NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, December 3: A Climate Crisis Refugee Every 2 Seconds; New Energy Crossing Over

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    Tuesday, December 03, 2019

    QUICK NEWS, December 3: A Climate Crisis Refugee Every 2 Seconds; New Energy Crossing Over

    A Climate Crisis Refugee Every 2 Seconds Climate change is forcing one person from their home every two seconds, Oxfam says

    Jack Guy, December 2, 2019 (CNN)

    “Climate-fueled disasters have forced about 20 million people a year to leave their homes in the past decade -- equivalent to one every two seconds -- according to a new report from Oxfam…This makes the climate the biggest driver of internal displacement for the period, with the world's poorer countries at the highest risk, despite their smaller contributions to global carbon pollution compared to richer nations…People are seven times more likely to be internally displaced by floods, cyclones and wildfires than volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and three times more likely than by conflict…

    Low- and lower-middle income nations, such as India, are more than four times more likely to be affected by climate-fueled displacement than high-income countries like Spain and the US…[About 80% of those displaced live in Asia…[Small island developing states (SIDS), such as Cuba, Dominica and Tuvalu, are] seven of the top 10 countries with the highest rates of displacement from extreme weather disasters between 2008 and 2018…People living in SIDs are 150 times more likely to be displaced by extreme weather disasters than those living in Europe…” click here for more

    New Energy Crossing Over Solar, wind and hydro power could soon surpass coal

    Matt Egan, November 26, 2019 (CNN)

    “…Solar and wind power are growing so rapidly that for the first time ever, the United States will likely get more power in 2021 from renewable energy than from coal…Coal provided about half of America's power generation between 2000 and 2010. However, coal usage started to fall sharply late in the last decade because of the abundance of cheap natural gas. Coal was dethroned by natural gas in 2016…Despite President Donald Trump's promise to save coal, the industry's decline has only continued. This was underlined by last month's bankruptcy of Murray Energy, America's largest private coal mining company...

    US power plants are expected to consume less coal next year than at any point since 1978…That will cause coal's market share to drop below 22%, compared with 28% in 2018… Global electricity production from coal is on track to fall by a record 3% in 2019…[It is] driven by record declines from Germany and South Korea as well as the first dip in India in at least three decades…If the crossover doesn't occur in 2021, it will without a doubt do so by 2022…This transition has already played out in Texas…During the first half of this year, wind power surpassed coal for the first time…Wind made up just 0.8% of the Lone Star State's power as of 2003. That figure has climbed to 22%, compared with 21% for coal…” click here for more

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