Edition for 17 May 2020

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Commercial airliners monitoring CO2 emissions from cities worldwide (Science Daily)

  • Cities are responsible for more than 70% of the global total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Ability to monitor GHG emissions from cities is an important capability to develop in order to support climate mitigation activities in response to the Paris Agreement.
  • "Short-term changes in the CO2 concentration in the lower atmosphere are associated with various factors such as the upwind pattern of CO2 emissions and uptakes, flight path and its geographical position relative to the locations of emissions and uptakes, and meteorological conditions during each landing and takeoff," said Kaz Higuchi, co-author of the study and adjunct professor of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada.

From thinking about the next normal to making it work: What to stop, start, and accelerate (McKinsey)

  • As one CEO told us, “It’s not so much working from home; rather, it’s really sleeping at the office.” For working from home to be sustainable, companies need to help their staff create those boundaries: the kind of interaction that used to take place in the hallway can be taken care of with a quick phone call, not a videoconference.
  • McKinsey research defines the “long term” as five to seven years: the period it takes to start and build a sustainable business.
  • As companies reengineer their supply chains for resilience, they also need to consider environmental factors—for example, is a region already prone to flooding likely to become more so as temperatures rise?

A controversial Raritan Bay pipeline has been rejected by N.J. and N.Y. (NJ State News)

  • In separate decisions on Friday evening, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation both denied crucial permits for the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project, a proposed 23-mile-long natural gas pipeline on the bottom of Raritan Bay.
  • The agency also cited a potential increase in greenhouse gas emissions — which drive climate change — as a reason for rejecting the pipeline.
  • “If approved, the project would have resulted in drastic environmental damage and locked the region into decades of continued reliance on climate-altering fracked gas.

Cuomo administration cites new climate law in denying controversial New York, New Jersey pipeline (EHN)

  • The Department of Environmental Conservation said the construction of the pipeline in the ecologically sensitive, historically contaminated and recovering area — particularly near Raritan Bay — would have an unacceptable negative impact on water quality.
  • It’s also incompatible with the state’s goal to reduce emissions by 85 percent from 1990 levels by 2050.
  • The DEC’s letter also cites the emissions impacts of the pipeline as grounds for denying the project.

Fintan O’Toole: ‘Bomb the economy’ is the only climate strategy that’s worked in Ireland (Irish Times)

  • Since 2005 the most significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions were caused by the implosion of the economy between 2008 to 2012.
  • Bomb the economy and we get some green shoots of climate action.
  • Without radical and rapid change, cumulative Irish emissions of greenhouse gases are also on course to exceed the 2030 target of 376 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, by between 52 and 67 million tonnes.

Energy dispute deepens between Mexico and foreign allies (Reuters)

  • Companies such as ATCO, Canadian Solar, Cubico Sustainable Investments and Northland Power could be affected, the Canadian embassy added.
  • In its letter to Nahle, the European Union’s delegation in Mexico said the CENACE rules would “negatively impact” 44 renewable energy projects in Mexico and jeopardize investment from EU companies, which totals more than $6.4 billion.

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