[GWSG] Renewing the EU; health threats; social collapse?; new jobs; 100% countries; investments; new communities

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Wed Jun 24 06:54:05 EDT 2015

1.  One third of the energy produced in Europe last year came from renewables.  In terms of capacity, the renewable share is 42%.  http://www.energypost.eu/europes-energy-revolution-marches-one-third-power-supply-now-comes-renewables/
Both Europe's and China's greenhouse gas emissions dropped 5% in 2014.  http://cleantechnica.com/2015/06/19/europes-emissions-decreased-another-5-2014/?utm_source=Cleantechnica+News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=839926ac0c-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b9b83ee7eb-839926ac0c-331994013

2.  A report from an international team published in Lancet agrees with a previous report that a heating climate is the "biggest global health threat of the 21st century" and emphasizes the benefits of a program of mitigation.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/06/22/climate-change-poses-a-potentially-catastrophic-risk-to-global-health-says-new-report/

3.  A British study supported by the UK Foreign Office and Lloyd's of London warns that we are on course for major food and water shortages sufficiently severe to lead to global social collapse by 2040.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/23/3672339/society-collapse-climate-food-shortages/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cptop3

4.  A UN report observes that investment in renewable energy produces more jobs than the same amount invested in fossil fuels (in addition to helping avoid global social collapse).  http://cleantechnica.com/2015/06/23/investment-renewable-energy-yields-jobs-fossil-fuel-sector/?utm_source=Cleantechnica+News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0c897b9cee-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b9b83ee7eb-0c897b9cee-331994013

5.  A few weeks ago The Solutions Project published plans to convert every state to 100% renewable energy by 2050.  Now they are extending their analysis to other countries.  http://cleantechnica.com/2015/06/23/how-the-us-uk-canada-japan-france-germany-italy-can-each-go-100-renewable/?utm_source=Cleantechnica+News&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=0c897b9cee-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_term=0_b9b83ee7eb-0c897b9cee-331994013

6.  Bloomberg's New Energy Finance forecasts that investment in renewables will swamp fossil fuel investment, leading to declining global emissions after 2029.  "Radical policy action" could (and, given item 4 above, must) speed the transition.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-23/renewables-to-beat-fossil-fuels-with-3-7-trillion-solar-boom

7.  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Smart Power Lab is testing ways of designing homes and vehicles for living in the renewable future.  They are moving beyond the individual living unit to focus on the sustainable community with a 10-20 year planning horizon.  http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2015/06/innovating-today-for-the-homes-of-tomorrow.html?eid=291059574&bid=1104167
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