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Greece Is Betting Big on Liquefied Natural Gas From the U.S.

Greece Is Betting Big on Liquefied Natural Gas From the U.S.

When a withering financial crisis forced Greece to rethink its economy a decade ago, it bet big on green power​. Since then, Greece’s energy transition has been so swift “it almost feels utopian​,”​ one Greek environmentalist said. ​Mountainous ridgelines and arid islands ​are covered in wind turbines and solar panels​ that ​today provide nearly two-thirds of the nation’s electricity.​​​ But ​now Greece​ is deliberately pivoting back toward fossil fuels, just not to burn at home. This time it’s betting that it can become one of Europe’s main suppliers of natural gas, with much of it shipped from the United States. Both Greek and European Union subsidies have funded new pipelines that crisscross the country and connect to a brand-new import terminal that will send gas to a broad swath of Central and Eastern Europe for decades to come. The investments in Greece are part of a deluge of investments into natural gas around the world, with significant consequences for climate change. In coming years, nearly a trillion and a half dollars will go into constructing …

EV batteries hurt the environment. Gas cars are still worse

EV batteries hurt the environment. Gas cars are still worse

Tenke Fungurume Mine, one of the largest copper and cobalt mines in the world, is owned by Chinese company CMOC, in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Minerals like cobalt are important components of electric vehicle batteries, but mines that produce them can hurt the environment and people nearby. Emmet Livingstone/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Emmet Livingstone/AFP via Getty Images Tenke Fungurume Mine, one of the largest copper and cobalt mines in the world, is owned by Chinese company CMOC, in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Minerals like cobalt are important components of electric vehicle batteries, but mines that produce them can hurt the environment and people nearby. Emmet Livingstone/AFP via Getty Images Earlier this year, NPR’s podcast The Sunday Story reached out for listener questions about electric vehicles. You can hear the resulting podcast here. We’re also taking some of the most-asked questions and answering them here on NPR.org. Electric vehicles are sometimes called “zero-emission vehicles.” But the batteries that go into them are not zero-emission at all. In fact, making those …

Record-breaking increase in CO2 levels in world’s atmosphere | Greenhouse gas emissions

Record-breaking increase in CO2 levels in world’s atmosphere | Greenhouse gas emissions

The largest ever recorded leap in the amount of carbon dioxide laden in the world’s atmosphere has just occurred, according to researchers who monitor the relentless accumulation of the primary gas that is heating the planet. The global average concentration of carbon dioxide in March this year was 4.7 parts per million (or ppm) higher than it it was in March last year, which is a record-breaking increase in CO2 levels over a 12-month period. The increase has been spurred, scientists say, by the periodic El Niño climate event, which has now waned, as well as the ongoing and increasing amounts of greenhouse gases expelled into the atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Bar chart with pink colored bars trending up, peaking with the most recent bar on the right as the tallest and colored red. “It’s really significant to see the pace of the increase over the first four months of this year, which is also a record,” said Ralph Keeling, director of the CO2 Program at UC San Diego’s …

Geothermal industry looks to tap oil and gas workers to expand renewable energy

Geothermal industry looks to tap oil and gas workers to expand renewable energy

BOISE, Idaho — A U.S. Department of Energy report this spring made a bold prediction. The nascent geothermal industry, it said, has a ready workforce of 300,000 engineers, hydrologists, drillers and power plant operators ready to tap right here in this country. All that’s needed are more early adopters like Tina Riley who are willing to move over from the oil and gas sector. After two decades as a geologist with ExxonMobil in Houston, she recently moved to Idaho to help run Boise’s geothermal utility. “Boise is really well known for geothermal and I wanted to become part of it,” Riley says. “I really wanted to be part of the energy transition.” Geothermal energy, which in its simplest form means tapping hot water locked in granite faults sometimes thousands of feet below the surface of the earth to create heat or electricity, is often dubbed an invisible technology. It’s long been seen as underutilized. But it’s also a hugely expensive renewable resource to extract compared to more conventional drilling. Nevertheless, the White House is launching …

Researchers reveal the shocking health impact of gas stoves on indoor air quality

Researchers reveal the shocking health impact of gas stoves on indoor air quality

The implications of gas and propane stove usage on indoor air quality have emerged as a significant health concern. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) The implications of gas and propane stove usage on indoor air quality have emerged as a significant health concern, according to recent research from Stanford’s Doerr School of Sustainability. This study, published in Science Advances, highlights how nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in U.S. homes can reach unhealthy thresholds, not just in kitchens but extending to bedrooms and lingering for hours after the stove is turned off. Rob Jackson, the study’s senior author and a professor at Stanford, expressed his surprise at the findings. “I didn’t expect to see pollutant concentrations breach health benchmarks in bedrooms within an hour of gas stove use, and stay there for hours after the stove is turned off,” Jackson noted. “Pollution from gas and propane stoves isn’t just an issue for cooks or people in the kitchen; it’s the whole family’s problem.” The health ramifications of elevated NO2 levels are serious; they can exacerbate asthma attacks, hinder lung …

