Cities will have to find ways to stretch the available water supply as climate change makes water scarcer and demand for it grows, Chris Malloy writes. Strategies include harvesting rainwater and reusing grey water for toilet-flushing and landscaping.
Sharks are swimming into canals along Florida's Gulf Coast to escape the red tide algal bloom, which chokes off oxygen in ocean water. Pollution and warming waters are likely contributing to the bloom, which has already killed fish, turtles, manatees and dolphins.
Recent heavy rainfall has overwhelmed combined stormwater and wastewater systems in Massachusetts, but local groups are working to divert stormwater from treatment facilities to reduce flooding and avoid releases of untreated water into the Connecticut River. Massachusetts recently provided $1.5 million to the Connecticut River Clean-up Committee for the effort.
Startup AquiPor has created a pavement material with tiny pores that allow water to filter through instead of flowing over the surface and producing runoff. The pavement will be tested in parking lots and sidewalks.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and two other groups have dropped 78 concrete oyster reef balls, each weighing 300 pounds, into the bay's Herring Bay Oyster Sanctuary in Maryland. "Reef balls provide hard substrate for the settlement and growth of native oysters, which is largely lacking due to the loss of oyster reefs," said Allison Colden, the foundation's Maryland fisheries scientist.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday issued a state of emergency declaration in a push to maintain grid reliability amid wildfire, drought and heatwave conditions. The order temporarily incentivizes industrial buyers to switch to back-up generation when the grid is tight, and eases permitting and some other requirements for energy storage and clean energy projects.
Auxin Solar and Suniva are petitioning the US International Trade Commission to extend by four years Section 201 tariffs on solar panels, which are set to expire in 2022. The request is at odds with the view of the Solar Energy Industries Association, with SEIA's John Smirnow noting, "[t]hey are a multibillion-dollar drag on industry growth."
Greenflation is a result of surging demand for clean energy solutions amid decreased investment in carbon-emitting mines and other projects that produce supplies like lithium and copper. In this piece, Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley Investment Management discusses greenflation and why it threatens the cost-effective path toward net-zero.
"Whether it is prolonged record cold or the heat waves, drought and wildfires we are again witnessing in the West, climate change poses a distinct threat to grid reliability," said Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chair Richard Glick last week during a congressional panel. "We know that we're going to have a significant amount of intermittent solar and intermittent wind generation on the grid," so increasing battery storage connections will be one priority, said Glick.
US oil and gas subsidies are complex and hard to define, which makes it difficult to understand how they affect the market and which ones need to go, writes David Roberts. Roberts discusses a paper on US O&G subsidies published in Environmental Research Letters and explains why the intangible drilling costs deduction is one of the largest drivers of domestic oil and gas investment.
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