Month: April 2021

Renewable energy in the time of floods, droughts and hurricanes

Read the full story at Canary Media.

Renewable energy plants are built to last decades. How will climate change alter the weather patterns they’re designed for in the years to come?

Petco intends to make half of all products sustainable by the end of 2025

Read the full story from the Times of San Diego.

San Diego-based Petco Health and Wellness Co. Inc. Tuesday announced a commitment to increasing its assortment of sustainable products to 50% by the end of 2025.

Nestlé trumpets its green credentials as shareholders approve $3.5 billion net-zero plan

Read the full story in Fortune.

Nestlé, the world’s biggest food conglomerate, is boosting its green credentials with a wide-ranging set of initiatives costing 3.2 billion francs ($3.5 billion) over the next five years, including a 1.2 billion franc ($1.3 billion) investment in regenerative agriculture.

Reimagining STEM workforce development as a braided river

Read the full story at Eos.

A contemporary approach to today’s science careers looks less like a structured pipeline and more like a collection of paths that change and adapt to the needs of the individual.

A third of Antarctic ice shelves could collapse at current pace of warming

Read the full story at Live Science.

The difference between 2 degrees and 4 degrees of warming is measured in millions of gigatons of ice.

Here’s what a civilian climate corps could look like

Read the full story at HuffPost.

Last month, the Biden administration asked Congress to provide $10 billion as part of its $2 trillion infrastructure package to get a Civilian Climate Corps off the ground. On Wednesday, Evergreen released a 20-page report outlining for the first time how the federal government could feasibly create such a program.

An expert’s guide to building a community bar

Read the full story at Punch.

Bar owner and sustainability advocate Claire Sprouse shares her advice for reimagining the meaning and function of a bar.

State legislatures busy with plastics policy on shampoo bottles, chemical recycling, and preemption

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

New York could become the second state to ban single-use plastic hotel toiletry bottles under 12 ounces if Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs a bill (S543) that passed last week. The bill would apply to hotels with 50 rooms or more starting in January 2024 and all others in 2025.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed a bill (SB 1156) to promote “advanced” or chemical recycling, including new definitions and regulations around the process. It is now the 12th state to do so, following approval of a similar law in Oklahoma last week.

Last week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill (HB1704) prohibiting municipalities and counties from limiting the use of “auxiliary containers,” defined as any “bag, cup, package, container, bottle, device, or other packaging.”

Webinar: Improve your bottom line: Reduce metal manufacturers processing energy and waste

May 20, 2021, 10-11 am
Register here.

Energy use is relatively high in a variety of machining and metal fabrication facilities. For metal casting foundries energy costs typically accounts for 5-10% of the overall operating costs. 

In this webinar, PennTAP will identify cost-effective practices and technologies to increase energy efficiency and pollution prevention ideas and suggestions that can help metal manufacturers facilities reduce energy use, waste, and operate more efficiently while saving money.  

Public International Funding of Nature-Based Solutions for Adaptation: A Landscape Assessment

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Overall, the amount of public international funding flowing to nature-based solutions (NbS) for adaptation is still relatively small, accounting for only US$3.8–8.7 billion, or approximately 0.6–1.4 percent of total climate finance flows1 and 1.5–3.4 percent of public climate finance flows, in 2018.

Funding for NbS for adaptation (NbSA) in 2018 was driven by a handful of major bilateral donors, including Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Sweden. The European Union, Asian Development Bank, the Green Climate Fund, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development were among the largest multilateral donors and channels of funding. Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central Asia received approximately 50 percent of total public NbSA funding.

Funding in 2018 came primarily through grants. Though grants may play an important role, utilizing a broader range of instruments for NbSA may increase the opportunities to crowd in and catalyze private capital with public concessional finance.

The absence of clear definitions, guidelines, and metrics and methodologies to track, quantify, and value NbSA benefits may significantly inhibit the development and financing of a robust pipeline of NbSA-related investments.

Some NbSA projects do not provide reliable revenue streams, making it important to find other ways to fund long-term operational costs. To scale up and mobilize additional sources of funding, the full economic and financial case for NbSA—including co-benefits—needs to be clearly communicated.

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