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Norway’s EV Tipping-Point Is Here

By Roy L Hales

Prior to the introduction of supportive government policies, most battery electric vehicles (BEV) were in Oslo, Norway. In March 2014, one percent of the vehicles on the roads were electric. Five years later, in March 2019, 58.4% of new vehicle purchases were electric (BEV & hybrid). Zach Shahan of Clean Technica writes that last month, 38% of the sales were fully electric and another 25% hybrids. Norway’s EV Tipping-Point is here. 

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Germany Leads Central Europe’s EV Adoption

By Roy L Hales

There are more EVs on the road than in any other nation. More than 83,000, according to the Federal Motor Transport Authority. They built enough charging stations to service 30% of the nation’s cars. Germany leads Central Europe’s EV Adoption.

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The Next 18 Months May Be Critical

By Roy L Hales

The heat wave that toppled European temperature records last month, reduced half of Greenland’s ice sheet to slush. Though wildfires are common in northern regions, there is no record of anything corresponding to what is transpiring today. Close to 5.5 million hectares are ablaze in northern Russia, and another million in Alaska. As a BBC environmental correspondent recently stated, the next 18 months may be critical if we hope to halt the rise of global temperatures at 1.5 degrees.

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Avoid Wood Smoke

By Roy L Hales

According to the Daily Mail, “Wood-burning stoves emit six times as much pollution as a diesel truck.” The Environmental Protection Agency states wood smoke contains several toxic air pollutants including: benzene; formaldehyde; acrolein, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Health Canada claims, “In communities where wood heating is common, wood smoke can be responsible for as much as 25% of the airborne particulate matter.” They advise people to avoid wood smoke.

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