A federal court in Washington, D.C. has struck down the Dakota Access Pipeline, following years of campaigning by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe.
California wants to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045
Trump annuncia l’uscita dagli accordi sul clima di Parigi. La risposta della California è l’approvazione di un disegno di per abbandonare i combustibili fossili e arrivare al 100 per cento di energia rinnovabile.
California will be 100 per cent renewable. The US state governed by Jerry Brown passed a bill aimed at meeting the country’s energy needs entirely with renewables by 2045.
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— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) 5 giugno 2017
Donald Trump can’t halt the energy revolution in California
Senator Kevin de León defined the approval of the bill in the Senate – in a 23 to 13 vote – a historic moment: “Today, we passed the most ambitious target in the world to expand clean energy and put Californians to work,” he said. “Regardless of what Washington does, California will show the way forward. We are sending a clear message to the rest of the world that no president, no matter how desperately the try to ignore reality, can halt our progress.”
100 per cent renewable energy by 2045
The commitment to renewable energy has always been the hearth of the Golden State’s energy policies. By setting the goal of reaching 100 per cent renewable energy by 2045 California has, in fact, raised the bar of the objectives already in force – reaching 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. If the bill is approved by the Assembly, California will quit fossil fuels in less than three decades, accelerating its shift: it is likely to reach 50 per cent renewable energy by 2026, and 60 per cent by 2030.
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) 1 giugno 2017
Future is in our hands
Environment California praised the approval of the proposal by Senator de León and the goal of granting a clean future to the state of California. “Now more than ever, California must go big on clean, renewable energy and set a strong example for other states to follow,” said Michelle Kinman, an advocate of the organisation. “Getting to 100 per cent renewable energy is 100 per cent possible—and it’s 100 per cent necessary”. Leonardo DiCaprio has also celebrated California’s decision: “Great reminder that the future is in our hands,” he wrote on Twitter.
California, Denmark and Hawaii are the most ambitious states
California is now the second country in the world to adopting such a radical approach in terms of energy. The other country is Denmark, which pledged to meet half its energy needs with renewables within three years, being the world’s major producer of wind power. In fact, the country managed to run entirely on wind energy earlier this year, on 22 February. Meantime, Hawaii has become the first US state to “adopt” the Paris Agreement, aiming to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2045 after quitting on coal, oil and gas and cutting fossil fuels fundings.
The Scottish island of Eigg is self-sufficient for its energy needs, relying almost entirely on renewable sources, especially thanks to a coordinated community effort.
President Magufuli in unmovable in going ahead with the Stiegler’s Gorge dam despite conservationists’ warnings of the damage it will cause the Selous Game Reserve’s ecosystem and wildlife.
A large dam along the Luangwa River in Zambia would have posed a serious risk to local people and wildlife, leading hundreds of thousands to oppose it. A call to which the government responded by halting plans to build it.
The first one megawatt solar power plant in the Chernobyl exclusion zone has become operational. This is the first step in a renewable energy development project promoted by the Ukrainian government in the area.
Gas explosions are frequent in Nigeria, where safety standards are poor. In the latest incident, a gas tanker blast killed 35 people in Nasarawa state.
The largest tidal power plant in the world will be built in the Larantuka Straits. It will serve 100,000 people and help overcome some of the challenges of energy provision in Indonesia.
Robben Island’s solar energy micro-grid project will produce almost one million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, significantly reducing the cost and impact of buying diesel.
The Balikpapan oil spill off the coast or Borneo in Indonesia covers 120 square kilometres. It has caused the death of 5 people, health and economic problems for local communities, as well as threatening wildlife and local ecosystems.