- Water isn’t a commodity that most southerners usually worry about. But lately, the drought has become a hot topic as more and more communities begin dealing with declining water resources. The drought, already exceptionally severe, continues to deepen. Even worse, these conditions may become the new norm. [Digital Journal]
- Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry now expects the total cost of dealing with the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster to total more than ¥20 trillion (US$178.8 billion), nearly double the previous estimate, sources familiar with the matter said. The previous estimate was ¥11 trillion. [South China Morning Post]
- Energized by a $500,000 grant from the US DOE, Plug In America will partner with the University of Rhode Island to promote the electric car revolution in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Funds from the award will be used for public, workplace, and fleet events starting next year. [CleanTechnica]
- President-elect Donald Trump is set on stripping off funding from NASA’s Earth Science division. He wants the agency to concentrate more on deep space exploration. Trump would eliminate all climate change research conducted by NASA, according to the Guardian, shifting the focus to exploring the solar system. [Science World Report]
- A $10 million renewable energy-powered microgrid, possibly the largest in the country, will be developed in Western Australia. The coastal town of Kalbarri currently gets power through a 140-km transmission line, which can be unreliable. The microgrid will combine wind and solar power with a large-scale battery. [The Sydney Morning Herald]
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