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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

June 30 Green Energy News

World:

  • A new report from the U.S. Center for Naval Analyses and the London-based Royal United Services Institute, two of the NATO alliance’s front-line strategy centers, recommends putting more effort into fighting global warming than securing reliable supplies of fossil fuels. [EV World]
  • The Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Director met with the Philippine Climate Change Commission and other high-level representatives of the Philippine governments to work on a plan to shift the country’s current electricity system to 100% renewable energy within a decade. [CleanTechnica]
  • This week, the effects of Britain’s chronic dithering over energy policy were thrown into sharp relief by the UK’s energy regulator, which issued its starkest warning yet over the risk of blackouts; a one-in-four chance by the winter of 2015-16 unless the country starts using a lot less electricity. [Telegraph.co.uk]

US:

  • Massachusetts’ top energy official has announced an initiative to help developers install wind turbines and make it easier for communities to live with them. Increased support for communities could include technical expertise or help in offsetting the expense of meeting noise-level standards. [KRNV My News 4]
  • New Mexico homeowners can now lease solar electric systems for 25 years with no upfront costs thanks to a new partnership between Albuquerque’s Affordable Solar Group and Texas-based solar leasing company Sunnova Energy Corp. [ABQ Journal]
  • In an example of the simplest type of solar energy being put into large-scale practice, 2,400 square feet of a south-facing wall on Kingsbury Hall on the UNH Durham campus has been turned into a passive hot air system for the College of Engineering. [Nashua Telegraph]
  • South Carolina may soon join the ranks of states that have reconsidered the wisdom of imposing restrictive caps on net metering for customer-sited solar power systems. The current 100-kilowatt cap has prevented users, including Furman University, from installing more solar power. [Forbes]
  • Researchers analyzed 141 drinking water wells in Pennsylvania and New York. Methane was detected in 82% of drinking water samples for homes within a kilometer (0.62 miles or 1,093 yards) of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wells. [CleanTechnica]

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