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THE BRIEF [Oct 16-23’22]
Climate anxiety is a global phenomenon, solar payback time drastically reduced, ocean plastic is a climate problem too and climate deniers invited to “Green Davos”.
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💩 Two prominent climate deniers invited to spread their misinformation at the “Green Davos”
This week’s highlights
[#renewables] — This blew my socks off to say the least. The IEA released a new forecast which predicts that the speed of renewable deployment is now so fast that it effectively has succeeded in reducing global emissions growth to less than 1% 🤯. Last year global emissions increased 6%. Could we really already be so close to 0% emissions growth?! However, one thing to remember is that last year emissions did increase an extra ordinary amount and that a 1% increase is 300Mt of carbon emissions.
[#electricityconsumption] — Here’s a great analysis on what European countries are doing to cut power consumption. This article would have been so amazing if the energy crisis haven’t been here, but that it was a result of climate action 🙃. Obviously the climate doesn’t care for our reasons for reducing climate pollution (see I used the new word for carbon emissions there, see last issue if you’re confused) so it’s still good of course.
[#urbantrees] — Trees, while sure one of the most powerful climate solutions we have, is for sure one of the most complex one. Not only do they go up in smoke in wildfires which means their carbon removal permanence is hard to guarantee especially with drought, more heat and more fires. What is certain is that trees can play a pivotal role in making cities in hot climates livable as they reduce the temperature around them quite drastically through shade. However, urban tree planting programs (such as TreePeople in Los Angeles) is struggling to even get new trees planted due to drought.
[#daylightsavingstime] — We may have the best shot at killing daylight savings time this year related to the energy crisis. A study in the UK has found that the average household can save 400GBP a year on electricity bills by not turning the clock back in the end of October.
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