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  1. Energy and Environment
More than 50 countries have made net-zero pledges, and there are numerous avenues to realizing that ambitious goal. One way humans can reach net zero faster is through electricity deregulation, which means energy suppliers can’t monopolize the energy sector. Countries with deregulated energy include the U.S., England, Wales, Portugal, and many more. By enabling consumers to choose their electricity supplier — a concept known as a market system — people can select greener options. But will they? Dig deeper → 3 min
  1. Business

The scoop: The world uses a lot of materials to produce a lot of waste.

By the numbers:

  1. Asia accounts for 60% of mineral extraction and 67% of freshwater use.
  2. The world disperses 28.7 billion tons of fossil fuels and biomass energy.
  3. Europe, Asia and N. America account for 78% of fossil fuel output.

Key takeaways:

  1. It takes <resources to produce >materials.
  2. A lot of freshwater, an increasingly scarce resource, turns into wastewater every year.
  3. Most raw materials and natural resources end up in the land, air or water.

Bottom line: The current production process outweighs Earth's production capacity. To solve that, we need to maximize the life-cycle of products, treat natural resources carefully, and minimize waste.

Dig deeper → <1 min.

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