Investors can now police net-zero claims with this new tool

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As corporations have churned out net-zero CO2 pledges, investors have so far had little hope of holding them to account. That’s about to change. The Science Based Targets initiative, a widely respected framework for certifying corporate climate policies, is introducing a Net Zero Standard to provide an “independent assessment of corporate net-zero target setting.” That means there’s now a tool that can reveal whether the growing list of companies — 600 and counting — that are promising net-zero emissions by mid-century actually have credible plans to reach that goal.

Eagles, beavers, sea turtles: Why N.Y.C. is humming with wildlife

Read the full story in the New York Times.

New York is now ‘the greenest big city on earth,’ one naturalist said. Some creatures have noticed and are staying for a while.

NOAA’s National Marine Ecosystem Status website provides one-stop shop for key marine ecosystem data

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Today, NOAA is announcing a re-launch of its National Marine Ecosystem Status website, a tool that provides easy access to NOAA’s wide range of important coastal and marine ecosystem data. The website provides a starting point for educators, outreach specialists, and the interested public to explore the status of seven major U.S. marine ecosystems and the nation. The re-launch of the site features updated indicator data, new regional coverage for some existing indicators, and a completely new Marine Species Distribution Indicator.

As hunting wanes, fear of a southern Michigan deer invasion grows

Read the full story at Bridge Michigan.

They’re nature’s gentle beasts, but in parts of Michigan they’ve grown so numerous that they’re becoming a destructive nuisance, edging out other species like woodland songbirds, devouring agricultural crops and backyard gardens, stunting forest growth and driving up the rate of auto crashes. 

And with traditional deer hunting in decline and continued land development pushing humans and wild animals ever-closer together, species managers say the imbalance now felt most acutely in southern Michigan’s suburbs is likely to continue spreading across the Lower Peninsula.

Facebook’s submarine cable project marred by ‘Frac Outs’ and sinkholes

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Facebook recently completed a connection on the Oregon coast for 8,500 miles of fiber optic cable that runs under the Pacific Ocean. However, this important technical achievement came at a cost.

The project was delayed for about two years and was marred by a massive drilling fluid leak, a drone dispute, tons of broken abandoned equipment and at least two sumps.

California condors are capable of asexual reproduction

Read the full story in Wired.

A new study shows that two captive birds had only maternal DNA and survived early development—a first for the critically endangered species.

ESG ‘make-or-break’ factor for leading investors: PwC

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Almost half (49%) of asset managers and other top investors worldwide are willing to divest of companies that fail to sufficiently follow environmental, social and governance (ESG) best practices, according to a survey by PwC. “ESG has now become a make-or-break consideration for leading investors globally,” PwC said.

Fifty-nine percent of the survey respondents said they would likely vote against a pay agreement for an executive who fails to address ESG issues, and 79% said the way a company handles ESG risks and opportunities is an important factor in their decision-making. PwC surveyed 325 asset managers and analysts at investment firms or brokerages and conducted interviews with investors and analysts managing more than $11.6 trillion in assets.

“It is clear that investors expect ESG to be an integral part of corporate strategy,” according to James Chalmers, global assurance leader at PwC U.K. “That includes making expenditures to address ESG issues, while clearly communicating the rationale and benefits to the business strategy.”

Smithfield air knife energy reduction project saves compressed air costs

Read the full story at ProFood World.

Smithfield Foods’ Kinston, N.C., facility uses air knives on two of its packaging lines to remove moisture before applying code dating, but air was discharged continuously, even if product was not coming down the line.

“Compressed air is our second-largest energy user at the facility,” states Smithfield Environmental Coordinator Charlie Prentice. “As a simple and inexpensive fix, we installed photo eyes and timers on the knives. They are now set to cut off air to the knife if an eye does not detect product within three seconds, reducing the demand on our air system and eliminating an estimated 11,351.04 kWh from our annual plant usage.”

As demand for green energy grows, solar farms face local resistance

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Developers say industrial-scale farms are needed to meet the nation’s climate goals, but locals are fighting back against what they see as an encroachment on their pastoral settings.

Unlocking the Transition: As Tesla, Ford and others invest billions in EVs, will the power system be ready?

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

The new White House zero emission vehicle target of 50% of new car sales by 2030 has a long way to go, a short time to get there, and big challenges along the way.

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