FROM THE EDITOR
Canadian Climate Change Program Promises Big Impact
In the Quietly Making Progressive News department . . . our eminently sensible neighbors to the north are engaging in innovative research into sustainable agriculture. The federal Canadian government is sponsoring 20 new projects with the CD$27 million Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP), a partnership with universities and conservation groups across the country, reports Markets Insider. The goal? “The program supports research into greenhouse gas mitigation practices and technologies that can be adopted on the farm.” The AGGP investments support the Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases, a group of 49 countries working to find ways to grow more food without growing greenhouse gas emissions. (Agriculture, along with forestry, account for 30% of global GHG emissions.) Innovative, collective, government-backed action to deal with climate change: anybody in the US polity interested?
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Sangeeta Waldron interviewed Marcus Shingles, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation at the Web Summit – the largest tech conference in the world. The XPRIZE is a not-for-profit global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges.
Sangeeta Waldron (SW): What do you think is the biggest challenge for the world right now?
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The Sustainability Consortium, a non-profit focused on making consumer goods industries more sustainable, has received a $375,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. TSC will use the grant to improve the way farmers report to manufacturers and suppliers, ultimately making the industry more sustainable and readier for future challenges.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) California is the most populous state in the nation, with almost 40 million residents and an economy ranking number six in the world. The Golden State also has led the way in taking care of the environment. The state has a renewables portfolio standard of 33 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030. An executive order in 2005 established a target reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. A bill in 2006 created an economy-wide cap-and-trade program.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Two years after the Paris Agreement, how is the world faring in terms of advances on climate change? Not very well, according to a new report by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. Report authors Mark Lee and Aiste Brackley asked the question to a range of professionals from business, government, NGOs and academia to create a picture of what we have achieved collectively.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Time flies by, but amazing things can happen in a short period of time. More recycling is one of them. Currently, the national recycling rate is 34 percent, up nearly 10 digits from 1995, when the rate stood at 25.7 percent. This is the result of a collective effort to be more sustainable.