The Guardian: Fossil fuel firms’ social media fightback against climate action

The Guardian: Fossil fuel firms’ social media fightback against climate action. “A new study of Facebook’s advertising disclosure platform by InfluenceMap suggests oil companies and their trade groups have spent $17m directly on political social media advertisements since May 2018. ExxonMobil spent $9.6m – by far the biggest sum – ConocoPhillips $910,000 and BP $790,000.”

KSBW: PG&E creates new website to map areas that can be affected by power shutoffs

KSBW: PG&E creates new website to map areas that can be affected by power shutoffs. “After being plagued by technical issues and a non-responsive website, PG&E has created and released a new site for the public to see if they’ll be affected by power outages.”

Washington Square News: NYU, Mayor’s Office Develop Interactive Efficiency-Tracking Map of City Buildings

Washington Square News: NYU, Mayor’s Office Develop Interactive Efficiency-Tracking Map of City Buildings. “An NYU team and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability consolidated six years of data to make an interactive map that color codes buildings based on energy efficiency. NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management and the NYU Urban Intelligence Lab — led by a professor at the institute with the goal of using data to address city problems — helped create the tool. When they go on the site, a user is allowed to enter any address within the city and see a 3D model of the building and area, each building color-coded based on how energy efficient it is.”

Data Center Knowledge: Google Takes Big Step Toward Powering Itself With Renewables Around the Clock

Data Center Knowledge: Google Takes Big Step Toward Powering Itself With Renewables Around the Clock. “Google, which competes only with Facebook for the title of the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, today announced another big round of investments in renewables, claiming it’s ‘the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history.'”

Windpower Engineering: New NRDC tool calculates cost of electricity by resource & region

Windpower Engineering: New NRDC tool calculates cost of electricity by resource & region. “The [Natural Resources Defense Council] tool improves upon existing methods to compare, on an apples-to-apples basis, the cost of producing power from different technologies in each state and region of the country. They include onshore wind farms, large solar facilities, as well as gas, coal, and nuclear plants.”

AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions

AlphaGalileo: New database to monitor national energy use and CO2 emissions. “How much of the Swedish chemical industry’s energy use is from renewables and how much from fuel oil? What are the global trends in fossil fuels consumption over the last decades? The new on-line World Input-Output Database (WIOD) environmental accounts, launched today by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), helps to answer these, and similar questions through data on the industrial and household energy use of residents in more than 40 countries and their corresponding CO2 emissions for the period 2000-2016.”

IEA: IEA launches new tool for tracking oil and gas-related methane emissions worldwide

IEA: IEA launches new tool for tracking oil and gas-related methane emissions worldwide. “The International Energy Agency has launched a new online tool that tracks oil and gas-related sources of methane, a major and often overlooked greenhouse gas. The new ‘methane tracker’ offers the most comprehensive global picture of methane emissions, covering eight industry areas across more than seventy countries.”