Climate news #4

Publisert 17. desember 2021

The world in brief: our weekly update on sustainability worldwide.

Solar Energy

Solar energy is being adopted the world over. Prices are down 100-fold since 1980. Global capacity by 2023 is expected to be 1 TW. But durability testing and standards need to keep up with pace of development. New systems today are more efficient but more fragile. For example, insurance losses after a hailstorm in 2019 in Texas were more than USD 75m. 

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Biden’s Build Back Better Act

Now that President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill is law, Democrats are setting their sights on his Build Back Better Act to further advance the administration’s electric vehicle agenda.

Officials view tax incentives of up to $12,500 per vehicle in the new bill as a much-needed second step to spur the adoption of electric vehicles.

Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure & Jobs Act there is $7.5 billion for EV chargers. But that’s only about 15% of the $50 billion AlixPartners has forecast will be needed to reach Biden’s goal.

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Opposition on university campuses

Oil and gas sector facing opposition on university campuses. Achieving the energy industry’s targets requires recruitment and retention on a scale never seen before, but many young people shunning oil and gas majors in favour of start-ups and othter careers elsewhere. 

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German trees

German trees are dying off. The commercial forest is imperilled throughout Europe, though. Broadly, there are those who say we should get rid of dead trees and let nature do what it wants. Then there are those who say that climate change/environmental damage is already too advanced, and that selective planting of species is the only way out – especially if we are to continue having a successful timber industry. 

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The costs of data centres

Europe needs to wake up to the costs of hosting massive data centres!

While European leaders seek to curb the power of Big Tech, national and local governments are rolling out the red carpet. Tax breaks, and access to subsidised energy contracts and agricultural land, are facilitating the building of hyperscale data centres.

EirGrid expects data centres will use almost 30 per cent of Ireland’s electricity by 2028. In the Frankfurt region, representatives of the Green party have asked for a ruling on the feasibility of energy promises around a proposed data centre.

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Les også: Climate news #3

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