Want the real deal for a New Deal on climate? Look to the states

October 14, 2019 by  
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These leading states are setting legally binding, economy-wide, greenhouse gas emissions targets.

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BlackRock and Ellen MacArthur Foundation launch circular economy fund

October 14, 2019 by  
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The asset manager plans to explore how investment flows can drive the circular economy.

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The number with the power to halt the climate crisis

June 19, 2019 by  
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Wonky as it sounds, the social cost of carbon holds the key to crafting policies that avoid harm from greenhouse gas emissions.

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Transportation drives uptick in emissions in Europe

June 4, 2019 by  
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As European voters demand action on climate, EU greenhouse gas emissions rose by .7 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year.

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Your favorite playlist has a carbon footprint

May 24, 2019 by  
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You would think streaming music is more eco-friendly than CDs, tapes and records, right? Afterall, there’s no waste. A new study by the Universities of Glasglow and Oslo calculated the carbon footprint associated with downloading and streaming music and the answer is surprising. According to data from 2015 and 2016, music streaming accounted for 200 to 350 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions . The study used data records from the Recording Industry Association of America. First, researchers took the total number of streamed and downloaded songs and multiplied it by the amount of electricity it takes to download 1 gigabyte of data. Each gigabyte is equivalent to the amount of electricity needed to light one light bulb for an hour. Next researchers investigated what kind of fuel sources are typically fueling music streaming sites— such as coal or renewable energy — and averaged the carbon dioxide emitted. Related: Music festivals and events can set the stage for sustainability The totals do not reflect the carbon footprint of data storage and processing centers, nor the electricity it takes to power your cellphone or steaming device, so the comprehensive contribution to greenhouse gas emissions is actually much higher than the study initially indicates. Music streaming giant, Spotify, did not respond to The Rolling Stone journalist’s request for comment, but they did publish a sustainability report in 2017, which promised to work toward carbon neutrality. By 2018, the new sustainability report indicated that they had closed almost all of their data centers and reduced their carbon footprint by 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide . In actuality, Spotify shifted to using Google Cloud services, which means that now Google data centers are responsible for the emissions, not that emissions have necessarily been cut. Streaming competitors Apple and Amazon have recently invested in renewable energy options for their centers. Data centers in general are responsible for 2 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to the airline industry. Music lovers who want to be more sustainable should buy full albums rather than streaming individual songs, especially if you plan to hit that repeat button a lot. According to their calculations, streaming 27 songs uses more energy than manufacturing the disc. For those of you who can’t imagine hopping in a time machine and buying a CD again, the authors suggest that downloading songs for offline listening could reduce the associated energy consumption. Via Rolling Stone Image via PhotoMIX-Company

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Turning methane into carbon dioxide could help us fight climate change

May 22, 2019 by  
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Methane is 84 times worse as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. What if we could chemically change methane into carbon dioxide?

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A tale of two companies: Tesla, Ford and the need for long-term plans

May 22, 2019 by  
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How can we tell now if Tesla, Ford or any company is ‘future-fit’ when they don’t publicly disclose their long-term plans?

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Tracking the relationship between the oil supermajors and climate change

March 29, 2019 by  
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The top five gas companies say that they’re investing in clean energy — but how true is that claim?

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Are you ready for Round 3 of the plastic waste trade war?

March 29, 2019 by  
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Plastic waste exporting countries will soon need the informed consent from recipient countries to import their waste.

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The overlooked role of food banks in slashing emissions

March 29, 2019 by  
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Food banks are helping to tackle hunger and prevent emissions equivalent to the annual carbon output of 2.2 million cars, a new report says.

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