This week in regular news, the U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a national online dialogue on “Opening America’s Workplaces Again” to hear from American workers and business owners about the challenges and opportunities they see as communities work to reopen so we can safely get economies back online. Much less serious and way more silly is TikTok floating the idea of making its television debut with the platform talking to independent production companies on creating a reality TV show. Hasbro has made a big comeback as boredom has spurred new board game fun as people spend more time at home as a family. While these headlines and more had us talking, we didn’t want you to miss out on our favorite stories in the energy industry. In case you missed out on last week’s, you can find those right here.
5Our supply chains need new links, and BP’s efforts to help in a time of crisis are providing those links.
Air BP donated 3 million gallons of jet fuel to FedEx and Alaska Airlines to help the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in distributing medical supplies across the U.S. The donation will support 45-chartered flights for FedEx, while Alaska Airlines portion will help to restore routes to the carrier, which is currently grounded due to a bankruptcy from the fallout of coronavirus. BP descends into the details here.
4Travel is getting an eco-boost without losing luxury.
An eco-friendly hotel in the Grand Cayman boasts solar power energy, LED lighting, recycled building materials – with the most intriguing feature – turtle friendly lighting. While the resort already holds luxury status, it goes above and beyond to ensure its sustainability efforts are right there at the top of the list. Learn more as Inhabitat talks about the Kimpton’s Seafire Resort here.
3Michael Moore’s latest film hit YouTube on Earth Day, but it wasn’t what anyone expected.
Planet of the Humans has sparked controversy among critics, energy producers and environmentalists alike. It’s no surprise that Moore and his documentary team have created a buzz around this latest movie – especially by releasing it on YouTube, making it readily available and free to the masses. What do you think of Moore’s latest documentary? Energy Central lets the filmmakers respond here.
2In addition to the International Energy Agency’s yearly releases, they’ve now included real-time data from the impacts of COVID-19.
As we’ve seen the impacts COVID has had on the health people around the world, the coronavirus has also impacted our global economies as well as CO2 emissions. While global energy demand fell 3.8% in the first quarter of 2020 alone, IEA calculates the numbers, and what they mean, here.
1The aviation industry could see a shift into biofuels.
The airline industry, among many others, has taken quite a hit from the pandemic. As companies shift how they use and produce energy resources, a unique idea for harvesting biofuels is making a blip on the aviation industry’s radar. CNN shows the rest of the manifest here.