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This week it is the first ever Green GB week. A new initiative from the British government to highlight 'clean growth' and climate change through events across the UK

Since the IPCC report was released last week, there has been negative and positive reaction. The UK government has instructed policy makers to rewrite the climate change policy and even Trump admitted climate change exists (but thinks we don't need to take action).

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Food & Drink

Trouble is brewing as the price of beer is set to double!

What's Going On Here?

THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Beer, the most popular alcoholic drink on curious.earth is set for dramatic price spikes as climate change is linked to shortages of the key ingredient - barley.

What Does The Report Say?

Trouble is brewing for beer lovers across the world as extreme heat waves and droughts are set to cause shortages of the beverage, making it more expensive.

New research estimates that during the most severe scenarios, global beer consumption would decline by 16%, or 29 billion litres - which is equivalent to over 51 billion pints (or one night out on the town for curious.tim). Not only this but prices are expected to double on average

Why Should We Care? 

Amidst the terrifying impacts from global warming, a beer shortage may seem relatively unimportant. But with the world population set to grow to 9.7 billion people by 2050, food and drink shortages are ‘lager’ than life. 

Dabo Guan, Beer Expert and Professor at the University of East Anglia says: “There is little doubt that for millions of people around the world, the climate impacts on beer availability and price will add insult to injury.

He adds: “There is nonetheless something fundamental in the cross-cultural appreciation of beer."

Having missed Mother Nature’s signals of floods, storms and mass extinctions, perhaps a `bud-wiser`approach is called for. Maybe by seeing the literal cost that our fossil fuelled consumer choices has on our after work pint, it might just resonate with enough of us to raise the bar. 

Be Curious!

Here at Curious Earth HQ, we love a pint, just like our pal Prof Dabo. So much so, that we will leave you with his thoughts: 

“If you still want to still have a couple of pints of beer while you watch the football, then climate change action is the only way out.”

Cheers! 🍺
 

Renewable Energy

Scottish Power first of 'Big Six' to ditch fossil fuel power generation

What's Going On Here?

This week Scottish Power became the first of the big six energy companies to renounce its use of fossil fuels. After committing to sell its remaining gas power stations to Drax, Scottish Power will now generate 100% of its energy from wind power. 


What Does This Mean?

The move is part of parent company Iberdrola’s wider ambition to become completely carbon neutral by 2050, and follows the closure of all Scottish Power’s coal-fired power stations within the last decade.

Keith Anderson, CEO of Scottish Power said: “We are leaving carbon generation behind for a renewable future powered by cheaper green energy.” 

Scottish Power are also investing £5.2 billion in smart grid development and doubling its renewable energy capacity in the UK. 

Why Should We Care? 

Scottish Power supply more than 5 million households and whilst many smaller suppliers offer 100% renewable energy, the addition of a big six supplier to the renewable family is a welcome step towards curbing UK greenhouse gas emissions, particularly following last weeks IPCC announcements. Perhaps it will even incentivise other big six members to follow suit! 

It is also likely to drive down energy costs for consumers, as Scottish Power primarily focus on onshore wind power, which is now the cheapest form of new-build electricity generation

Be Curious!

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Use this link to save £50 when you sign up to go green on your electricity.

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Other news we found curious...

'Flexitarian' diets key to feeding people in a warming world - BBC
Leaders move past Trump to protect world from climate change - The Guardian
Climate change already causing increases in stress, depression and negative mental health, study shows - Independent
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