Record Global Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Despite COVID-19 Crisis

Over the past few weeks there have been many reports of localized air quality improvements as the world has locked down to combat the coronavirus pandemic. However, no one should think that the climate crisis is therefore over—far from it. The most recent data from the United States National Oceanic …

See the Sun’s Surface Move in ‘Unprecedented’ Detail

From our vantage point on Earth, the sun is often a miraculous sight, shining brightly on clear days and bathing the sky in vivid color as it rises and sets. This week, astronomers released stunningly detailed images of the sun’s surface—revealing that up close, the star is pretty spectacular, too. …

Marine Heatwave Hits Pacific, Raising Fears of a New Hot ‘Blob’

The ocean off the western coast of North America is five degrees Fahrenheit hotter than usual after warming at an unusually rapid rate, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa). It has been dubbed the “north-east Pacific marine heatwave of 2019”. Marine heatwaves are defined as oceanic …

US to Become World’s Largest Market for Grid-Connected Energy Storage

The US is projected to take over South Korea as the world’s largest market for grid-connected energy storage this year. That’s according to new research, which suggests solar combined with battery storage as well as peaking capacity requirements are driving increased procurement. Deployments of grid-connected energy storage in the US …

Coal Prices Continue to Rise, Becoming More Costly Than Solar and Wind Alternatives

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study. “Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said Mike O’Boyle, the co-author of the report for Energy …

Sheep and Solar Panels? Not a Baaa-d Idea!

A new solar plant in Hawaii relies on a flock of sheep to keep vegetation from growing over its panels. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s new 28MW facility in Lawai has employed the services of 300 of the animals to keep the former sugar plantation’s 155-acre fields suitably trimmed. The …

World’s Largest Solar + Battery Plant Unveiled in Hawaii

Hawaii has a new, game-changing tool in its renewable energy arsenal. Power producer AES Corporation and the not-for-profit Kaua’i island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) unveiled what’s claimed to be the world’s largest solar-plus-storage peaker on the island of Kauai on Tuesday, the Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project. This is a significant step to help the Aloha State reach its 100 …