News round-up: Global news in sustainability & climate change – April 2021


GLOBAL-Earth Day 22 April: This year’s Earth Day theme is restoration. We need to reverse the detrimental effects of climate change and stop the pollution of our ecosystem to preserve our planet for future generations.

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Watch eight new environmental documentaries selected by National Geographic for Earth Day 2021 by clicking here.

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USA-SCIENTIFIC AMERICA: President Biden invites 40 World leaders to Earth Day climate summit for a two-day virtual gathering

President Biden’s climate summit will gather three dozen leaders from countries with their own motivations related to domestic politics, international trade and, sometimes, altruistic intentions toward global warming. After four years of the US being effectively absent from climate negotiations, Biden’s summit is clearing the ground for countries to reach stronger targets.

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USA-CLEANTECHNICA: UC-Berkeley Report Claims Electric Cars Will Save Americans $2.7 Trillion, Create 2 Million Jobs

A report by UC Berkeley claims a transition to all-electric vehicles by 2035 would save Americans $2.7 trillion while adding 2 million new jobs to the economy. The report finds that by 2030, the US could electrify all new car sales and over 80% of new truck sales, power them with 90% clean electricity, and reduce US economy-wide climate pollution emissions by 35%. If aggressive building and industrial electrification strategies are pursued on a similar timeline, US economy-wide climate pollution could be reduced 45% by 2030.

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GLOBAL-FT: Turbocharging the US clean energy job market

The American Jobs Plan proposed by the White House last month would mark the largest single investment in clean energy in history — with hundreds of billions of dollars allocated to grid modernisation, energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging networks, plus a greater sum for renewables in the form of tax credits. A report by consultancy Rhodium Group estimates that decarbonising American power could create more than 600,000 jobs a year between 2022 and 2031.

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USA-BROOKINGS INSTITUTE: How renewable energy jobs can uplift fossil fuel communities and remake climate politics

The Brookings Institute analysis of a geographic database of renewable energy generation potential finds that many current fossil fuel hubs are ideal sites for renewable energy production. 1.7 million people worked in fossil fuel industries. The U.S. transition to a low-carbon economy is already underway, and some of the most striking progress is within the energy-generation sector where many future jobs will be created.

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Australia-PV-MAGAZINE: 45,000 renewables jobs are Australia’s for the taking – but how many will go to coal workers?

Can the renewable sector create the right jobs in the right places to employ former coal workers in Australia? Research commissioned the Clean Energy Council of Australia, suggests renewable energy can be a major source of jobs in the next 15 years. Renewable energy can meaningfully help in the transition for coal regions. But it won’t replace all lost coal jobs. Planning and investment is needed to avoid social and economic harm.

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Global-(IEA) INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AUTHORITY: Biggest job market ever known. Global leaders recognise clean energy’s huge economic potential

Energy and climate leaders from more than 40 countries who took part in the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit held recently. “We are looking at the biggest job market ever known. Every task we have – building out the grid, solar power, wind power, building out hydrogen, batteries, switching to electric vehicles – will all create jobs” stated John Kerry, the US Presidential Special Envoy for Climate, during the opening session of the Summit.

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GLOBAL-SOCIAL SUBSIDY: New report finds that corporations cause $7.6 trillion of damage to the environment, per year

A new report by the research organisation, Social Subsidy seeks to quantify the holistic environmental and social impact of individual companies. The term social subsidy measures the dollar value of the harm corporate actions have on society. Using artificial intelligence, they have analysed 4,500 companies and translated that data into a tangible real-world dollar value that could be used to compare companies. Their analysis found that just two sectors – extraction & industry make up 89% of the total damage caused.

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GERMANY-CNBC: The Hydrogen Stream: 39,700 km European hydrogen network planned

Several heavyweights in Germany have announced projects to move forward with green hydrogen. RWE, Uniper and Bosch have all announced large-scale projects and the German government has allocated €52 million for hydrogen research. The European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) initiative is proposing a hydrogen network of 39,700 km by 2040. The estimated total investment in this scheme will range between €43 and €81 billion

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UK-CLEANTECHNICA: UK Closes Loophole On Plane & Ship Emissions

The UK has decided to include its share of international aviation and shipping emissions in its Carbon Budgets. It has finally closed a loophole that has let these major emitters escape climate action for years. The UK is responsible for the third-highest amount of CO2 emissions from aviation globally, behind only the United States and China.

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