News Roundup – November 23, 2016

Here is a round up of interesting news stories.

Climate Change:

Rockefellers give Exxon Mobil lashing over the environment. The Rockefeller Brothers Foundation recently divested from Exxon Mobil. They have now written an editorial, which can be found here, that blasts Exxon Mobil for covering up research that showed as early as the early 1970s that climate change was a threat to the planet.

Coastal Floods Beginning

Energy:

The largest solar panel project to date set to begin in South Carolina. Illustrating that local solutions are possible to address climate change.

Sweden has scraped a solar energy tax in an effort to achieve their goal of running entirely on renewable energy by 2040.

A pipeline burst in late October. The spill leaked 55,000 gallons of oil into the Susquehanna river, which had previously been declared the third most endangered river in the US by American Rivers, an NGO.

The pipeline is managed by Sunoco Logisitics. There pipelines, according to the article, have reported more than 200 leaks since 2010. Sunoco Logistics were behind a major spill in Pennsylvania near Murrysville, PA in 2008.

The pipeline was built by the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sunoco is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners Limited, the company that also owns the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.

Mark Mill’s outlines why the energy sector to job growth is not viable. He discusses that energy is defined by productivity. The sector, including oil and gas, only makes up 3% of the work force. It is interesting, and forces us to evaluate the narrative we want to pursue in convincing people that in the short term clean energy is in all of our interests.

Ta’u in American Samoa has installed solar panels from Tesla and Solar City that provides the island with nearly 100% of the island’s energy needs.

China wants to turn Chernobyl into a solar panel. Chinese clean energy giant Golden Concord Holdings Limited (GCL) announced the construction of a solar plant within the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. Construction will begin in 2017.

Canada announced it will be phasing out the use of coal-fired energy. Across the country, only Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia still burn coal. Together, the coal-fired power plants account for only 13 per cent of the electricity sector’s capacity, but 70 per cent of the sector’s emissions — and 10 per cent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Random:

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the most well known, but there are five gigantic clumps of trash in the world’s oceans. Now, a visualization by NASA shows how all the litter people around world carelessly toss onto streets and sidewalks travels on ocean currents and settles into those five gross globs of drifting detritus. The journey a single-use plastic bottle of water takes as it floats on the waves can’t be tracked with a satellite, so NASA visualized how discarded rubbish moves with the next best thing: buoys. See the visualization here.

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