10 in 2 - Week of November 13th - shockingly unprepared to fight it

  • This is your 10 in 2 for the week of November 13th

 

 

...so here we go:

 

  1. TransCanada Corporation’s Keystone Pipeline leaked at least 210,000 gallons of oil in an agricultural area of South Dakota Thursday morning. The leak, which amounts to 5,000 barrels, comes just days before a last-ditch effort to halt the long-planned and highly controversial Keystone XL Pipeline expansion. (VICE)

  2. California may use 50 percent renewable electricity by 2020, a decade ahead of schedule. More than a quarter of California’s electricity already comes from renewables, according to a report from the state’s Public Utilities Commission. That’s particularly impressive because California doesn’t count large hydropower dams or nuclear power in its definition of “renewable.” (Grist)

  3. Shenzhen—a city of 11.9 million residents in China—will have entirely electrified its bus fleet of more than 14,000 vehicles by the end of 2017. Shenzhen has a home field advantage over the rest of us, because it happens to be home of BYD, a leader in the field of electric vehicle manufacturing. (CleanTechnica)

  4. Denmark wants its entire electricity supply to be coal free by 2030. The goal was announced as Denmark joined a coalition of 15 countries at the UN’s annual COP23 climate conference in Bonn. The other countries in the coalition are the Marshall Islands, Finland, Italy,, Holland, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Chile, Mexico and France.  (thelocal.dk)

  5. Speaking of France, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday that France would cover the amount the U.S. contributed for climate science research to a United Nations panel after President Trump signaled America would exit the Paris climate change pact. File under: Also not ideal. (The Hill)

  6. The Norwegian central bank, which runs the country’s sovereign wealth fund – the world’s biggest – has told its government it should dump its shares in oil and gas companies. The managers of the $1tn fund, said ministers should take the step to avoid the fund’s value being hit by a permanent fall in the oil price. (The Guardian)

  7. Plastic is everywhere, obviously—but according to new research conducted in the very deepest parts of the ocean, that’s true even for the most remote tiny seafloor shellfish living almost 7 miles below the surface. “it is highly likely there are no marine ecosystems left that are not impacted by anthropogenic debris,” said lead researcher Alan Jamieson. (Newsweek)

  8. The Atlantic argued this week that despite being the party of climate change, the Democrats are shockingly unprepared to fight it. The article posits that “There’s no magic bill waiting in the wings—and no quick path to arriving at one.” But, it’s not just legislators, says author Robinson Meyer, “Democratic voters still don’t care about climate change very much.” (The Atlantic)

  9. New Research led by scientists at the University of Exeter indicates that targeted solar geoengineering in one hemisphere might have a negative impact on conditions in the other hemisphere. For example, an effort to reduce the amount of cyclones in the North Atlantic could prompt droughts in the Sahel, a region in Africa. Our take: geoengineering perpetuates the myth that sustainability can be solved by human ingenuity alone. (Futurism)

  10. A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the amount of land being converted to crops for ethanol production potentially makes climate change worse.  Seth Spawn, the co author of the study said “We found that expansion caused emissions to almost 30 million metric tons of carbon per year. For reference, that's roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 20 million cars.” (Wisconsin Public Radio)

 



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