- “The End of Fossil-Fuelled Cars” • The current growth rate of EVs looks to be higher than the 42% that gives a doubling time of 2 years. If it can maintain a 42% CAGR, and EV sales take the entire market in 2031, even without such revolutionary changes as driverless cars and the ubiquitous ridesharing that some analysts predict. [CleanTechnica]
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the bill for reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey could be as high as $180 billion (£138 billion). The damage caused by Hurricane Katrina was about $120 billion. The head of FEMA, the government’s disaster management agency, warned that flood-hit states should not rely on Washington to pay the bill. [BBC]
- The Rhode Island Department of Health wants climate change included in the decision-making for the proposed Burrillville power plant. It outlined a list of health threats from global warming, including increases in infectious diseases, asthma, respiratory diseases, and death, with greater harm to low-income earners, the elderly, and children. [ecoRI news]
- The artificial leaf is smaller than a playing card and as thin as a real leaf. At its core is a wafer of the silicon used in standard solar panels. It is sandwiched between two coats of chemical catalysts. The silicon’s job is to absorb sunlight and to pass the energy to the catalysts, and the catalysts use this to make hydrogen and oxygen from water. [The Press]
- No new coal-based power plants will be allowed by the Indian government, apart from those already under construction. This is in the national electricity plan. A recent Greening the Grid report said that by 2022, 175,000 MW of renewable energy can be integrated into the grid, minimizing the need for traditional sources of energy. [EnergyInfraPost]
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