Video of Key Sustainability Headlines For This Week – (1 min 36 sec) https://bit.ly/2J5wjIg

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Nations Urged to Raise Emission Targets and Policies Ahead of COP24 – A group of some 23 nations has just signed an agreement, Declaration for Ambition, to raise climate commitments and to increase efforts to get other nations to do the same – by 40 percent of the 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. https://bit.ly/2No3kmj

According to Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), a global switch to LEDs across the private sector could avoid 403 million tons of CO2 emissions while generating US$94 billion in cost savings.  https://bit.ly/2NrMd3d

China has launched a trading scheme to improve fuel efficiency among car manufacturers – https://carbon-pulse.com/55108/

Cummins Announces Acquisition of Electric and Hybrid Powertrain Provider – Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. (EDI), which designs and produces hybrid and fully-electric power solutions for commercial markets. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180702005572/en/

Masdar and Norway’s Oil Giant Launch First Battery Storage System Linked to Offshore Wind –  https://bit.ly/2Kz5ql1

The production of renewable energy in Germany has hit a new record, providing more than 40 per cent of the country’s power supply in the first half of 2018.   https://bit.ly/2tT877l

Renewables provide 60% of Portugal’s electricity – https://bit.ly/2NkqD0u

Scientists listen to ocean bubbles – The Earth’s atmospheric methane concentration has increased by about 150 percent since 1750, and it accounts for 20 percent of the total global greenhouse gases.  https://bit.ly/2tXIG4p

Bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef could happen every two years, report finds –  https://bit.ly/2NqdlzB

Rising sea levels are forcing those living in the Outer Banks to grapple with the impacts of climate change – Already, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality says, about six feet of costal land erodes every yearhttps://on.natgeo.com/2u5cbAT

Bill includes $1M for clean energy tech research at UMass https://bit.ly/2Ni3dZK

More Efficient with Fewer Emissions: Cement Factory Finds Sugar-Based Biomass a Sweet Solution – biomass pellets cost about $80 to $100 per ton on the global market, depending on required quantities and quality and have brought a 20% reduction in the plant’s use of coal—along with a 10% drop in CO2 emissions and about a 15% reduction in SOx emissions. https://bit.ly/2tKHp0M

US emissions of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – are 60% higher than EPA thinks – The new study estimates the current leak rate from the U.S. oil and gas system is 2.3 percent, versus the current EPA inventory estimate of 1.4 percent. Although the percentages seem small, the volume represents enough natural gas to fuel 10 million homes – lost gas worth an estimated $2 billion. https://usat.ly/2tnqgtC

The Startup Aiming to Wipe Out Blockchain’s Carbon Footprint – Singapore-based New Era Energy has developed a blockchain-based framework called Carbon Grid Protocol that is intended to help other blockchain players offset emissions. In the case of bitcoin, these are estimated to equal more than 500 kilos of carbon dioxide per transaction. https://bit.ly/2J0lyqD

UK publishes latest results in tackling global climate change – The 2018 International Climate Finance (ICF) results, Supported 47 million people to cope with the effects of climate change – equivalent to the population of Spain; Provided 17 million people with improved access to clean energy; Reduced or avoided 10.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (tCO2e) – approximately equivalent to the yearly emissions of 2.5 million cars; Installed 590 MW of clean energy capacity; Mobilised 3.3 billion pounds public and 910 million pounds private finance for climate change purposes in developing countries.  https://bit.ly/2KY6rjm

Global warming may be twice what climate models predict – https://bit.ly/2IZgyCD

Experimental Solar Road in Georgia Is Paving a New Way – The first solar roadway in the U.S. debuted on an 18-mile stretch of I-85 in southwestern Georgia. It’s called the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, and the asphalt is a living laboratory now known as The Ray. A small section of the roadway leading to the Visitor’s Center is paved with solar panels and serves as a testing ground for solar roadway technology.  https://bit.ly/2ufhxcv

 

