Climate change mitigation and adaptation - omnibus thread

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Post by fwiw » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:50 am

From Social Experiment To Reality: Bottled ‘Fresh Air’ Now Being Sold Online In India

https://thelogicalindian.com/awareness/ ... fresh-air/
... just my opinion, for what it's worth

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:04 pm

fwiw wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:50 am
From Social Experiment To Reality: Bottled ‘Fresh Air’ Now Being Sold Online In India

https://thelogicalindian.com/awareness/ ... fresh-air/
Thanks.
I'm not sure whether :rolleye: or :tantrum: is the more appropriate response.

Meanwhile in Oz ...
Should I wear a face mask to protect myself from bushfire smoke?
https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2019 ... n/11760618

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:16 pm

Something a bit more positive from the burning land ...
Almost two-thirds of Australia's coal-fired generation will be out by 2040, Aemo says

Rooftop solar capacity to double or even triple to replace existing thermal generation, new assessment by the energy market operator predicts

Australia’s ageing coal-fired power plants could be shuttered earlier than expected if competition from renewable generators and carbon budgets render them uneconomic, according to a new assessment by the Australian Energy Market Operator.

Aemo will, on Thursday, publish a new draft integrated system plan which snapshots the unfolding revolution underway in Australia’s energy market. The energy market operator predicts rooftop solar capacity will double or even triple, providing up to 22% of total energy by 2040.

It says 63% of Australia’s coal-fired generation will be out of the system by 2040, and more than 30 gigawatts (GW) of large-scale renewable energy will be needed to replace existing thermal generation. ...
:reading: https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... -aemo-says

The really encouraging thing about this is that it's all market-driven, so it's going to happen whether the government wants it to or not.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:33 am

The continued decline of coal, in Australia and internationally -
Australian miners hit by biggest thermal coal price drop in more than a decade

Drop comes as usage in Europe and the US declines and China tightens use of imported coal


Australian coal exporters have experienced the biggest annual drop in thermal coal prices in more than a decade during 2019, raising doubts about industry projections that demand will continue to grow.

The spot price of thermal coal, which is burned to generate electricity, was US$66.20 ($95) last week, down more than a third from US$100.73 ($145) a year earlier.

According to the government’s latest resources and quarterly energy report, it is expected to cut export earnings from the industry from last year’s record A$26bn to A$20.6bn this year and A$18.8bn next year.

The drop in price came as China increased its reliance on domestic coal stocks and tightened its use of imported coal, particularly from Australia.

The International Energy Agency recently found global thermal coal use declined this year after rising in 2017 and 2018, but forecast a slight increase over the next five years as rising demand from India offset a shift away from it in Europe and the US.

A more detailed analysis of 2019 trends by several thinktanks found coal-fired electricity was headed for a 3% fall, the biggest drop on record after more than four decades of near-uninterrupted growth in which coal-fired power has been a primary driver of the climate crisis.

The decrease has been driven by a historically sharp reduction in Europe, where demand for coal-fired power fell 23%, and the US, where it dropped 14% in the first nine months of the year despite Donald Trump’s vow that he would resurrect the local industry.
:reading: https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... n-a-decade

It's not enough and should have happened long ago, but it's still worth celebrating.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:07 pm

Coal continues its slide from the market.
BlackRock, the world's largest fund manager, is dumping more than half a billion dollars in thermal coal shares from all of its actively managed portfolios, as part of a more active global stance on climate change driven by chief executive Larry Fink.

The coal ban, which includes any company earning 25 per cent of its revenue from thermal coal, will apply to BlackRock's $US1.8 trillion ($2.6 trillion) in actively managed equity portfolios.
Even more broadly -
"It's become very clear, I think, in the last few years that climate risk represents significant investment risk in portfolios and I think that the regulators, as well as managers like BlackRock, are saying that this risk in the portfolio is material."
A defining factor

Mr Fink announced the coal ban on Tuesday in his annual letter to the chief executives of global companies BlackRock is invested in.

This year the letter was almost entirely devoted to climate change and its potential impact on the global allocation of capital.

"Climate change has become a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects," Mr Fink wrote.

"Last September, when millions of people took to the streets to demand action on climate change, many of them emphasised the significant and lasting impact that it will have on economic growth and prosperity – a risk that markets to date have been slower to reflect.

"But awareness is rapidly changing, and I believe we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance."
:reading: https://www.afr.com/companies/financial ... 114-p53rd0

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Post by justsit » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:09 pm

I wasn't sure which Climate thread to post this in, since it's "soft science," and it may have been posted before, but anyway, I found this interesting. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46459714

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:32 pm

justsit wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:09 pm
I wasn't sure which Climate thread to post this in, since it's "soft science," and it may have been posted before, but anyway, I found this interesting. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46459714
:thanks:
Shared.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:14 am

Excellent news!

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Schlumberger posts $10.1 billion loss in 2019

Schlumberger, the largest oil-field services company, is responding to the ongoing shale slump by selling underperforming businesses, stacking frac fleets, closing locations and laying off employees.

