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ABB FIA Formula E champion Lucas Di Grassi is a UN climate ambassador and electric mobility entrepreneur. He traveled to New Delhi, India, to learn more about the fight against air pollution. He then made a documentary about his experiences there, which Formula E debuted today.

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The UN chief tells governments to support business efforts to embrace green energy.
  • Heavy-duty trucks and buses must go electric, says new report.
  • Florida has begun to transition to electric school buses.
  • Denmark will build artificial islands for wind farms.

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The electrification of trucks and buses needs to be accelerated, says a new report released yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

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December 11

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Ten towns and one county in New Jersey passed resolutions in support of an electric vehicle bill.
  • Climate activist Greta Thunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year.
  • A coalition of 300 US mayors sign a letter calling for a solar future.
  • The Onion‘s satirical take in 2014 on scientists and green energy showed serious foresight.

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been named as TIME magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. Every year, TIME names the person who the magazine considers “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year.”

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December 10

Climate change is No. 1 worry for young people, finds survey

An Amnesty International survey released today to mark Human Rights Day reveals that young people feel climate change is the most important issue facing the world.

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The first wind-powered steel plant in the US is expected to launch by the end of 2019.
  • Fossil fuel companies could be sued for emissions, but meanwhile, ExxonMobil wins in court.
  • A pediatrician argues that a proposed EPA rule prioritizes profit over people’s lives.
  • A new study finds that if pollution is reduced, then health benefits are “rapid and substantial.”

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December 9

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Nevada’s NV Energy has more solar coming than 37 other states combined.
  • America’s Pledge releases its climate action report at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid.
  • Green energy will cause Australian power prices to fall in the next three years.

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Today, the America’s Pledge initiative released a report at the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN COP25) in Madrid that spells out a plan for the US to reduce carbon emissions.

America’s Pledge represents 68% of the US GDP and 65% of the US population.

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December 7

  • COP25: Madrid’s Prado Museum and the WWF use art to show effects of climate change.
  • The decade 2010-2019 is “on course” to be the warmest on record.
  • Very bad news for the Florida Keys: Monroe County can’t save some areas from rising waters.
  • Take this quiz to see how your choices would impact climate change.
  • And more…

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December 6

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Revere Copper Plant, rated high for radioactive contamination, collapses into the Detroit River.
  • Alaska’s largest solar farm will go live this month.
  • Wyoming is getting a 277-turbine wind farm.
  • The majority of Australian homes rate below 3 stars out of 10 for energy efficiency.

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December 5

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Natural gas drives record emissions in 2019, and gas trade association supports a carbon tax.
  • EPA works to weaken coal regulations — and doesn’t think about health.
  • What will Germany do with its nuclear waste when it closes all of its nuclear power plants?
  • Performance artists Nate & Hila made a video that lists 20 solutions to global warming.

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Coal: it’s uninsurable, it’s deadly, yet banks (and the DOE and EPA) still support it

US and European insurers are now refusing to cover coal, yet the Independent reports that UK banks are still loaning money to finance new coal plants (in addition to many other global banks). Throw in new Energy of Secretary Dan Brouillette’s rather bizarre statement this week that “coal has a bright future,” and it’s apparent that the demise of coal isn’t going to be entirely straightforward.

December 4

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Indian Ministry of Railways partners with the UK’s DFID to electrify and thus reduce emissions.
  • Mark Carney appointed UN envoy for climate action.
  • The Atlantic lists 5 reasons why global carbon emissions have increased for the third year running.
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park goes solar.

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December 3

The US Senate confirmed former deputy energy secretary Dan Brouillette to be the next energy secretary last night. Yesterday, Brouillette said that Donald Trump told him to figure out a way to boost coal.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Brouillette, who was accompanied by his predecessor, Rick Perry, said, “What the president has directed us to do is to look for different ways to utilize coal.”

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In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The Madrid UN climate summit: Countries must commit to eliminate fossil fuels.
  • How this sustainable toilet paper company succeeds.
  • Ralph Lauren commits to 100% renewable energy by 2025.

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Outdoor particulate pollution kills around 4.2 million people worldwide annually, according to the Lancet and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Of those 4.2 million, 88,000 of those premature deaths were in the US in 2015. The cause of the pollution, according to the New York Times, is “burning things.”

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December 2

India launches blockchain-backed solar trading

Uttar Pradesh (UP) is India’s most populous state, not to mention the most populous country subdivision in the world. UP is piloting a blockchain-based platform that will allow residents there to trade energy from solar panels between themselves.

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The United Nations launches the 2019 Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • John Kerry launches World War Zero, a new climate coalition, with some big names.
  • Solar is expected to shift Texas, already a leader in wind, even further away from fossil fuels.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres spoke to the press on Sunday ahead of the two-week international climate summit in Madrid. He noted that the world has the technology and scientific means to slow climate change, but what is missing is “political will.”

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