10 in 2 - Week of February 12th - 60,000 soldiers to plant trees

This is your 10 in 2 for the week of February 12th



...so here we go:


  1. John H. Shott, a West Virginia state lawmaker, did not appreciate when, during a public hearing on the House floor on Friday, a citizen began listing donations he and some of his colleagues had received from the oil and gas industry. After she refused to stop, she was forcibly removed. (NYT)

  2. U.S. regulators have leveled the playing field for batteries and other forms of energy storage, voting to eliminate market barriers for those technologies. Under the rule, technologies such as batteries and flywheel systems can be used by grid operators to dispatch power, set energy prices and offer capacity, energy and ancillary services. (Bloomberg)

  3. News that Swedish furniture giant IKEA is planning to sell solar panels “at cost” in its Australian stores has been met with mixed responses from the local solar industry, with many expressing fears that it will further destabilize – and perhaps undermine – an already overcrowded solar retail and installation market. However, my take is that more access to cheap solar is rarely a bad thing. (reneweconomy.com)

  4. Animals are adapting to rapid climate change. Some species that used to turn white in the winter are now staying brown year-round. The new study by L. Scott Mills  and colleagues mapped hotspots that could foster a rapid evolutionary response to climate, and is likely to help us better foster future persistence of wild animals as the climate changes. (Research Gate)

  5. Europe’s “first sustainable hotel” opened in Dublin this week. The Iveagh (Ivayeah) Garden on Harcourt Street will source all of its energy from an underground river, running 50 metres below the hotel. Large turbines will convert power from the river Swan to meet all of the hotel’s energy requirements. (Irish Times)

  6. The world's largest species of orangutans is rapidly disappearing. Borneo, which has the largest deforestation rates in the world, has lost more than 100,000 orangutans in the last 16 years – that's more than the number of the critically endangered species remaining. (NPR)

  7. China has reportedly re-assigned over 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in a bid to combat pollution by increasing the country's forest coverage. The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing.  (independent.co.uk)

  8. The federal government is quietly reconsidering protected status for endangered Florida Key deer. This comes after a rough patch for the dog sized deer, who have been hit with habitat destroying hurricanes, outbreaks of flesh eating bacteria, and now this possible delisting. (Miami Herald)

  9. A well-known Iranian-Canadian professor has died in prison in Tehran, a statement posted on his son’s Instagram page revealed on Saturday, and his family is seeking an independent autopsy. The professor, Kavous Seyed Emami, was one of the founders of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Iran’s most prominent non governmental organization focused on the environment. (NYT)

  10. Frequent star of the 10 in 2, EPA head Scott Pruitt argued in at least two recent interviews that green groups, scientists, and other advocates working to slow the climate crisis are "arrogant" in saying that humans should work to keep the earth from warming. But hey, at least he admits it might be warming now? (commondreams.org)


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