Climate change is accelerating. Global warming is forecast to exceed 1.5˚C during the 2030s—an urgent challenge that demands Australia achieve net zero by 2035. Climate scientists have observed with mounting concern the continuing emissions and the rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. For decades, they have issued dire warnings about what is at stake and what is required to curb global warming. Yet global temperatures continue to rise, along with damages from extreme weather. This report “Aim High, Go Fast: Why Emissions Need to Plummet this Decade” is the Climate Council’s science-backed vision for what Australia’s best effort could look like. Australia is a nation of currently high emissions but rich renewable energy resources. The country has been ravaged by unprecedented bushfires, droughts, and floods in recent years, and decision makers should not ignore these warnings.
Just days before COP26, Australia’s long-awaited climate plan has been slammed by civil society, scientists and opposition politicians as void of substance and full of spin. For years now, the Australian Government led by climate denier Scott Morrison, has been seen as a climate laggard, one still deeply addicted to dirty fossil fuels and an outlier when it came to concerted international action on climate. Let’s not forget that the Government is led by the same Scott Morrison who, when Treasurer of Australia, brought a lump of coal into the House of Representatives supplied by the Minerals Council of Australia. “This is coal,” he told his bemused fellow parliamentarians. “Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared.”
Solar power has again delivered more than 100 per cent of local demand in South Australia, in what is expected to become an increasingly regular occurrence. The combination of rooftop solar (1275MW, or 80.9 per cent of local demand) and large scale solar (331MW, or 21 per cent) delivered a combined 101.9 per cent of local state demand for a 5-minute period. At the time there was a little bit of wind generating (just 22.2MW), and about 275MW of gas generation. The state’s three big batteries were charging (72MW) and a total of 326MW was being exported to Victoria. And while the 100 per cent level was reached for just one five minute period, from 1030 to 1530 – a period of five hours – solar contributed more than 90 per cent of state demand.
A community of urban researchers and city makers recently launched 17 keys for sustainable and just cities. The keys provide practical ways for urban decision makers, administrators, activists and urban planners to tackle the twin challenges of injustice and unsustainability. In order to build sustainable cities, we need to get to the root of injustice. The keys open paths for decision makers to shape a better future for their cities. Each key comes with a wealth of resources, including videos, podcasts, wikis and publications, through which users can delve into innovative approaches and governance arrangements.
Ward 99 consists of Hyde Park in Mitchells Plain and parts of Khayelitsha. The neglected state of Hyde Park, in Tafelsig, validates its status as the Lost City. Mitchells Plain is a sprawling Cape Town suburb whose inhabitants range from the middle class to the poorest of the poor. In the Hyde Park area of Mitchells Plain residents grapple with a lack of infrastructure, housing and rampant crime. Hyde Park, Freedom Park and parts of Tafelsig are referred to as Lost City. Hyde Park presents a poverty pattern that has remained largely unchanged for years. The only significant improvement, voters said, is the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) homes built between 2008 and 2010.
As a result of increased agricultural activity brought about by the expansion of the wine industry, the biodiversity of the floral kingdom is under threat in the Cape Winelands. A conservation programme by the WWF is now helping to ensure that wine farms decrease their impact on the environment. Wine farmers in the Cape Winelands are increasingly turning to alternative farming methods, which are helping to preserve the two global biodiversity hotspots in the region. About 95% of South Africa’s wines are produced in the Cape Winelands, which is in the Cape Floral Kingdom and includes the Succulent Karoo biome. Unesco has recognised it as one of the world’s six floral kingdoms and it is the smallest and most diverse plant kingdom.
In September 2020, New Buildings Institute (NBI) released its “2020 Getting To Zero Buildings List,” a document showcasing growth and trends for zero energy and zero carbon buildings across North America. Based in Portland, OR, NBI is a nonprofit organization working in the industry for better performance in buildings, and has been tracking these zero energy developments across the building stock for the past decade. “Getting To Zero” is just one of the initiatives the organization oversees, collaborating with many other industry groups and stakeholders.
A group of nine American senators on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden to promote biofuels as a key solution for the country’s energy and climate agenda and said that India’s efforts in this regard to set up targets for ethanol are encouraging. ”Mr President, biofuels are a readily available energy solution that deserve full consideration, not only for helping to stem the recent increase in fuel prices which has subsequently accelerated inflation, but to serve as a foundational source of transportation emission reductions as part of your energy and environmental agenda,” the senators wrote. Led by Senator John Thune, a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, the nine GOP senators called on the Biden administration to utilise the full capacity of American agriculture to deliver on both fronts.
Priceless manuscripts from some of Britain’s greatest poets and authors could be lost to the nation without urgent action, Prince Charles warns today. Writing in the Daily Mail, the heir to the throne said it was ‘too awful to contemplate’ the loss of handwritten texts by some of the country’s best-known writers – including Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and Charlotte Bronte. And he warned that the UK is facing a race against time to save a collection of literary treasures from being auctioned off and potentially taken abroad.
Our Digital Circular Economy Days 2021 are packed with insightful talks around the principles of RE-duce, RE-use and RE-cycle of material solutions to support you on our common path towards a more sustainable future. Whether it’s an insightful highlight or an expert talk on circularity in the value chain, on circular design, or product solutions, you can always look forward to a range of new impulses and opportunities. Register now for as many talks as you like and experience our latest sustainable innovations, exciting exchanges of information and live interaction with our experts during our webinars and Q&As.
