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Lhyfe launches Lhyfe Heroes digital platform to help hydrogen pioneers deploy their projects

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 17:24
Global renewable green hydrogen pioneer Lhyfe has launched a new online platform to help accelerate deployment of the gas across industry and transport.

SRP to Add 340 MW of Additional Battery Storage with Two New Projects From Plus Power

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 17:24
Salt River Project announced signed contracts with Plus Power to bring online two grid-charged battery storage systems with a total combined output of 340 megawatts (MW) by early summer 2024. This is enough energy to power more than 76,000 average size residential homes over a four-hour period.

H2B2 and PowiDian Create Hydrogen-Based Energy System for Dutch Hospital

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 17:24
H2B2, a global technology company in the hydrogen energy sector, and PowiDian, a French technology company with expertise in hydrogen system integration, are collaborating to provide the future Rijnstate hospital in Elst (The Netherlands) with a system that will enable the hospital to cover up to 60% of its energy needs.

Renewable Power Capital enters the European battery storage market in joint venture with Eelpower

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 17:24
Renewable Power Capital (RPC), the pan-European renewable energy investment platform backed by CPP Investments, has entered the battery storage market in Great Britain, working with Eelpower, the UK specialist battery storage company.  

Moove partners with Paua for single-access EV charging solutions for its customers

Renewable Energy Magazine - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 17:24
Moove has partnered with Paua to develop the first end-to-end EV charging network app solution in the mobility industry, aimed at providing a simplified, all-in-one access solution to over 6,600 charge points in London without paying a hefty monthly subscription fee to multiple CPOs.

BREDL requests FERC to deny MVP an extension of time

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 17:24
Jul. 26, 2022: In our comments submitted to FERC, BREDL: (1) Requests that FERC deny request from Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP, LLC) for an extension of time until October 13, 2026 to complete construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) (2) In the event that MVP, LLC is granted an extension of time to complete construction of the MVP, BREDL requests that --revised Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) and Stormwater Management (SWM) plans for the MVP be a condition of the requested extension --consideration of cumulative aquatic impacts of building both the MVP and the Southgate extension be a condition of the requested extension
Categories: G2. Local Greens

Waterloo Professor Leads Un Report on Peatland Preservation for North America

Environment News Service - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 16:26

A new report coauthored by University of Waterloo professor Maria Strack has provided the most comprehensive assessment of the world's peatlands to date and identified actions governments should take to improve their protection, restoration and sustainable management.

Categories: H. Green News

Dieback of the Amazon Rainforest Under Climate Change in the Latest Earth System Models

Environment News Service - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 16:25

Dieback of the Amazon rainforest has long been touted as a possible climate tipping point, even though only a small minority of Earth System Models were projecting dieback. 

Categories: H. Green News

Underwater Tsunamis Created by Glacier Calving

Environment News Service - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 16:23

Scientists on a research vessel in Antarctica watched the front of a glacier disintegrate and their measurements ‘went off the scale’. 

Categories: H. Green News

Travelling With the Jetstream

Environment News Service - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 16:23

Dust particles from central South America were the most important source of iron in the South Pacific during the last two ice ages.

Categories: H. Green News

Victoria’s election is a referendum on fossil fuels vs deflationary renewables

Renew Economy - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 15:24

Labor's climate and renewables targets are world-leading, while the Coalition's gas plan relies on the fossil industry behind the crisis that is smashing us right now.

The post Victoria’s election is a referendum on fossil fuels vs deflationary renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Biden administration quietly approves huge Texas oil export project

Fuel Fix - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 15:24

 The proposed offshore terminal is one of four projects intended to expand oil export capacity.

Exxon Mobil rolls out plan to cut emissions in Permian Basin

Fuel Fix - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 15:24

This is the first tangible commitment the company has made to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

ConocoPhillips completes $9.5B acquisition of Shell’s Permian assets

Fuel Fix - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 15:24

Report: The majority of Shell’s Midland-based Permian employees and many Houston-based employees were offered jobs by ConocoPhillips, effective with the closing of the deal.

How 2022 has substantially, and favourably, changed the global climate outlook

Renew Economy - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 15:15

Recent policy changes, globally, have shifted the scales heavily in favor of clean energy technologies. The race to meet Paris climate targets is on.

The post How 2022 has substantially, and favourably, changed the global climate outlook appeared first on RenewEconomy.

