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Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.

 

This week we take a look at:

 

  •  The proposed Green New Deal, can it be done and at a reasonable cost?

  •  How countries are preparing for the shift away from fossil fuel power generation, leave no   one behind

  •  How to set up a micro grid

  •  How political allegiances are changing and also how central government can impact   proposed positive changes negatively

  •  Can the ocean store even more CO2?

  •  Mushrooms that eat plastic

We finish with a look at a storm brewing at a commercial laundry in Rotorua.

 

 

 The proposed Green New Deal (GND) in the US is seen as a way to transform the global economy, society and the environment. Dismissed by many US politicians as unworkable and unaffordable, the GND refuses to die, due in part to the emergence of new progressive Democrat talent into the House of Representatives, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a growing grassroots movement that accepts continuing as we are is not an option. Read more.....

 

 

 

As this next article sets out – the GND objectives are actually attainable and affordable.  The most important component of the GND is to completely decarbonise and the best way to achieve this would be through massive electrification.  At the moment in the US, only about 12 quads of electricity is delivered to the point of use, with the balance of the 39 quads embedded in fossil fuels required to generate the electricity, being dissipated as waste heat and carbon dioxide emissions. Read more.....