02 Dec 2023 | SynopsisLooking at the specs alone, the car is delivering 30 percent less range than expected for 30 percent more money.
"...base model has half that range - 250 miles - and starts at $60,990, or $20,000 more than people expected...Cybertruck is delivering on some of Musk's promised specs, or at least close enough to them...the car itself is such an ostentatious connection to the man who willed it to the world...Who wants this much risk and baggage?"
02 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"...Japan Mobility Show ranged from massive mono space luxury vehicles, to SUV crossovers and sleek coupe models, but they all had one thing in common - they were all battery-powered... at a Toyota board level, the Mirai [FCEV] is now considered a failure...it has not been successful because of the hydrogen filling station point of view, there are few
"Fuel-cell development will continue but Toyota now sees heavy haulage, marine, bus-and-coach and rail applications as a natural fit for the technology..."
02 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"...blue hydrogen, let alone blue ammonia, it seemed like a scam, quite frankly...Ammonia is a colourless gas made up of hydrogen and nitrogen...acts as a carrier fuel for hydrogen. It allows for safer and more efficient storage of hydrogen...Its production can emit three times more greenhouse gases than diesel, and two-and-a-half times more than coal or natural gas...This high number mainly comes from methane leakage in the production process."
02 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"Today day is Methane Day at COP28 in Dubai...Biden administration finalized the strongest-ever federal regulations in the U.S. covering the methane that leaks from existing oil and gas wells...Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan...joined a global pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30%...Nearly 50 oil and gas companies signed onto a 'decarbonization charter"...China also recently released a methane action plan..."
02 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"Researchers from the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory say the reserve can support the production of 3,400 kilotons of lithium...California Energy Commission...gave a $6 million grant to Berkshire Hathaway Energy, as well as a $1.46 million grant to Controlled Thermal Resources a few years back to develop extraction techniques...Companies are working toward a direct lithium extraction technology that can extract the brine and separate lithium from other metals."
01 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"The largest iceberg in the world, A-23a, is on the move into open ocean!" [announced] British Antarctic Survey...It's a trillion tons of ice...Iceberg A-23a measures 40 by 32 nautical miles...For comparison, Hawaii's island of Oahu is 44 miles long and 30 miles across.
"...the more important thing for people to be aware of is that Antarctica in other places is losing ice very rapidly...that actually is a much more serious problem."
01 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"At its core, just transition is the idea that as the world's economy decarbonizes, it needs to do so in a way that ensures workers, communities and countries that are reliant on fossil fuels are not left behind.
"...a just transition is also about addressing the past harms those communities have faced by making sure they are included in the transition to clean energy...We could say that we are in transition to figuring out a just transition."
01 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"For the first time, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will allow mayors and governors to engage directly with national and international leaders
"Local leaders around the world are proving that when we join our strengths, pool our resources, and come together in a genuine spirit of partnership, local and national governments can achieve great progress and help safeguard the future." -- Michael R Bloomberg and Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr
01 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"With so much opportunity to deploy renewable energy technologies that cut pollution, create jobs and save money for consumers, why is global progress so elusive?"
"The answer lies in the devil's bargain reached at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Despite delivering the world's first agreement set on stabilizing the world's climate, the Rio agreement rejected any fossil fuel curbs."
01 Dec 2023 | Synopsis"...leaked documents obtained from a whistleblower...purportedly show...controversial president of the 28th Conference of Parties... planned to leverage his role as head of the summit to broker oil and gas deals...and boost fossil fuel exports from the United Arab Emirates
"... fossil fuel interests have long maintained an outsize presence at the talks. Oil, gas and coal companies have been among the biggest sponsors of previous conferences."
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