Azerbaijan’s climate charm offensive is backfiring – POLITICO

Azerbaijan’s climate charm offensive is backfiring – POLITICO

When Egypt hosted in 2022, activists used the event to highlight the government’s crackdown on political opponents. Last year saw widespread criticism when COP28 host the United Arab Emirates appointed the man tasked with expanding the country’s oil and gas output to lead the talks. Likewise, the incoming president of COP29 is a former Azerbaijani oil and gas industry executive — though he was later tapped to lead the country’s ecology ministry. Still, Baku has been unapologetic about its intention to use the conference to promote its own economic interests. Aliyev used a speech as host of the talks to brand his country’s natural gas reserves “a gift of the gods” and to push for more investments in the fossil fuel industry, in addition to renewable projects — climate critics be damned. Europe has increasingly turned to Azerbaijan in recent years as a replacement for the Russian fossil fuel it shunned after Moscow invaded Ukraine. | Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images “As a head of the country, which is rich with fossil fuels, of course, we will defend …

BYD’s home city in China now has more supercharging plugs than gas pumps

BYD’s home city in China now has more supercharging plugs than gas pumps

Photo: Shenzhen Government Online Shenzhen, the home of Chinese EV giant BYD, says it’s become the first in China to have more supercharging plugs than gas pumps. As Electrek reported in April, BYD received direct government subsidies of “at least” $3.7 billion to grow its EV business and undercut the competition with aggressively low pricing. So all those cheap EVs need to be fast-charged, and what better place to expand than BYD’s home city? In June 2023, Shenzhen unveiled its first fully liquid-cooled supercharging prototype station as part of its “City of Supercharging” plan, in which it set a goal to build as many supercharging stations as gas stations by 2025. And these “superchargers” aren’t just DC fast chargers – they can charge EVs to 80% in just 10 minutes. Shenzhen had 362 supercharging stations as of April 30, according to the latest data released by the city, but it didn’t say how many gas pumps there are. They’ve been conveniently sited in commercial complexes, bus stops, and industrial parks. According to data from the …

5 Dead After Inhaling Hazardous Gas at a Water Plant in Sicily

5 Dead After Inhaling Hazardous Gas at a Water Plant in Sicily

Five workers died on Monday afternoon while working in a sewer connected to a water treatment plant in the town of Casteldaccia near Palermo, Sicily, according to firefighters who recovered the bodies. A sixth worker was seriously injured and in intensive care, local officials said. Girolamo Bentivoglio, chief of firefighters in Palermo, said the workers had breathed in hydrogen sulfide, a gas often present at waste treatment plants that is toxic in high concentrations. Levels were so high at the site where the workers were killed, “that fatality is immediate,” Mr. Bentivoglio said in a televised interview on RaiNews24, the national broadcaster’s news channel. The accident raised a new round of outrage over the incidence of workplace deaths in Italy. In April, seven workers were killed in an explosion in a hydroelectric plant near Bologna, while five died in Florence during the construction of a supermarket in February. According to the European statistics agency Eurostat, Italy ranks eighth among European countries in fatal accidents at work, with an incidence of 2.66 per 100,000 employed, which …

Gas Stove Pollution Risk Is Greatest in Smaller Homes, Study Finds

Gas Stove Pollution Risk Is Greatest in Smaller Homes, Study Finds

For decades, scientists have worked to clean up air pollution from factories, cars and power plants. But researchers are increasingly turning their attention to the air that people breathe indoors. And one appliance has come to the fore as a source of pollutants harmful to human health: the humble gas stove. A new study from researchers at Stanford University sheds light on how much Americans may be exposed, indoors, to nitrogen dioxide, which comes from burning coal and gas and has been linked to asthma and other respiratory conditions. The researchers found that, across the country, short-term nitrogen dioxide exposure from typical gas stove use frequently exceeded benchmarks set by both the World Health Organization and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In the longer term, using gas or propane stoves meant that the typical American could breathe in three-quarters of the nitrogen dioxide levels deemed safe by the W.H.O. within their own homes. As with outdoor pollution, disadvantaged households may be more exposed, the researchers found. Because gas more easily spreads throughout smaller spaces, …

Sunak to allow oil and gas exploration at sites intended for offshore wind | Oil

Sunak to allow oil and gas exploration at sites intended for offshore wind | Oil

Fossil fuel companies will be allowed to explore for oil and gas under offshore wind-power sites for the first time, the government will announce on Friday, in a move that campaigners said is further proof that ministers are abandoning the climate agenda. The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA), which regulates North Sea oil and gas production, will confirm that it is granting licences to about 30 companies to look for hydrocarbons on sites earmarked for future offshore windfarms. The move has brought renewed criticism of Rishi Sunak from environmentalists, including from the prime minister’s own former net zero tsar, who worry that any future oil and gas production could hamper clean energy generation. But it will also give the embattled prime minister a welcome piece of news to sell to his restive backbenchers – many of whom are keen to see more oil and gas production in the North Sea – the day after what are set to be a bruising set of local election results. Chris Skidmore, the former Conservative MP who recently quit …