There are plenty of reasons for pessimism when it comes to climate change: The U.N.’s latest report laid out, in no uncertain terms, that sea levels could rise as much as three feet by 2100 — higher than populated islands like the Bahamas. Furthermore, it’s almost definitely our fault; climate scientists at this point are 95 percent sure that humanity is driving the rise in greenhouse gases.
The good news: Humanity — at least some of it — is also working really hard to limit emissions. Here are three recent developments that will make you feel hopeful about the chances for a clean energy future:
1. More scientists are winning renewable energy patents than ever before . . .
2. Americans use way less oil than they used to . . .
3. The price of solar panels is in free fall . . .