How Europe ditched Russian fossil fuels with spectacular speed
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When Russia attacked Ukraine last year, it expected to win in a three-day blitz. Instead, it’s become a protracted war with impacts felt far and wide — disrupting food systems, supply chains, geopolitics and the global economy. Europe’s most remarkable response to the war isn’t to do with sending in tanks or billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine. Instead, it’s been the surprising speed with which it has ditched Russian fossil fuels and strangled the source of funding for Russia’s war machine. In this episode, Zero’s producer Oscar Boyd asks Bloomberg News reporters Will Mathis and Akshat Rathi how Europe managed this feat, and what that means for the continent’s climate goals.

Read Akshat and Will’s full article, complete with charts and graphs that show the speed of the transition. This is what a LNG tanker looks like.

Read a transcript of this episode, here.

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