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Access to Electricity Improves in 2023

International Energy Agency | Energy & Natural Resources

Access to Electricity Improves in 2023

“The number of people without access globally increased in 2022 for the first time in decades, rising by around 6 million to roughly 760 million. This setback was primarily concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where four in five people without access live today.

Data from the first half of 2023 suggests a welcome turnaround. The number of people globally without electricity access is projected to decrease to 745 million by the end of this year. In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people without access is on track to stabilise in 2023 after rising for three consecutive years. Progress in developing economies in Asia is also set to resume, albeit at a much slower clip than before 2019.”

From International Energy Agency.

BBC | Conservation & Biodiversity

Lundy Island Wild Bird Numbers Soar

“The island in the Bristol Channel is home to 95% of England’s breeding Manx Shearwaters, a species that was once on the brink of extinction on Lundy.

Thanks to a project that eradicated rats from the island in 2006, the Shearwater population has soared from about 600 in 2001 to more than 25,000. Puffins have increased in number from 13 in the year 2000 to 1,335 in 2023.

The island has also attracted new arrivals, such as Storm Petrels, which first bred on Lundy in 2014 and now have more than 150 pairs.”

From BBC.

BBC | Pollution

The T-Shirt Chewing Enzyme Ready to Tackle Plastic Waste

“Over eight years they re-engineered LCC – now LCCICCG – to become a trained PET specialist.

The enzyme is now so efficient that it can completely break the PET polymer down to its constituent monomers—the chemicals producers need to make new plastic.

Prof Marty likens it to breaking apart a pearl necklace.

‘We are using an enzyme that you can consider a molecular scissors,’ he says. ‘We break down the link between the pearls, liberate the pearls and in this way, after purification, we can sell these pearls again.'”

From BBC.