The US election, or as I like to call it, the climate election, draws closer by the minute. Donald Trump has managed to sneak in Amy Coney Barrett – who “has read things about climate change” but “would not say [she has] firm views on it” – as Supreme Court justice at the midnight hour.
However, it seems that the USA overall has woken up to the scale of the crisis, with a newly-published survey from Climate Insights suggesting more than 70% of residents across all states believe climate change has occurred. Even more encouragingly, majorities of 70+% in every state – from 71% in Mississippi to 92% in Rhode Island – condone restrictions on business’ greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s hope they take these beliefs with them to the polls next Tuesday.
Elsewhere, President Yoshihide Suga of Japan has promised carbon neutrality by 2050. He said:
“Here and now I declare our goal to emit zero greenhouse gases overall by 2050, or in other words to be carbon neutral by that year.”
Policy plans remain vague but the mission will entail “next-generation solar panels”, “carbon recycling” and regulatory restructuring.
In a world first, Peru and Switzerland have signed a ‘carbon offset’ deal in line with Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. Essentially, Peru will receive finance for sustainability projects from Switzerland, who will in turn take credit (in terms of global goals) for subsequent cuts to emissions. Carbon markets often go under the radar, and certainly attract controversy. Here’s a handy infographic on the most hotly-contested points and some potential solutions.
Maddyness recently published this interview with Hayden Wood, CEO of Bulb – the biggest green energy company in the UK, providing 100% renewable electricity and 100% carbon neutral gas to around 6% of the domestic market.
Beyond this, have a look at the ideas and innovations from across the spectrum of politics, social justice and big business that caught my eye this week:
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