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Sungevity's Klimaatnieuws - Week 43

We helpen je graag energie besparen. Daarom zetten we het laatste (internationale) solar-, klimaat-, en energienieuws voor je op een rijtje. Hoef je dat niet meer zelf te doen.

Human poop a source for plastic recycling? Apparently, studies have shown that human feces contain up to 9 different sorts of plastics. The Volkskrant (Dutch) published an article talking at length about the disconcerting effects of so-called microplastics on human health. Various different health hazards in animals are associated with microplastics ranging from damage to intestines, upsetting bodily iron uptake, to liver problems. No need to be alarmed just yet as one can prevent consuming these microplastics by avoiding eating fish. Wanna help the environment and protect your health: eat less fish.

Luckily there’s a solution to all problems. Last Wednesday the EU Parliament overwhelmingly voted to support a ban on single-use plastics. The Guardian reports that the EU Parliament aims to tackle plastic pollutants in seas (remember the fish), fields, and waterways. In 2021 the EU is expected to say farewell to disposable plastics, and by 2025 the ban should ensure that 90% of plastic bottles are recycled. If this ban becomes law, the EU would be at the forefront of the reversing the global plastic crisis, the article states.

On to some more upbeat news! 2018 appears to be a record-breaking year for solar power generation. The Dutch public news broadcaster, NOS (Dutch), reported that between January-October solar panels produced 10-15% more energy compared to previous years. Wim Sinke Professor in solar power from the UvA is convinced that the best way to start rolling out solar panels in the Netherlands is by promoting private solar power production. Isn’t this great? As the Dutch newspaper De Correspondent (Dutch) rightly points out is that this overwhelmingly hot summer is a call to action for people to invest in sustainable solutions.

More renewable energy-positive news! According to a recent study (Dutch) 40% of car lessees in the Netherlands would prefer operating in 3 years an electric car. Besides being sustainably conscious, many of the individuals surveyed mention that financial incentives motivate them to opt for electric cars over conventional ones. However, in terms of car brands their preferences ranged from Teslas to a Jaguar. No matter the brands, renewable energy production could power these electric lease cars in the near future!

How about no cars? Madrid, Spain’s buzzling capital has decided on banning petrol cars from its city center. This initiative will enter into effect this upcoming November, and basically exclusively electrics and hybrids with a range of 40 km are allowed to roam the city center. An article dedicated to electric mobility reports that also any cars registered outside the city center will have to use parking spaces instead of streets or other available spaces. This measure will affect about 85% of all streets, making their plans to also expand sidewalks even more exciting. Sustainability can generate so many positive side-effects!

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