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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 turning ❄️ into energy, how coal factories are weakening monsoons and listen to a podcast on the💡bright future of energy.  

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SoC Big Story

Geoengineering, the act of human intervention to combat climate change, has long been viewed as too much of a risk. However, with carbon emissions soaring, initiatives to study and develop geoengineering technologies are gaining traction as a potential last resort. Read more after the jump.

We also recommend you to read this article on 'a climate renegade,' who brought geoengineering into practice and received enormous backlash because of it. 

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The State of Charge April 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 

This month we read about waste management in Sub Saharan Africa, and more specifically e-waste. Already an environmental concern in wealthier countries, the problem is growing in places like East Africa as incomes rise and more people can afford electronic devices. And with the spread of solar energy products, which are often cheaper and easier sources of energy, the number of used batteries will only increase. The article highlights the effects for the environment, and the health impact but also gives us some of the solutions that are being developed and implemented.  
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SoC Good Reads

Range anxiety is still one of (if not) the most important reasons for people not to buy an EV. One solution would be to increase the number of chargers, especially fast chargers. We all want them, but why does nobody build them?

Last year the Volkswagen I.D. R already set the fastest overall time on the iconic Pikes Peak. This year, with the same car, Volkswagen smashes the electric vehicle record at Nürburgring. 

Two UCLA scientists have developed a method to harness the electrical charge from snow. Sounds cool right? This product is still in the proof of concept phase, but the first results are positive. Read the article here. 

A year ago, streams of lava gurgled from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano. The hot lava eventually reached the ocean where it hit cold seawater and burst into tiny shards of glass and rubble: brand new sand. A pristine beach appeared. But now research has proven that looks may be deceiving, this barely one-year-old beach is already polluted. 

Great long-form journalism from The Conversation’s Insights team. James Dyke, a Senior Lecturer in Global Systems from the University of Exeter describes how he woke up to the real possibility that humanity is facing a climate disaster.

Last but not least, driving an EV means you have to take into account lots of variables; for example, the temperature does have a significant impact on the range of your car. So what do you do if it gets hot? Why not cover your vehicle in cow poop? 

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SoC Deep Dive 

This month's deep dive is on one of the reasons behind the decrease of the Monsoon in north-central China, where for the last 80 years the Monsoon has been weakening. A problem for a semi-arid region in which summer rains account for 70 to 90% of its limited water supply, and where lots of people depend on it for the success of their harvest. Read the article or for a more in-depth approach, the research paper.
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SoC Other News

The phaseout of coal is speeding up. It looks like Europe will have shunned most of its coal factories around 2030. Rising CO2 prices in Europe make burning coal too expensive, and investors are unlikely to invest in coal anymore. This trend does not limit itself to Europe, on a global scale, investors have started to take their investments away from coal.

One of the latest inventions scientists have developed to combat climate change, and global warming is known as the Biosolar Leaf. This new technology can absorb carbon dioxide and discharge oxygen 100 times faster than one tree. The success comes from harvesting microalgae and phytoplankton from solar panels. 

Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes Benz, has recently pledged to make all vehicles carbon neutral by 2039. This is the largest and fastest period of time a carmaker has announced it would drastically reduce its emissions. Although the company has provided minimal details, the announcement comes in support of the Paris Agreement.

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SoC Listen to This

The Interchange is a weekly podcast on the global energy transformation, hosted by Stephen Lacey and Shayle Kann. Each week, the duo provide deep insights into technology, markets, projects, company financials, mergers and acquisitions, policy changes, and market data.

On this episode, computer scientist Ramez Naan discusses the benefits of innovating clean energy solutions. Naam was born in Cairo, Egypt and is now chair of energy and environmental systems at Singularity University. He worked at Microsoft for 13 years and is best known for writing the award-winning book Nexus.
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