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SnippETS for 18 July 2019

July 17, 2019

 

 

 

Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.

 

This issue we again revisit the urgency of reducing GHG emissions, how the transformation towards a renewable energy future is imperative and that we quickly reduce fossil fuel consumption.

 

How a renewable, distributed generation could lead to the end of what were regarded as energy wars and how electrification, especially around transport shows great promise.

 

We also examine the importance of nature in our fight against climate change and that trees are our friends in this. 

 

We end with a glimpse of also using nature to produce bioplastics and biomaterials and that our reliance on fossil fuels is lessening on a daily basis.

 

 

 

By 2040, solar & wind power will make up a third of the world’s electricity supply, a third of on-road vehicles will be electric, and the global economy will achieve a third more gross domestic product (GDP) from every unit of energy.  Although these projections are encouraging, more still will be required to meet the Paris Agreement.  As Michael Liebreich states “People, businesses, investors, governments, everyone has to start to think about what they can do now to cut their emissions.  We can’t wait until 2030.”

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Valid information or fake news? Even with all scientific data accessible for everyone to see, there is still a frustrating vocal and extroverted minority who feel that they know best and dispute the scientific consensus on the topic of climate change. Whatever their reasons, they can only cause uncertainty unless rebutted. Here are some of their mal-informed arguments you are likely to come across in comment sections and some suggested counter arguments if you elect to respond. Read more.....

 

 

 

 

According to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), unsubsidised renewable energy is now most frequently the cheapest source of energy generation.  The report finds that the cost of installation and maintenance of renewables, which was an important stumbling block to mass adoption, continues on a downward trajectory.  Now seems to be a good time for New Zealand to expand its renewable generation, especially if we can use any excess to generate hydrogen for export.Read more.....

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Could the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy mean the end of energy wars?  Renewable energy — because of its comparative abundance and potential for decentralization — probably won't have the same power to spark large-scale military confrontations, especially in the Middle East.  In fact, renewable energies may even inspire increased cooperation among states by encouraging regional grid integration. Electric grids, given their flexibility and speed of deployment, are harder to use as a political weapon than are natural gas pipelines.Read more.....