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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 the impact natural disasters have on the insurance business, we explore some interesting new technologies, and have our tea with a protein rich snack 🦗.

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SoC Big Story

During the last decades, natural disasters have increased in intensity and frequency. This has come at a cost for companies that are in the business of making money from disasters. For (re)insurance companies to be able to make a profit, they must continuously make risk assessments of potential hazards. The climate crisis has seen the weather become more volatile than ever, and this unpredictability has left insurers looking for answers. Read more after the jump.
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The State of Charge August 2019

Every month we include an exclusive overview of the latest EV sales statistics from around the world. August saw the sales of EVs pick up again, but only slightly. 
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 

An interesting story about how two countries sharing the same island are recovering from a natural disaster. In September 2017, the French Saint-Martin, and the Dutch Sint-Maarten were struck by Hurricane Irma. The impact of the hurricane and the following recovery phase has laid bare social and economic inequalities, which makes the rebuilding of these countries complex. Press the Read more button to find out how these countries tackle the rebuild, how they compare, and what we can learn from these examples.
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SoC Good Reads

Old housing structures are often torn down and replaced, while they are still structurally sound. Instead of tearing them down, architects are now suggesting we retro-fit old structures with exoskeletons, which is a much cheaper and more sustainable option than replacing the whole building. Read more on the subject here and here, and we recommend you watch the video as well (available on both pages).

This article describes a new way of recycling plastics. What's interesting is that this new process could happen in an infinite loop: Unlike traditional recycling, which degrades materials each cycle. This type of “bio recycling” can happen repeatedly without a loss of quality. 

Do you have a classic car, but you don't want to use it anymore because it is a gas-guzzling monster? Here is a solution for you: an electric motor that works in any car. 

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SoC Deep Dive 

In previous editions of this newsletter, we have brought up the subject of urban heat islands. In last month's edition, we linked to this article talking about the future of Las Vegas, the fastest-warming city in the US. For this months' deep dive we have selected a research study that aims to better understand the heat distribution in cities. Previously, we were dependent on satellite heat images, but research has shown that the urban heat island effect is more complicated and subtler than satellite data is able to expose. You can find the article here, for the research article press the read more button.
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SoC Other News

The Ocean Cleanup, which is testing a system to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, has now also started to remove plastics out of rivers. Their newest device is called the Interceptor and is already active in Indonesia and Malaysia.  

Some positive news from Australia, a country that is notoriously slow when it comes to adopting electric mobility. After 2022 Sydney's 8000 diesel buses will be replaced by fully electric buses.

Denmark is trying to get the EU behind its plan to start phasing out fossil-fuelled cars as early as 2030, to be able to reach the EU goals of reaching zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Whether this is feasible remains to be seen, but the regional Government in Brussels just announced that at least in Brussels, from 2030 all diesel cars will be banned and petrol cars will be banned from 2035.

SoC Fun to Watch
An interesting video that shows you what happens inside the car when you charge and drive.

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SoC Listen to This

Sustainababble is a weekly podcast about the environment, hosted by Ol and Dave. It is a lighthearted podcast on the most egregious eco-guff out there, exposing the real eco villains vs the hapless incompetents.

We all know the potential benefits of eating these little creatures as a source of protein instead of larger animals like cows and chickens, but do we want to? Who better to give you the answer than a vegetarian and a vegan?
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