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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

April 13 Green Energy News

The IPCC Report:

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report was released today. It says there must be a “massive shift” to renewable energy, and the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels. [BBC News]
  • The IPCC report says greenhouse gases need to be cut 70% before 2050 to control climate change, and the job will become harder and more expensive unless the transformation is made within 15 years. [Daily Mail]
  • The IPCC report says catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards. It concludes the transformation to a world of clean energy, ditching dirty fossil fuels, is eminently affordable. [Business Green]

Opinion:

  • “Fossil Fuel Industry’s Tired Battle Against Clean Energy Is Also A Losing One” The assault on successful renewable energy legislation continues, long after the facts have proven that state renewable policies deliver clean, affordable, and reliable energy solutions. [Forbes]

World:

  • Data from the Global Wind Energy Council show that 35,000 MW of new generating capacity was added worldwide in 2013, down from 45,000 MW in 2012. Now Windpower is poised for a comeback. Currently, 7000 MW is under construction in Texas alone. [CleanTechnica]
  • David Cameron’s commitment to the green agenda will come under the fiercest scrutiny yet this week when top climate-change experts will warn that only greater use of renewable energy – including wind farms – can prevent a global catastrophe. [The Guardian]

US:

  • Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest. [Huffington Post]
  • Apple has acquired a hydroelectric project near the company’s new data center in Prineville, Oregon. Data centers use lots of electricity to power thousands of computers that hold digital information. [Greenfield Daily Reporter]
  • The growth of US wind energy, though 43% cheaper to produce now than four years ago, slowed down in 2013. It added a record 13,131 MW of power in 2012, but that fell 92% to only 1,087 MW last year — the lowest level since 2004. [The Sheboygan Press]
  • Oklahoma ranks fourth nationally in the amount of electricity generated from wind, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s annual report. More than 10.8 million MWh of electricity was generated by wind in Oklahoma, enough for about one million homes. [Enid News & Eagle]
  • Despite strong bi-partisan support, Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) vetoed a bill on Friday designed to fund a statewide solar energy program, calling the estimated 5-cent per month tax increase on power bills “regressive.” [Raw Story]
  • More than 7,000 MW of new wind turbines are scheduled to be built in Texas by the end of next year, potentially increasing Texas’ wind power capacity by almost 60%. The amount being installed is greater than any other state already has in place.[Dallas Morning News]

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