A guide to global warming, Paris pact and the US role

Read the full story in the Washington Post. If President Donald Trump pulls the United States out of the international agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, what could that mean for the rapidly heating Earth? Here’s a guide to what’s in the Paris agreement, what’s going on with global warming, and what might happen if …

Fact-checking President Trump’s claims on the Paris climate change deal

Read the full story in the Washington Post. In his speech announcing his decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord on climate change, President Trump frequently relied on dubious facts and unbalanced claims to make his case that the agreement would hurt the U.S. economy. Notably, he only looked at one side of the scale …

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord

Read the full story in the New York Times. Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement. The unnamed group — which, …

Heritage Foundation Gets It Wrong on Costs and Benefits of Climate Action

Read the full post from the World Resources Institute. The Heritage Foundation has gained prominence as a go-to source of information for the Trump Administration. But when it comes to estimating the costs and benefits of certain climate actions, Heritage presents a highly misleading picture. Both President Trump and members of Congress have referenced a Heritage study that claims the costs …

How sustainable are biodegradable and plant-based plastics?

Read the full story in Packaging Digest. Rethinking all aspects of the plastics supply chain in terms of full lifecycle, from sourcing to end-of-life, is the key for manufacturers and major brands aiming to design into a more circular plastics economy. Driven by demand for more sustainability and positive environmental impacts in consumer packaged goods …

Living in a Materials World: Four Northwestern entrepreneurs bring sustainability and energy solutions to market

Read the full story from Northwestern University. As the world has continued to move toward clean energy, so has Northwestern’s materials science program, which is increasingly focused on sustainable materials design. The University has helped launch several companies with the goal of creating innovative energy solutions by designing and developing better materials with less energetic …