There were ten trillion plastic bottles strewn along the beach

There were ten trillion plastic bottles strewn along the beach
And if one plastic bottle’s accidentally swept into the sea
[make up you own line and send to Coca-Cola et al]

A million bottles a minute

And, after the bonfire of all those regulations that bind us in read tape:

UK risks becoming ‘dumping ground’ for plastic after Brexit

About one thousand days

Do you remember 8th March 2014, that’s when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared. That’s a mere three years ago. That’s the timescale on which we have make a real change on CO2 emissions.

World has three years left to stop dangerous climate change

While the greenhouse gases poured into the atmosphere over the last two centuries have only gradually taken effect, future changes are likely to be faster, scientists fear. Johan Rockström of the Stockholm Resilience Centre said: “We have been blessed by a remarkably resilient planet over the past 100 years, able to absorb most of our climate abuse. Now we have reached the end of this era, and need to bend the global curve of emissions immediately, to avoid unmanageable outcomes for our modern world.”

It’s official, I am sane

And, many other people who though this project ridiculous.

Spending watchdog condemns ‘risky and expensive’ Hinkley Point

Generations of British consumers have been locked into a “risky and expensive” project by the UK’s subsidy deal for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset, according to a damning report by the spending watchdog.

Need I say more?

It looks like solar/wind power will banish fossil fuels

‘Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost

But we still have to move faster.

Lins said the switch to green energy needed to speed up and, crucially, start converting transport, heating and cooling to renewable sources. “The world is in a race against time,” she said.

Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who delivered the Paris agreement and is now convenor of Mission 2020, said: “The economic case for renewables as the backbone of our global energy system is increasingly clear and proven. Offering ever greater bang-for-buck, renewables are quite simply the cheapest way to generate energy in an ever-growing number of countries.”

Big battery storage is coming

Welsh battery scheme may aid growth of green energy

Solar power has grown rapidly in the last seven years, going from almost nothing to 11GW of capacity, meaning it now regularly provides more power than Britain’s last coal plants. There is also 15GW of wind power, a figure that will climb this year as major offshore windfarms come online.

Coal is being replaced by renewables

India cancelling huge coal power station because it wants to focus on renewable energy

But still a long way to go.

India wants to become a solar superpower – but its plans don’t add up

Ingenious new technologies –

New solar-powered device can create water out of thin air, even in deserts

Water harvesting from air with metal-organic frameworks powered by natural sunlight

Solar Power takes off

Indian solar power prices hit record low, undercutting fossil fuels

Tim Buckley, a director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said the most important factor driving a rush of international investment in Indian renewables was the “transparency, longevity and certainty” of the country’s energy policy.

“That is absolutely critical because when you invest for 25 to 35 years, you need certainty and clarity of policy,” he said.

Can the UK catch up with its former colony?

Inverted thinking, amazing again

Instead of storing electricity in a way that can be reversed to generate electricty again later, create a freezer to use for cooling at another time. This is another way of using the ‘excess’ solar PV electricity production. Of course you could use this ‘cold’ to run an engine to generate electricity again, but using the ‘cold’ directly is the best use.

California utility augments 1,800 air conditioning units with “ice battery”

Ice Energy essentially stores electricity by drawing power from the grid at non-peak times to freeze water in a special container. Then at peak times, when the cost of electricity is high and grid operators are struggling to keep up with demand, Ice Energy’s systems kick in and use that block of ice to cool the space that the air conditioning unit normally serves.