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Marin to launch nonprofit to tackle climate change, pollution – Marin Independent Journal

A new nonprofit will be created to implement the goals of “Drawdown: Marin,” a community driven campaign to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below zero and prepare for climate change impacts. The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the formation…

Learning From California’s Ambitious Climate Policy – Center For American Progress

Introduction and summary Subscribe to InProgress California has long been synonymous with effective climate policy. Beginning in 2001, the Golden State established its first voluntary emissions reporting program under Gov. Gray Davis (D). Subsequently, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) built on…

Long-term consequences of CO2 emissions

(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) According to a new study published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the oxygen content in the oceans will continue to decrease for centuries even if all CO2 emissions would be stopped immediately. According to the author, Prof. Dr. Andreas Oschlies, from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the slowdown of ocean circulation and the progressive warming of deeper water layers are responsible for this process.

Major banks freshly pledge trillion-dollar spending on climate change but remain scrutinized for oil-patch financing – MarketWatch

Major banks, fresh off strong earnings periods while COVID-19 shut down much of the world, have expanded their pledged spending toward sustainable and climate-minded sectors. JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, +0.63% announced Thursday it will spend $2.5 trillion over 10 years,…

Literature Review: Synthetic Turf carbon footprint, environmental, health, microplastics and biodiversity impacts

Hosken Reserve: grass oval used for soccer training, informal reacreation, off-lead dog exercise (Photo by John Englart) Abstract:  The conversion of a grass oval to synthetic turf at Hosken Reserve, Coburg North, is about a failure in transparency and consultation…

Annotated Bibliography: Synthetic Turf and Climate, health, biodiversity and microplastics pollution issues

Increasing use of synthetic surfaces and synthetic turf is problematic for Several reasons.  Synthetic turf is: Derived from fossil fuel petrochemical industry Produces greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing and as it degrades Increases landfill at end of life Produces micro-plastic…

Green Investing: How to Align Your Portfolio With the Paris Agreement – Visual Capitalist

With many countries and companies formalizing commitments to meeting the Paris Agreement carbon emissions reduction goals, the pressure to decarbonize is on. A common commitment from organizations is a “net-zero” pledge to both reduce and balance carbon emissions with carbon…

‘Let’s make it count’: World leaders, royalty and environmentalists gear up for major climate summit COP26 – CNBC

Six years ago, after days of painstaking negotiations, world leaders managed to thrash out a deal on climate change. The result was the Paris Agreement, decided at the COP21 summit in Paris. Described by the United Nations as a legally-binding…

Tech billionaires are obsessed with climate change — but some question if they’re focusing on the right areas – CNBC

Combination: Jeff Bezos (L), Elon Musk (C) and Bill Gates (R). Reuters Climate change appears to be high on the agenda for tech billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates but some are questioning whether they’re focusing their…

What ‘energy transition’? Global fossil fuel use is accelerating and set to get even worse – CNBC

Electricity pylons are seen in front of the cooling towers of the coal-fired power station of German energy giant RWE in Weisweiler, western Germany, on January 26, 2021. INA FASSBENDER | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The world’s dependency…