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  >> Global Climate Action Summit Brings Surge of New Commitments and Calls for Increased Government Action
>> Global Waste to Grow by 70 Percent by 2050 Unless Urgent Action is Taken: World Bank Report
>> Curbing our environmental footprint
>> Tackling the worlds most urgent problem: meat



30.9.2018 Global Climate Action Summit Bri

Global Climate Action Summit Brings Surge of New Commitments and Calls for Increased Government Action

 

Source: unfccc.int, 2018-09-14

Top UN officials welcomed the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit that concluded today in San Francisco, showcasing a surge of climate action and commitments from regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society; and calling on governments everywhere to step up their efforts to tackle climate change.

Leaders from all sectors of society gathered at the event to demonstrate how they are taking ambition to the next level with a wave of fresh and brave climate action announcements that, if implemented will generate over 65 million new, low-carbon jobs by 2030.

We are experiencing huge economic losses due to climate change. said UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres. But the Global Climate Action Summit has brought together actors demonstrating the vast opportunity afforded by climate action. They are betting on green because they understand this is the path to prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.

This momentum culminated in a landmark Call to Action, which was presented to the UNs Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, in a symbolic gesture to illustrate that it is future generations who will be most affected by the decisions of the current generation to build a better, more resilient world.

Read more at:
https://unfccc.int/news/global-climate-action-summit-brings-surge-of-new-commitments-and-calls-for-increased-government


30.9.2018 Global Waste to Grow by 70 Perce

Global Waste to Grow by 70 Percent by 2050 Unless Urgent Action is Taken: World Bank Report

 

Source: unfccc.int, 2018-09-20

Without urgent action, global waste will increase by 70 percent on current levels by 2050, according to the World Banks new What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050 report.

Driven by rapid urbanization and growing populations, global annual waste generation is expected to jump to 3.4 billion tonnes over the next 30 years, up from 2.01 billion tonnes in 2016, the report finds.

Although they only account for 16 percent of the worlds population, high-income countries combined are generating more than one-third (34 percent) of the worlds waste. The East Asia and Pacific region is responsible for generating close to a quarter (23 percent) of all waste. And by 2050, waste generation in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to more than triple from current levels, while South Asia will more than double its waste stream.

Plastics are especially problematic. If not collected and managed properly, they will contaminate and affect waterways and ecosystems for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In 2016, the world generated 242 million tonnes of plastic waste, or 12 percent of all solid waste, according to the report.

Read more at:
http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2018/09/20/global-waste-to-grow-by-70-percent-by-2050-unless-urgent-action-is-taken-world-bank-report


30.9.2018 Curbing our environmental footpr

Curbing our environmental footprint

 

Source: unenvironment.org, 2018-09-26

Cochin International Airport is the worlds first solar power airport. Its entire operations are powered by solar energy. The biggest and busiest airport of Kerala state in India, and the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic, the solar project was pioneered by Managing Director Vattavayalil Joseph Kurian. Cochin International Airport has won the Champions of the Earth Award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category.

Earlier this month, Cochin International Airport was shut down. Severe flooding was just another stark reminder of the urgent need to address our global warming crisis. We believe we are already one step ahead of the curve. As one of the busiest airports in India, we are taking rapid steps to curb our carbon footprint and improve our energy efficiency.

When the price of power jumped from 6 to 10 cents per unit of electricity in 2012, we started to consider alternative powersources. At the time, solar power was becoming a more popular energy source. We wanted to explore the possibilities to harness this eco-friendly option and take advantage of our abundant sunshine as a tropical country.

From 100 kilowatts in 2012, today our capacity is 29.5 megawatts of solar energy, providing us with 120,000 units of power every day. We are 100 per cent reliant on renewable energy in all our daily operations - from powering the conveyor belts to the digital systems. We have experienced absolutely no drop in our efficiency or power supply; we also generate a surplus of energy which we can bank for cloudy days or the monsoon season, when sunshine is less frequent.

Read more at:
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/curbing-our-environmental-footprint


30.9.2018 Tackling the world

Tackling the worlds most urgent problem: meat

 

Source: unenvironment.org, 2018-09-26

Since prehistoric times, humans have used animals as a rudimentary technology to transform plant biomass into highly valued, nutrient-dense foods, including meat and dairy products. These foods remain an important source of nutrition and one of the greatest sources of pleasure in the daily lives of billions of people around the world.

But our use of animals as a food-production technology has brought us to the verge of catastrophe. The destructive impact of animal agriculture on our environment far exceeds that of any other technology on Earth, according to these founders.

The greenhouse gas footprint of animal agriculture rivals that that of every car, truck, bus, ship, airplane, and rocket ship combined. There is no pathway to achieve the Paris climate objectives without a massive decrease in the scale of animal agriculture.

The magnitude of the problem has prompted two entrepreneurs to take action. Ethan Brown founded Beyond Meat in 2009; Patrick OReilly Brown founded Impossible Foods in 2011. Both believe that plant-based meat is the future.

 

Read more at:
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/tackling-worlds-most-urgent-problem-meat

     

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