Court Orders Shell to Reduce Emissions in First-of-its-Kind Legal Victory

Court Orders Shell to Reduce Emissions in First-of-its-Kind Legal Victory

A Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to slash its CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030, including those from both its operations and the energy products it sells. This is the first time a court has ordered a company to reduce its emissions to achieve climate goals. 

Why This Matters: Despite many oil companies making promises to cut emissions, the world isn’t moving fast enough to meet the goals of the Paris agreement

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Next Stop in the European Union: Expanded Tram Service

Next Stop in the European Union: Expanded Tram Service

The European Union is angling for climate neutrality by 2050, and in order to hit that target needs to ramp down its transportation emissions by about 90 percent. Trams — or what is known as light rail here in the U.S. — are having a moment as part of that planning. 

Why This Matters: Lowering emissions doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel.

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Study Finds that Nations Under-Measured Global Emissions by 5.5 Billion Tons

Study Finds that Nations Under-Measured Global Emissions by 5.5 Billion Tons

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On the heels of President Biden’s Earth Day climate summit, scientists have identified a 5.5-billion-ton discrepancy in global carbon emissions counts. This gap is roughly as large as the annual emissions of the United States and threatens to disrupt carbon emissions reductions goals worldwide. But how did the world’s nations undercount emissions by so […]

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Netflix Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2023

Netflix Pledges Net-Zero Emissions by 2023

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Netflix has announced a commitment to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2022. The plan, called “Net Zero + Nature,” was announced on the Netflix blog by Dr. Emma Stewart, who became the content platform’s first sustainability officer in the fall of 2020.  Netflix estimates that its 2020 […]

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China Burned 53% of the World’s Coal in 2020

China Burned 53% of the World’s Coal in 2020

Despite President Xi Jinping’s pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060, a new report released by energy and climate research group Ember, found that China burned more than half of the world’s coal in 2020. Experts say that China’s current Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) isn’t keeping up with the nation’s rocketing energy demands.

Why This Matters: China is the world’s largest producer of carbon emissions, but despite announcing net-zero emissions goals in 2020, its latest five-year plan included no updates to its climate goals.

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Telecommuting Isn’t Always Green

Telecommuting Isn’t Always Green

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer After a year of pandemic working conditions, companies that sent teams home last March are planning a return to the office, in some form. When considering the environmental impact of remote work vs office work, the calculation isn’t straightforward. It depends on a number of factors, including if commuters […]

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