139 countries could be powered by renewables

The roadmap to a 100 percent renewable energy future has been set by scientists from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and is the most specific global vision yet. The study outlines infrastructure changes that 139 countries can make to become entirely powered by wind, water, and sunlight by 2050 after electrification of all energy sectors. Such a transition could mean less worldwide energy consumption due to the efficiency of clean, renewable electricity; a net increase of over 24 million long-term jobs; an annual decrease in 4–7 million air pollution deaths per year; stabilization of energy prices; and annual savings of over US$20 trillion in health and climate costs.
 
Joule, Jacobson et al.: “100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) All Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World”
http://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(17)30012-0

 

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