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It’s been a pretty ridiculous week for Trump-watching. As late night hosts across the US have pleaded in paraphrased unison this week, “Can we just have 1 bloody normal day”.

With executive orders seeking to allow Bear hunting, taking away Coal Mine buffer zones around rivers, and allowing US Energy companies to bribe foreign governments – its as if we didn’t even need the news that Trump’s planning to bring in executive orders against the EPA next week, or could appoint a climate crazy as his Science advisor. No wonder Trump’s presidency is affecting my work.

I mean, just look at this guy. Doesn’t he just remind you of the Creepy old football coach that still comes to games 10 years after he was fired?

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Image: Creepy Science guy…also Wikipedia

Well, with all that behind us, we should all check out some of the Kool Climate news of the week.

Belgium became my favourite Bus country

For example, did you know that this week, 2 Belgian cities just ordered over 90 electric busses to run their public transport? As CleanTechnia reports:

“This autumn, 55 of the buses will head to Charleroi with 4 ABB fast chargers in tow, and another 35 buses are destined for Namur and will be kept juiced up by 8 ABB fast charging stations. This latest order by the TEC Group follows an earlier order of 11 electric hybrid Volvo buses for the city of Namur that went operational in January this year.

With this order, 90% of the public transport in Namur will be electrified, delivering significant emission reductions for residents.”

Formula E Got a Sick Makeover

While we’re talking about transport, can you imagine getting around in one of these?

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Image: Inhabit

As my favourite environmental-lift-me-up-and-make-me-feel-cool site, Inhabit reported this week, this is what Formula E cars are going to look like at the end of next year. So that’s definitely a reason to be excited about the future.

US Solar Doubles on 2015

Also, more and more people in the USA are now getting their energy from Solar. In fact, twice as many.

According to Mike Munsell who got a preview of the upcomming US Solar Market Insight report, 2016 is set to record a record-breaking (see what I did) 95% increase in installed solar from 2015. This news of a doubling of US Solar installation comes just 6 months after China announced that it’s 2016 installed capacity had TRIPPLED from the year before as well.

Hawaii Wants to Ban Sunscreen
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Image: creative commons

Also fun this week from the US, is that Hawaii could become sunscreen-free. That is if a bill presented by Senator Will Espero looking to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate is passed.

As you might know, these chemicals in sunscreens have been linked to some pretty nasty reactions with Coral Reefs, as well as extensive cases of “sore eyes” for anyone who puts a bit too much on before their diving goggles (yes, me). Since coral’s are an awesome sequester-er of carbon, a great adaptation buffer to big storms, a biodiversity hub and generally really pretty, I’m all for it. Especially when there’s plenty of good reef-friendly alternatives.

But the Best Kool News of the Week: Nokia
Image: Akedalmans

Image: Akedalmans

It might not seem “Kool” to you, but Nokia is planning to combat millennial “business” and supply all those “I don’t use Facebook” kids with flashbacks from their “good old days”. For only 59 EUR, the good-old 3310 is going to come back into the hands of all nostalgic snake-players. The new phone is expected to come with some internet-friendly upgrades, and I am guessing will have a battery life even Elon Musk will be excited about.

So there you have it.

Scientists may have discovered deep sea pollution. That same pollution may be causing 1 million pre-mature deaths in India, and an Ice sheet the size of Manhatten may have gotten a little bored of Antarctica.

But…between cool cars, phones, solar panel records and Belgium Busses, at least you’ll have some “other” things to chat about with your friends this weekend.

Chris Wright

About Chris Wright

Co-founder and Director of Climate Tracker. We’ve inspired 8000+ journalists to report on Climate Change. Based in Borneo. Trail Running convert. Learning Python.