2 Giugno 2023

5 spunti per approfondire (22/2023)


La rubrica settimanale con i consigli di lettura di RivistaEnergia.it, dall’Europa e dal mondo. Forse non le notizie più eclatanti, ma proprio per questo interessanti da approfondire. Settimana 22/2023

“The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific. Its creation was a huge boon for global shipping. Before the canal was completed, a ship had to travel around the southern tip of South America, a much longer and more dangerous route. The sea around the stormy Cape Horn was a veritable ships’ graveyard for centuries. Thousands of sailors died there and countless ships were lost. But the passage through the Panama Canal shortened the trip by more than 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles), saving money and time. But now, climate change appears to be threatening this route. Every time the canal’s locks are opened, millions of liters of fresh water flow into the sea. As a consequence, the water level in the canal drops. It is eventually replaced by more water flowing in. However now residents, conservationists and meteorologists are all observing a decrease in rainfall in Central America as a result of climate change. Which means less water for the canal. And if the fresh water that flows out of the canal’s locks can no longer be replaced, then large ships will find it increasingly difficult to pass through.”

Climate change could cut off the Panama Canal
DW – Articolo

“QatarEnergy has signed a 15-year supply deal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) with Bangladesh’s state-owned PetroBangla for 1.8 million tonnes a year starting in 2026, CEO Saad al-Kaabi said on Thursday. The latest contract with an Asian customer by the world’s top LNG exporter comes when Western countries, including Germany, push to win a chunk of the Qatari gas as competition ramped up following the Ukraine war.”

QatarEnergy and PetroBangla sign 15-year LNG supply deal, CEO says
Reuters – Articolo

“The choppy waters of the North Sea are soon to become home to the world’s largest green energy power plant, according to a grandiose statement of intent issued by nine neighbouring countries in April. The Ostend Declaration envisages a doubling of offshore wind capacity by 2050, powering green hydrogen production, with new interconnecting cables zipping between the UK and continental Europe. But its heady rhetoric received a swift reality check from industry, with more than 100 companies warning that Europe does not have the capacity to deliver on these commitments. One of the biggest barriers, the industry body Wind Europe said, was the lack of skilled workers.”

Green skills shortage threatens Europe’s climate ambitions
Financial Times – Articolo

“Saudi Arabia is planning a second lithium processing plant as it seeks to capture a piece of the energy transition pie. The plant will be a joint venture between Saudi industrial major Obeikan Investment Group and Australian startup European Lithium, the Financial Times has reported, with first production expected in 2026. The lithium produced at the new facility will be supplied to Germany’s BMW under an already existing agreement.”

Saudi Arabia To Expand Its Lithium Processing Industry
Oil Price – Articolo

“The administration of Nigeria’s new president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has started with a snag. At his inauguration on Monday, Tinubu announced the total removal of the highly controversial but popular fuel subsidy, resulting in high prices and long queues nationwide. Although the policy goes into effect on July 1, it has already sparked concerns – and chaos – as Nigerians rush to buy fuel before its cost increases even further.

Nigeria fuel subsidy cut and spiralling costs: What to know

Al Jazeera – Articolo

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