THE BRIEF [Feb 14-20’22]
India cheating with deforestation reporting, an unspoken benefit of EVs, refrigerant deep dive and oil majors climate plans are being called greenwashing (again).
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Having written these newsletters for ~1.5years now you start to see a lot of recurring news items: Bad and worsening climate news, countries cheating with reporting, the annual reports on renewable energy deployments, the annoying tribalism (nuclear vs renewables, hydrogen vs electrification, etc), fossil fuel industry’s climate plans being called greenwashing and our politicians handsome handouts to the same industries despite the previous fact.
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‼️News you can’t miss
Here’s one important scary/bad (🙀), good (😻), interesting (😼) and fossil (💩) news item.
🙀 India has been caught cheating on it’s deforestation reports
😻 A new unspoken benefit of EVs: Less “auto fluids” in our waterways
😼 Deep dive into the problem of refrigerants
💩 Oil majors “climate plans” are pure greenwashing
This week’s highlights
[#drought] — According to a new report the last time the drought in the US that has been going on since the year 2000 was this bad was in 800 AD. That’s 12 centuries ago. The report also highlights that the drought is due to human-made climate change.
[#EU] — Here’s one of the best articles I’ve read in a while on the EU “gas crisis”. As you may know gas prices are soaring here and some how we ended up being heavily dependent on Russian gas. The interesting reason for that though is that it was because we shut down a lot of coal power plants that increased our reliance on Russian gas.
[#trucks] — Here’s a fact sheet by Transport & Environment who claims that the future of trucking is electric. There are many arguments, but a key one is that charging infrastructure is developing so fast that the average truck route (800km) should be easily coverable by an electric truck.
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