The company reported a $10.1 billion loss in 2019 compared with a $2.2 billion profit in 2018. It had $32.9 billion in revenue for the year compared with $32.8 billion in the previous year, an increase of 0.3 percent.

Full-year earnings were dragged down by an $11.4 billion loss in the third quarter, when the company wrote down the value of two past acquisitions and experienced nearly a year of weakened demand from its North American hydraulic fracturing business.

During a Friday morning investors call, Schlumberger CEO Olivier Le Peuch reported that the 2020 shale market is expected to decline by high-single or low-double digit percentages. In response, the company's North American arm is selling noncore businesses, stacking nearly one-third of its hydraulic fracturing fleet and closing one-fourth of its locations. Schlumberger also said it laid off 1,400 North American employees in the fourth quarter. ...
:reading: https://www.chron.com/business/energy/a ... 982068.php

Let's hope this is a sign that oil is beginning to follow coal's death spiral.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:43 pm

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:14 am
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Let's hope this is a sign that oil is beginning to follow coal's death spiral.

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n mid-January, Adam Waterous, who operates the private equity firm Waterous Energy Fund, made a prediction about the crown jewel of the U.S. shale oil industry, the Permian shale play that straddles Texas and New Mexico.

“We think we are at or near peak Permian,” Waterous told Bloomberg. “The North American oil market has been grossly overcapitalized, which is not sustainable.”

Bloomberg reporter Simon Casey goes on to qualify that “[p]redicting peak Permian output for 2020 isn’t a mainstream view.” However, evidence is piling up that the U.S. shale industry may indeed be close to peaking as it runs out of the two things required to continue increasing oil production: money and what's known as “tier one acreage.”

Tier one acreage is the term for the areas that produce the most oil per well. It's also known as “sweet spots,” “core acreage,” or “good rock.”

The idea of the U.S. shale revolution peaking long before either the broader oil and gas industry or the Energy Information Administration expects isn’t a popular one. And the idea was even less popular when DeSmog started detailing why it was likely all the way back in October 2018, and even when the Wall Street Journal made the case a year later.

Today, as more and more Permian oil companies go bankrupt and wells in the nation's most prolific oil patch turn out less and less, one early warning nows seems especially prescient. In 2018, Paal Kibsgaard, the CEO of Schlumberger — one of the largest oil services providers — cautioned about declining well productivity in the Permian Basin, pointing to increasing “child wells” and to the boom-gone-bust Texas oilfield, the Eagle Ford Shale. ...
https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/02/03/p ... hlumberger

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Post by Charbel » Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:22 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:43 pm
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Grazing land being rezoned outside of Townsville purportedly for green energy, even though the land appears far in excess of the actual need and even though there are alternate sites in already existing industrial zones. :|

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020- ... d/11904032

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:05 am

Charbel wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:22 am
Kim O'Hara wrote:
Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:43 pm
:thumb:
Grazing land being rezoned outside of Townsville purportedly for green energy, even though the land appears far in excess of the actual need and even though there are alternate sites in already existing industrial zones. :|

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020- ... d/11904032
The issues are difficult to resolve because both the blocks of "development" land under discussion are very flat and very low-lying. and Townsville is prone to extreme rainfall events (like last year's) with or without cyclones and storm surges. So should they industrialise farming land near the head of the dam, or the mangrove swamp? Neither looks good to me, given climate change, extreme weather and sea-level rise.
And council signed off on housing development on flood-prone ground (Idalia, Oonoonba) a few years ago, so I don't really trust them on this one either.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:25 pm

A pair of important articles in The Guardian.
The Future We Choose, a new book by the architects of the Paris climate accords, offers two contrasting visions for how the world might look in thirty years
...
This is an edited extract from The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, published by Manilla Press (£12.99). To order a copy go to guardianbookshop.com. Free UK p&p over £15
'Air is cleaner than before the Industrial Revolution': a best case scenario for the climate in 2050 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... ett-carnac
‘The only uncertainty is how long we’ll last’: a worst case scenario for the climate in 2050 - https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... ett-carnac

I suggest reading the "best case" scenario first.

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Post by Charbel » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:45 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:05 am
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Instead of ranting here to empty audience, send to: statedevelopment@ministerial.qld.gov.au
The TSDA was established in 2003 and currently hosts a meatworks, rail freight terminal, prison and copper and zinc refineries on a 4,915-hectare site 6km from Townsville.... a spokesman for the Queensland coordinator-general said land was available immediately for development without filling and could accommodate a range of industries. The spokesman said a further 810 ha of land was acquired in 2018 to meet future demand, but ultimately the department expected Woodstock will be needed for industry as the TSDA fills.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2020- ... d/11904032
The Townsville battery plant is expected to be a 18-gigawatt hour plant situated on 400 hectares :o of land :shock: located in Townsville, Australia. The project has received an AU$3.1 million dollar grant from the Queensland government to be spent on the feasibility study for the plant, which was recently submitted to the government.

https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20170628/ ... g5n1vr.pdf
https://investingnews.com.au/magnis-ene ... e-tanzania
New York Magnis: 60 acres/25 hectares for a 15 gigawatt hour plant .

