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The recent explosion in solar is well documented. The price of solar cells have fallen 99% since the 1970s energy crisis, 100% new U.S. power capacity came from renewable sources in November, California added as much solar in 2013 as it did in the prior 30 years, India’s largest coal company now powers its headquarters with solar, Germany twice powered over 50% of its peak electricity demand with wind and solar, the list goes on.
And yet while many parts of the world are rapidly transitioning to 100% clean energy, 25% of people worldwide lack access to electricity. As solar continues its exponential growth (after all, solar cells are built from the same fundamental technology—semiconductors—that are behind the fabled Moore’s Law), we can bring not only electricity, but 100% clean energy to the billions of people currently without it.
The question is how are we going to finance and facilitate this? The answer is simple—you and your mobile phone.
Did you know more people in the world have cell phones than access to electricity? Or that 25% of Kenya’s Gross National Product flows through mobile phones? Imagine individuals in Brazil, families in India, and communities in Southeast Asia making monthly payments for 100% clean, reliable electricity on their mobile phones. And imagine those payments flowing directly back to you—the lender, whereby you can reinvest your proceeds into another solar project on your mobile phone.
At Mosaic, we believe that the fastest way to transition to a 100% clean energy economy is to allow more people to participate in that transition and benefit from it.
And that’s what our recent $1M award from Verizon’s Powerful Answers award will enable us to do … check out the video below.
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By Zak Smith
It is pretty amazing that in this moment when the COVID-19 outbreak has much of the country holed up in their homes binging Netflix, the most watched show in America over the last few weeks has been focused on wildlife trade — which scientists believe is the source of the COVID-19 pandemic. Make no mistake: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is about wildlife trade and other aspects of wildlife exploitation, just as surely as the appearance of Ebola, SARS, MERS, avian flu and probably COVID-19 in humans is a result of wildlife exploitation. As a conservationist, this is one of the things I've been thinking about while watching Tiger King. Here are five more:
By Hector Chapa
With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores.
But can these masks be effective?
By Carey Gillam
Bayer AG is reneging on negotiated settlements with several U.S. law firms representing thousands of plaintiffs who claim exposure to Monsanto's Roundup herbicides caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, sources involved in the litigation said on Friday.
With many schools now closed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, you may be looking for activities to keep your children active, engaged, and entertained.
Although numerous activities can keep kids busy, cooking is one of the best choices, as it's both fun and educational.
Germany's target for renewable energy sources to deliver 65% of its consumed electricity by 2030 seemed on track Wednesday, with 52% of electricity coming from renewables in 2020's first quarter. Renewable energy advocates, however, warned the trend is imperiled by slowdowns in building new wind and solar plants.