Day: March 16, 2021

Europe’s ‘right to repair’ for some appliances comes into force to curb electronic waste

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

Companies that sell refrigerators, washers, hairdryers or TVs in the European Union will need to ensure that those appliances can be repaired for up to 10 years, in a bid to reduce the vast mountain of electrical waste that piles up each year on the continent.

Water Risk Scenarios: TCFD-aligned Scenarios to Help Companies and Investors Turn Risk into Resilience

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The aim of this brief is to provide an overview of the new WWF Water Risk Filter scenarios and guidance on how scenario analysis can help companies and investors to understand future water risks and build resilience in an uncertain future.

Water Risk Filter

The Water Risk Filter, developed by WWF and the German finance institution DEG, is a practical online tool that helps companies and investors assess and respond to water-related risks facing their operations and investments across the globe.

The site is designed around four areas of water risks:

  1. Explore: Explore maps, country profiles, WWF stories, reports and more without needing to login.
  2. Assess: Get to know the water related risks your organization’s assets are facing through a customized assessment and analysis that can highlight your hot spots.
  3. Value: Find the right tools to convert risk to value and better understand how your financial statements may be impacts by water risk facing your assets.
  4. Respond: Obtain a customized set of response actions to mitigate your specific water risks.

Ikea pioneered cheap, disposable furniture. Now it’s discouraging it

Read the full post at Fast Company.

You assemble every piece of Ikea furniture you buy, but do you remember the last one you took apart?

Ikea wants to make disassembly a consumer habit, and it’s releasing a series of instructions to help users do just that. Some of its most popular products, such as the Billy bookcase, now have instructions online for how to take the product apart, making it easier for the consumer to move it to their new digs, donate it, or resell it.

Navigating Plastic Alternatives In a Circular Economy

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The report provides a guiding framework for innovators, brands and investors and calls for more research and rigorous testing to avoid unintended consequences

COVID-19: a dashboard to rebuild with nature

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There is now ample evidence that nature plays a key role in the COVID-19 pandemic’s emergence and recovery. Our latest White Paper “COVID-19: a dashboard to rebuild with Nature”, proposes a dashboard based on the two core planetary boundaries of climate change and nature loss.

Co-authored with Future Earth, the Stockholm Resilience Center and the Potsdam Institute on Climate, the paper demonstrates that a sustainability transformation through which we rebuild our world differently with nature is humanity’s best bet for the coming decades.

The report concludes that a nature positive food system is the most effective way to build resilience against future shocks, including new pandemics.

Philly to dim lights to make it safer for birds in flight

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

The lights of Philadelphia might not shine as bright in the coming weeks as a coalition in the City of Brotherly Love tries to prevent millions of migrating birds that pass through twice a year from slamming into skyscrapers and crashing to the sidewalk.

Bird Safe Philly on Thursday announced the Lights Out Philly initiative, a voluntary program in which as many external and internal lights in buildings are turned off or dimmed at night during the spring and fall.

Here’s What Biden’s Change to the Social Cost of Carbon Means

Read the full post at Treehugger.

On Jan. 19, the Biden Administration announced an update to the social cost of carbon.1 Although the term may be unfamiliar to some, others call it “climate change’s most important number.” 

A document published on the Federal Register by the Council on Environmental Quality, announced that federal agencies should return to the 2016 guidance that was established under President Obama for at least the next year.

Texas freeze led to release of tons of air pollutants as refineries shut

Read the full post at Reuters.

[2/21/21]: The largest U.S. oil refiners released tons of air pollutants into the skies over Texas this past week, according to figures provided to the state, as refineries and petrochemical plants in the region scrambled to shut production during frigid weather.

The Two Degree Initiative Listening Sessions: Conference Proceedings

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As part of the Global Commission on Adaptation’s Year of Action, WRI and the Global Center on Adaptation partnered with CGIAR to conduct over 50 listening sessions to inform the Two Degree Initiative — a proposed flagship effort within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) to transform the global food system for a climate-smart future. Its goal is to help 200 million small-scale agricultural producers across the globe adapt to climate change.

These conference proceedings document the key findings from those listening sessions, which were intended to help better understand the perspectives, needs, and priorities of farmers, herders and fishers, NGOs and CSOs, governments, and the private sector. Over 1,000 stakeholders in more than 60 countries participated, including representatives from national research agencies, government, communities, and the private sector, as well as members of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as farmers,’ women’s, youth, and environmental organizations, staff of donor and UN agencies, and researchers. The sessions were held between March and October 2020.

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