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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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Broadening action towards sustainability

Earth Day happens in April every year (since 1970!!!). It gets bigger and bigger, although it is amazing that it has taken over 50 years to get such traction. One way in which we see its impact expanding is the creation of Earth Month by the Center For Environmental Justice And Sustainability at Seattle U. This gives a longer window for people to take action and establish and/or join a varirty of events across different focuses, often in an SDG context. Check it out for how you can be involved: https://www.seattleu.edu/cejs/events/earthmonth/ . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

UNEA Launches Negotiation of Plastic Pollution Treaty, Science Body on Chemicals (IISD) Four reasons to be hopeful about the planned global plastics treaty (The Conversation) A billion of the world’s most climate-vulnerable people live in informal settlements – here’s what they face (The Conversation) Record-smashing heatwaves are hitting Antarctica and the Arctic simultaneously. Here’s what’s driving them, and how they’ll impact wildlife (The Conversation) Are carbon markets killing conservation? (Eco-business) All countries are failing to hit minimum air quality benchmarks (Eco-business) How Saharan dust clouds that turn skies orange also nourish nature (The Guardian) 2021 Saw the Biggest Increase In CO2 Emissions Ever. A New Report Says Carbon Capture Is Essential. (Green Queen) Thailand’s CP Foods And Israel’s Future Meat Partner To Create Cultivated Products In Asia (Green Queen) Asia Pacific may take till 2065 to achieve . . .

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Multipliers we don't need: Wildfires Worsen Climate Change and Will Increase Because of It

A report - ‘Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires,’ by UNEP and GRID-Arendal - finds that both climate change and land-use change are contributing to a trend of increasing wildfire frequency. Wildfires and climate change are circular, as fires contribute significant greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and thus strengthen climate change. Climate change is also worsened as previous “wet” environments such as peatlands and rainforests become drier and more likely to burn, rather than helping to slow temperature rise. Not only is there an environmental impact but of course an inherent human impact: respiratory and cardiovascular problems caused by inhaling smoke; economic costs to rebuild; the degrading of watersheds by wildfires’ pollutants; and contaminated wastes being left behind. The authors expect that extreme fires are projected to rise by up to 14% by 2030, 30% by 2050, and 50% by 2100. They recommend therefore . . .

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HK SDG Summit 2022

The ITS Education Asia Foundation hosted the afternoon experience for this years HK SDG Summit, organized by the Global Goals Clubs Council at Canadian International School Hong Kong. Forced to go fully virtual by pandemic measures, we focused on taking teams through the process of problem framing and solution ideating in the social enterprise context - all using our youth graduates from previous programmes to do the facilitating thus demonstrating and creating virtuous circles of sustainable activity. The focus was SDG 17, an often overlooked and misunderstood SDG, which allowed us to show how the UN and national governments might pull together and how the SDGs are inherently interlinked and interdependent.   . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

UNEA Launches Negotiation of Plastic Pollution Treaty (IISD) UN Embarks on Preparations for Education Summit (IISD) As sea levels rise, coastal megacities will need more than flood barriers (The Conversation) What your T-shirt reveals about ‘carbon colonialism’ and the global economy’s vast hidden emissions (The Conversation) Climate-positive, high-tech metals are polluting Earth, but there are solutions (Eco-business) Rich nations are mainly to blame for biodiversity loss — but are reluctant to foot the bill to protect it (Eco-business) Great Barrier Reef hit by sixth mass bleaching event, leading coral scientist says (The Guardian) Climate justice, activism, and revolutionary love (Ryan Hagen) Gender equality in environmental programmes (Cap4dev)   . . .

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