Amid doom and gloom about what we humans do to our planet and the environment we live in, there are some good news stories.
Portugal generated 103% of its power needs last year by using renewable energy. I expect it still generated some power by other means, and sold some power perhaps to Spain. Portugal is not usually at the forefront of much, aside from tourism for good reasons, so well done Portugal for a remarkable achievement.
China is replacing its diesel buses with electric buses at a furious rate.
The numbers are staggering. China had about 99 percent of the 385,000 electric buses on the roads worldwide in 2017, accounting for 17 percent of the country's entire fleet. Every five weeks, Chinese cities add 9,500 of the zero-emissions transporters -- the equivalent of London's entire working fleet, according Bloomberg New Energy Finance. All this is starting to make an observable reduction in fuel demand.
And meanwhile in Australia we have.........not done much really but some effort is underway, only being held back by the influence of the fossil fuel industry and those who make money from petroleum, coal and gas. It is quite interesting that what is actually happening in Australia is overtaking the negativity about renewable energy by politicians and vested interests.
Hey, Yarra Trams are powering our public transport vehicles by green power, whatever that means. As far as I know, our trams are still powered by dirty brown coal electricity production in Latrobe Valley. It must be some offset thingie. Boring and meaningless.