Sustainability
Apple and Microsoft Take Big Aim at Carbon Neutrality

Apple and Microsoft Take Big Aim at Carbon Neutrality

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it will be teaming up with Unilever, Starbucks, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, and four other companies to form Transform to Net Zero, an initiative focused on achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As CNET reported, the team will work with the Environmental Defense Fund to share information on the best practices for decreasing carbon […]

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Imagining a Future Of Cities With Many Fewer Or Even Without Cars

Imagining a Future Of Cities With Many Fewer Or Even Without Cars

The New York Times’ opinion writer Farhad Manjoo penned a fantastic story (the graphics are amazing) that visualizes a carless future for NYC and asks the fundamental question “why do cities waste so much space on cars.” 

Why This Matters:  Now is the time to reimagine urban spaces — particularly if, as Manjoo predicts, more people worry that the only way to safely get around in cities is in their own car.

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WEF: New Report Finds That Failing To Conserve Nature Is Risky Business

WEF: New Report Finds That Failing To Conserve Nature Is Risky Business

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is issuing three reports this year, and it published the second one yesterday in which it argues that addressing the global nature crisis requires “a critical shift towards nature-positive models in three key socio-economic systems: food, land and ocean use; infrastructure and the built environment; and extractives and energy.” 

Why This Matters:  This analysis makes clear what needs to be fixed to get the most benefit for biodiversity — agriculture — and why making the changes will be good for the global economy and jobs.

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Trump Administration Minimizes Benefits of Carbon Regulation and Cuts NEPA Reviews

Trump Administration Minimizes Benefits of Carbon Regulation and Cuts NEPA Reviews

A government watchdog report issued yesterday found, according to The Hill, that the Trump administration has been “systematically underestimating the damage caused by carbon pollution, slashing figures used under the Obama administration to weigh the impacts” of regulations to curb emissions.  And late yesterday, The Washington Post reported that Trump will finalize and implement his proposal to fundamentally weaken the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a bedrock environmental law.

Why This Matters:  These changes will make it easier to relax rules on carbon pollution and will result in more damaging environmental projects done by the government.

 

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The Push to Make Amazon a Better Corporate Citizen

The Push to Make Amazon a Better Corporate Citizen

Last month, online retail giant Amazon announced its  Climate Pledge Fund–a $2 billion that will invest in companies that develop innovative ways to reduce carbon emissions. Shortly after Amazon also announced that it will be renaming the Seattle NHL stadium, Climate Pledge Arena as a nod to its corporate climate commitments (Amazon released more details […]

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Saving Biodiversity Boosts Global Output by Tens to Hundreds of Billions Annually

Saving Biodiversity Boosts Global Output by Tens to Hundreds of Billions Annually

A new study by leading economists and scientists released yesterday makes a strong case for conserving at least 30% of the planet by demonstrating that investing in nature as opposed to using it up yields significantly better economic results as well as saving money that would otherwise be spent on the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Why This Matters:  Since it is TBT I (Monica) will harken back to 1992’s political mantra — “it’s the economy, stupid.”

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