Friday, March 13, 2020

With all the headlines on Coronavirus, what about the other C Word? - Climate Change

Cleantech and Climate Change Podcast;
with all the headlines on Coronavirus, what about the other C Word? - Climate Change


Point Roberts WA, Delta BC, March 13, 2020 – ( Newswire), a global news source and leading investor resource covering cleantech and renewable energy stocks ( issues today’s edition of the Cleantech and Climate Change Podcast, talking about today's problems and solutions for the future.

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Today we are looking at the global reaction to the coronavirus and how taking action immediately has shown the virus can be managed and contained in countries like Taiwan. While other countries waited to see how it played out, they are now over-reacting and causing a global recession to potentially play out as stock markets crashed.   .

It was just months ago that thousands of people were marching in the streets protesting Government inaction on climate change and now we are being told in parts of North America to limit our gatherings to 250 people.  Is it surprising that the Governments we don’t trust to handle climate change and making mistakes in dealing with the Coronavirus?     

According to the Journal of American Medicine  the response done right?   The response to COVID-19 in Taiwan included Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing.

On December 31, 2019, when the World Health Organization was notified of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China, Taiwanese officials began to board planes and assess passengers on direct flights from Wuhan for fever and pneumonia symptoms before passengers could deplane. As early as January 5, 2020, notification was expanded to include any individual who had traveled to Wuhan in the past 14 days and had a fever or symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection at the point of entry; suspected cases were screened for 26 viruses including SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Passengers displaying symptoms of fever and coughing were quarantined at home and assessed whether medical attention at a hospital was necessary. On January 20, while sporadic cases were reported from China, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officially activated the CECC for severe special infectious pneumonia under NHCC, with the minister of health and welfare as the designated commander. The CECC coordinated efforts by various ministries, including the ministries of transportation, economics, labor, and education and the Environmental Protection Administration, among others, in a comprehensive effort to counteract the emerging public health crisis.

The takeaway we need to get from all of this is that Governments can get it right, see a crisis and take action immediately. We have also witnessed that people can adapt immediately if they think their lives are at stake. We can work remotely if needed, we can travel less, and we can make changes. Let’s use this mindset to take action for climate change – the C word that can potentially really cause the end of the world as we know it.

Now that I have made my rant, let’s get on to stock news and updates in the sector.  There is some green out there again today, let’s keep it going.   

Fuel cell company, Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQGM: BLDPTSX: BLDP.TO) announced a purchase order from Solaris Bus & Coach S.A. (“, a leading European bus and trolleybus manufacturer and Ballard partner headquartered in Bolechowo, Poland, for 25 of the Company’s new 70 kilowatt heavy-duty FCmove™-HD fuel cell modules.

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These 25 modules will power 15 Solaris Urbino 12 hydrogen buses planned for deployment in Cologne, Germany and 10 Urbino 12 hydrogen buses planned for deployment in Wuppertal, Germany, all under the Joint Initiative For Hydrogen Vehicles Across Europe (“JIVE 2”) funding program.
The stocks trading at $8.23+$0.45 (+5.78%) on the NASDAQ at the time of this report and had a day’s high of $8.60.
Yesterday Enphase Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENPH), a global energy technology company and the world’s leading supplier of solar microinverters, announced that it has shipped more than 36 MWh of energy storage since introducing Enphase energy storage products in late 2016. More than 18,000 Enphase energy storage systems have been commissioned worldwide, of which 31% are paired with non-Enphase solar systems, reflecting the flexibility of the Enphase AC-coupled architecture. 
Enphase is trading down at the time of this report but had big gains earlier in the day with a high of $37.30 and may turn green again as trading continues.  
SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING), a solar player through its subsidiary, Direct Solar of America is up over 11% today as investors revisit the potential of their  US solar business.  
In closing, let’s really look at priorities long term. USA Today reported on the recent UN statements. The planet is "way off track" in dealing with climate change, a new United Nations report says, and experts declared that climate change is a far greater threat than the coronavirus.

"It is important that all the attention that needs to be given to fight this disease does not distract us from the need to defeat climate change," U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday, according to Agence France Presse.

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Thanks, that’s it for today. Do something good for this beautiful planet each and every day.

Podcast host: Dawn Van Zant

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