The COP21 climate talks in Paris taught us we have the political will to come together as a global community to act on climate change. COP22 carried those initiatives forward with dry but arguably more important implementation guidelines. Here’s a summary.
Climate & Environment
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The island of Ta‘u in American Samoa is running almost entirely on clean energy, thanks to SolarCity’s 1.4-megawatt solar power station and 6 megawatt hours of battery storage made possible by 60 Tesla Powerpacks.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it plans to close down the Standing Rock Sioux water protectors’ camp next month. The protesters insist they are staying put, despite the advance of North Dakota’s hard winter season. With months of clashes between local officials and protestors, however, the winter may be the least of concerns for a people who feel their sovereign rights are now at increasing risk from big business and governments that appear to turn a blind eye to laws in favor of the energy sector.
The mayors of 37 small and large American cities — in states both red and blue — asked the president-elect to work with them to “clean our air, strengthen our economy, and ensure that our children inherit a nation healthier and better prepared for the future than it is today.”
The 2016 Global Carbon Project’s annual analysis of carbon emissions showed that contributions from coal declined by 0.28 percent during the last year. While this is a hopeful statistic and part of a flattening trend prevalent for the last three years, it does not reflect predictions for coal use globally.
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Date labels on food packaging — such as ‘best by,’ ‘use by’ and ‘sell by’ — are often misunderstood, resulting in perfectly edible food being tossed out. 3p spoke with an academic and a nonprofit expert to find out we can solve this problem.
In short, homeowners will be able to install Tesla’s solar roof for less money than a roof made from regular materials. Does Musk’s claim stack up?
National parks and wildlife refuges were established across the U.S. to protect wildlife. But these areas are not always as protected as we may assume. Wake Forest University student Denise McGuigan explores how conservation corridors can help.
By evaluating supply chain operations, small retailers are uncovering cost-savings, sustainability opportunities and chances to increase employee engagement, says Joe Carpenter of the Climate Action Business Association.
Neighborhoods big and small are changing the way Americans look at their waste. But more work is needed to make community composting a viable pathway to emptying our landfills.
Last week at the COP22 talks in Morocco, a group of 365 major corporations and investors urged America’s president-elect not to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
At the COP22 climate talks in Morocco, Microsoft released a white paper that makes a strong business case for an internal carbon fee. The study comes four years after Microsoft launched an ambitious plan to become carbon neutral.
At COP22, scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography addressed the problems increasing desertification — and the dust that comes with it — pose for communities around the world.