New climate report: “Ten Years to Deliver the Paris Agreement” (Globescan SustainAbility report March 2020)

From the report’s foreword:

“We are entering the climate decade. A ten year period where our collective actions will determine the kind of world our children and grandchildren will inherit.

Since the launch of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, every two years we have asked global experts to assess progress towards reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. In the time since our second report was released in 2017, urgency has grown. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has declared that we have just ten years to halve emissions in order to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change, and that the threshold for dangerous warming is lower than previously predicted, at 1.5°C.More

Klimarådets rapport: “Kendte veje og nye spor til 70 procents reduktion” (marts 2020)

I en ny rapport præsenterer Klimarådet en række anbefalinger, der skal få Danmark i mål med 70 procent reduktion i 2030. Omstillingen kræver både hurtige implementeringer af de allerede kendte teknologier og en mere langsigtet, strategisk indsats.

“Et bredt flertal i Folketinget besluttede i december 2019 at indgå en aftale om en ny klimalov, som indebærer, at Danmark skal have reduceret sine udledninger af klimagasser med 70 procent i 2030 og være klimaneutralt i 2050. I rapporten Kendte veje og nye spor til 70 procents reduktion viser Klimarådet en vej til målet i 2030.

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Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 (announcement from Microsoft, January 2020)

Microsoft: Carbon negative by 2030

While the world will need to reach net zero, those of us who can afford to move faster and go further should do so. That’s why today we are announcing an ambitious goal and a new plan to reduce and ultimately remove Microsoft’s carbon footprint.

By 2030 Microsoft will be carbon negative, and by 2050 Microsoft will remove from the environment all the carbon the company has emitted either directly or by electrical consumption since it was founded in 1975.

We recognize that progress requires not just a bold goal but a detailed plan. As described below, we are launching today an aggressive program to cut our carbon emissions by more than half by 2030, both for our direct emissions and for our entire supply and value chain. We will fund this in part by expanding our internal carbon fee, in place since 2012 and increased last year, to start charging not only our direct emissions, but those from our supply and value chains.More

Vindenergi slår rekord i DK i 2019: 47% af el-forbruget kom fra vind! (WindDenmark, januar 2020)

Pressemeddelse fra WindDenmark:

De danske vindmøller starter det nye årti med en rekord, da vindenergi i 2019 dækkede hvad der svarer til 46,9 pct. af det danske elforbrug. Det viser en opgørelse fra Wind Denmark, der også viser, at afregningsprisen for vindener-gien i 2019 faldt 12,7 pct. sammenholdt med året før.

Vindens andel har aldrig været højere i Danmark eller i noget andet land i verden, og dermed slår 2019 både Danmarks- og verdensrekord.More

Goldman Sachs becomes 1st major US bank to pledge no funding for new Arctic drilling (Article in ABC News, December 2019)

Article in ABC News by

Goldman Sachs has become the first major U.S. bank to ban financing for new oil drilling or exploration in the Arctic region.

While environmental groups lauded the move as a step in the right direction, one advocacy group pointed out Monday that this is only a “fraction of Goldman Sachs’ multibillion-dollar fossil fuel portfolio.”

The announcement came in the investment bank’s updated Environmental Policy Framework on Sunday.

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The dark side of the Nordic model: Carbon emissions! (article by Jason Hickel in Al Jazeera, December 2019)

Article by Jason Hickel, 6 December 2019:

Scandinavian countries may top every ranking on human development, but they are a disaster for the environment!

Scandinavians have it all. Universal public healthcare and education that is the envy of the world. Reasonable working hours with plenty of paid vacation. They have some of the highest levels of happiness on the planet, and top virtually every ranking of human development. 

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What is life like in a green world? Here’s one version of a “CO-topia” (article by World Economic Forum, October 2019)

Article, October 31, 2019 by Ida Auken and World Economic Forum:

By 2030, your CO2 emissions will be greatly reduced. Meat on your dinner table will be a rare sight. Water and the air you breathe will be cleaner and nature will be in recovery. The money in your wallet will be spent on being with family and friends, not on buying goods. Saving the climate involves huge change, but it could make us much happier at the same time.

Right now, we are losing the fight against climate change – but what would winning look like?

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UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report 2019: “Time is running out!” (November 2019)

The report presents the latest data on the expected gap in 2030 for the 1.5°C and 2°C temperature targets of the Paris Agreement.

As the world strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change, it is crucial to track progress towards globally agreed climate goals. For a decade, UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report has compared where greenhouse gas emissions are heading against where they need to be, and highlighted the best ways to close the gap.More

Rige kendisser flyver 10.000 gange mere end gennemsnittet! (artikel i Aktuell Hållbarhet, oktober 2019)

Uddrag af artikel i Aktuell Hållbarhet, 21/10 2019:

Bill Gates, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez och andra rika kändisar i USA har fått sina flygresor kartlagda av en grupp forskare i Lund. Resultaten publiceras i en vetenskaplig artikel som visar att en rik elit är på väg att äta upp det globala utsläppsutrymmet.

I artikeln som publiceras i novembernumret av den vetenskapliga tidskriften Annals of Tourism Research har forskargruppen ledd av Stefan Gössling, professor i turism vid Lunds universitet, kartlagt tio internationella offentliga personers flygvanor under ett år. Siffrorna visar sig att personerna inte bara är superkändisar utan också ”superutsläppare”.

Av de tio amerikanska kändisarna var det Bill Gates, ordförande i Microsoft, som släppte ut mest – hela 1 600 ton koldioxid under det undersökta året 2017.More

Why none of the large oil companies are “Paris-aligned”, and what they need to do to get there (Carbon Tracker, September 2019)

In September 2019 Carbon Tracker’s latest report “Breaking the Habit” was released.

“The most common climate-related question facing investors – “how can we tell if a company is aligned with Paris”?

In this report, we lay out our approach and apply it to the largest listed oil and gas producers. For the first time, we look at alignment in terms of short term actions – which individual projects are non-Paris compliant and wouldn’t go ahead in an economically rational Paris-aligned world, yet nonetheless either a) were sanctioned last year; or b) are targeting sanction this year.More