natural gas, nuclear are green energy in some circumstances

01 July 2022, Saxony, Lippendorf: A solar park borders directly on the site of the Lippendorf lignite-fired power plant. After more than 20 years, the so-called EEG overload, which customers pay via their electricity bill, will no longer apply. It currently still amounts to 3.72 cents per kilowatt hour. Experts do not expect electricity prices … Read more

Italy declared a state of emergency because of drought in the Po River

This picture taken on July 2, 2022 in Rome shows the low water level of the river Tiber near the Vittorio Emanuele II bridge, revealing an ancient bridge built under Roman Emperor Nero (Bottom). Andreas Solaro | AFP | Getty Images The Italian government declared a state of emergency on Monday in five regions because … Read more

Germany fears Russian gas flows could be about to stop for good

Russia says it stands ready to supply gas to Europe, describing ongoing disruption concerns as a “man-made crisis” created by Europe. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Russia is poised to temporarily shut down the Nord Stream 1 pipeline — the European Union’s biggest piece of gas import infrastructure — for annual maintenance. The works … Read more

The best way to fight climate change is by voting

The best way to save the planet isn’t necessarily recycling – it’s stepping into a voting booth. That’s according to celebrity science educator Bill Nye, television’s “The Science Guy,” who spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado, last week. “To be sure, recycle the bottles, don’t throw the plastic away [and] compost your … Read more

Europe’s plans to replace Russian gas are deemed ‘wildly optimistic’ — and could hammer its economy

A drilling rig at a gas processing facility, operated by Gazprom. Maxim Shemetov | Reuters The European Union’s best shot at replacing Russian gas imports this year is likely to miss the mark, analysts predict, exerting further pressure on the region’s economy. The EU plans to replace two-thirds of Russian gas imports by the end … Read more

G-7 nations face threat of Russia shutting down more gas

Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a toast as he takes part in the XIV BRICS summit in virtual format via a video call, in Moscow on June 23, 2022. Mikhail Metzel | AFP | Getty Images The Group of 7 nations need to brace for a complete shutdown of Russian gas pipelines in the near … Read more

Putin squeezes Europe’s gas supplies. Policymakers are getting worried

BRUSSELS — European leaders are growing increasingly concerned about the possibility of a full shutdown of gas supplies from Russia, with Italy asking for a new meeting to debate the matter. Gazprom, Russia’s state-backed energy supplier, has reduced its gas flows to Europe by about 60% over the past few weeks, prompting Germany, Italy, Austria … Read more

Germany triggers ‘alert level’ of emergency gas plan, sees high risk of long-term supply shortages

Habeck has previously warned the situation is going to be “really tight in winter” without precautionary measures to prevent a gas supply shortage. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Germany has declared it is moving to the so-called “alert level” of its emergency gas plan, as reduced Russian flows exacerbate fears of a … Read more

Germany turns to coal as Russia throttles gas supplies

Germany plans to compensate for a cut in Russian gas supplies by increasing the burning of coal — the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel in terms of emissions. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Germany has said the deteriorating gas market situation means Europe’s largest economy must limit the use of natural gas for electricity production … Read more

Odessa, Texas, without drinking water as temperatures soar

ODESSA, TX — Residents of the West Texas city of Odessa improvised emergency water supplies after a water system outage left them high and dry for days, even as utility crews scrambled Wednesday to restore normal service. The city said taps in 165,000 homes and businesses lost pressure or went completely dry after a 24-inch … Read more