#7. 🤯 Climate change & mental health | 🇸🇬 Singapore’s clean energy | 🇪🇺 EU bans ICE vehicles from 2035
🌡 CLIMATE CHANGE
Extreme weather events, exacerbated both in frequency and intensity, and caused by globally increasing land, air, and sea temperatures, are correlated with adverse health conditions collectively recognized as “climate anxiety.”
According to a British study, some 57% of child psychologists claim to have patients in distress over climate issues. This article outlines six key points to educating children on climate change: (1) understanding climate change; (2) explaining the link between human activity and climate change; (3) allow for two-way dialogue; (4) discuss ways to get active in the fight against climate change; (5) spend time in nature; (6) teach about and build sustainable goals into teaching curriculum.
Children are at risk of climate change related hazards in the Middle East and North Africa (quick read)
UNICEF just reported that 5.3 million children in Egypt are now in the “extremely high risk” category for suffering the impacts of climate change ranking 7.3 out of 10, the highest in the Middle East / North Africa (MENA). The entire MENA region as a whole includes some 86 million children and 34 million youths facing such risks.
🔋 CLEAN ENERGY
Some 58% of global greenhouse emissions come from the US, China, EU, and India. Specific output of emissions is by far highest in the US, with 15,704 tons of CO2 equivalent per person, followed at a distant second by China with 9,106 tons; EU at 6,327 tons; and India at 1,958 tons. The rest of the world combined makes up just 2.2 tons of CO2 equivalent per person. In the US, renewable energy is now the fastest growing source of energy, with 20% of utility power coming from renewables as of 2020; China is on track to reach 33% by 2025.
To a complete lack of suitable land area for wind and solar projects, the island nation of Singapore is pursuing a 100 MW offshore hybrid system combined of wind, floating solar, tidal, and wave power systems.
The largest of Spain’s Canary Islands depends entirely on imported fossil fuels for its electrical power generation, and converting to renewable sources is difficult. New proposals to accelerate such a transition include energy storage solutions; geothermal power; offshore wind; and renewable energy-powered desalinization plants.
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🚗 AUTONOMOUS & ELECTRIC VEHICLES
After achieving the number one spot for several different countries over the years, Tesla’s Model Y is now the number one best-selling car in all of Europe, ousting the Peugeot 208 and pushing Dacia Sandero to third place. Interestingly, both the Peugeot and Dacia are much less expensive to buy than the Tesla, starting at about €15,000 and €12,000 respectively vs the Model Y at €50,000.
The sale of new internal combustion engine vehicles including personal cars and vans will be banned across the entire European Union from 2035. Certain small output manufacturers, like Lamborghini for example, will have an extra year to comply.
This oil giant and Hertz are building a massive fast-charging network for EV rentals starting at LAX (quick read)
Hertz, which made recent news with its massive order of 100,000 Tesla vehicles, has partnered with BP Oil’s Pulse charging infrastructure unit, to develop a network of high speed EV chargers in high demand locations like airports. Specifically, BP Pulse will manage the charging infrastructure that Hertz will use to power its battery-powered fleet of vehicles.