THE BRIEF [Jan 17-23 ‘22]
No adaptation funding yet for 50% of vulnerable nations, solar funding rose 91% in 2021, solid state batteries, Exxon’s greenwashy plan and striking climate scientists.
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‼️News you can’t miss
Here’s one important scary/bad (🙀), good (😻), interesting (😼) and fossil (💩) news item and special for this week a bonus one on science / policy.
🙀 Nearly half of the worlds most climate vulnerable countries haven’t gotten any climate adaptation funding yet.
😻 Corporate funding of solar rose a whopping 91% in 2021 all the way up to 27.8B$.
😼 Interesting deep dive into solid state batteries.
💩 Exxon’s greenwashy 2050 plan released last week
🎁 We’ve done the research, we know what’s coming. So what if the world’s climate scientists went on strike?
This week’s highlights
[#hydrogen] — This short and sweet article highlights (in a quite honest way for a hydrogen focus news media) two main issues with hydrogen: Efficiency and production emissions. Let’s start with the latter. Yes hydrogen can be made green, but it’s not really… Some projects are coming online but the vast majority of hydrogen projects are so called “blue” or “black” hydrogen which both are really just another name for “the polluting or extremely energy inefficient type of hydrogen. And now we’re at efficiency the article mentions quite honestly that hydrogen makes little sense in any place where batteries can be employed since to get hydrogen you need produce a buttload of electricity and only a tiny percentage of that electric energy get’s converted into hydrogen. So why not just plug the electricity straight into the thing you want powered?
[#natureishealing] — Remember the “nature is healing” meme from the early days of the pandemic? Well here’s a map of places on Earth where that’s actually the case.
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