All Victorian households will have to sort their waste into four separate bins by 2030, under new laws to be introduced to state parliament. The Circular Economy (Waste Reduction and Recycling) Bill, to be introduced on Wednesday, will establish Recycling Victoria, which will oversee and regulate the state’s recycling sector from July 2022. The body, which will be a part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will oversee the transition of all local councils to the four-bin system by 2030, as well as a container deposit scheme from 2023.
On and around 31 October, CERN and other laboratories around the world will celebrate the global hunt for the universe’s missing matter – the dark matter that is thought to make up most of the matter in space. Simulation of the dark-matter distribution in the universe. Experiments worldwide are searching for this unseen matter using many different tools, such as telescopes in space and on the ground, particle beams and deep underground detectors. CERN is home to several experiments that seek out the particles that may make up dark matter. These include experiments based at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), such as ATLAS and CMS, which have broken new ground in the search for dark-matter particles, and non-LHC experiments such as CAST and NA64, which too have added new knowledge about the properties of these hypothetical particles.
EuropaBio supports the ambition for a sustainable EU and global food system, as enhanced sustainability in the food chain can benefit both people and planet. This initiative, as with all new EU initiatives addressing sustainability, should consider the three pillars of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social. Rather than commenting in detail on the policy options that will be part of the impact assessment at this stage, we would like to comment on some more specific items included within the roadmap: In terms of the sustainability assessment of products to be placed on the market, we consider that all products should be assessed equally. Assessment of products to be placed on the market should remain science- and risk-based, with any new sustainability requirements ideally falling into existing informational requirements for approval and assessment to avoid increasing the administrative burden on food chain actors.
Berrien County residents have an extra chance to get unneeded electronic items recycled for free Wednesday. Berrien County Parks Director Jill Adams tells WSJM News Green Earth Electronics Recycling in St. Joseph will stay open later than usual so people can drop off items. They’ll take anything with a cord or that runs on batteries. Adams says it’s better to dispose of those items in this way for multiple reasons. “All electronics contain things like plastic, metal, glass, and other recyclable materials, but some electronics also contain hazardous components such as lead or mercury,” Adams said. “So keeping these materials out of the regular waste stream is good for environmental health as well as public health.”
University of Michigan engineers have identified internal resistance, measured immediately after cells are made, as a key indicator of how long a battery will last. The measurements can be done in seconds towards the end of the manufacturing process at little to no additional cost. Lifespan prediction is already possible, but it requires repeated cycling-charging, discharging and recharging to gather data needed to train an algorithm. Similarly, ageing tests can take weeks to months to complete and are restricted to a handful of cells per batch of batteries produced.
As a major U.N. climate conference gets underway on Oct. 31, 2021, you’ll be hearing a lot of technical terms tossed around: mitigation, carbon neutral, sustainable development. The language can feel overwhelming. “It sounds like you’re talking over people,” one person said of the terminology during a recent study colleagues and I conducted through the USC Dornsife Public Exchange. Climate reports are often written at a scientific level. So we thought it would be helpful to clarify some of the most common terms. To do that, we interviewed 20 people about common terms used by climate scientists and climate journalists. We then used their feedback to explain those terms in everyday language. With the help of the United Nations Foundation, we chose eight terms from reports written by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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The theme of this year’s Sustainability Summit is Social Responsibility: Cultivating Civic Engagement. Sustainability is a system thinking approach that addresses equity (people), the economy (prosperity) and the environment (planet). All three are interconnected. If one of these areas is ailing, then eventually they all will be affected. This year’s conference examines the idea that citizens have a social responsibility to make a positive contribution to their community. And it offers suggestions for how to make that contribution.
Join us for our event with ING, where we consider the role banks can play in fighting climate change. Since 2018, ING has committed to steering its lending portfolio towards the goals of the Paris agreement. One year after making this commitment, ING published its first Terra report, a detailed description of its portfolio current emission intensity and the bank strategy to reach its climate goals – a world-wide first of its kind. Since then, ING increased its ambitions by committing to Net-Zero by 2050 through the Net Zero Banking Alliance. In this presentation, Alberto and Stefanie will share how ING uses the Terra approach to measure and steer its lending book. They will deep dive into a few sectors on which ING reports to demonstrate how they work with methodologies. Looking towards the future, Alberto and Stefanie will also share their outlook for sustainability in banking, including the challenges and opportunities that banks and financial institutions are facing.
Boris Johnson has been accused of having ‘completely lost the plastic plot’ after telling schoolchildren that recycling ‘doesn’t work’ as a means to ease the climate crisis. The Recycling Association reacted with astonishment at the Prime Minister’s remarks during a Downing Street press conference for pupils, saying they were ‘very disappointing’. Number 10 had to tell the public to continue recycling after Mr Johnson said ‘recycling isn’t the answer’ and stressed the need to reduce the amount of plastic that is used. The PM said: ‘It doesn’t begin to address the problem. You can only recycle plastic a couple of times, really. What you’ve got to do is stop the production of plastic.’