climate change as an existential threat on a par with nuclear disaster. [New York Times]
- The White House says it will ask the Congress for emergency funding to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. President Donald Trump is expected to propose an initial $5.9 billion (£4.56 billion). The amount will be followed by other aid, though it is not known how quickly. Texas authorities say the state might need more than $125 billion. [BBC]
- California is on the brink of approving a law to target 100% renewable electricity by 2045, in defiance of hostility to climate action from the Trump administration. The bill passed the senate in May and is set for a final assembly vote in coming days. It will make California the world’s largest test bed for creating an entirely clean power grid. [Climate Home]
- Australia has experienced its hottest winter on record (for mean maximum temperatures), as a result of intensifying climate change. The Bureau of Meteorology released its seasonal update confirming Australia has seen the hottest and one of the driest winters on record, with temperatures reaching almost 2° C above average. [RenewEconomy]
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