While many of us are pessimistic about the likelihood that a new global accord on climate change will emerge to replace the Kyoto Protocol (with large emitters like Canada and the United States retreating from the development of national programs), we have many reasons to be optimistic about the potential for urban and regional approaches to succeed.
Delivering Climate Change Act could halve UK air pollution
Meeting the UK’s Climate Change Act commitments could cut nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution by 50-60%, leading to improved public health and longer life expectancy. That is according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at King’s College London, who set out to investigate the potential health benefits of delivering government policy. The Climate Change Act requires the UK to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% on 1990 levels by 2050. It was found that delivering this target...
AWWA Policy: Climate change
The following revised AWWA Policy Statement on Climate Change has been approved by the Technical and Educational Council for member comment. Comments on the policy statement will be reviewed by AWWA staff and forwarded to the Executive Committee if the comments are minor or referred back to the originating body if the comments are substantive. Policies forwarded to the Executive Committee will be reviewed and, if approved, forwarded to the Board of Directors for final action. AWWA Climate Change Policy Statement...
Banking sector criticised for ‘skin deep’ attempts to tackle climate change
The global banking sector is threatening to undermine the Paris Agreement by failing to adequately capture the risks and opportunities of climate change. That is according to a new report from Boston Common Asset Management, which warns investors that the majority of banks have failed to restrict financing of coal – the most carbon intensive energy source. In addition, less than half are implementing climate risk assessments or 2˚C scenario analysis, meaning that their investment decisions may not...
Schneider Electric Accelerates Fight Against Climate Change at One Planet Summit
Schneider Electric will join other sustainability leaders to support and accelerate the common fight against climate change at the One Planet Summit. Two years to the day after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, and following COP23, President of France Emmanuel Macron is organizing the milestone summit to convene those involved in public and private finance to deliver ambitious and achievable actions that will contribute to limiting global warming and its impact. Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman & Chief...
City of Vancouver, FortisBC Working Together to Tackle Climate Change
FortisBC and the City of Vancouver announced recently (11/24) that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to team up on climate action projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, while maintaining access to natural gas for residents and businesses. The MOU supports the City of Vancouver in pursuing its commitment to improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions in the region by 80 per cent below 2007 levels before 2050,...