Day: November 17, 2021

The infrastructure law aims to clean up pollution in your community

Read the full story at Vox.

President Joe Biden signed into law on Monday a bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes $350 billion to address long-ignored environmental threats. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is the largest sum in recent memory directed at cleaning up pollution, from replacing lead pipes to capping methane-spewing oil wells.

The funding could make a serious dent in air and water pollution for certain communities by preventing runoff from abandoned mines and cleaning up old, toxic manufacturing sites. People who live near busy roadways, airports, and ports may benefit from the boost to electric vehicle charging stations, school buses, and cranes that will replace gas- and diesel-burning cars and equipment.

Good COP, bad COP? Takeaways from the new UN climate deal

Read the full story at WTTW.

The focus of the Glasgow talks was not to forge a new treaty but to finalize the one agreed to in Paris six years ago and to build on it by further curbing greenhouse gas emissions, bending the temperature curve closer to levels that don’t threaten human civilization.

Here’s a look at what was achieved in Glasgow.

ThredUp: Supply chain challenges could push shoppers to thrift this season

Read the full story at Retail Dive.

Amid supply chain woes that threatened to limit available inventory, almost half of shoppers are considering thrift instead of traditional retailers this year, according to a ThredUp survey. More than half (52%) said they’re worried about their desired items becoming more expensive this year and a third said they think limited inventory will also make it harder to find gifts.

The ThredUp survey also found that close to two-thirds (62%) of respondents believe buying secondhand gifts is more socially acceptable than five years ago. Consumers are turning to used items to save money (56%), shop more sustainably (54%) and find unique items (34%), per the survey emailed to Retail Dive.

The report also noted that two-thirds (66%) of survey respondents are fine with receiving a used item as a gift. Among Gen Z shoppers, 72% said they are OK with receiving used items as gifts.

N.H.L. partnership with chemical company leaves environmental watchdogs cold

Read the full story in the New York Times.

A new report accuses the league of using its N.H.L. Green program to promote refrigerants that will contribute to global warming.

Chicago’s 2008 Climate Action Plan came up short, new analysis shows

Read the full story from WTTW.

Three mayors in the past 15 years — Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emanuel and Lori Lightfoot — have all promised to combat the effects of global climate change. But some critics and scientists, along with a new data analysis by the DePaul University Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence, reveal their efforts have fallen short. 

Bausch + Lomb launches Biotrue Eye Care Recycling Program in collaboration with TerraCycle

Read the company news release.

Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health business of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) (“Bausch Health”), today announced the launch of the Biotrue® Eye Care Recycling program, the first and only eye care recycling program in the United States. The new program will allow consumers who participate in the program to properly recycle all brands of their eye drop single dose units, lens cases and lens solution caps*, as well as Biotrue® Hydration Boost Lubricant Eye Drops multi-dose bottles through a collaboration with TerraCycle, a world leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste.

Carbon measurement platform Persefoni raises $101 million

Read the full story in ESG Today.

Climate management and accounting platform Persefoni announced today that it has raised $101 million in a Series B financing round, with proceeds aimed at accelerating the company’s geographic and product expansion plans…

Persefoni also made a series of product announcements today, including the rollout of a free tier of its carbon accounting platform for SMBs. Additionally, the company is introducing a climate scenario modelling solution, integrating the Science Based Targets initiative’s (SBTi) Temperature Scoring Model, enabling users to create models for their organizations aligned with 1.5C or 2C implied temperature rise.

Pablo Escobar’s ‘cocaine hippos’ are legally people, U.S. court rules

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

Some 100 hippos, descended from a herd smuggled into Colombia by the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, are now recognized by a U.S. court as “interested persons” following a decision this month that is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which sought the interested persons designation for the “cocaine hippos,” called the ruling by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio a “critical milestone” in its larger effort to have the American legal system recognize “enforceable rights” for animals.

Legal analysts say the U.S. court order has no direct effect in Colombia. It remains to be seen what influence the ruling might have on a lawsuit there seeking to safeguard the hippos’ well-being.

Goldman Sachs, Microsoft back Al Gore’s new climate solutions investment fund

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Generation Investment Management, a sustainability-focused investment firm chaired by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, announced the launch of Just Climate, a new climate solutions-focused investment business.

To toss, repair, or recycle? How human behavior affects the fate of aging solar panels

Read the full story from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

NREL analysts applied a new approach to understand consumer decisions about aging modules and identify secondary markets to move toward a circular economy for solar PV modules.

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