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Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter.


In this edition of SnippETS we take a sobering look at what scientists are saying about our changing climate and global energy trends. We then have some exciting news about wind energy in New Zealand and some good news about the seemingly bleak future of coal-fired generation (at least in the US).


Following that, we have articles addressing city congestion, the future of heavy transport vehicles and the increasingly low cost of battery storage.


Lastly, we discuss the pros and cons of deep sea mining for raw materials that are needed to build household electronics and electric vehicles.


To clear up any ambiguity, 11,000 scientists from 153 nations have stated, clearly and unequivocally, that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency. They insist that in order to secure a sustainable future, we must have major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems. The good news is, there is still time for policymakers and business leaders to make the necessary changes to ensure that future generations can enjoy living on planet earth, our only home. Read more.....





The International Energy Agency published its annual World Energy Outlook report and this article covers five of the main takeaways. It looks like renewable energy will soon surpass coal, offshore wind is going big and mainstream, SUVs are erasing progress from electric cars, energy efficiency efforts are slowing, and what happens in Africa is crucial. Read more.....









From global to local, Mercury Energy have committed to completing the Turitea wind farm near Palmerston North, making it the biggest in NZ and able to produce enough power to run 375,000 electric cars. Of course, the energy will be available for homes and businesses too! Having more low emissions energy generation can only be a good thing for our climate future. Read more.....