What we learned this week

For watchers of green hydrogen, the world’s installed electrolyser capacity increased by 50% at a stroke as China switched on the largest ever green hydrogen plant.

Boris Johnson was a climate sceptic until he became prime minister, and his mind was changed by a presentation on the topic when he took office. So Carbon Brief asked if they could see the presentation that did it and see what they could learn from it.

Another entry in the list of self-charging solar cars, Aptera‘s vehicle has the added benefit of looking like a spaceship, for those who are into such things.

While we’re on the subject of sci-fi, China Dialogue profiles solarpunk, an art movement re-imagining landscapes with renewable energy and green space.

Germany’s new Minister for the Economy and Climate Action has suggested that the country needs to move beyond GDP towards a broader definition of progress. WeAll reports on a possible opening for the Wellbeing Economy in Germany.

Some highlights for this week:

How is your local council doing on climate change?

After a spate of climate emergency declarations in 2019 and 2020, local authorities up and down the country began to set climate targets for themselves, independently of government. Climate action plans were drawn up to outline how cities and towns could reduce their carbon and meet those targets. A couple of years on from that…

Can Kenya electrify its bus fleet?

Here in the UK, electric transport has been for the rich first, with the electric car market dominated by expensive options. It’s not like that everywhere. In China people have been able to shift to electric bikes in big numbers. In India it’s three-wheelers that have broken through. And in Kenya, it may be bus…

Book review: Capitalism and slavery, by Eric Williams

This is a book that has taken a long time to find its audience. Eric Williams’ ground-breaking treatise on the economic role of slavery was good enough to secure him his doctorate from Oxford in 1938, but not for the gate-keepers of the British publishing industry, who baulked at this upstart black historian. The book…


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