- Using surplus electricity from renewables to make hydrogen fuel is starting a new era for all forms of heavy transport. Trucks, trains and ships using hydrogen fuel cells for propulsion are no longer just theoretically possible: they have reached the trial stage. And using hydrogen for fuel has come to make economic sense. [eco-business.com]
- In Nigeria a 25-year-old woman developed a mini-grid powered by biogas made from organic waste, and the power it generates benefits 550 local people. The Rije biogas station produces the 20 kW of electricity and uses 1.2 tonnes of organic waste daily. Agricultural, kitchen, and human waste are all used to generate electricity. [Cleanleap]
- Stephen Hawking is not mincing words: President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris Accord could cause irreversible harm to the planet. “Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.” [HuffPost]
- Germany raised the proportion of its power produced by renewable energy to 35% in the first half of 2017 from 33% the previous year, according to a renewable energy association. Germany has got up to 85% of its electricity from renewable sources on certain sunny or windy days, as it aims to phase out nuclear power by 2022. [Business Insider]
- With the country seemingly paralyzed by polarization, two separate announcements in California and Washington, DC last week heralded strange bedfellows coming together to advocate for climate dividends. They include environmentalists in California and big business – including some of the largest oil and gas companies. [HuffPost]
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