Most US coal plants are contaminating groundwater with toxins, analysis finds | Environment | The Guardian
A study by the Environment Integrity Project has established over 90 per cent of US coal fired power stations are polluting the local groundwater. More than half of plants have reported unsafe levels of arsenic, which is linked to many different types of cancer. While some states have acted to reduce the pollution, the Federal EPA has remained silent on the matter.
German carmakers to invest 60 billion euros in electric cars and automation: VDA – Reuters
The VDA, Germany's motor manufacturer association, expects 60 billion euros will be invested in EVs and autonomous vehicles over the next 3 years. With the EU clamping down on CO2 emissions and numerous countries striving to remove fossil fuelled vehicles from showrooms, the investment should help the industry remain competitive and at the forefront of the move to electric vehicles. However, the VDA has struck a note of caution, calling for "appropriate regulatory conditions across Europe."
Solar on all new homes could help meet SA’s environmental challenges – San Antonio Express
California will be introducing new building rules requiring all new homes to have solar panels installed. Activists in San Antonio are calling for a similar scheme in Texas, where similar weather conditions could see the state reap the same benefits.
Việt Nam targets at having a sustainable wood processing industry – VietNam News
The Secretary General of the Việt Nam Timber and Forest Product Association has called for a study into improving the sustainability of the country's timber industry. As demand for wood has grown, so forests have found it difficult to keep up. The Association is looking to conduct a study to understand how to increase yields, which species would be best suited to the climate and stimulate reforestation.
Hawaiian Electric Continues to Strive for Renewable Energy – Maui Now
The volcanic eruptions on Hawai'i in 2018 cost the state much of its geothermal capacity. Even so, the state generated over a quarter of its energy needs from renewable sources, helped by the opening of 2 new solar farms. More is on the way, and it's expected to easily meet its 100% renewables by 2045 target.
British mackerel has sustainable status stripped after years of overfishing – The Independent
As mackerel stocks have shrunk rapidly, the UK has done nothing to reduce quotas to sustainable levels. Consequently, the Marine Stewardship Council has removed it's "blue label" from the fish. Quotas need to be cut by two thirds to help the fish recover, something the EU is expected to do next year when new regulations designed to prevent overfishing come into law. However, with a third of fish landed coming from mackerel and its impending exit from the bloc, there are fears the UK won't follow suit.
What does renewable energy mean to Singapore’s youth? – Sustainable Business
Lacking much free space, Singapore's efforts to achieve its international obligations for renewables are a little restricted. The city-state is embarking on an ambitious programme to lead the world in renewables R&D. It's starting with a competition aimed at 18-30 year olds to help it understand how it could achieve its goals.
Bangladesh benefiting from Samsung’s solar push – The Financial Express
The South Korean consumer electronics giant has made much of replacing non-recyclable plastics from its packaging. As they continue the roll-out, another area of their green initiatives has started benefiting Bangladesh. Their Bengaluru R&D facility, the largest outside Korea, is nearly 90 per cent powered by solar energy.
Is it climate change or global warming? How science and a secret memo shaped the answer – CNN
When the public started to become aware something was wrong in the environment, the phrase "Global Warming" came into being. It quickly spread, becoming a mainstay of newsreports from the late 80s, and still finds its way into reports, tweets and articles. So how did it go from that to the more sweeping "climate change"? Was it a scientific quest for accuracy, or politicians looking for a campaign slogan?
Alinta, Snowy, Engie, EnergyAustralia fail to meet renewable energy target – RenewEconomy
Has a broken trading system prompted four Australian energy providers to miss their renewable generation targets? That could be the case thanks to a system of penalties and tax breaks that makes it cheaper to fail.