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Welcome to a new edition of the State of Charge Newsletter. A concise monthly overview of the renewable energy transition and the advent of electric mobility.

This month we read about gut microbes in 🐑, how switching to pea 🍸gin can save us all, and listen to a podcast talking about the lies from the oil 🛢️industry.  

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SoC Big Story

MIT geophysics professor Daniel Rothman released data highlighting the high carbon levels in oceans could be quickly approaching a tipping point threshold that could lead to extreme ocean acidification, comparable to the Permian - Triassic mass extinction that happened 250 million years ago. Rothman told MIT news that our planet could be, “at the precipice of excitation." Other scientists say this study shows an apparent call for action that humans must reduce the amounts of carbon being pumped in the world’s oceans.
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The State of Charge  May 2019

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. After an incredible start to 2019, sales have slowed down in the past months. Find previous editions at:
State of Charge - Stats

These statistics only include 100% Electric Vehicles, no hybrids. Statistics are provided by our partner The Electric Vehicle World Sales Database.

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SoC Must Read

Thanks to a government crackdown on poaching, the number of endangered rhinos has risen by 1,000 percent. In 2015, there were just 15 rhinos left in Tanzania, now that number has increased to 167. Since President John Magufuli took office in 2015, he has urged security forces to arrest anyone involved with animal trafficking. Shortly after this four Chinese men were arrested at the Malawi border for smuggling rhinos and sentenced to 20 years in jail.

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SoC Good Reads

Oxford found surprising results from a food and climate study published in the journal Science. The study showed the implications and complexities of global agriculture to determine the environmental impacts of food production.

Europe is currently experiencing one of the hottest summers in history. The heat wave is primarily attributed to an atmospheric roadblock near Greenland that is responsible for changing the aforementioned global wave pattern. 

The Dutch have been combating floods for thousands of years, but today's challenge of rising sea levels requires drastic measures. Dikes are reinforced and raised throughout the country, some with as much as two meters, but even that might not be enough. That's why work is being done in such a way, that if necessary, dikes can be raised higher if sea levels keep on rising. 

A team of global researchers studied gut microbes in various breeds of sheep, who release vast amounts of methane into the atmosphere. The largest source of methane comes from the burping and farting of farm animals. Using the findings from this research, scientists could alter the types of food given to farm animals reduce the amounts of methane released into the air. 

Since we're on the topic of methane, another surprising large emitter is trees in the Amazon rainforest. Methane emissions from single trees in the Amazon were 200 times higher than previously measured anywhere.

Over the past two years, GE has lost hundreds of billion dollars of investor money along with experiencing declines in stocks because of turning a blind eye to the rise of clean energy. 

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SoC Deep Dive 

A new study shows that making gin from fermented peas instead of using wheat found that the environmental impact significantly decreased. Peas do not require the manufacture or application of fertilizer nitrogen that wheat does. The use of pea starch would not change the flavor of the gin because the last two steps in the production are the same, regardless of the ingredient. Read more after the jump, or for a more comprehensive analysis, the research paper.


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SoC Other News

James and Jo Hand created the app Giki, which stands for Get Informed, Know your Impact” to help consumers purchase more sustainable products to reduce the environmental impact of their food. The app scores over 280,000 products in grocery stores based on 13 different areas.

Due to plummeting costs from wind, solar, and battery storage, half the world's electricity will come from renewable energy sources by 2050. Along with solar and wind; hydro nuclear and other energies will account for 21%. Coal usage will take a drastic decline falling from 37% to 12% by 2050. 

At the annual International Air Transport Association meeting in Seoul, the Dutch flagship carrier KLM unveiled the design of this awesome looking “Flying V” plane in which passengers sit in the wings of the plane. Although the aircraft would not be available for commercial service 20 - 30 years, it will be on display in Schipol Airport on KLM’s 100th anniversary.

Researchers from Purdue University are in the process of developing a technology that can disinfect surfaces in under five minutes from an ultra-thin coating comprised of ultra-light emitting diodes.

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SoC Listen to This

Today in Focus is a Podcast hosted by India Rakusen bringing viewers more in-depth insights into the Guardian Journalism about world news.

On this episode, author Bill McKibben talks about the oil industry's knowledge of the dangerous effects of global warming but chose to spread a false narrative for three decades, downplaying the issue for financial gain. 
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