Edition for 26 April 2020

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Kenney rejects idea of Alberta speaking to Green New Deal advocates after oil prices drop (Global News)

  • The environmental advocacy group Climate Justice Edmonton posted a statement on its social media accounts Friday that was critical of Kenney’s response to the idea of meeting with Green New Deal advocates.
  • “Alberta has our technology, innovation and emissions reduction program which invests in technology to reduce the environmental impact and carbon intensity of our energy production,” he said.

What do we want life in Melbourne to look like on the other side? (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • This week, Mayor Giuseppe Sala outlined initiatives to address the social and economic fallout from the pandemic, built around the principles of strengthened community health, social justice and environmental transition.
  • While suddenly closing all factories and banning cars from roads is not a smart or sustainable solution to tackle climate change, it is pushing city planners towards new ways to preserve healthier air conditions.

Clean Trucks Are More Important Than Ever (NRDC)

  • In this challenging time, there is a renewed resolve for essential environmental protections to help us emerge from the COVID-19 crisis a more resilient society that grows jobs, safeguards public health, and protects our climate and the air we breathe.
  • Today the top environmental officials from eight states and DC took a bold step towards protecting our nation’s air and cutting carbon emissions from the transportation sector.

Majid Al Futtaim and Environment Ministry join hands to help UAE farmers (Gulf News - UAE)

  • 16 per cent of fresh produce in Carrefour is locally grown but demand is up 60 per cent
  • Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said, “The MoCCAE and Majid Al Futtaim share a firm dedication to advancing sustainable development, and creating efficient distribution channels for local agricultural produce is an integral part of achieving this objective.

Why biotech’s goal should not be to feed the world (SynBioBeta)

  • Climate change and population growth have led to predictions that the global population will reach nearly 10 billion people by 2050.
  • Current food production processes can’t keep pace with that growth.
  • Using solutions always there in biology and optimizing them with technology, biotech promises to solve global issues such as carbon emissions, plastic and chemical pollution, and, of course, feeding a booming population.

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