Day: November 7, 2019

What Does “Net-Zero Emissions” Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered

Read the full story at The City Fix.

The latest research is clear: To avoid the worst climate impacts, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will not only need to drop by half in the next 10 years, they will then have to reach net-zero around mid-century.

Recognizing this urgency, the UN Secretary General recently asked national leaders to come to the UN Climate Action Summit this September 2019 with announcements of targets for net-zero emissions by 2050. Several countries have already committed to do so, along with some states, cities and companies.

Here we explore what a net-zero target means, explain the science behind net-zero, and discuss which countries have already made such commitments.

Registration is open for the 2020 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference

The 2020 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC20) will be on April 21-22, 2020, at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL. Registration is open through April 2 and scholarships for undergraduate students are available.

The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and outreach in the soil, water, and air. There will also be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the environment.

Researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, regulatory agencies, policy makers, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, members of the general public, and medical, veterinary, and public health professionals are encouraged to submit abstracts and attend the conference.

Saving The Climate Without A Political Solution

Read the full story at Medium.

What a decentralised model for climate action might look like

Why Louisiana’s Air Quality Is Going From Bad to Worse, in 3 Charts

Read the full story from ProPublica.

The chemical industry is growing rapidly in Louisiana at the same time that the state is backsliding when it comes to toxic levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the air. We investigated. Here’s what we found.

Farm Country Feeds America. But Just Try Buying Groceries There.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

An exodus of grocery stores is turning rural towns into food deserts. But some are fighting back by opening their own local markets.

Storms and Rising Seas Threaten Coastal Ecosystems — Here’s What We Can Do

Read the full story at the Revelator.

We’ve made little progress in preparing our communities and vital ecosystems for storms and sea-level rise, but there are tools we can use if government agencies and nonprofits take action.

Consumers Say They Want More Sustainable Products. Now They Have the Receipts to Prove It

Read the full story from Fortune.

In survey after survey consumers have said they’re willing to pay more for sustainably-produced products, but when it comes to being sustainable, actions speak louder than words.

Luckily for the planet, research from the New York University Center for Sustainable Business (CSB) shows shoppers aren’t all talk but are actually following through with buying more sustainable goods.

ENERGY STAR Industries in focus

EPA works with individual manufacturing sectors through ENERGY STAR to improve energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR industrial focuses provide a non-competitive environment for EPA and industry corporate energy managers to work together to build unique and helpful energy management tools for the industry.

The following industries currently participate:

Giving for Sustainable Development Goals Focused on Education

Read the full story from Philanthropy News Digest.

A new report from the Charities Aid Foundation of America highlights trends in philanthropic giving in support of the United Nations‘ Sustainable Development Goals.

Based on grants recommended by CAF America’s individual, corporate, and foundation donor-advised funds between January 2016 and April 2019, the report, The SDG Giving Landscape: An Insight Into Philanthropic Giving to the SDGs (33 pages, PDF), found that the five goals receiving the most support over that period were quality education (SDG 4, 22.26 percent of total grant dollars), good health and well-being (SDG 3, 18.89 percent), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11, 12.79 percent), no poverty (SDG 1, 9.61 percent), and life on land/sustainable ecosystems and biodiversity (SDG 15, 9.32 percent). On a year-over-year basis, however, the share of total funding directed to ending poverty fell from 17.69 percent of the total in 2016 to 7.13 percent in 2019, while giving for life on land//sustainable ecosystems and biodiversity rose from 0.92 percent to 12.97 percent.

Webinar: Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu for Indigenous-led Climate Adaptation

November 13, 2019 1:00 pm Central/2:00 pm ET
Register here

Traditional and Indigenous knowledge and perspectives have not often been recognized in planning resources for climate adaptation in natural and cultural resource management. This webinar will introduce participants to Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad: A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu, a new tool to assist in developing specific adaptation actions that recognize and incorporate tribal perspectives.

The Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu was created to help integrate tribal and traditional values with climate adaptation planning processes, such as the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science Adaptation Workbook.

This first version of the Tribal Adaptation Menu was intentionally created from Ojibwe and Menominee perspectives, languages, concepts, and values. Future versions will be co-developed by other Indigenous peoples, with their languages, concepts, strategies and approaches.

The Tribal Adaptation Menu may be used as a tool to help bridge communication barriers for non-tribal persons or organizations interested in indigenous approaches to adaptation and the needs and values of diverse tribal communities.

This webinar will consist of a series of presentations that introduce the concept of an adaptation menu, describe the Tribal Adaptation Menu, introduce a Guiding Principles document which describes a general process for working with tribal communities, and provide a case study of a real-world project that has used the menu.

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