Weekly Roundup: Look for the Helpers


Hurricane Florence—a natural disaster made worse by climate change—left death and destruction in its wake. But the helpers came out of the woodwork: from the Coast Guard to Google to Michael Jordan to everyday citizens. And for what it’s worth, solar infrastructure held up better than nuclear or coal.


Germany launches world’s first hydrogen-powered train

“Alstom is betting on the technology as a greener, quieter alternative to diesel on non-electrified railway lines – an attractive prospect to many German cities scrambling to combat air pollution.” 


Indonesian president signs 3-year freeze on new oil palm licenses

“The policy appears to constitute a freeze on the entire licensing process for oil palm plantations in Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil, a ubiquitous commodity found in everything from chocolate to laundry detergent.” 


First PlasticRoad opens in the Netherlands

“The 30 meters of plastic bike path contain recycled plastic equivalent to more than 218,000 plastic cups or 500,000 plastic bottle caps. The PlasticRoad creates a high-value second life for plastic waste by recycling it and using it to build roads.” 


ChargePoint pledges 2.5 million EV charging spots by 2025

“To put the size of the pledge in perspective, the company’s website boasts about 41,000 charging spots globally right now… The company will be partnering with employers and retailers like Target to get this massive infrastructure expansion built out where it’s most likely to be used.” 

About Patrick Metzger

Patrick is the founder of TheNewClimate.com, ThePatterning.com, and TheNextMix.com. He is a writer, product leader, and musician. He grew up in Chattanooga, TN and now lives in Beacon, NY.