Thursday, February 20, 2020

NYTimes: Warmest January Ever Puts 2020 on Track to Be One of Top 10 Hottest Years

Warmest January Ever Puts 2020 on Track to Be One of Top 10 Hottest Years https://nyti.ms/2SID5Mk 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Back from the Dead: our former flow battery provider ViZn Turns to China to re-enter

SciTechDaily: Solar Technology Breakthrough: World Record for printable Quantum Dot Solar Cell Efficiency

SciTechDaily: Solar Technology Breakthrough: World Record Quantum Dot Solar Cell Efficiency.
https://scitechdaily.com/solar-technology-breakthrough-world-record-quantum-dot-solar-cell-efficiency/ 

Seeking Alpha: Exxon Mobil Cannot Cover Its Dividend, And That's Great News - good analysis of the situation.

National Geographic: Natural gas is a much ‘dirtier’ energy source, carbon-wise, than we thought - Climate forecasts way too conservative.

National Geographic: Natural gas is a much 'dirtier' energy source, carbon-wise, than we thought.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/02/super-potent-methane-in-atmosphere-oil-gas-drilling-ice-cores/ 

CNN: Massive Times Square billboard thanks the firefighters who battled Australia's devastating fires

CNN: Massive Times Square billboard thanks the firefighters who battled Australia's devastating fires.
https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/19/us/times-square-billboard-firefighters-australia-trnd/index.html 

State could revoke PG&E license if utility operates unsafely - The Horror! Go down as the guys who lost a holy monopoly charter.

The high price of greenwashing - The truly big money speaks



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In climate news today...

In the new age of sustainability, there are plenty of companies pledging to offset emissions in the race for net zero. While certainly an improvement over past years when a pledge to do 10% better was the standard, the trend has triggered skepticism that greenwashing is really what's at work. 

Soon, however, there won't be anyplace left to hide, especially for companies that quietly use lobbying to keep climate regulation at bay. Late last year, a group of investors with $6.5 trillion in assets under management asked 47 of the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters to align their climate efforts with the Paris Agreement's climate goals. And that was just the beginning.

"These mixed messages threaten our collective ability to avoid catastrophic climate change," Adam Kanzer, head of stewardship for the Americas at BNP Paribas Asset Management, said at the time. Shareholder proposals seeking disclosure of corporate lobbying tend to spike in election years. This year, many of those proposals are focused on whether corporate interests are undercutting efforts to fight global warming. Companies that say they are planning to go carbon neutral, but still spend millions of dollars to fight climate legislation, may face some serious backlash when their conflicts are revealed.

In the oil and gas sector, the annual climate lobbying spend of the five largest public companies is $201 million, according to InfluenceMap, with an additional $195 million for climate positive branding. BP, which has fought carbon taxes and supported diluted federal reviews of its environmental impact, proclaimed last week that it would look at lobbying as part of a new net zero plan. The oil giant says it plans to "stop corporate reputation advertising and redirect resources to active advocacy for progressive climate policies." The details of how this company—part of an industry largely responsible for the climate crisis—will accomplish such goals have yet to be revealed. 

The investment industry isn't escaping scrutiny, either. While asset managers pledge to push clients toward accountability, some of those same financial professionals privately raise money for climate deniers. With more institutions and pension funds professing a commitment to green investing, they might be less willing to have their money managed by people pushing the other way.

Already, the ball has moved further downfield. Next comes trade associations: Investors are pushing companies to re-evaluate trade group memberships. While Apple and Nike long ago left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its climate change position, groups like ALEC, the Plastics Industry Association and even the Grocery Manufacturer's Association are facing increasing scrutiny as well. 

"Within two years, if your company's climate policies aren't aligned with your corporate sustainability targets on climate, you're going to be seen as two-faced," J.P. Leous, director of international corporate relations at the World Resources Institute, warned a room full of corporate sustainability professionals at the GreenBiz conference in Arizona earlier this month.

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Asia has had a good head start, but the EU is determined to catch up.

The money would go far in politics, but it will also allow for technological experimentation.

Pilot programs in California will test systems to collect, clean and redistribute plastic coffee cups.

The company is paring back its experimental technology in favor of its main internet business.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

FERC's Order 841 'essential' for energy storage to cut emissions, attorneys general argue | Utility Dive

The Washington Post: Storm Dennis, one of the Atlantic’s most powerful bomb cyclones, churns up 100-foot waves and slams Britain

The Washington Post: Storm Dennis, one of the Atlantic's most powerful bomb cyclones, churns up 100-foot waves and slams Britain.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/02/15/storm-dennis-one-atlantics-most-powerful-bomb-cyclones-churns-up-100-foot-waves-slams-uk/ 

Trump announces book about impeachment process titled, "If I Did Those 240 Things” - The Beaverton

Trump Aims for New York in Latest Salvo Against Clean Energy

NYTimes: The End of Australia as We Know It

The End of Australia as We Know It https://nyti.ms/2UZL1uh 

CleanTechnica: Tesla Steps Into The Utility Space With New Grid Controller Patent - emergence of intelligent routers marks entry to layer 3 of the OSI model in telecom networks

CleanTechnica: Tesla Steps Into The Utility Space With New Grid Controller Patent.
https://cleantechnica.com/2020/02/14/tesla-steps-into-the-utility-space-with-new-grid-controller-patent/ 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Phys.org: Study uncovers new electronic state of matter - electrons train in specific sequences with no heat emissions via a form of entanglement!

Phys.org: Study uncovers new electronic state of matter.
https://phys.org/news/2020-02-uncovers-electronic-state.html 

CNBC: Tesla aims to revitalize its solar energy and storage business this year after 2019 slump

CNBC: Tesla aims to revitalize its solar energy and storage business this year after 2019 slump.
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/14/tesla-is-under-pressure-to-revitalize-its-solar-and-storage-business.html 

ScienceAlert: After 40 Years of Hunting, Scientists Identify a Key Flaw in Solar Panel Efficiency

ScienceAlert: After 40 Years of Hunting, Scientists Identify a Key Flaw in Solar Panel Efficiency.
https://www.sciencealert.com/after-40-years-of-hunting-scientists-identify-a-key-flaw-in-solar-panel-efficiency 

Vox.com: California’s natural gas fight shows the false promise of “renewable natural gas”

Vox.com: California's natural gas fight shows the false promise of "renewable natural gas".
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2020/2/14/21131109/california-natural-gas-renewable-socalgas 

The Post Most: Trump declares he has a ‘legal right’ to intervene in criminal cases


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Trump bucks Barr's request to stop tweeting about Justice Dept., declaring a 'legal right' to seek intervention in criminal cases

In a morning tweet, the president said he has never asked his attorney general to do anything regarding a criminal case, but said he has "the legal right to do so."

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'Parasite' paints a nightmarish picture of Korean inequality. The reality in America is even worse.

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Coronavirus cases surge again in China; more than 1,700 medical workers infected

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2020 Power Ranking: Bernie is at No. 1. And in second place? A tie.

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In 1933, two rebellious women bought a home in Virginia's woods. Then the CIA moved in.

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How climate experts think about raising children who will inherit a planet in crisis

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Why did I fall for 'Love Is Blind'? Because Netflix is really good at making reality TV.

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Democrats are wasting time fighting over policies the Senate will never pass

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This was the time for the Astros to own their cheating. Maybe they missed the sign.

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