Plant all of the Trees!
The world record for the greatest number of trees planted in 24 hours was broken this month when 800,000 people from Uttar Pradesh in India planted nearly 50 million of them in a single day.
India designated over $6 billion to afforestation efforts across the country earlier this year when they signed the Paris Agreement. With six of the world’s ten most polluted cities located in India, actions like this should go a long way to improving air quality and mitigating climate change.
Mexico plans to do something similar. The greater Mexico City area experienced the worst air pollution in a decade earlier this year, sparking anti-pollution efforts including traffic restrictions and updated rules. They are also looking to plant 18 million trees to combat the problem.
Progress for Renewables
The renewable energy sector must be doing pretty well at the moment, with many locations worldwide ploughing ahead.
Official figures released this month revealed that a record 45% of electricity generation was through clean energy sources in the UK last year. About a quarter was from renewables including bioenergy (8.7%), hydroelectric (1.9%), solar (2.2%) and wind (11.8%), with the other 20% being made up with nuclear.
Renewables were also getting some love outside of the UK. In Ireland, domestic wind energy has met 22% of the country’s total electricity demand since the start of this year, saving them a total of €70 million in foreign energy imports.
Denmark has set the target of 100% renewable electricity by 2050, a step up from their current 40% figure and 50% by 2020 goal.
In Australia, the city of Sydney has set a target of 50% renewables by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. Kangaroo Island is looking to go one better as they hope to supply 100% of their electricity needs through locally sourced renewable energy.
40,000km without fuel
As you may have seen on various news outlets and social media platforms, the Solar Impulse 2 completed its round the world solar flight this month. If you hadn’t heard, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have been flying around the world without fuel to promote clean technologies.
With the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a standard family car, its 17,248 photovoltaic solar cells have powered the aeroplane for 40,000 kilometres and demonstrated the potential of clean technology.
- Scientists can now create liquid fuel from solar energy.
- Stabilization of ozone hole and changing wind patterns has driven regional cooling phase in Antarctic Peninsula.
- WWF buys shark fishing licence on Great Barrier Reef to scrap it.
- Food waste in England inquiry launched.
- Stockholm Divests from Coal, Oil and Gas.