Study Finds Higher Mortality In Infants Who Received The DTP Vaccine Compared To Those Who Didn’t







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For many years, public health advocates have vainly urged the CDC and WHO to conduct studies comparing vaccinated vs. unvaccinated populations to measure overall health outcomes.  Now a team of Scandinavian scientists has conducted such a study and the results are alarming.  That study, funded in part by the Danish government and lead by Dr. Soren Wengel Mogensen, was published in January in EBioMedicine.  Mogensen and his team of scientists found that African children inoculated with the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) vaccine, during the early 1980s had a 5-10 times greater mortality than their unvaccinated peers. 

The data suggest that, while the vaccine protects against infection from those three bacteria, it makes children more susceptible to dying from other causes. 

The scientists term the study a “natural experiment” since a birthday-based vaccination system employed for the Bandim Health Project (BHP) in Guinea Bissau, West Africa had the effect of creating a vaccinated cohort and a similarly situated unvaccinated control group.  In the time period covered by this study, Guinea-Bissau had 50% child mortality rates for children up to age 5.  Starting in 1978, BHP health care workers contacted pregnant mothers and encouraged them to visit infant weighing sessions provided by a BHP team every three months after their child’s birth.  Beginning in 1981, BHP offered vaccinations at the weighing sessions.  Since the DPT vaccine and OPV (oral polio) immunizations were offered only to children who were at least three months of age at the weighing sessions, the children’s random birthdays allowed for analysis of deaths between 3 and 5 months of age depending on vaccination status.  So, for example, a child born on January 1st and weighed on April 1st would be vaccinated, but a child born on February 1st would not be vaccinated until their following visit at age 5 months on July 1st.

In the primary analysis, DTP-vaccinated infants experienced mortalities five times greater than DTP-unvaccinated infants.  Mortalities to vaccinated girls were 9.98 times those among females in the unvaccinated control group, while mortalities to vaccinated boys were 3.93 times the controls.  Oddly, the scientists found that children receiving the oral polio vaccine simultaneously with DTP fared much better than children who did not.  The OPV vaccine appeared to modify the negative effect of the DTP vaccine, reducing mortalities to 3.52 times those experienced among the control group.  Overall, mortalities among vaccinated children were 10 times the control group when children received only the DTP.

Mogensen and his colleagues hypothesize that the DTP vaccine might weaken a child’s immune system against non-target infections.  They conclude, “Though protective against the target disease, DTP may increase susceptibility to unrelated infections… DTP was associated with 5-fold higher mortality than being unvaccinated.  No prospective study has shown beneficial survival effects of DTP.”

The Mogensen study supports the conclusions of previous investigations into child survival following vaccination.  An earlier study by Dr. Peter Aaby, of the introduction of DTP in rural Guinea-Bissau, indicated a 2-fold higher mortality among vaccinated children (Aaby et al. 2004a).  The Aaby report is one of several early studies that documented vaccination status and followed children prospectively.  All of them indicated that DTP-vaccinated children died at rates far exceeding mortality amongst the control group.  A meta-analysis of all eight known studies found a two-fold higher mortality for DTP-vaccinated compared to DTP-unvaccinated (Aaby et al. 2016) (Appendix A).

In 2014, The World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) conducted its own literature review of the potential non-specific effects (NSEs) of several vaccines, including DTP, and found that the majority of studies reported a detrimental effect of DTP (Higgins et al., 2014; Strategic Advisory Group of Experts of Immunization, 2014) due to its penchant for increasing susceptibility to unrelated infections.  SAGE recommended further research.

Moreover, Mogensen and his colleagues observe that the studies reviewed by SAGE probably underestimated the lethal effect of the DTP vaccine because of unusually high mortality in the control groups, ”Unvaccinated children in these studies have usually been frail children too sick or malnourished to get vaccinated and the studies may therefore have underestimated the negative effect of DTP”.  The Mogensen study sought to avoid this pitfall by using controls selected by birthday and by eliminating underweight children and orphans from both the study group and the control group.  It included only children who were breastfed.  All the infants were healthy at the time of vaccination.  Nevertheless, the Mogensen authors point out that, even in their study, the unvaccinated children had slightly worse nutritional status and travelled more – biases that would tend to increase mortality. They conclude that, “The estimate from the natural experiment may therefore still be conservative.”

