Sustainability
UN Biodiversity Targets Report Card: Incomplete at Best

UN Biodiversity Targets Report Card: Incomplete at Best

Yesterday the United Nations released another in its series of assessments on meeting global conservation targets, this one is a final report card on whether the world achieved the 20 global biodiversity targets set in 2010 with a 2020 deadline.  “If this were a school and these were tests, the world has flunked, said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

Why This Matters:  The report is another loudly ringing alarm bell that our current path is unsustainable — and we need to make a huge shift away from “business as usual” across a range of human activities. 

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GM’s Big Electric Truck Deal click button

GM’s Big Electric Truck Deal

General Motors formally teamed up with Nikola Motors, inking a deal yesterday to help the electric-truck startup to develop and manufacture new electric truck models, in exchange for an 11% stake in Nikola Corp, The Wall Street Journal reported.  Both company’s stock prices jumped after the announcement showing that investors are still sweet on big […]

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What I’ve Learned From Baking Bread

What I’ve Learned From Baking Bread

By Scott Nuzum For many of us, the last six months have had dramatic impacts on the way we think about time. Before Covid-19, many of us felt as though we never had enough time. But in the months since the pandemic struck many of us now face the opposite challenge—namely, how to fill those […]

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More Than 40 Colleges and Universities Earn Top Scores On Renewable Energy

More Than 40 Colleges and Universities Earn Top Scores On Renewable Energy

It’s back to school time, and this year there are dozens of American colleges and universities that are powered 100% or more by renewable energy, according to a recent study published by Environment America and the Frontier Group.  In addition, schools are moving rapidly to taking reduce their energy consumption, deploy renewable energy technologies, and switch to electric vehicles (EVs).

Why This Matters:  Colleges are setting a great example for other large institutions on reducing their energy consumption and switching to renewables.

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Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The New York Times reported this week that an industry group “representing the world’s largest chemical makers and fossil fuel companies” is attempting, as part of a trade deal being negotiated now, to get Kenya to “reverse its strict limits on plastics,” as well as to get the country […]

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COVID Pandemic Stalls NYC Resilience Funding Bill — Minorities Stand to Lose The Most

COVID Pandemic Stalls NYC Resilience Funding Bill — Minorities Stand to Lose The Most

Eight years ago Superstorm Sandy killed 44 people in New York City, cost the City approximately $19 billion in damages and lost economic activity according to city officials, and left more than 69,000 residences damaged.  Inside Climate News’ Kristoffer Tigue reported that earlier this year the New York state legislature was poised to pass a $3b bill called the “Restore Mother Nature Bond Act,” which would have allowed the state to issued bonds to help fund projects specifically geared toward reducing New York’s flood risk.  

Why This Matters:  Advocates argue that this delay in climate adaptation funding will hurt New York City’s low-income communities of color, which already bear a disproportionate burden of climate impacts.

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