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February 14, 2019





Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.

This week we start with what's happening with renewables and the move away from fossil fuels.


We then have a couple of articles discussing developments in electric and autonomous vehicles, followed by some information on how water quality can possibly be improved.


We finish with articles on motivating people to recycle and hope for coral reefs.



We open with an examination of a recent two-year study undertaken by 17 leading scientists, funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.  The study shows that limiting warming to 1.5°C can be achieved through a rapid transition to 100% renewables by 2050, alongside land restoration efforts that increase the resilience of natural ecosystems.  Whilst this shift would cost $1.7 Trillion per year, it is far less than the present $5 Trillion a year the fossil fuel industry receive in subsidies. Read more.....



The shift away from fossil fuels to renewables is continuing, with Germany recently announcing that it will close all 84 coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years.  By 2038, there won’t be any coal-fired power plants in Germany.  The plan includes $45 billion in spending to mitigate the pain in coal regions.  And with 116 GW of renewable generation already installed, Germany is well on its way to a renewable future.

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