- “Oil and Gas Majors Need to Invest $20 Billion Yearly to Dominate in Renewables” • Majors account for a 15% share of the global oil and gas market. If those majors want to capture the same market share in renewables, it would require them to collectively invest $200 billion, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie. [Greentech Media]
- “More and More Democrats are Running on a Total Phaseout of Fossil Fuels” • More than 1,400 Democrat candidates running for every level of office this November have committed to some form of a goal to mandate 100% clean, zero-emissions electricity in their state by 2050, according to the League of Conservation Voters. [Washington Examiner]
- “Sodium-Ion Batteries to Pump Bondi Sewage in Test of Cheaper Li-Ion Alternative” • A project developed at the University of Wollongong is underway to test a comparable, low-cost alternative to lithium-ion battery storage. The sodium-ion battery packs are in use, after commissioning of the project this week. [RenewEconomy]
- “Life in a City Without Cars” • In 1999, when Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores became the mayor of Pontevedra, Spain, it was a city in decline. He immediately set about to reduce pollution and congestion by stopping cars and motorbikes from using the downtown area. Partly because of this, Pontevedra is now thriving. [CleanTechnica]
- “European Parliament Backs Single-Use Plastics Ban” • To curb ocean pollution, the European Parliament voted to ban a range of single-use plastics and ensure most bottles are recycled. Under the proposal, 10 single-use plastic products would be banned by 2021 and EU states obliged to recycle 90% of plastic bottles by 2025. [CNN]
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