The significance of the Mogensen study findings is underscored by the observation that, “Unfortunately, DTP is the most widely used vaccine, and the proportion who receives DTP3 is used globally as an indicator of the performance of national vaccination programs.”

The authors close with a bracing rebuke to public health regulators, “It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all-cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials.  All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.  Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections.”  Those words should serve as a cold water wake-up call to the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC and other public health officials.  The public in both poor and rich countries has a right to scientifically-based evidence that international vaccine programs are as safe as possible and that they have been thoroughly safety-tested.  The best metrics for measuring safety are studies comparing health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated cohorts.  Yet, both the CDC and the WHO have aggressively discouraged the pursuit of such studies.

Finally, it’s important to note that the DTP vaccine used in Guinea-Bissau in the early 1980s almost certainly contained high concentrations of both mercury and aluminum. Vaccine makers first created the combined diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine in the 1940s, mixing in an aluminum adjuvant and a mercury preservative (thimerosal) from its inception.  At that time, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended DTP for mass use in children. Prior to 1990, DTP was the only thimerosal-containing vaccine recommended for infants.

Five manufacturers supplied UNICEF with the DTP vaccines used in West Africa in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  One of these, Biken of Japan, described the industry standard in its 1987 lab report: “Outline of Method of Manufacture—The preparation [of DTP] also contains thimerosal as a preservative.”

By the early 1980s, a cascade of lawsuits filed across the United States on behalf of vaccine-injured children were driving DTP manufacturers from the market and threatening to shut down production of the DTP shot and other vaccines. That threat led the U.S. Congress to bestow legal immunity on vaccine makers via the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Program in 1986, followed in December, 1987, by the rollout of “Vaccine Court.”  Following the recommendation by the Institute of Medicine, vaccine makers removed thimerosal from the American DTaP between 2001-2003.  However, multi-dose DTP vaccines given to tens of millions of children across the African continent continue to contain massive doses of thimerosal (25mcg of ethylmercury per injection) that exceed the EPA’s maximum exposure levels by many times. Neither the CDC nor the WHO has ever published a vaccinated vs. unvaccinated study that would be necessary to determine the overall health impacts of this potent toxin on African children.  The Mogensen report is a loud call for such a study.

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Homeownership doesn’t build wealth, study finds

Owning a home may help you save money, but it won’t help you make money.

Households are better off taking control of their finances than relying on fluctuating home values. That is the finding of a new study conducted by Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and the University of Wyoming.

“On average, renting and reinvesting wins in terms of wealth creation regardless of property appreciation, because property appreciation is highly correlated with gains in the traditional financial asset classes of stocks and bonds,” wrote study co-author Ken Johnson of FAU’s College of Business, in a release.

The question of rent versus buy has been wildly popular during the housing recovery. The historic housing crash at the end of the last decade came as a bitter shock to millions of Americans, many of whom never considered that home values could fall at all or that they could fall as far as they did.

The U.S. homeownership rate is still hovering near its record low, yet buyer demand has been steadily rising. Construction, however, has not been rising quickly enough to meet that demand, resulting in fast-rising prices. In the last few years, prices have increased faster than income and inflation.

In some markets, home values have hit record highs, again fueling the debate over which is more lucrative, buying or renting?

Rents have also increased dramatically, as new households are formed and millennials, now the largest generation, struggle to afford a downpayment. While there has been a building boom in luxury rental housing, that has not been the case with affordable rental development.



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Genetic study: Ashkenazi Jews are substantially of Western European origin

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The plastic pollution problem is wide AND deep: Study finds sea animals from the deepest parts of the ocean, 7 miles down, have plastic in their stomachs

Image: The plastic pollution problem is wide AND deep: Study finds sea animals from the deepest parts of the ocean, 7 miles down, have plastic in their stomachs

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Plastic pollution has drastically affected marine life that even animals living in the deepest parts of the sea have been found to contain trace amounts of plastic fibers in their bodies, a disturbing new study reveals. A team of researchers at the Newcastle University in the U.K. collected various crustacean specimens from the deepest trenches in the Pacific Ocean in order to assess the effects of pollution on sea organisms.

