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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web 04-22-22

Oceans and their largest inhabitants could be the key to storing our carbon emissions (The Conversation) Greener lifestyles linked to greater happiness – in both rich and poor countries (The Conversation) As G20 chair, coal-heavy Indonesia sends mixed signals on green transition (Eco-business) ‘A huge mistake’: alarm bells ring as deep-sea mining negotiations progress (Eco-business) ‘Historic’: global climate plans can now keep heating below 2C, study shows (The Guardian) 12 best ways to get cars out of cities – ranked by new research (The Conversation) Protected areas don’t always benefit wildlife, global study finds (The Guardian) UK consumers able to track renewable energy hourly under new plans (The Guardian) Brazil Commits To Serving 10 Million Sustainable Plant-Based School Meals A Year (green queen)   . . .

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Friday sees both Earth Day and International Mother Earth Day.

Earth Day started in 1970, driven initially by politicians and environmentalists in the US and in reaction to environmental problems being seen in the US. In 1990, the observance went fully international and now sees tens of millions of people in dozens of countries engaging in events and actions. Many places have instigated earth weeks and earth month to expand the impacts they can have. For 2022, the theme is Invest in Our Planet. International Mother Earth Day is a UN observance started in 2009 as an addition to World Environment Day in June. It takes the specific theme of working towards living in harmony with the earth as an eco-system. . . .

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International Girls in ICT Day

This year Girls in ICT falls on 28 April. Girls in ICT is a UN observance run by ITU - The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology. Since 2011, over 377,000 girls and young women have taken part in more than 11,400 International Girls in ICT Day celebrations in 171 countries. In 2022, the theme is “Access and Safety”. The aim is to lower barriers for girls and young women to have access to reliable and good quality digital tools, including the internet. This is a proven route to improving women’s overall educational outcomes as well as addressing the gender imbalance in STEM. . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Building Materials – A Hidden Heavyweight for Climate Action (IISD) More than Just SDG 12: How Circular Economy can Bring Holistic Wellbeing (IISD) Any plans to dim the Sun and cool the Earth must be led by those most affected by climate change (The Conversation) What the invasion of Ukraine means for the IPCC’s latest climate change report (The Conversation) How technology can help address challenges in agriculture (Eco-business) How much does air travel warm the planet? New report gives a figure (Eco-business) Some businesses still go for the cheapest carbon credits (Eco-business) Microplastics found deep in lungs of living people for first time (The Guardian) This Singaporean Software Platform Wants To Make Sustainability An Unavoidable Integration For Global Businesses (green queen) The U.N.’s ‘Blue Deal’ Aims to Replace Overfishing With Seaweed Farming (green queen) . . .

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IPCC practical report

The IPCC has released the third part (working group 3) of its current report AR6. In this section of the report we get to see the suggestions being made by the science experts on what we can actually do to stave off disaster and get back on track for the 1.5 deg target. The IPCC identifies clean electricity and agriculture/forestry/land use as the sectors where the greatest emissions reductions can be achieved, followed by industry and transport. Further low-emissions opportunities exist in other areas of production, buildings and the urban sector, as well as shifts in consumer demand. Overall, half the options to cut emissions by 50% cost less than US$20 a tonne. They found that: Coal must be phased out if the world and no new fossil fuel capability built, Methane emissions must be reduced by a third, Growing forests and preserving soils will be necessary, but tree-planting cannot work alone, Investment in a low-carbon world is six times lower than it needs to be, All secto . . .

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New UN HLEG announced to get net zero pledges accountable

With an increasing skepticism towards net zero pledges and claims being made by both private sector and state actors, the UN Sec-Gen has appointed a new high level expert group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities. It will cover areas such as ESG, carbon and climate disclosure standard setters; securities and accounting regulators; regulatory and policy bodies supervising the global financial system; leading global civil society organizations including youth; and climate science. It is hoped greater accountability and the perception of it can be improved as well as achieving better common standards for reporting. The HLEG recommendations are hoped to cover: standards and definitions for setting net-zero targets, and any elements to maximize integrity; credibility criteria used to assess the objectives, measurement and reporting of pledges; processes for verifying progress towards net-zero commitments and decarbonization plans; and a road map to translate . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Stockholm+50 Aims to Close Implementation Gap of Sustainability Commitments (IISD) Future Perfect: Integrating Long-term Thinking into Public Policy (IISD) Bitcoin: Greenpeace says a code change could slash cryptocurrency energy use – here’s why it’s not so simple (The Conversation) Planting trees can help the climate, but only if we also stop burning fossil fuels (The Conversation) Palm oil company appoints orangutan to board of directors in diversity world first (Eco-business) How can 'sponge cities' use nature to tackle climate-fuelled floods? (Eco-business) EU wants to force fashion firms to make clothes more durable and recyclable (The Guardian) Biopiracy row at UN talks in Geneva threatens global deal to save nature (The Guardian) 8 Circular Packaging Companies To Watch In The Race To Close The Waste Loop (green queen) . . .

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World Health Day

Tomorrow, 7 April is the anniversary of the founding of the World health Organization (WHO) in 1948. In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.? ? WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis. A range of events are accessible here: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-health-day . . .

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