A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- The volume of coal burned in China may render efforts to limit global warming from greenhouse gases inadequate, and 363 proposed new coal-fired plants there would continue to increase emissions. From the New York Times article:
“Burning coal in China contributes one-fifth of the world’s total emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from fossil fuels, and if the country continues to increase its coal emissions through 2025 or beyond, it will make it “almost impossible for the world to move onto an emissions reduction pathway that gives even a 50-50 probability of staying below” 2 degrees Celsius, according to the study released on Monday by two British research centers.”
- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has asked owners of 18 reactors in eastern and central U.S. to submit detailed reports assessing the risk of damage from earthquakes, according to the Wall Street Journal.
- Oncor is testing new battery technology in a residential neighborhood in South Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reports, part of the utilities industry’s growing research into cost-effective electricity storage.