The research team obtained up to 90 samples of crustaceans from the Mariana, Japan, New Hebrides, and Kermadec trenches. According to experts, the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench reaches nearly seven miles below sea level. The scientists identified a plethora of toxic plastic fibers in the animals’ stomach, which include rayon, nylon, and unidentified polyvinyls similar to polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or polyvinylchloride (PVC).  The research team added that the proportion of animals that consumed the plastic fibers ranged between 50 percent in the New Hebrides Trench to 100 percent of sea creatures at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

“This type of work requires a great deal of contamination control but there were instances where the fibres could actually be seen in the stomach contents as they were being removed. This study has shown that manmade microfibres are culminating and accumulating in an ecosystem inhabited by species we poorly understand. These observations are the deepest possible record of microplastic occurrence and ingestion, indicating it is highly likely there are no marine ecosystems left that are not impacted by anthropogenic debris,” lead researcher Dr. Alan Jamieson told Daily Mail online.

Experts warn of persistent microplastic pollution

Marine experts at the California State University, Channel Islands, have previously warned of the negative effects of microplastic pollution on sea animals. According to the experts, microplastic pollution poses a serious global threat largely due to its microscopic size. The scientists stress that microplastics measure less than five millimeters, which can be readily ingested by marine animals that mistake the plastic fibers for food. (Related: Microplastic pollution is the REAL threat to our oceans, warn scientists.)

The research team examined the digestive systems of multiple crab species along California’s coast to further establish the consequences of microplastic pollution. The scientists observed that a vast majority of the crab specimens had ingested microplastic fragments. The marine experts even found that one specimen in particular displayed nearly 100 fragments of microplastics in its system. However, the scientists stressed that more studies are warranted to better assess the gravity of microplastic pollution.

“Trash in the ocean, including significant amounts of microplastics, is a pervasive and significant problem in the waters off California as well as around the world. Microplastics are particularly concerning because of their ubiquitous distribution and disastrous impacts on marine life. [Microplastics] act like a sponge, soaking up additional pollutants from the surrounding waters, only to leach them back out again, oftentimes into animals that have ingested the plastics. This leads to accumulation of toxic chemicals in marine life, even in situations where the animals are far from humans,” said marine researcher Krista Kamer.

Data from the United Nations (U.N.) Environment Project report has also shown that more than 25 percent of fish sold around the world already display microplastic contamination. Experts warn that consuming high quantities of contaminated fish may lead to adverse health conditions. Likewise, the U.N. report reveals that several areas around the world have higher levels of microplastic pollution. The report notes that the East Asian region in particular has 27 times more plastic particles in the oceans than other parts of the globe.

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Tory austerity is ‘economic murder’ linked to 120,000 deaths – study

According to joint research between Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, there have been 120,000 deaths since the Conservatives gained power in 2010.

Although falling short of claiming a direct cause and effect, the study found there were 45,000 more deaths than expected between 2010 and 2014.

It claimed that at this rate the number could reach more than 150,000 deaths by 2020. In other words, Tory policies could claim up to 100 lives per day.

One of the study’s co-authors, Professor Lawrence King of the Applied Health Research Unit at Cambridge University, said: “It is now very clear that austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits – it is bad economics, but good class politics.

“This study shows it is also a public health disaster. It is not an exaggeration to call it economic murder.”

The research found that the decline in social care funding from an annual 2.20 percent to 1.57 percent coincided with a decline in death rates from 0.77 a year in 2010 to 0.87 percent.

The study also points out that a drop in nurse numbers may be behind 10 percent of deaths, concluding: “We have found that spending constraints since 2010, especially public expenditure on social care, may have produced a substantial mortality gap in England.”

