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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Launch First U.S. Power Sector Carbon Intensity Index

The carbon emissions intensity of U.S. power generation has been trending downwards for more than a decade, dropping 24 percent from 2005 through 2016. Deeper emissions cuts are needed in order to avoid likely worst case climate change scenarios, however, according to CMU researchers.

Global Renewable Power Capacity Breaches Two Terawatt Mark

Global renewable power generation capacity rose 161 gigawatts (GW) to 2.006 terawatts (TW) in 2016, marking the eighth consecutive year of 8-9 percent annual growth, according to IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). At that rate, capacity will double again in eight to nine years.

Events in Drought-Stricken India Parallel Recent Experience in California

Groundwater aquifers are being sucked dry amidst a two year-long drought as Indian farmers drill and pump more groundwater in bids to make up for shortfalls in precipitation resulting from the delayed onset of weaker summer monsoon rains.

Global Energy Decarbonization Tipping Point At Hand, IRENA Asserts

It’s possible to reduce global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2050 and entirely by 2060 without sacrificing economic growth or job creation, according to IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Azores Wind-Solar-Battery Storage System to Reduce Environmental Impacts 43 Percent

Gracioa Island’s pioneering hybrid renewable energy microgrid is enhancing the reliability, resiliency and overall, long-term costs of electricity generation and distribution.

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Europe Launches Fourth Earth Monitoring Satellite as US Congress Readies Axe for NASA Earth Science Research

The European Space Agency launched the fourth Copernicus-Sentinel Earth systems monitoring satellite this past week. Europe’s ongoing investments in space-based earth systems monitoring comes as a plan to axe NASA earth science/climate research budget makes its way to President Trump’s desk.

UN Clean Seas Campaign Aims to Eliminate Ocean Plastic

Dell Computers and a cast of celebrities have joined UNEP’s “Clean Seas Campaign” in a bid to eliminate ocean plastic.