THE BRIEF [Feb 28 - Mar 6’22]
Deforestation emissions higher than thought, UN agrees to stop plastic pollution, the sustainability of sustainability influencers and top science publisher supports oil and gas exploration research.
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‼️News you can’t miss
🙀 New study suggests that deforestation related emissions are way below real life emissions.
😻 UN agrees to stop plastic pollution (without the usual details)
😼 Are sustainability influencers really sustainable? Answer: It depends.
💩 Top science publisher under fire publishing climate science side by side with new developments in oil and gas exploration.
This week’s highlights
[#ipccreport] — Probably one of the biggest news last week (and in an odd way the oldest news) was IPCCs new report that is “an atlas of human suffering” according to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. More than half of the world’s population are expected to be severely impacted by climate change and the inaction is a “criminal abdication of leadership”. I don’t think it can expressed any stronger than this. Thank you for that Antonio. I think (and hope) that one of the reasons why he chose such strong words was that rich nations were trying to limit the strong language in the report up until the very end. But going back to focussing on what the actual report says it should first be understood that the report is the second part, where the first part dealt with detailing the physical basis for talking about climate change. This report dealt with the impacts that climate change will have. This article does a great job at explaining all the different nuances of the report such as how water plays a key role in adaptation, how urgency and climate justice is undoubtably linked, how not adapting makes it a lot harder to adapt in the future and much more.
[#russiangas] — The usually fossil fuel friendly IEA just announced a new 10-point plan to get EU off Russian gas. One of the points is to reduce thermostats by 1C. Now you got two reaons to do that: (1) Stop Putin and (2) climate. And it has a huge effect: 10Bm3 less fossil Russian gas. Other measures in their report will contribute a total of 155Bm3 less fossil Russian gas among these are the obvious ones of not shutting down nuclear power plants.
[#parenting] — As a dad to a 3yr old this article was really interesting and something we’re discussing in my household every week and that is how to limit the amount of waste we generate due to the fact that we decided to become parents. Just because they’re small doesn’t mean that they aren’t wasting anything. Right from not finishing their meals to growing so damn fast that you feel like all you really doing is buying clothes for them. This article deals with the latter problem.
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