The Department of Health stressed that no direct association should be made. A spokesperson said: “As the researchers themselves note, this study cannot be used to draw any firm conclusions about the cause of excess deaths.

“The NHS is treating more people than ever before and funding is at record levels with an £8 billion [$10.5 billion] increase by 2020-21. We’ve also backed adult social care with £2 billion investment and have 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on our wards since May 2010.”

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the government must endorse Labour’s spending pledges in the Autumn Budget. Responding to the study, he said: “This shocking mortality gap is a damning indictment of the dire impact which sustained Tory cuts to our NHS and social care services have had on health outcomes across the nation.

“Ahead of the Budget, this appalling news must serve as an urgent wake-up call to the prime minister,” Ashworth added, according to the Independent.

“She must match Labour’s pledge to deliver an extra £6 billion for our NHS across the next financial year to ensure the best possible quality of care is sustained for years to come.”

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Inactivity doubles your risk of blood clots: New study says sitting around, like when watching TV, raises risk even in those who exercise

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Aside from making you unproductive, it looks like being a couch potato can also increase your risk of getting a deadly blood clot.

While this is a risk TV junkies willingly take by being inactive for long periods, even people who regularly exercise can get blood clots while watching television. According to a study, people who “get [their] recommended levels of physical activity” are still at risk of getting a blood clot, and that the risk was 1.8 times higher among those who say they watch TV “very often” compared to those who say they watch TV “never or seldom.” (Related: Too Much TV Viewing Linked to Weight Gain.)

Dr. Mary Cushman, who is from the University of Vermont Medical Centre and the co-author of the study, said, “TV itself isn’t likely bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for prolonged periods while watching.” The researchers observed data gathered from 15,158 middle-aged participants in the U.S. who were 45 to 64.

The study looked at blood clots in veins of the legs, arms, pelvis, and lungs known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). The study, which was presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association, revealed that even though obesity was more common in people who watched more TV, at least 25 percent of the increased risk could be due to the presence of obesity.

Dr. Cushman explained, “Think about how you can make the best use of your time to live a fuller and healthier life.” She continued, “You could put a treadmill or stationary bike in front of your TV and move while watching.”

She offered another suggestion, which is to delay the time you spend watching TV by taking a walk. If you have to see your favorite shows, record them instead while you’re out on a walk. This will cut out the ads, shortening the time you spend watching TV.

Dr. Cushman added, “Health professionals should take the time to ask patients about their fitness and sedentary time, such as prolonged sitting watching TV or at a computer. If you are at heightened risk of venous thromboembolism due to a recent operation, pregnancy or recent delivery, cancer or a previous clot, your doctor may prescribe blood-thinning medication or advise you to wear compression stockings.”

Exercises to try while watching TV

If you can’t quit your shows and you have to find out what happens in the next episode, consider doing some of these exercises to stay active while watching TV:

  •  Walk in place — If you’re worried about overexerting yourself, start with walking in place while you catch up on your favorite show. You won’t even need expensive equipment for this activity. You can rest during commercials.
  • Try doing a circuit training routine while watching TV — You can set up “stations” if your living room is big enough to do some cardio routines in while you’re watching TV.
  • Do as many push-ups as you can — While you’re watching an episode of your favorite show, try to see how many push-ups you can do. You can also do this during commercials breaks first so you don’t get too tired, then do them for whole episodes once you’re stronger. Try to beat your previous record to make this a challenging activity.
  •  Do lunges — Try doing some lunges while you’re channel surfing. You can do them in place, or you try some walking lunges around the room if you want to be more active while watching television.
  •  Keep things interesting — It’s boring to keep watching several episodes for the same show, and it’s the same with exercise. Switch from documentaries to news or a sitcom, and make sure to switch exercises so you won’t get bored of repeating the same activity.

You can read more articles about how to stay active at Slender.news.

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Heartbreak is real & can hurt as much as a heart attack, study says

In the UK thousands of adults are known to suffer from takotsubo – or broken heart syndrome. The severe emotional stress, usually caused by a bereavement or particularly bad break-up, takes a toll on the heart.

