THE BRIEF [Aug 1-7’22]
Rebooting coal power plants, great barrier reef is thriving (in some places), the gender gap for EVs and 15 countries attempts to get off coal.
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‼️News you can’t miss
Here’s one important scary/bad (🙀), good (😻), interesting (😼) and fossil (💩) news item.
🙀 Germany has fired up an otherwise closed coal power plant due to gas crisis
😻 The central and northern most part of the Great Barrier reef is thriving
😼 A look at the gender gap for EVs
💩 Deep dive into 15 countries attempts to get off coal power
This week’s highlights
[#seaturtles] — Here’s another interesting and bad effect from climate change: Gender imbalance in sea turtles. When sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand it is the sands temperature that mostly decide whether the baby turtles (which looks cute AF btw) become male or female. And hot climate means hot sands means more female turtles.
[#fermentation] — Here’s a deep dive into one of the hottest food-related research topics: Precision fermentation. Fermentation is amazing! Just open a bottle of wine and smell it. In a Beaujolais for instance you might get banana and raspberry despite the fact that the Gamay grapes used to produce the wine hasn’t seen a raspberry or a banana nor had anything to do with them ever. That’s the magic of fermentation. And it’s being used for the same kind of use, but just in this case to produce protein that has similar properties as animal protein which is one of the biggest food-related issues we must solve to solve the climate crisis.
[#manchin] — So the big climate policy news from previous week’s newsletter was that the Democratic senator Joe Manchin had flip-flopped and helped pass the recent climate bill (see just news item above). And now we know why: He was promised Democratic support on a number of key fossil fuel industry wishes among these a new pipeline. Fortunately, there are more things standing against some of these wishes than just Democratic promises.
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