Edition for 21 June 2020

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Climate crisis threatens future of global sport, says report (Guardian)

  • The rapidly accelerating climate crisis threatens the future of major sports events around the world, according to a report that also says the global sporting industry is failing to tackle its own emissions.
  • It also estimated that globally, sports’ own carbon emissions are equal to that of a medium-sized country, adding that sport administrators and stars had an important role to play in global efforts to tackle climate breakdown.
  • It also highlighted how the climate crisis was already having an impact on major sports events.

Now, a satellite to monitor culprits releasing harmful methane into the atmosphere (ThePrint)

  • The energy industry has been under mounting pressure to curb its emissions of methane, one of the most harmful gases for the atmosphere.
  • Enough of the gas leaked from the Permian Basin oilfields in West Texas and New Mexico to heat more than 7 million homes, an April study from Harvard University and Environmental Defense Fund showed.
  • Iris is equipped with an enhanced spectrometer that will be able to quantify emissions by site, company and across supply chains, Germain said.

Ten cleantech companies receive $41.8 million from federal government (Betakit)

  • Ten cleantech companies have received a collective $41.8 million from the federal government through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
  • “Investments in clean technology support the work of Canadian innovators to reduce Canada’s environmental footprint and grow economic opportunities.”
  • Click Materials is developing an electrochromic window solution designed to offer cost reductions and significant energy savings.

Emissions Trading Scheme Reform: A Small Step, But Not Far Enough – Generation Zero (The Daily Blog)

  • The Emissions Trading Scheme Reform Bill is a small step towards a carbon zero Aotearoa, but further reforms are urgently needed to meet the Government’s commitments under the Zero Carbon Act.
  • This is roughly two and a half years’ worth of national emissions.
  • “We call on the government to include agricultural emissions and create a clear timeframe for the implementation of a transparent auctioning system for NZUs.

Impactful Investment Firm Vanderbilt Financial Group Dedicates a Year to Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities (Newswire.com)

  • As the nation has grappled with the events of the past few months, Management and Staff of impactful investment firm, Vanderbilt Financial Group, is committing themselves towards values-driven action by dedicating a full year (from Juneteenth 2020 to Juneteenth 2021) to Sustainable Development Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities.
  • "Vanderbilt Financial Group has been committed to using our platform and investments to help achieve some of the world’s greatest challenges as outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals."
  • The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are 17 Global Goals agreed upon by 193 countries in 2015 that address many of the world’s most pressing issues and provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Greenhouse reduction law needs update, groups say (Taipei Times)

  • National Taiwan University (NTU) Climate Action Club vice president Chang Jung-ting (張榮廷) said that the act lacks economic incentives for industries to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The act also does not give authorities the power to coordinate interagency collaboration on carbon footprint reduction, which could cause the government to fail to meet its pledge for a 2 percent reduction in emissions this year, Chang said.
  • If the nation does not enact laws to regulate the climate, climate change would severely affect the economy, Chou said.

Climate change linked to serious pregnancy risks, 'landmark' study finds (North Jersey)

  • JAMA investigation shows air pollution and heat exposure, resulting from climate change, may lead to preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth.
  • A new environmental health investigation finds compelling evidence that links global climate change to negative pregnancy outcomes across the country.
  • An environmental health investigation published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) finds compelling evidence that links global climate change to negative pregnancy outcomes across the country.

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