Edition for 10 April 2020

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Investors caution cement, steel firms on EU climate lobbying (Reuters)

  • Cement and steel companies are being warned by investors over their lobbying on planned European Union carbon costs, saying they are effectively asking to be compensated twice over.
  • A review of public consultation responses by Reuters shows lobbyists want the EU to maintain an existing scheme to support firms with carbon credits at the same time as it introduces a new carbon border tax to shield them from outside rivals.
  • Imposing carbon costs at its borders is a central pillar of EU chief executive Ursula von der Leyen’s Green Deal policy and aims to protect firms who incur costs in meeting the target.

Decades of science denial related to climate change has led to denial of the coronavirus pandemic (PRI.org)

  • American science denialism, deployed for years against climate change and, most recently, the coronavirus, can be traced back to the early 1950s during the fight over smog in Los Angeles.
  • The tactic was a test run for the fossil fuel industry's assault 40 years later on climate science.
  • Decades of climate denial now appear to have paved the way for denial of COVID-19 by many on the right, according to experts on climate politics.

Examining How Early Humans Responded to Climate Change (Earth Institute)

  • Kevin Uno, a 2019 Center for Climate and Life Fellow.
  • (Photo: Martin Kirinya) Kevin Uno is a paleoclimatologist and Lamont Assistant Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory who studies the role climate change plays in human population dynamics and migration.
  • Uno was named a Center for Climate and Life Fellow in 2019.

Ten EU countries urge bloc to pursue 'green' coronavirus recovery (Reuters)

  • Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and six other countries urged the European Union to adopt a “green” recovery plan on Thursday, as fears grow that the economic hit caused by the coronavirus pandemic could weaken action on climate change.
  • In an open letter published as European finance ministers met by video conference, 10 environment and climate ministers said any rescue package should support the European Commission’s Green Deal strategy to embrace a low-carbon future.
  • “We need to send a strong political signal to the world and our citizens that the EU will lead by example even in difficult times like the present and blaze the trail to climate neutrality and the fulfilment of the Paris Agreement,” the letter said, referring to a landmark 2015 accord to tackle climate change.

Quorn Foods reveals carbon footprint data on back-of-pack for increased transparency (FoodIngredients First)

  • Certified by the Carbon Trust, Quorn’s “Farm to Shop” carbon footprint data will be available for its top 30 selling products.
  • The company notes that “the new decade requires more focus on how food choices can impact climate change.” “Quorn is delighted to offer carbon footprint data to our customers, whom we know are actively trying to find ways to reduce their impact on the planet.
  • This is about giving people the information needed to make informed decisions about the food they eat and the effect it has on our planet’s climate in the same way that nutrition information is clearly labeled to help inform decisions on health.

Celanese Launches Sustainability on Celanese.com (Business Wire Manufacturing News)

  • Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, today announces the launch of Sustainability on Celanese.com, an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) focus on the Celanese culture of stewardship, inspired by the company’s vision of improving the world and everyday life through its people, chemistry and innovation.
  • Celanese also formed an ESG Council made up of senior leaders from key ESG-related functional and business areas with special representation from its regional leadership.
  • “Even during these challenging times, it is important to help stakeholders stay informed of the actions Celanese is taking to address sustainability and ESG topics.

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