- “As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. Plus They Truly Are Getting Into Trouble.” • As climate change leads to warmer winters, American black bears are changing their hibernation routines. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. But with droughts, they might not find enough food in the wild. [Independent Recorder]
- Extreme weather appears to be disrupting the life cycle of Europe’s bats. Scientists were alarmed to find that some bats in Portugal skipped winter hibernation altogether this year while others gave birth early. The findings add to growing fears that rising temperatures are having unpredictable effects on bats, birds and other wildlife. [BBC]
- India has achieved the ambitious target of setting up solar power plants of 20,000 MW capacity four years in ahead of schedule. The United Progressive Alliance government, at the launch of National Solar Mission in 2010, had set a target for deploying 20 GW of grid connected solar power by 2022. Now that goal has been met. [EnergyInfraPost]
- BYD has teamed with US Hybrid Corporation, a company with 20 years’ experience, to develop a hydrogen fuel cell battery-electric bus. This bus, the first of its kind, will serve Honolulu’s Daniel K Inouye International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the US, with more than 21 million passengers going through it each year. [MassTransitMag.com]
- When the Tennessee Valley Authority settled with the EPA and environmental groups in 2011 to clean up its power generation, coal industry advocates warned about rate increases and lost jobs. But TVA managed instead to phase out over half of its 59 coal-fired units and add pollution controls on others while reducing the rates. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]
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Source: Green Events
May 6 Green Energy News