THE BRIEF [Sep 18-25’22]
Patagonia founder donates company profits for climate, new database of fossil fuel projects and documents reveals more about Exxons role in misinformation.
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‼️News you can’t miss
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🙀 Fossil fuel industry pushed Biden for favorable policies because of war in Ukraine
💩 New unearthed documents reveals more details about Exxons climate lies since the 90s
This week’s highlights
[#urbanization] — Here’s a great example of one of the most powerful techniques that city planners can use to help solve the climate crisis and that is to utilize a city’s under-utilized spaces for new homes and buildings. This will increase the population density and thus increase the populations use of public infrastructure and as well as reducing the use of cars.
[#fossilgas] — The war in Ukraine certainly have put a focus on fossil gas like never before. And while most developed countries are at least on the paper trying to hurry away from it some countries (like countries in Africa) argue that they should be allowed to mine and sell the gas now while the prices are so high. This article does a good job of trying to unpack that debate.w
[#russia] — In the middle of Putin’s war it’s hard to see how we’re ever going to get Russia onboard with any meaningful climate action. Unfortunately, that’s really necessary as Russia is currently the 3rd most polluting country in the world, it’s the world’s top fossil fuel exporter and it currently only have 0.4% renewables on it’s grid. Fossil fuels today still make up the vast majority of Russia power generation. This article looks in great detail at Russian climate action.
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