Day: September 9, 2021

Denser cities could be a climate boon – but nimbyism stands in the way

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Drawing people into cities could cut emissions and combat housing crises. But even progressives are hard to convince.

WRI lays out options for large energy users to decarbonize beyond renewables procurement

Read the full story from Utility Dive.

Large energy buyers should take a leading role in accelerating the carbon-free grid transition by expanding their approaches to clean energy procurement practices, the World Resources Institute (WRI) wrote in a report published Monday.

Pursuing transmission buildout to increase access of clean energy, incorporating demand flexibility in procurement practices and getting more granular data on grid emissions, such as hourly matching, are some of the innovative approaches that cities and corporations with decarbonization goals have already taken to explore market products and opportunities across the grids they operate on, the report says.

WRI calls for federal clean electricity standards to further push grid participants, power suppliers and utilities toward decarbonization. The clean energy payment program the Senate budget committee adopted in its reconciliation package would incentivize investments in clean energy and keep costs low for customers, although many environmental advocates, including WRI, said it does not go far enough.

Producing renewable natural gas from manure could change future of power

Read the full story from Wisconsin State Farmer.

As farmers continue to innovate in environmental sustainability and find greener alternatives to traditional energy sources, manure digesters are becoming an increasingly important way to convert waste into reusable power.

Carbon from UK’s blue hydrogen bid still to equal 1m petrol cars

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Government’s plan to use ‘blue’ fossil-fuel hydrogen alongside green version raises concern, say campaigners.

Colorado leads states in protecting wildlife migration corridors

Read the full story from Pew.

Highway crossings, research, and other actions are making roads safer for drivers and animals.

Moon ‘wobble’ is a warning to coastal communities to do more now

Read the full story from Pew.

Few things seem as stable and predictable as the moon. It goes from new to full and back again every month. It moves the tides. The same side always faces Earth. And every so often, it temporarily blocks the sun.

But here’s something most people probably don’t know about the moon: It wobbles. Some years, the wobble lowers tides. But in the years ahead, the opposite will happen—the wobble will make high tides much higher. Combine these unusually high tides with sea-level rise caused by climate change, and we have a perfect storm for rapid increases in the frequency of tidal flooding across coastlines, as documented in a new report from NASA and researchers at the University of Hawaii.

Solar power in trucking’s forecast as fleets find energy, cost savings

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Marten Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Rush Enterprises are just a few industry players betting on the power of the sun.

Danone talks regenerative agriculture: Linking dairy and plant-based at a farm level can yield sustainability gains

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Danone was an early corporate proponent of regenerative agriculture, signalling its intention to tackle emissions through regenerative practices back in 2017. We caught up with Yann-Gaël Rio, the company’s VP of agriculture, procurement and sustainability, to learn more about how this is being implemented on the ground.

From smart meters to big batteries, co-ops emerge as clean grid laboratories

Read the full story from Energy News Network.

A wave of pilot programs by Minnesota electric cooperatives is saving customers money and providing useful data for larger utilities considering new technology and pricing models to encourage grid efficiency.

Complex dynamics turn lake water green and brown

Read the full story from Cornell University.

Many lakes and ponds are changing colors—from pleasant blue or clear to murky brown or green, caused by runoff of nutrients and carbon, coupled with warmer temperatures. Scientists and water managers are working to predict conditions that create color changes and algal blooms, but that’s easier said than done.

Researchers have mostly assumed that the ecosystem relationships that lead to these shifts are linear, such that adding more phosphorus to a lake, for example, would directly and proportionately lead to more algae growth. But a new global study of lakes finds that these relationships are much more complex, interrelated and nonlinear.

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