Global momentum on clean electricity keeps building (blog)

Pembina Institute News - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 12:33
Binnu Jeyakumar, director of the Pembina Institute’s clean electricity program, attended COP27 in Egypt this month. Here she reflects on the momentum she witnessed at the conference, and what Canada’s priorities should be on electricity in the year ahead.

“We were marked for extinction, but we are still here.”

Tempest Magazine - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 11:51

Avery Wear: Could you talk a little bit about who you are? You founded the Indigenous Sovereign Nations (ISN) Employee Resource Group for San Diego County employees this year. What led you to start this?

Maria Whitehorse: I have been a San Diego County employee for 15 years. I’ve also been a union advocate for about 13 years and I’ve lived in San Diego all my life.

Having an Indigenous family and seeing the disconnection from the culture relit a fire that I’ve had for years on educating the community and bringing visibility to the culture.

I know there is an unfair history that is being taught about my ancestors that has no validity and must be corrected. By forming this group, I wanted to address this and have the community unlearn and relearn the culture the right way through the testimonies of my ancestors and just everybody who is tribal, connected tribally to a tribal affiliation, or who has Indigenous family and ancestry.

Brian Ward: The ISN joined the Orange Shirt Day, which commemorates the sufferings of Indigenous children in Indian Boarding Schools. You all asked the county to join the commemoration by lighting the downtown county building orange that night. At first they refused, but later they felt they had to do it. How did that come about?

MW: I’ll give a quick history about Orange Shirt Day, which was where the request came from. The Orange T-shirt is a memorial to the children who were stolen from their tribes and put into boarding schools to assimilate, which took away their tradition and their cultures.

They obviously endured trauma. Some of the children died of starvation and illnesses. I felt a need to give honor to these children. A lot of people think that this started in Canada (which it may have), but we also had boarding schools here in the United States, particularly here in California. The few boarding schools here in California that have been recognized led us to request a building to be lit in orange to honor these children on September 30.

We requested that the County of San Diego light the building. Unfortunately, there was a disconnect in communication regarding getting the building lit which prompted us to request a meeting with the Board of Supervisors [Chair] Nathan Fletcher. In that meeting, there was myself representing ISN and a few tribal members. We spoke about what transpired in terms of getting denied to light the building for the children.

He agreed that this needed to be honored and needed to be done. He agreed to go ahead and light the building on November 2 in honor of the children. However, we did mention that this was a little late. Had this been on September 30, it would have had more meaning.

This memorial was lit in memory of not only the children that were killed but also the survivors, because we have a lot of children that did survive these boarding schools and they’re very impacted by the trauma. Lighting the building in orange is in memory (and honor) of them because they did pay an ultimate sacrifice to their relations.

The San Diego County Administration Building lit orange on November 2, 2022 in honor of Orange Shirt Day. Photo by Maria Whitehorse.

AW: San Diego County has the largest number of reservations of any county in the U.S. There’s a long history of Indigenous struggle in this part of the world. How do you see ISN as a new organization of county employees fitting in with this ongoing historical struggle?

MW: I believe that ISN is ready, equipped to educate, and able to give the space to do so. Visibility is important: putting on events and showing our culture. I know our culture has its struggles, but we are survivors. We were once marked for extinction. But we are still here.

It is also important to discuss how poverty and economic barriers lead some Indigenous people to leave their communities because they want a better life for their families. But leaving reservations makes them lose their culture and traditions.

The purpose of ISN was to give that safe space to reconnect those that chose to leave their culture in search of a better life. And we are not only one tribe; we are all-inclusive from the North to the South. We’re a safe space to learn from each other’s traditions and cultures. It’s just an open space to reconnect.

BW: Regarding Indigenous peoples leaving reservations and going into cities looking for different opportunities, an overwhelming majority (about 72 percent of Indigenous people) live in urban environments. Were there any organizations, or things that you saw, that inspired you to create ISN and connect to issues specifically for urban Native folks?

MW: We live in the county of San Diego, which is Kumeyaay Nation.
We also have an array of other tribal people that come from around South America. From what I’ve seen, the people from Oaxaca suffer tremendously, as well. First, because the government says they are illegal when this is their land. There’s a saying: “we didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us.” They don’t live on a reservation. They’re urban Indigenous people. They live in town with us. And not only Oaxacans. There are other people who I have met who belong to tribes that have been detribalized. They’re not recognized because the government has unrecognized their tribes going back to the sixties and fifties. So they have no reservation or recognition, but they live in urban areas. The goal is to reconnect them and help them come back to their roots.

