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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 look at the prospective temperature changes in cities, we applaud 👏🏽 the Bavarians, we take a look at the future of air conditioners, and listen to a podcast about the final hours of the 🦖.  

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SoC Big Story

Nations around the globe have pledged to increase their forest cover by planting millions of trees. But new research shows much of this growth would be in monoculture plantations that would be quickly cut down and do little to tackle climate change or preserve biodiversity. Too often fast-growing trees like Eucalyptus are planted, but these do too little for safeguarding biodiversity.
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The State of Charge March 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 a little in the past two 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 

This month we read about a conservative German state, where the public is driving political change. Alarmed at steep declines in insects and wildlife, Bavarian voters backed a referendum aimed at changing destructive farming practices and repairing damaged ecosystems. Now, Bavaria’s initiatives are inspiring other German states to follow suit.
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SoC Good Reads

What happens when you take a 2018 Nissan LEAF on a 1200 mile journey along the steepest interstate climb in the USA. To put it into the writer's own words: "This was a HARD trip. Describing it to my mom, she told me she's not sure she'll ever want an EV."

Undertaking a road trip with an EV in Europe comes with its own challenges.

Our world is getting warmer. This we know. But how much warmer? Last year we saw heat records broken on a global scale. But how much will temperatures change in specific locations, and what does it mean for the places we live in? This article breaks down temperature changes in major US cities with some awesome interactive infographics.

With rising temperatures and more people dying because of extreme heatwaves, air conditioners are becoming ever more important and mainstream. They are, however, not the cleanest of machines and actively contribute to global warming. But what if air conditioners could help save the planet? First, take a look at this article that describes a technique where air conditioners can capture CO2. Secondly, a Dutch company that can turn heat into cold without requiring energy itself, by using thermoacoustic technology. Sounds like sci-fi? They have already been shipping commercial product since last September!

Another scary report on the thawing of the permafrost in the Arctic appeared last month in Nature. And this is not a slow process; it is happening so fast that scientists are losing their equipment.

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SoC Deep Dive 

A new study suggests that a global transition to 100% renewable energy across all sectors – power, heat, transport, and desalination before 2050 is feasible. The sustainable energy system is more efficient and cost-effective than the existing system, which is based primarily on fossil fuels and nuclear. A global renewable transition is the only sustainable option for the energy sector and is compatible with the internationally adopted Paris Agreement. The energy transition is not a question of technical feasibility or economic viability, but one of political will. You can download the full article after the jump.
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SoC Other News

A Swiss philanthropist's foundation is donating $1 billion in an attempt to save the planet’s wild lands and waters from destruction.

For everybody that has missed the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service) latest bombshell on nature's severe decline and the unprecedented species extinction rates, read the media release here. The summary for policymakers can be downloaded from the same page. 

Dutch engineers are building what will be the world’s largest archipelago of islands made up of sun-tracking solar panels.

Below a shortened gif showing how the distribution over Earth's surface of annual average temperature anomalies has been shifting due to global warming since 1850. Based on land and earth data from Berkeley Earth. You can find the full animation here.

SoC Fun to Watch

Smartphones, laptops and now electric vehicles have drastically increased the demand for lithium, the alkali metal that powers most batteries. This clip from Bloomberg explains how and where it's mined.

Here's Where the Juice That Powers Batteries Comes From.

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SoC Listen to This

Radiolab is a radio program produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York City, and broadcast on public radio stations in the United States. Since 2002, Radiolab is devoted to investigating a strange world. Created by Jad Abumrad and hosted by Jad and Robert Krulwich, The show has an archive of hundreds of episodes and has toured in sold-out shows nationwide.

This week's episode is about the first hours after the impact of the asteroid Baptistina that caused the extinction of dinosaurs. It's an exciting and astonishing episode. Listen to it after the jump.
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