Initiatives, Partners and Friends – Sept/Oct 2019

  1. Make Buildings Part of the Solution

This is an opinion article authored by former Congressional Representative Russ Carnahan.  During his tenure in Congress, Rep. Carnahan represented the 3rd Congressional District of Missouri in the U.S. House from 2005-2013 and co-founded the Congressional High-Performance Building Caucus.

2.  Bloomberg, Partners Launch Satellite Climate Data Solutions Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with Earth-imaging company Planet and the State of California, has announced a new initiative that will use satellite data to inform and accelerate climate protections.

3.   Buildings are bad for the climate.

Bill Gates | Oct 28, 2019

There are two ways in which buildings are responsible for greenhouse gases. The first is the construction phase: Buildings are made of concrete and steel, both of which produce a lot of emissions when they’re being made. In fact, these two materials account for around 10 percent of the world’s annual greenhouse gases. And right now, we don’t have practical ways to make either one without releasing carbon dioxide.

4.  This is what cities need to do by 2050 to meet climate goals

By 2050, most people will live in cities. A new report lays out the ways to keep their emissions in check.

5.   Financing freedom from fossil fuels

Jules Kortenhorst is the chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and a recognized leader on global energy issues and climate change. Below he explains why we need to be bold as we transition away from fossil fuels,

The next US administration has the chance to strike the greatest climate bargain of all time. For less than $3/ton of CO2 abated, the next US government could economically retire the nation’s coal plants and buy back the planet’s future – all while saving US consumers billions.

6.  The Melting Arctic Has Revealed 5 New Islands We Never Knew Were There

Five new islands not previously known to exist have been discovered within the remote Arctic Archipelago of Novaya Zemlya, the Russian navy has confirmed.  At a press conference marking the completion of a naval expedition that sailed as far north as Franz Josef Land, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseyev of Russia’s Northern Fleet explained the new islands were revealed by glaciers melting in the region.

7.   The Link Between Climate Change & Water

Climate change is threatening our water security, and the amount of energy we use to treat and move water from far-away sources to the tap is worsening climate change. While climate disruption is a global problem, local strategies to conserve water and energy can work to address both water and climate.

8.  New Zealand ‘on the right side of history’ with 2050 carbon emissions target

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes the country is placing itself on the right side of history in the battle against climate change as Members of Parliament adopt a measure to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.