DEFORESTATION

Innovation Forum is partnering with TFA 2020 to host a complimentary webinarThe sprint to 2020: Partnerships in action to end commodity-driven deforestation. The webinar will take place on Wednesday 11th July at 14.00 BST / 9.00 EDT. If you can’t make the time, register anyway and we’ll send you a recording. You can sign up here: https://bit.ly/2tWSa02

The State of the World’s Forests 2018 (SOFO 2018) analyses the role that forests and trees – and the people who use and manage them – can play in helping countries achieve their objectives and bring about a brighter future. The world’s forest area decreased from 31.6 percent of the global land area to 30.6 percent between 1990 and 2015, but that the pace of loss has slowed in recent years.  http://www.fao.org/state-of-forests/en/

Investing in indigenous communities is most efficient way to protect forests, report finds – https://bit.ly/2KtRV6M

Colombia’s Serranía de Chiribiquete becomes world’s largest tropical rainforest national park – https://bit.ly/2KFHMU1

Largest US Reforestation Carbon Credit Issuance – GreenTrees recently completed its latest verification for 1,273,866 metric tons on the American Carbon Registry (ACR). https://bit.ly/2N0bGQd

Pakistan has just planted over a billion trees – https://bit.ly/2IODbJV

New report: New ideas for better rainforest protection – There are three important reasons for the world’s failure to protect the remaining rainforest: Increasing demand for products leading to deforestation, fragmentation of intact and primary forests, and finance flows leading to deforestation. After ten years of high-level talks about forest protection, a new report from the Rainforest Foundation Norway gives recommendations for how the world can be more successful in its battle against forest destruction.  The report can be downloaded here.  https://bit.ly/2zfSBYq

 

RECYCLING

Your county-by-county guide to recycling in metro Atlanta –  https://on-ajc.com/2lUWsjU

For restaurants, tracking food waste, costs ‘could be the difference between succeeding and going out of business’ – SimpleOrder, an inventory management system, was founded in 2012 as a way to help restaurants run more efficiently. https://trib.in/2NjgNw2

Recycling Disruptions Hit 75% of the US Market – https://bit.ly/2L29uae

THE NEW NATURAL: FINDING FABRIC INNOVATION IN FOOD WASTE AND FARMING – From oyster, coconut, and macadamia nut shells to coffee grounds and scraps of cotton literally rescued from the cutting room floor, the next generation of outdoor product innovation isn’t invention—it’s reuse.  https://bit.ly/2IVYY2w

Blue recycling bins now a big billing in Central New York https://bit.ly/2MLXb2z

Japan fans still stayed to clean the stadium after heartbreaking World Cup loss –   https://usat.ly/2MJyUKf

Japan team leave World Cup dressing room spotless with ‘thank you’ note in Russian despite devastating loss https://bit.ly/2KKe5Or

Coke Piloting Kiosks That Reward Recycling With Charitable Donations – at the 2018 Special Olympics. Attendees can stop by the two recycling stations in Seattle to deposit PET bottles or aluminum cans. Each recycled package triggers a $.05 donation to Special Olympics Washington. https://bit.ly/2KHlqOv

Charlotte’s recycling ‘is broken.’ Could your plastic, paper be headed for a landfill? –  https://bit.ly/2u9FMZZ

Amazon, H&M and other multinationals pressing to soften Indian state’s plastic ban –  https://reut.rs/2lPtRwl

Four Million American Anglers Mobilized in Crowdsourced Effort to Collect Data and Trash from U.S. Waters This Independence Day – Keep America Beautiful is partnering with Fishbrain, the world’s most popular mobile app and social network for people who love fishing, to ask the app’s over 4 million US users to undertake the largest-ever one-day crowdsourced audit of litter in the US. https://bit.ly/2u6KwPN

What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Out – How a piece of trash can travel from land to Henderson Island, an uninhabited, remote island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.    https://on.natgeo.com/2k60lSs

NPR – China’s Retaliatory Tariffs Hit Small Recycling Business – https://n.pr/2u47s2V

UGA Study: The Chinese import ban and its impact on global plastic waste trade – An estimated 111 million metric tons of plastic waste will be displaced with the new Chinese policy by 2030.  https://bit.ly/2Kyd383

