- 2014 is currently on track to be hottest year on record, according to new reports from both the World Meteorological Organization and the UK’s Met Office Wednesday. Similarly, NOAA reported two weeks ago that 2014 is all but certain to be the hottest year on record. The last time a record was set was 2010. The time before that was 2005. [Energy Collective]
- The European Environment Agency published a report recently stating that air pollution cost the EU up to $235 billion for the year 2012. Most of this air pollution is generated by coal-fired power plants. (In the US, the cost of coal-based pollution has been estimated to be $500 billion, but that goes beyond air pollution.) [CleanTechnica]
- November was a “big month” for Scottish wind power, according to new figures. Scottish wind turbines produced enough electricity to power 2.6 million homes for the month, equivalent to 107% of households, while eleven days in November saw wind power generate enough electricity to supply every home in the country. [Deadline News]
- A paper published in Reviews on Environmental Healthsuggests that even tiny doses of benzene, toluene and other chemicals released during the various phases of oil and natural gas production, including fracking, could pose serious health risks, especially to developing fetuses, babies and young children. [Huffington Post]
- A Wal-Mart spokesman said the company is about a third of the way toward its goal in global renewable energy production. The company has its sights set on using 100% renewable energy and generating 7 billion kWh of power by 2020, which the retailer hopes to transform into real savings. This has had effects on the solar PV market. [Arkansas Business Online]
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