Cop26 is over. So what did it achieve?
Lots and lots of promises.
Promises aren’t inherently good or bad. It really depends on whether they’re kept or not. Unfortunately the track record on promises made at previous COP meetings isn’t great. At COP21 in Paris governments pledge to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees but current policies push us closer to a 3 degree rise and the pledges made at this year’s COP only see us reducing that to 2.4 degrees.
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So as you can see COP26 is no reason to rest on our laurels, in fact, now that there is at least some momentum it’s even more important for us to keep pressurising companies and governments to implement the changes that will actually deliver global warming closer to 1.5 degrees.
I’ll be outlining the outcome of the COP26 negotiations in detail in an article for the female-focused online publication the Rogue Collective. If you value quality articles check it out.
For now lets get on with this month’s sunny sustainable news …….
Temps are due to drop next week so we’re all likely to be keeping our windows closed. If you’re looking for toxin-free ways to keep your house smelling sweet this winter read this article.
Poorer countries may emit more carbon emissions, primarily due to the fact that they make most of the world’s goods, but per capita the wealthier you are the more carbon you emit.
Clever video on climate change from a dinosaur! My 12 year old loved it
The first School of Sustainable Food and Farming in the UK has officially launched at Shropshire’s Harper Adams University.
In a race between plane and train travel from London to Glasgow competitors arrive two minutes apart. Question is which one won?
Jeff Bezos also added a billion to what some call the most ambitious environmental projects ever attempted.
Tesla Model 3 was the best selling car in Europe last month, not just the best selling electric vehicle but the best selling car, overall. And Hertz just bought 100,000 of them for its new fleet, the largest electric car order of all time.
For the first time in 60 years, cheetahs have returned to Mozambique, as part of a rewilding project
Study finds that CEO’s who lobby for better environmental regulation do so after 1) being personally exposed to climate-related suffering, 2) having been the target of NGO campaigning, or 3) being challenged to engage by other CEOs, non-executive directors, senior political figures, public intellectuals or their own children.
Great new sustainably-minded show launches on TG4. In the series four clothing obsessed fashionistas are challenged to alter their shopping habits, supporting them in reducing, reusing and recycling the contents of their wardrobes.
Love this honest, forthright letter from the scientist behind net zero to student climate strikers?
New study found that people who are told their plastic bottles are destined to be recycled into clothing are more likely to choose to drink from single-use plastic rather than reusable glass. Sometimes I don’t like to be proven right!
The RHS urges people to switch from Mains to Rains in it’s new water conservation campaign
The City of Milan won The Earthshot Prize for launching city-wide Food Waste Hubs
Britain’s Royal Mint plans to make bullion out of precious metals extracted from discarded cellphones and laptops.
The Irish Universities Association launches Campus Living Labs in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a project aimed at reducing waste and increasing recycling on IUA University campuses.
Mexico has banned cosmetic testing on animals after Save Ralph, an animated film about a rabbit cosmetic tester, spurred 1.3 million people to petition for new legislation.
Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica just announced the creation of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor, a fishing-free zone covering more than 500,000 km2 in one of the world’s most important migratory routes for turtles, whales, sharks and rays.
Indonesia has restored over 50,000 hectares of mangrove forests in the past two years, from 3.31 million hectares in 2019 to 3.36 million today.