https://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20170529/ ... h8mt6d.pdf
CATL world’s largest battery manufacturer 70 hectares plus 17 hectares for 100 gigawatt hour plant

https://www.electrive.com/2019/02/04/ca ... n-germany/
https://insideevs.com/news/339490/in-de ... n-germany/
Tesla New York: 88 acres/35 hectares: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giga_New_York
Tesla New China: 210 acres/86 hectares https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giga_Shanghai
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:rules: The purpose of this Act is to establish an efficient :| , effective, transparent :? , integrated, coordinated, and accountable :roll: system of land use planning (planning), development assessment and related matters that facilitates the achievement of ecological sustainability.

https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view ... t-2016-025

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Post by justsit » Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:53 pm

Charbel wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:45 am
Kim O'Hara wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:05 am
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Instead of ranting here to empty audience, send to: statedevelopment@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Kim does not rant IMO, unlike some others. He provides useful, interesting, and well documented updates related to the topic of the thread.

How do you know what else he does? Perhaps he has already contacted the link you mention? And many others?

How do you know the audience is empty? Many people read but never join, and if they do join they don't always sign in.

As we used to sing in school, better to light one little candle than to stumble in the dark. :candle:

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Post by Charbel » Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:31 am

justsit wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:53 pm
How do you know what else he does? Perhaps he has already contacted the link you mention? And many others?
Doesn't appear so.
justsit wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:53 pm
As we used to sing in school..
As we used to say in school, mind your own business.

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:28 am

justsit wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:53 pm
Charbel wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:45 am
Kim O'Hara wrote:
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:05 am
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Instead of ranting here to empty audience, send to: statedevelopment@ministerial.qld.gov.au
Kim does not rant IMO, unlike some others. He provides useful, interesting, and well documented updates related to the topic of the thread.

How do you know what else he does? Perhaps he has already contacted the link you mention? And many others?

How do you know the audience is empty? Many people read but never join, and if they do join they don't always sign in.

As we used to sing in school, better to light one little candle than to stumble in the dark. :candle:
Thanks, Justsit.

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Post by Charbel » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:27 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:28 am
Kim
Oh well. I was going to offer you info to assist you writing to the Minister so you could make merit. When I meet Jesus or have to sign off for the next rebirth, I have another good deed to show for merit points. Its still not too late to practise Engaged Buddhism rather than merely talk about it. :smile:

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:06 pm

Just for you, Charbel, since no-one else here is likely to be interested ...

One of Townsville's retired journalists is now blogging about local politics and this week - https://www.townsvillemagpie.com.au/fam ... e-trusted/ - he passes on information about the battery plant.

I don't know how reliable he or his informant are but even if they are only half right the battery plant is unlikely to go ahead.

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Post by Charbel » Thu Feb 27, 2020 4:33 am

Kim O'Hara wrote:
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:06 pm
even if they are only half right the battery plant is unlikely to go ahead.
Yes, quite unlikely. Whose going to lend $1 billion to a speculative company. However, we can't be complacent about our personal kamma. Keep MN 130 in mind. Rebirth in hell for negligence, per MN 130.
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Townsville's retired journalist
Sure. I might possibly know of M.W. However, numbers are important. People are important. The bottom line is State Govt is due to decide on rezoning of 400 hectares of land where only 10% of that size is required for such a battery plant. Plenty of already industrial zoned 40 hectares. Writing an email to the minister takes 10 minutes. It all depends on you. Tell all your friends. You, Kim O'Hara, could make the difference. Its a chance for rebirth with Buddhaghosa in the highest heaven. :smile:

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Post by Kim O'Hara » Thu Feb 27, 2020 8:06 am

Coal-fired power is losing 'unfair fight' in India to renewables

BAMBOLIN, Goa, India (Reuters) - Coal-fired power in India is being increasingly priced out of the market by cheaper renewables such as solar, with the dirtier fuel abandoned by private capital, and only projects with government support being viable. ...

Coal is in an “unfair fight” and is increasingly losing, said Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies at think tank the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

While IEEFA is unashamedly pro-renewables, the numbers definitely support the view that coal power generation is struggling in India, and that several newly-built plants run the risk of becoming stranded assets.

Renewables can be offered in PPAs at around 3 rupees (4.2 cents) per kilowatt hour (kw/h), while existing coal generation comes in at around 4 rupees per kw/h and new-build coal between 5 and 6 rupees per kw/h.

Once built, renewables also tend to force coal from the generation mix, as they have lower operating costs.

As a result, India’s current coal fleet has a utilisation rate of around 52%-55%, well below a level that would be considered economic in other countries.

After a massive build-out of coal-fired generation from about 2010 to 2016, construction has slowed to a near trickle, while investment in renewables has soared. ...

it’s clear that the money has abandoned coal for renewables, with only government companies remaining committed to the dirtier fuel.

But India’s ongoing battles with air pollution, and the likely cost to the health of residents in its major cities may ultimately force a quicker change to renewables, especially if clean and green resources are winning the price war as well.
:reading: https://in.reuters.com/article/column-r ... NKBN20E0C9

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