2018-07-11 09:12:21 UTC
Warmest May since 1900 to cost Norwegians $2.34 bn more for power
10 Jul 2018 3:22 PM
Oslo (Reuters). Norwegians enjoyed the warmest May this year since
records began in 1900, but as rainfall has been unusually low, the
treat will cost them about 2 bn euros ($2.34 bn) in higher
power bills, Norway's energy regulator told Reuters.
[image] People ski in Oevreseter, Oslo, Norway Feb 2,
2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
The unseasonable weather accelerated snow melt in the mountains, but
some of the water soaked into the dry land or evaporated and did not
end up in the reservoirs that feed Norway's hydropower plants, raising
The warmth was accompanied by 40% lower than normal rainfall
this spring, but the 1000s of happy Norwegians who flocked to
sunbathe and swim now face payback in the form of higher electricity bills.
"The total cost for power this year for households, which consume 80
terawatt hours (TWh) annually, will be 1.2 bn euros higher than
last year," Vegard Willumsen, section manager at Norway's water
resources and energy directorate (NVE), said.
The added cost for Norway's entire power consumption, including
industry, corresponding to about 135 TWh in total, can be calculated
in the same way, he added.
That would bring the total extra cost for power usage alone to just
over 2 bn euros. On top of that, households and industrial
consumers must pay taxes and grid tariff costs.
Power prices were on average 33% higher this year comparing to
the second quarter of 2017, NVE said in a press release on Tue.
Typhoon Maria to batter Taiwan, China after making direct hit on Japan's
AccuWeather.com, 10 Jul 2018 17:55Z
After lashing the Ryukyu Islands, Maria is expected to pass by the tip of
northern Taiwan on Tue night. While the typhoon is not expected to make
landfall on the island, it is expected to be close enough to bring
significant impacts to the nation into Wed morning.
Maria is expected to make landfall in eastern China Wed morning as a
powerful and dangerous typhoon. Northern Fujian and southern Zhejiang
provinces will bear the brunt of Maria's fury.
Bidding war begins as WA once again searches for workers to fuel a mining boom
ABC News, 10 Jul 2018 22:15Z
During the last mining boom people flew in to Western Australia from all
over the country and abroad to earn the ridiculous wages being offered, but
poaching workers may not be so easy this time around.
[This time they're looking for lithium, among other things].
Cancelled wind farm to cost Ontario ratepayers $100 mn plus ...
iPolitics.ca, 10 Jul 2018 22:56Z
Toronto. The unexpected cancellation of a wind energy project by the new
Ontario govt will cost ratepayers more than $100 mn ...
Anxious allies await more damage as Trump lands in Europe
ABC News, 11 Jul 2018
Donald Trump has repeatedly undercut the nearly 70-year-old NATO alliance,
as allies in Europe fret over what further damage can be done. This week
they might be about to find out, write Lisa Millar and Roscoe Whalan.
Assaad Razzouk @AssaadRazzouk 11 Jul 2018 00:10Z
Scientists found a 36-year #climate change record in Tour de France footage.
Lo and behold, it showed plants started shifting their leaf-outs earlier in
the 1980s and 1990s as temperatures rose worldwide, while whole ecosystems
started to change buff.ly/2L0LN5l #TDF2018 pic.twitter.com/AqHLZAWcZ2
Typhoon Maria strikes China's holiday coast
news.com.au, 11 Jul 2018 03:47Z
China's coastal communities have closed shop as the season's first typhoon
raced ashore this morning, threatening up to $222 bn in ...
Assaad Razzouk @AssaadRazzouk 11 Jul 2018 05:34Z
The UK's National Infrastructure Commission, set up to provide Government
with independent, impartial and evidence-based advice, says energy from
#renewables could supply 50% of the UK's power needs by 2030 at no extra
cost to consumers buff.ly/2KOYxNm #climate #facts pic.twitter.com/uvYpcQ6cKh
Yes, your energy bills are [~$400 pa] too high. Here's how the ACCC thinks
prices can be slashed
* Big cuts to power bills possible if customers can compare more easily,
ABC News, 11 Jul 2018
The consumer watchdog believes Australians are paying too much for
their electricity. The ACCC says power bills can be reduced by at
least 25%, if govts adopt a series of recommendations from its
report on the energy market.
Harvard study finds that during heat waves, people can't think straight
New research suggests that people perform worse in problem solving and
memory tests during spells of hot weather. The study, which assessed
students living in dorm rooms with and without air conditioning during
a heatwave in 2016, found that students without air conditioning
performed an average of 13% worse in 5 measures of cognitive
function. The results apply "to kids in schools, office workers - and
often we find that temperature levels are too hot because there is no
air conditioning", the lead author told the Independent. The findings
offer a real-life example of heatwaves hindering the abilities of
otherwise healthy young adults, the author added. The Times also
covers the study. -- Martin Finucane, The Boston Globe
Shocking moment FOUR-MILE-long iceberg breaks off melting Greenland
glacier amid fears over global warming sparking devastating sea level rise
Jay Akbar, The Sun
NY appeals court suspends lawyer who sued Chevron over Ecuador claims
Jonathan Stempel, Reuters
OPEC to Canada: Build pipelines or watch investment flow south
Rod Nickel & Devika Krishna Kumar, Reuters
Warming oceans are changing Australia's fishing industry
Alistair Hobday & Beth Fulton & Gretta Peci, The Conversation
USGS warns sea level rise could double erosion rates along SoCal coast
Cheyenne Macdonald, Mail Online
Electricity prices: ACCC calls for new powers to fix `market manipulation'
Paul Karp, The Guardian
Tesla makes massive bet on China with new 500,000-car Shanghai factory
Timothy B Lee, Ars Technica
One Third Of 18-34 Year Olds `Very Worried' About Climate Change
Charley Ross, Huffington Post
Global businesses, cities and unite for Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge
Michael Holder, BusinessGreen
China Trumped again with $US200 bn in extra US tariffs
ABC News, 11 Jul 2018
The US announces plans to impose taxes on a further $US200 bn worth of
Chinese imports, in retaliation for China's retaliation to America's first
round of tariffs.
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