Researchers have proven the heart can be “stunned” and weakened when a life event impacts a person. While doctors previously presumed the impacts were temporary and there was no lasting damage, a team at the University of Aberdeen has developed a new theory.

In a study of dozens of patients suffering from heartbreak, researchers discovered that the condition permanently weakens the heart, similar to a heart attack. Over two years the patients were examined with regular ultrasound and MRI scans, and the research – the longest-running so far – found those suffering from the condition were unable to exercise and became tired very easily.

It was also suggested there may be thousands suffering from the condition without knowing it. “It is becoming increasingly recognized that takotsubo is more common than we originally thought,” said Dr Dana Dawson, lead researcher from the University of Aberdeen.

“This is the longest follow-up study looking at the long term effects of takotsubo, and it clearly shows permanent ill-effects on the hearts of those who suffer from it. These patients are unable to perform physical exercise as well and fatigue more easily. Our research shows that takotsubo needs to be treated with the same urgency as any other heart problem, and that patients may need ongoing treatment for these long-term effects,” Dawson said.

The study also said patients should be offered the same treatment as those whose hearts have been damaged by a heart attack. The research was presented to the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, California, this weekend.

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Poor Social Skills A Danger To One’s Physical, Mental Health, Study Finds

    

For some, feeling a growing mass of stress weighing on their shoulders may actually be the result of poor social skills, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Arizona surveyed 775 American adults, aged 18 to 91, hoping to evaluate the strength of their social skills, along with their levels of stress, loneliness, and physical and mental health.

Defining social skills as the ability to communicate and interact with others effectively and appropriately, the researchers found that participants who were lacking in one or more related areas reported higher levels of stress and loneliness, which often translated into poorer physical and mental health.

“We’ve known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety, but we’ve not known definitively that social skills were also predictive of poorer physical health,” says study author Chris Segrin, who heads the university’s Department of Communication, in a news release.

“Two variables- loneliness and stress- appear to be the glue that bind poor social skills to health,” he adds. “People with poor social skills have high levels of stress and loneliness in their lives.”

Stress had long been known as a risk factor for diminished health, but the impact of loneliness on well-being has only come into the spotlight more recently.

“We started realizing about 15 years ago that loneliness is actually a pretty serious risk for health problems,” Segrin explains. “It’s as serious of a risk as smoking, obesity, or eating a high-fat diet with lack of exercise.”

Comparing the health effects of loneliness to that of a constant search for the car keys, Segrin states that lonely people are simply “not finding what they’re looking for, and that stress of frantically searching takes a toll on them.”

While social skills can be improved through interventions, such as therapy and counseling, many don’t realize that they’re lacking in the department, he says.

Future research could look at how a lack of social skills may affect other aspects of one’s health, including the development of chronic illness.

“I want to get the word out about how valuable good communication skills are,” he emphasizes. “They will not just benefit you in your social life but they’ll benefit your physical health.”

The full study was published last month in the journal Health Communication.

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Study determines medical students need more education after finding they are "overconfident and unprepared" – especially regarding nutrition

Image: Study determines medical students need more education after finding they are “overconfident and unprepared” – especially regarding nutrition

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Most people turn to doctors when they think they’re coming down with something or if they have questions about their health and nutrition. But what happens when medical students, future doctors themselves, can only grasp at straws when it comes to concerns about nutritional guidelines?

The results of a study published in the October edition of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association reveal a worrying concern: The majority of medical students are “overconfident” and “underprepared” when asked about nutritional guidelines. Researchers from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine surveyed 257 medical students, and while 55 percent of the participants were confident that they could advise patients about nutritional guidelines, half of those surveyed did not get a passing score on a nutrition quiz. (Related: Nutrition Secrets “They” Don’t Want You to Know About.)

According to Elizabeth Beverly, Ph.D., assistant professor at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, there’s a “long-standing disconnect in medicine” because even though nutrition is viewed as a key component for overall health, physician education is not giving it the attention it deserves.

