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  • Manatees? Yes, manatees (#5)
  • Agave as a biofuel (#21)
  • Oil workers and coronavirus (#12)
  • South Korea free trade agreements (#22)


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Times of Israel

As coronavirus hammers the oil and gas industry, Tshuva’s Delek Group and its subsidiary Delek Drilling are bleeding losses. Civil society groups call on banks not to intervene.


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Business Standard

Power discoms get relief of deferred payments, round-the-clock power supply


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The Diplomat

Vietnam is struggling with alarming air pollution. Its two biggest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, are now among the top 15 polluted cities in Southeast Asia.


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Euractiv

The European Commission’s Clean Hydrogen Alliance, promoted by Poland and Germany, could be one of the ways to preserve European unity in the face of the looming economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, writes Wojciech Jakóbik.


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Bloomberg

The view from the parking lot at Big Bend Power Station, a 1,500-acre plant built in the 1960s to turn coal into electricity just south of Tampa, includes an unexpected sight. Bordering the parking lot are dozens of solar panels, set against a skyline dominated by three smokestacks whose vapor curls across the blue. The panels are little more than a wink — solar is a small fraction of the energy mix at Big Bend — but they suggest, at least, a hoped-for future when the plant no longer relies on coal.


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If you are like me, you probably had no idea about the link between manatees and coal power plants. Here Bloomberg digs into the situation in Florida during the energy transition.

Christian Science Monitor

But when asked to choose between his stove and a cleaner world, Mr. Lastort doesn’t hesitate. “Yeah,” he says. “If it would be a little bit more difficult for me to make an omelet or something, if it would help save the planet, I’d rather save the planet.”


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MIT

“When it comes to reducing the emissions of cement, we can increase the efficiency of cement kilns by increasing our use of waste materials as energy sources rather than fossil fuels,” explains Gregory.


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Portland Press Herald

One solar farm would displace a model airplane club that has used an Augusta Road site for 40 years.


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American Prospect

European Space Agency satellite images published in The New York Times on March 24 show dramatic reductions in air pollution in Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle due to so many vehicles being off the road as people shelter in place. What a shame it took a pandemic. These images show us how much more livable and healthier our cities would be if we electrified transportation.


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Fast Company

Cargo ships are huge polluters — in 2015, as they traveled the ocean delivering everything from smartphones to bananas, they emitted more than 200 million metric tons of CO2, roughly as much as the entire country of Vietnam. Unlike cars, which can easily be replaced with electric versions, ships are harder to decarbonize. But a relatively simple intervention from a new type of underwater robot can help significantly shrink emissions.


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Gulf News

Funds must reach initiatives that actually tick sustainable development targets


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Vice

In recent years, the rapid ascent of renewables has eaten into an ever bigger share of the global energy market. Even back in 2018, think tanks were projecting fossil fuel price declines, competition, restructuring, and stranded assets.


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One of the main argument by those who support fossil fuels is that going away from them would mean fewer jobs. Here Jamie Maxwell reports for Vice about the current moment.

The Globe and Mail

Premier François Legault’s government has named energy industry veteran Sophie Brochu as president and chief executive officer of Hydro-Québec as the province seeks to tap the utility to help rebuild public finances in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.


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Nature

When the US Congress passed a US$2-trillion economic-stimulus plan on 27 March, $25 billion in economic aid for passenger airlines was just a small piece of it. But for environmentalists and their allies in Washington DC, it was a setback.


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Inter-Press News

Leonardo Beltran is Non-Resident Fellow of the Institute of the Americas, Member of the Board of SEforALL, and former Deputy Secretary at the Mexican Department of Energy


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Euractiv

The potential of local communities has already been recognised by EU leaders in the Clean Energy Package through the concepts of citizen and renewable energy communities, writes Dirk Vansintjan.


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Bloomberg

To meet surging demand for online information, internet giant taps public water supplies that are already straining from overuse.


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New York Post

Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to override upstate community opposition to his green energy development projects.


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Dhaka Tribune

Medical waste disposal is a key part of planning and recovery that we must get right during this outbreak


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The Guardian

The plunging demand for oil wrought by the coronavirus pandemic combined with a savage price war has left the fossil fuel industry broken and in survival mode, according to analysts. It faces the gravest challenge in its 100-year history, they say, one that will permanently alter the industry. With some calling the scene a “hellscape”, the least lurid description is “unprecedented”.


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University of Sydney

The plant better known for making tequila requires no irrigation and produces comparable or better yields of ethanol than sugar or corn. Economic analysis shows a first-generation crop will need government support to kickstart an industry, researchers say.


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It’s news that maybe could be taken with a pinch of salt, and lime. It was covered all over the world, but here you can read the write up from University of Sydney about an ethanol biofuel based on agave.

The Diplomat

Environmental chapters in South Korea’s FTAs represent a way of demonstrating environmental leadership at low costs – a strategy that could be replicated in other emerging economies.


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Bloomberg

Some turbine installations will be pushed into future years


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The Guardian

Thousands of British homes will be paid to use electricity during the day for the first time, as wind and solar projects produce a surge in clean energy during the coronavirus lockdown.


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The Conversation

The renewable energy industry, which until recently was projected to enjoy rapid growth, has run into stiff headwinds as a result of three era-defining events: the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting global financial contraction and a collapse in oil prices. These are interrelated, mutually reinforcing events.


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