Adidas vows to clean up oceans with UltraBOOST Parley push – The sportswear brand teamed up with TBWA\NEBOKO to push the new UltraBOOST running shoe — made from 11 plastic bottles gathered from the ocean by Parley for the Oceans. https://bit.ly/2KOrl7U

Recycle Across America TV Commercial, ‘You Recycle, Right?’ Featuring Kristen Bell – https://bit.ly/2u1aYLG

E-Waste Offers an Economic Opportunity as Well as Toxicity – In the United States, which generated an estimated 6.9 million tons of e-waste in 2016 (42 pounds per person), most e-waste probably goes straight into the trash. By one account, e-waste makes up just 2 percent of the total volume in American landfills — but more than two-thirds of heavy metals.  https://nyti.ms/2KWxBu8

Researchers race to make bioplastics from straw and food waste – New bioplastics are being made in laboratories from straw, wood chips and food waste, with researchers aiming to replace oil as the source of the world’s plastic. https://bit.ly/2zdMlA9

What is the true cost of the fruit & veg you waste? Calculate your impact on the environment and how much money you could save.  http://www.itsfresh.com/food-waste-calculator/

 

WATER STEWARDSHIP

An Ode to The Toilet, A Water Conservation Champ – The toilet is the single largest user of water in the home. Each day the average toilet will use about 33 gallons of water. https://bit.ly/2u6PiNn

GLOBAL PRECIPITATION & TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK JULY 2018 – HTTPS://BIT.LY/2NOIVLV

Enormous Potential of Brackish Groundwater Desalination – New research ​suggests ​there’s a ​large untapped ​resource for ​many of the ​increasingly ​water-limited ​regions of the ​U.S. and around ​the world: ​brackish ​groundwater, ​which, in ​theory at least,​ would require ​much less ​energy to ​desalinate than ​seawater. ​https://bit.ly/2zgOjzY

At Staples arena, they’re making ice from thin air – Staples Center will be able to reduce energy consumption by more than 8.2 million kilowatt-hours a year and water consumption by more than 500,000 gallons a year, he estimated.  https://bit.ly/2KCVKa0

 

SUSTAINABILITY

Towards a New Materiality: A review of the current practices of FTSE 100 & a possible path ahead – by Sancroft Team – In this report we share our findings and collective ideas with two objectives in mind: firstly, to assess the state of current practices among the FTSE 100, including common challenges and innovative solutions; and secondly, to inspire new thinking and start the conversation with the broader community of sustainability professionals.  https://bit.ly/2IUGbVh

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI Platform) announces a new vision and mission to drive nine strategic priorities designed to deliver protection, resilience and value to members and the sustainable agricultural sector. https://bit.ly/2zmRDK3

Morgan Stanley IM bolsters ESG offering for $40 bn equity team – The fund aims to offer a concentrated, high-quality global equity portfolio with a low carbon impact, which scores well on ESG factors as measured by third parties.  https://bit.ly/2IV0bqY

CAN WE DEFEAT THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION? – In the last 50 years, humans have done so much damage to the environment that it might be impossible to make any tangible recovery, according to a report, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA), published by the UN. Currently the rate of extinction of both plants and animals is much higher than normal. Although extinction of one species in a million per year is considered normal, conservation ecologist from Duke University, Dr Stuart Pimm, and curator of palaeonology department of American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Michael Novak, believe the rate of extinction of different species will be 1000 times the natural rate within the next few decades; and 50 percent of the world’s species will be lost forever within the next century. https://bit.ly/2zcDGOI

Kroger’s 2018 sustainability report, which reflects their environmental and corporate responsibility efforts for 2017.   https://bit.ly/2KSW57Q

Home Depot – Issues 2018 Responsibility Report – https://thd.co/2zjY3cv

 

THIS COMING WEEK IN HISTORY…

July 10th 1985 – French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific

July 12th– 1859 Paper bag manufacturing machine patents by William Goodale, Massachusetts

July 13th– 1568 Dean of St. Paul’s London, Alexander Nowell perfects a way to bottle beer

July 14th– 1789 Bastille Day – the French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille Prison