“There are many that come as a savior, but the people don’t want that.” They don’t want that savior. It’s gotta come from within them, inside the reservation.

It’s much too easy to say, “I’m going to leave my reservation because I want a better life.” But they have sacrificed their traditions and culture to do that; to live here in an urban area as a Native. I want to bring out that Native in them because there are many who don’t recognize that they’re Native because they weren’t raised like that, because their parents were ashamed or because of the stigma that comes with it.

I want to take ISN to help urban Natives, too. I know we have lots of them in San Diego and I’m hoping that they will reach out so that we can come together in our relations and help others.

I met a woman who was from the Pine Ridge Reservation. If I’m not mistaken, they’re one of the poorest reservations out there. They’re the ones that I believe are being punished for the killings and the history done to them. When we discussed Pine Ridge, she said, “There are many that come as a savior, but the people don’t want that.” They don’t want that savior. It’s gotta come from within them, inside the reservation. But maybe I can extend the education here on what that reservation is going through; maybe send some kind of message or some kind of help. Not being a savior but allowing them to be self-sufficient, because it’s got to come from within. And unfortunately, they’re very oppressed because of everything that’s gone on with them and the way the government has Pine Ridge situated.

This discussion with that young lady that was from Pine Ridge was one of the sparks that lit a fire in me. She lives here in Oceanside. She is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe as well. However, she also sought a better life and is living over here in California.

To hear her experience and perspective as someone who was born there, you see things in a different light. That’s what I mean when I say, “unlearn to relearn.” I want people to “unlearn” in order to “relearn” the right way.

BW: You and several other ISN members are also union activists. How has your union background shaped your approach to ISN’s work?

MW: I think being an advocate is in my DNA: to be able to organize and create those groups that are safe spaces to discuss, share and make sure everybody has a voice in this march and in this struggle together.

Union ideas align with what I envision for Indigenous Sovereign Nations and what our group can do for our Indigenous community. For me, advocacy comes naturally. And most of my members or board members are all advocates themselves and I think it runs in their DNA, as well. So, I think our group is composed of phenomenal people that will help to bring this group to light in order to help the Indigenous community.

AW: How do you see ISN fitting in with other fights for social justice, including the workers movement?

MW: The ISN aligns with other fights because what I envision for Indigenous people is that everyone deserves economic equality, political and social rights, and opportunities. Indigenous people and their communities have suffered from being left behind.

I believe that ISN can be that safe space where we can give that visibility to the community, Indigenous communities and peoples, so that they can be put in the front.

Maria Whitehorse (right) stands next to members of the Indigenous Sovereign Nations (ISN) Employee Resource Group outside the San Diego County Administration Building. Photo by Maria Whitehorse.

BW: What are your visions for society in the long run? Do you see a connection or relationship between ideas of Indigenous liberation and socialism?

MW: Mine is to change the mindset of colonialism. That is my main target.
The Indigenous people were marked for extinction, but we are still here. So our aim is to make our ancestors proud. Some of them paid the ultimate sacrifice (if not all) from the colonizations of the Americas to today. Indigenous people faced and continue to experience oppression, disenfranchisement, discrimination, and some of them even violence at the hands governments, institutions, racism, and colonialism.

Indigenous people have been silenced and have encountered institutional barriers with far-reaching impacts on education, economy, justice, and the environment. What I want this group to do is the work of addressing historical, generational trauma. It can only begin to heal if the harm and the abuses are understood.

If we unlearn what’s been taught and reteach it the way our ancestors survived it, through their eyes, we can address and dispel all of it.

The hope is to bring honor to our ancestors through hard work, dedication, keeping sovereignty, culture, health, and wellbeing for our future generations.

Featured Image credit: Photo from Wikimedia Commons; modified by Tempest.

Categories: D2. Socialism

The Ford government is trying to sell off Ontario’s natural heritage

Ecojustice - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 11:25

In the past few weeks, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his government has been determined to trample on laws and policies that have protected Ontarians and many of the province’s ... Read more.

The post The Ford government is trying to sell off Ontario’s natural heritage appeared first on Ecojustice.

Categories: G1. Progressive Green

Plans unveiled for Australia’s biggest vanadium flow battery and gigawatt factory

Renew Economy - Thu, 11/24/2022 - 11:16

Plans unveiled for biggest vanadium redox flow battery in Australia and for a local manufacturing facility to tap into country's rich vanadium reserves.

The post Plans unveiled for Australia’s biggest vanadium flow battery and gigawatt factory appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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