Further reduction of coal-fired power in Australia has been confirmed (Sept 2022), with major renewable initiatives by the Queensland, NSW and Victorian Governments and the early closure of AGL's Loy Yang power station.
The NSW Government is launching their Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and first Renewable Energy Zone tender. The Queensland government aims to achieve 80 per cent renewables by 2035 and Victoria announced its first big energy storage target, using “advanced inverters” from a big battery to supply system strength. Together with the AGL departure, the 100% renewable target is is sight.
partnership with the nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, Google will use its
AI and computing capabilities to create a map of the
planet’s big methane emitters based on data from the satellite MethaneSAT,
which launches next month. Google will cross-reference the satellite’s methane
detection with the locations of oil and gas infrastructure to determine the
types of equipment that leak the greenhouse gas.
MethaneSAT, set to launch in early March 2024, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket,
boasts "unprecedented precision” in mapping and tracking
methane emissions. Orbiting the Earth 15 times daily at 350 miles high, the satellite will focus on the top oil and gas regions
globally, providing comprehensive analyses of methane levels and fugitive emissions.Methane has more than 10X the global warming impact of CO2. Also, alarmingly, the Int. Energy Agency report (2023) states:
“Immediate, targeted methane abatement in the fossil fuel sector can prevent nearly 1 million premature deaths due to ozone exposure.https://impakter.com/slashing-methane-emissions-could-save-nearly-one-million-lives-new-report-says/