“I am writing this book to help identify how we can work on a local, national, and global level to build the technologies, businesses, and industries to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” - Bill Gates
In “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need,” Gates will explain why he cares so deeply about climate change and what makes him optimistic that the world can prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
While it's great to see Gates (the world's riches person) take a stand against man-made climate change, we hope his daring will match his words. Technology is important, but successfully combating climate change will require much more - leadership, speed and scale are necessary to avoid catastrophic consequences.
The book is scheduled to be released on June 24, 2020.
(photo credit - Axios)
Tesla’s CYBRTRCK pickup made its global debut last week to roaring cheers, some criticism and sighs of relief from Detroit automakers. The pickup features a unique trapezoidal design that’s unlike anything ever produced outside of sci-fi movies. The truck will be available in 2021. Business Insider
Last week, a study from economists at Columbia University found that a carbon tax plan with the most support in Congress would slash American carbon pollution by almost 40 percent within a decade. It would outperform any Obama-era climate policy and go well beyond the United States’ 2015 commitment under the Paris Agreement.
There’s only one hitch: the politics. There is a popular, revenue-neutral carbon-tax bill in Congress, but it is only “bipartisan” on a technicality. Dozens of Democrats support the plan. Its sole GOP backer is planning to leave politics. (link) The Atlantic
“Thorium produces only one percent of the nuclear waste that uranium produces, with 200 times the power per ton.”
Nuclear energy is by far the most efficient source of energy, but due to several drawbacks that come with this resource, many are hesitant to support it. However, this could all change if the source of nuclear power changed from uranium to thorium. If this switch occurred, we could have an enormous supply of clean, efficient energy at our fingertips. Are you convinced? (link) Trinitonian
Bonus: check out this short video on the history of thorium.
Bezos worries that in the coming generations the planet’s growing energy demands will outstrip its limited supply. “We have to go to space to save Earth.”
Jeff Bezos controls nearly 40 percent of all e-commerce in the United States. More product searches are conducted on Amazon than on Google, which has allowed Bezos to build an advertising business as valuable as the entirety of IBM. One estimate has Amazon Web Services controlling almost half of the cloud-computing industry. Forty-two percent of paper book sales and a third of the market for streaming video are controlled by the company; Twitch, its video platform popular among gamers, attracts 15 million users a day. All of this makes Bezos arguably the most powerful man in American culture. (link) The Atlantic
Rocky Mountain Institute's (RMI) latest report, Breakthrough Batteries: Powering the Era of Clean Electrification, shows that cost and performance improvements are quickly outpacing forecasts, as increased demand for EVs, grid-tied storage, and other emerging applications creates positive feedback loops for further investment and research, setting the stage for mass adoption. Now, analysts expect the capital cost for new battery manufacturing capacity to drop by more than half from 2018 to 2023.
The majority of the carbon emission reduction pledges for 2030 that 184 countries made under the Paris Agreement aren’t nearly enough to keep global warming well below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). Some countries won’t achieve their pledges, and some of the world's largest carbon emitters will continue to increase their emissions, according to a panel of world-class climate scientists. (link) NatGeo
More than 1,500 Google employees are publicly calling on their employer to reduce its contributions to climate change, including a commitment to zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.
Google says it’s been a carbon-neutral company since 2007 (meaning it offsets its carbon emissions by purchasing credits) and has increasingly invested in renewable energy sources like wind power. But critics say offsets don’t address the root of the problem, arguing that tech companies like Google need to reduce emissions from the get-go rather than purchase their way out of environmental guilt, as well as stop doing business with fossil fuel companies and stop donating to climate-change-denying politicians. (link) Vox
Tech workers are uniting and demanding that their employers adopt meaningful climate change values - a carbon creed.
I’m a climate scientist.
I’m also an evangelical Christian.
And I’m Canadian, which is why it took me so long to realize the first two things were supposed to be entirely incompatible.”
In this thought provoking op-ed, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe explains why faith tradition and climate change are compatible, but climate science is not a religion. (link) NY Times