A change in the wind

A new study published in Nature reveals that a quarter of the earth will experience serious drought and desertification by the year 2050 if the Paris Accord’s goals are not met in time. “Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20 to 30 percent of the world’s land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2 degrees Celsius,” said Manoj Joshi, the lead researcher of the study.

Luckily, the winds are changing around the world. Britain now generates twice as much electricity from wind compared to coal, Brazilian wind is proving to be the best in the world allowing cheaper prices and more electricity, Germany briefly covered around 100% of electricity use with renewables for the first time ever on 1 January, and in the whole of last year, the world’s fourth largest economy produced a record 36.1% of its total power needs with renewable sources.

Read more: Newsweek / Nature / The Conversation / BBC / Bloomberg / Clean Energy Wire

Image: Public Domain Pictures / CC0-1.0 – Wind Turbines

This story is taken from the 12 January 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.