Based on the study, only an underwhelming 12 percent of the medical students surveyed knew about Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs). According to the National Institutes of Health, DRIs is a catch-all term for “a set of reference values used to plan and assess nutrient intakes of healthy people”.

The researchers recruited participants using e-mail invitations, and these invitations were sent through school-maintained listserves. The participants included first- and second-year osteopathic medical students from various campuses of the university. The study was voluntary and participants received an incentive of a $15 gift card.

Those who took the online survey were presented with “a short demographic form, a nutrition quiz, and six questions about the respondent’s beliefs of a primary care physician’s role in nutrition counseling. The participants were also asked about their knowledge of “dietary reference intakes,” their comfort level when it comes to nutrition counseling and designing nutrition plans, their understanding of the role of registered dietitians or registered dietitian nutritionists on the health care team, and their thoughts on the importance of nutrition education in medical school.

Even though more than half of the students surveyed did not pass the nutrition quiz, 68 percent of the participants stated their belief that primary care physicians must advise patients about nutrition.

Beverly, who is also the lead author of the study, explained that this “lack of knowledge” about dietary reference intakes, which helps physicians identify the nutrient and energy intake that their patients need, is a cause for concern. These guidelines will often vary drastically due to factors such as a patient’s age, gender, pregnancy, or even disease.

In the report, the researchers conclude, “To address the growing rate of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases in the United States, osteopathic medical students would benefit from the integration of more nutrition education in the curriculum.”

The National Academy of Science suggests that doctors receive at least 25 hours of nutrition education. However, several studies have revealed that most medical schools do not meet this goal. Earlier studies imply that “overly confident doctors are not as likely to seek additional resources and more likely to misdiagnose patients.”

Beverly concluded, “Medical schools are focused on preparing students to pass board certification exams. Currently, nutrition knowledge is not evaluated by most certification boards.” She continued, “If we can change that, schools will adjust their curriculum accordingly and we should ultimately see an improvement in patient education and care.”

Researchers have championed the addition of nutrition-related competencies such as nutrition questions on board certification examinations to help make sure that medical schools maintain the minimum number of hours of nutrition education for medical students.

You can read more articles about diets, herbs, natural health, nutrition, and superfoods by visiting Nutrients.news.

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Study: 100% renewable electricity worldwide is feasible, and cheaper than business-as-usual

Currently, the global electricity sector amount to 11 Gt of CO2 equivalent. According to a new study from German non-profit Energy Watch Group and the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland, that could be brought down to zero by 2050—and perhaps even sooner—through a transition to 100% renewable electricity, combined with significant energy storage.

The study, entitled Global Energy System Based on 100% Renewable Energy Power Sector, was released at the COP23 UN climate summit in Bonn, and makes the claim that not only is this transition feasible—but would actually end up costing less than business-as-usual too. According to the study’s modeling, the total levelized cost of energy would come down to 52 euros per MWh by 2050, compared to 70 euros today. And the transition would create 36 million jobs in the process too.

Here’s what the energy mix would look like:

100 percent renewable energy© Energy Watch

Of course, I’m sure there will be plenty of naysayers who argue that this just isn’t feasible. And there will be others who say that 2050 just isn’t fast enough. To the former, there’s not much I can say. To the latter, it’s worth noting that the study models a more than 80% drop in emissions between 2020 and 2030, with the period between 2030 and 2050 being used to more gradually wean the system down to zero. (Remember, too, most cars will be electric by then-or gone.):

100% renewables emissions reductions chart© Energy Watch

Critically, while the reports authors’ emphasize that all types of renewable energy and all types of energy storage, efficiency and demand management technologies will be needed, they envision an increasing amount of the heavy lifting to be done by solar plus battery storage as costs drop. (Wind will briefly out compete solar in the 2020s, but will eventually be eclipsed.)

This isn’t, of course, the first time we’ve heard claims that 100% renewable energy is possible. But it’s yet another data set suggesting a path forward. In fact, with favorable policy support like phasing out fossil fuel subsidies (yes!), promoting research and investment into renewables, and moving from emissions trading to a tax on carbon, the reports’ authors claim that the transition could be complete even earlier than 2050.

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