THE BRIEF [Feb 20-26’23]
Climate migration is here, heat pumps way cheaper than green hydrogen, capturing heat waste can power the world and no excuse for not cutting methane emissions.
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Weekly Climate 🎉
References: , , , ,  and .
If you’re only getting The Brief but want to get the full version of the newsletter be sure to upgrade your plan to paid. Check out the preview that you will receive to see why more than 30 people think it’s worth paying for. And see a recent week’s full newsletter for details for why I decided to go paid.
If you’re getting both: Thank you so much for deciding to upgrade to go paid 🙏. And thanks to everybody for reading my newsletter regardless of which version you read 🤗.
I’m starting to get quite a bit of inbound from you my dear readers in terms of news and stories that I should include. I love this 🤩 - please keep it coming. I will try to respond to all of the e-mail and if I’m a bit slow or chose not to include your tip (yet) I hope you won’t take it personally. As a general tip about sending stuff: For me to post about it here there has to be some kind of recent article or resource that I can link to where readers can find the information. It doesn’t matter if it’s a blogpost you wrote yourself as long as it’s something I can link people to. That’s the only requirement — other than that please keep it coming 🙏.
This week I’m looking at contrails as a kind reader sent me a really cool resource that can be used to understand their climate impact a lot better. You can check that out before the paywall in the paid version of this newsletter.
‼️News you can’t miss
🙀 Think climate migration is only happening in countries far away? Think again
😻 Heat pumps 3x cheaper than green hydrogen
😼 Recapturing excess heat could power most of Europe
💩 There’s no excuse for not reducing methane emissions
This week’s highlights
[#elnino] — The weather phenomenon El Niño is expected to arrive later this year. The last four years was under the influence of La Niña which asserts a cooling influence on our climate still the last years have proven to be some of the warmest since recording began in the late 19th century. So El Niño which have a warming effect on the planet will likely show us what’s in store for us by the end of the century.
[#methane] — The IEA annual methane report was released last week and it speaks pretty bluntly that there is “no excuse” for the fossil fuel industry and other polluters to cut those emissions especially as alternatives are among the cheapest climate solutions out there.
[#insetting] — Here’s a new word: Insetting. Insetting is when a company is applying carbon removal “technology” (often trees more than machines) along their own supply chain and hereby remove some of the carbon their products emit. A new report that highlighted that these “insets” are little more than offsetting in disguise and that’s probably right. But at least IMO it seems like a better way to “remove carbon” than offsets with all the problems there are with offsets. But as the report rightfully highlights the issue here is the methodologies with which the companies uses to calculate the impact of the insetting projects that is both varied and in some cases not scientifically sound.
That’s it for this week folks!
If you want more details or simply think my newsletter rocks remember that you can always go paid to get the full version of the Weekly Climate. But before you do, ask yourself this question: Does it provide you with 1.25$ worth of value every week? Obviously I think it does. In fact I really hope that just the time alone I save you should easily cover those 1.25$. Don’t hesitate to ping me on email@example.com or comment below with any questions, feedback or comments regarding this.
Remember if you’re feeling down, angry or sad from some of the news in this newsletter one cure is to act. And one way you can always act that also happens to be one of the most powerful things you can do is to talk about it. That also works if what you just read made you hopeful or happy btw.
If you enjoyed this newsletter don’t forget to share it with your friends, coworkers or other people you think could benefit from getting it. If you got directed here by a friend or another link on the Internet don’t forget to subscribe!
See you all next week 👋