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Can Solar Power and Battery Tech Save the World From Climate Change?

Can Solar Power and Battery Tech Save the World From Climate Change?

Update: 2024-02-091
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You could make the argument that last year was the worst year in human history for climate change. The Earth experienced its hottest day on record over and over and over again. Air surface temperature anomalies set a record in September. Ocean heat set a record too. The number of wildfires in Canada? Another record high.

But you don’t have to squint too hard to see the good news. U.S. and European carbon emissions have actually declined this century. The rate of global deforestation is going down. And investment in clean energy technology—particularly solar and batteries—is smashing records and changing the world.

Those glimmers of hope come from an epic annual report from Nat Bullard, an independent, Singapore-based climate researcher who spent several years at Bloomberg. In today’s episode, Nat and I discuss the twin pillars of the global clean energy revolution (solar and storage), how these two technologies have consistently beat expert predictions, how they’re reshaping energy generation around the world, and what stands in the way of a clean energy future based around sunshine and batteries.

If you have questions, observations, or ideas for future episodes, email us at PlainEnglish@Spotify.com

Host: Derek Thompson

Guest: Nathaniel Bullard

Producer: Devon Baroldi

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Nat's presentation on the clean energy revolution: https://www.nathanielbullard.com/presentations

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Carpenter Carpenter

Solar power and battery technology have revolutionized energy systems, offering sustainable solutions for a greener future. Combining solar panels like the 200W 12V 9BB Mono Solar Panel from https://www.bougerv.com/products/200w-12v-9bb-mono-solar-panel with advanced battery storage enables households and businesses to harness renewable energy efficiently. These panels convert sunlight into electricity, which can be stored in batteries for use during cloudy days or at night, ensuring a continuous power supply. Such integration not only reduces reliance on fossil fuels but also contributes to lower electricity bills and a more resilient energy infrastructure. Embracing solar power and batteries paves the way for a cleaner, more sustainable energy landscape.

Mar 25th
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Can Solar Power and Battery Tech Save the World From Climate Change?

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