Top 5 Happy Eco News – December 3-9, 2018

1) Windy weather carries Britain to renewable energy record

2) Audi just revealed a new electric concept car and its stunning design rivals Tesla’s Model S

3) World Bank to Invest $200 Billion to Tackle Climate Change

4) Corona is testing plastic-free six-pack rings

5) Lawsuit Accuses Trudeau of Selling Out Millennials on Climate Change

1) Windy weather carries Britain to renewable energy record

While windy weather in England caused havoc for commuters and travelers, the windy weather patterns also increased energy output from UK wind farms significantly last week. Output from renewable sources reached 14.9GW beating the previous record of 14.5GW. To put it in perspective, National Grid reported the thousands of wind turbines made up the No 1 source of power at about 32% of generation. Gas power stations are usually top. Windfarms have moved from a niche source of electricity generation a decade ago – when they supplied less than 2% – to a cornerstone of Britain’s power mix, at nearly 15% of supply last year.

Windy weather carries Britain to renewable energy record

 

2) Audi just revealed a new electric concept car and its stunning design rivals Tesla’s Model S

 

Audi announced a new concept car called E-Tron, likely to compete against Tesla’s Model S sedan. The Model S has a maximum range of 335 miles and a top 0-60 speed of 2.5 seconds, while the E-Tron has a range of 248 miles and 0-60 in about 3.5. Competition in the luxury performance EV sector is heating up with Porsche, Mercedes, BMW and now Audi all offering sedans with similar range and performance.

The E-Tron GT concept follows Audi’s E-Tron electric SUV, which the automaker is expected to begin delivering to US customers in the second quarter of 2019.

 

Audi just revealed a new electric concept car and its stunning design rivals Tesla’s Model S

 

3) World Bank to Invest $200 Billion to Tackle Climate Change

 

World Bank Group announced Monday that it will significantly ramp up its investments to fight climate change, and it is urging the wider global community to do so as well. Of the $200 billion in new funding, approximately $100 billion will come from direct finance from the World Bank. The money will go toward adaption measures such as building more resilient homes, schools and infrastructure, “smart agriculture” that better adapts to changing weather conditions, sustainable water management and responsive social safety nets.

 

World Bank to Invest $200 Billion to Tackle Climate Change

 

4) Corona is testing plastic-free six-pack rings

 

Two and a half years ago, a creative agency and a craft brewery created a 6 pack ring that is biodegradable and non-harmful to ocean wildlife like turtles if ingested. The resulting packaging worked well enough that it has now spawned a spin-off company called E6PR (“eco six-pack ring”). E6PR is now selling to Corona who has launched the product as a trial into select markets. The pilot is part of Corona’s partnership with the nonprofit Parley for the Oceans, and a commitment to address the problem of more than 8 million metric tons of plastic waste entering the ocean each year. The company has conducted beach cleanups for more than a decade, but realized that it needed to tackle waste at an earlier stage through better design.

 

Corona is testing plastic-free six-pack rings

 

5) Lawsuit Accuses Trudeau of Selling Out Millennials on Climate Change

 

The lawsuit “alleges that the Canadian government is infringing on a generation’s fundamental rights.” This is in part because leaders like Trudeau are failing to meet the climate targets Canada agreed to at the Paris climate change talks. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government make bold promises on climate change while investing in oilsands projects such as the Kinder Morgan pipeline that crank up Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. A recent UN report, for example, singled out Canada for being nowhere close to its goal of 385 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year — in 2016, its emissions were nearly double that.

 

Lawsuit Accuses Trudeau of Selling Out Millennials on Climate Change

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