10 in 2 - Week of November 27th - extinction debt ceiling

  • This is your 10 in 2 for the week of November 27th



...so here we go:


  1. The world's biggest lithium-ion battery has plugged into an Australian state grid, an official said Friday, delivering on Elon Musk's 100-day guarantee. South Australia, which relies heavily on solar and wind-generated energy, has been scrambling to find a way to bolster its fragile power grid since the entire state suffered a blackout during a storm last year. The cost of the battery has not been made public. (LA Times)

  2. Environmental scientists have urged glitter to be banned worldwide due to the damage the art supplies does to the environment. Glitter, which is commonly used in arts and crafts, is comprised of small plastic particles. Scientists argue the particles get into the ocean and the environment where animals eat it. (FOX 32 Chicago)

  3. Within the folds of the tax bill is a little-know drilling measure, which would allow for gas and oil production within a 1.5-million-acre portion of an Alaskan wildlife refuge and could generate an estimated $1.1 billion over the course of a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Many believe this was shoehorned in to appease Murkowski, who is likely to be the deciding vote for the bill. If that’s not gross, nothing is. (Mother Jones)

  4. More dire news re the tax bill. A new provision could undercut the financing mechanism that has been a major driver in the rapid growth of renewable energy projects. The BEAT provision is designed to make it harder for corporations to dodge taxes, but it would also sweep up tax credits — such as the renewable energy Production Tax Credit for wind power projects and the Investment Tax Credit for solar projects — making the credits more difficult to monetize. (Utility Dive)

  5. A coast-to-coast holiday heat wave means that, on Thursday, the last day of November, just 7.6 percent of the country was snow-covered, about one-third of the typical value over the past 15 years. Over the past seven days, 1,550 record high temperatures have been set across the country compared with just 15 record lows, a 100 to one clip. Nearly every corner of the country is warmer than normal. (PSMag)

  6. Google is officially off-setting 100% of its energy usage with either wind or solar power. The company signed contracts on three wind power plants in recent days to bring them over 3GW of production capacity. Google’s energy infrastructure investments have totaled over $3.5 billion globally, with about two-thirds being in the US. (Electrek)

  7. The disaster of October's wildfires didn't stop once the flames were finally extinguished. The toxic ash left by the firestorms sat awaiting a rain storm to wash the deadly debris into drains and creeks and once in waterways, imperil drinking water and aquatic life. A diverse team of volunteers, environmental groups, landowners and public agencies came together to deploy cutting-edge bioremediation techniques using mushrooms and compost to absorb and neutralize the deadly runoff. (Bohemian)

  8. Yet again, we're reminded that the ocean is full of trash. A lobster fished from waters off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, was found earlier this month with an unusual marking on its claw—what appears to be the image of a Pepsi can. Whether the imprint came from an actual can of Pepsi or from an image of a can on a case or other item remains unclear. (National Geographic)

  9. Australian ecologists are warning that decades of unsustainable logging has created an “extinction debt” in Victoria’s central highlands that will trigger an ecosystem-wide collapse within 50 years without urgent intervention from the state government. Modelling says there is a 92% chance mountain ash forests will not be able to support current ecosystem by 2067. (The Guardian)

  10. There’s a pipe spewing blood into the salmon-filled waters of the Discovery Passage channel, off Vancouver Island in British Columbia. It’s extremely gross, and potentially bad for the wild fish of the channel and beyond, according to researchers. The man that discovered it described the water as “shimmering with scales and chunks of blood." The virus found in the blood isn’t known to be harmful to humans, but can kill as much as 20 percent of an infected fish population. (Motherboard)


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