- President Barack Obama designated the bulk of US waters in the Arctic Ocean, and also certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean, as indefinitely off-limits to future oil and gas leasing. The White House said the wording of the statute allowing the ban provides no authority for subsequent presidents to undo permanent withdrawals. [STLtoday.com]
- Meriden, Connecticut has made history as the first city in the US to install an Archimedes screw turbine to generate power at a dam. The 20-ton, 35-foot-long steel screw lifted by crane into the Hanover Pond dam will generate about 900,000 kWh of electricity annually and is expected to save the city $20,000 a year. [Meriden Record-Journal]
- Warm water flowing through a deep channel under East Antarctica’s largest glacier is driving rapid melting, a study published in the journal Science Advances says. It says that if the thinning continues and the massive shelf gives way, enough ice would slide into the sea to raise global levels by over 11 feet. [Wunderground.com]
- 2016 will be the hottest year in more than 120 years of record keeping by US agencies. It will be the third record-setting year in a row. Of of the 17 hottest years, 16 have been this century. The world is already more than halfway down the road to 2°C (3.6°F). The Paris climate goal was to limit temperatures to that amount by 2100. [AlterNet]
- Colorado-based Carbon Cycle Energy broke ground last week on a $100 million, swine waste-to-renewable natural gas project near the town of Warsaw in southeastern North Carolina. Duke Energy indicated that it will be using the renewable natural gas produced at four of its generating facilities under a 15-year contract. [Biomass Magazine]
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