Edition for 07 June 2020

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The $10 trillion rescue: How governments can deliver impact (McKinsey)

  • The COVID-19 crisis is one of the worst health emergencies the world has witnessed for a century, and its economic impact could be just as steep.
  • Given the broad global impact of the COVID-19 crisis, few populations, businesses, sectors, or regions have been able to avoid the knock-on economic effects.

New Jersey Adds Climate Crisis Education to Grades K-12 (NJ State News)

  • Greta Thunberg first learned about the climate crisis when she was 8 years old — just imagine the difference that could be made if climate education was compulsory for more children from a young age.
  • The new standards include lessons about climate change across all "content areas," which encompass Visual and Performing Arts; Science; World Languages; and Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills, beginning in September 2021; and Comprehensive Health and Physical Education; Social Studies; and Computer Science & Design Thinking, beginning in September 2022.
  • “BIG NEWS: [Governor Phil Murphy] and I are proud to announce that New Jersey is the FIRST STATE IN THE NATION to incorporate climate change education across our K-12 learning standards – preparing our students for the future green economy,” she tweeted.

LNG expansion proposal on Fraser River open for public comment (Tricity News)

  • The expansion also includes one additional storage tank, according to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC).
  • IAAC assessments now considers climate change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions.
  • government has asked the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change (at the request of FortisBC) that it conduct the entire review of the Tilbury expansion, instead of having it also go through the federal impact assessment process.

For developing countries, more solar power — and maybe more lead? (Grist)

  • At the 2018 United Nations climate meeting in Poland, the European Union and the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a joint declaration that climate change activists say could help India meet its renewable energy target by 2022.
  • Fast-growing nations like India, after all, are expected to rapidly increase use of planet-warming fossil fuels in coming decades, and adoption of renewable alternatives could help to dampen the environmental and climate impacts as their economies expand.
  • Last September, Modi announced a more ambitious renewable energy target than his country set at the Paris Climate Agreement, pledging to increase capacity from 175 gigawatts by 2022 to 450 gigawatts by 2030.

Tesco to cut emissions by converting waste food from Irish stores to gas (Irish Times)

  • Until recently the grocery giant’s Irish arm dumped surplus food that it did not give to charity or workers in landfills Tesco plans to cut carbon emissions by converting waste food from the British chain’s Irish stores into natural gas.
  • This will produce enough natural gas to supply six Irish Tesco stores, effectively allowing the chain to cut carbon emissions by 1,200 tonnes a year while eliminating the need for the business to dump unsold food.
  • Gas Networks Ireland managing director Denis O’Sullivan said substituting renewable gas for natural gas was one of the ways in which the State company aided the Republic in cutting carbon emissions.

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