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Wait: Don’t Toss That Food, It Could Fuel the Car

The United States wastes an estimated 40 percent of all the food the country produces. (Photo courtesy National Conference of State Legislators) Public domain

“When we eat, our bodies convert food into energy that fuels our lives. But what happens to the energy stored in the 80 billion pounds of food thrown away annually in America?” asks Steven Ashby, director of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. As part of advancing sustainable energy solutions, scientists at the lab he runs are converting tons of food waste into clean, renewable biofuel that could power cars, planes and trains.

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Communities Cope With a New Climate Reality, Naturally

A community group in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo makes plans for a fish farming project that will help with water management. February 7, 2020 (Photo by Axel Fassio courtesy CIFOR) Creative Commons license via Flickr

A new climate reality is here, now. The year 2020 was one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) concludes after consolidating five international datasets. A naturally occurring climate phenomenon, La Niña, cooled things off only at the very end of the year.

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Sustainability: Megacity Mayors Map a ‘Future That Works for Everyone’

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti speaks with the media at the Moving America Forward Forum hosted by United for Infrastructure, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. February 16, 2020 (Photo by Gage Skidmore) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The mayors of 97 of the world’s largest cities, members of the C40 global network of cities, have agreed to revitalize the post-pandemic world by creating green jobs, investing in public services, supporting essential workers, greening public spaces, and protecting struggling mass transit systems until the virus recedes and riders return.

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Trump, Thunberg Clash at World Economic Forum

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After a year of floods and droughts, when wildfires devastated Australia and the Amazon, and Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year, the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report finds for the first time that environmental issues dominate leaders’ concerns for the future.

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Weak COP25 Outcome Disappoints, Despite Achievements

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses thousands of delegates from around the world, opening the UN’s annual climate conference, COP25, Dec. 2, Madrid, Spain (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

Climate negotiations lasting 16 days have failed to find common ground on international carbon trading rules, one of the important issues at the UN’s COP25 climate summit in Madrid, which wrapped Sunday with a weak accord despite urging from the United Nations and civil society groups to address the climate emergency with “ambition.”

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World Scientists Declare Climate Emergency

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A global coalition of more than 11,000 scientists from 153 countries says “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

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Youth Leaders Clear the Way to Eco-Sanity

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At this moment, young people under the age of 30 are motivating the world’s seven billion people to adopt environmental responsibility across the planet in many ways – in the courts, in the streets, and by engineering innovative solutions to persistent problems.

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Green Climate Fund Seeks Financial Stability

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On a stretch of land along the Incheon city waterfront reclaimed from the Yellow Sea, lies the brand new Songdo International Business District. But Songdo is more than just a business district, it’s a smart city built from scratch just 30 kilometers southwest of South Korea’s capital city, Seoul.

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Community Solutions – effecting real change

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It’s become more critical than ever to find solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental issues. From challenges around energy, waste and water, to the growing refugee crisis, communities need to find positive ways to address these complex issues, and to start building a more sustainable future.

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Climate Action Summit Yields Trillions in Funding

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned world leaders not to come to his landmark Climate Action Summit with beautiful speeches alone, but to present plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and strategies for carbon neutrality by 2050. So what was promised at Monday’s event at UN Headquarters in New York?

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UN Climate Action Summit 2019

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Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and the time to act is now if there is any chance of combatting and reversing its effects. The 2019 Climate Action Summit will unite global key players to meet the climate challenge and put the Paris Agreement into action.

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Risky ‘Supertanker Trends’ Test Investors

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Climate change and artificial intelligence (AI) are reshaping the future of investing, finds a new research study released Monday by BNY Mellon Investment Management in New York and CREATE-Research based in the United Kingdom. The investors interviewed for the study have combined assets under management of US$12.75 trillion.

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Youth Leads the Way on Climate Action

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Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of the new book “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference,” arrived in New York on August 28 after two weeks crossing the Atlantic on a carbon-neutral racing sailboat to take part in the UN Secretary General’s annual Climate Action Summit September 23. By sailing, she avoided the carbon emissions of air travel from her home in Sweden.

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EU Companies Must Meet Year-End Energy Audit Deadline

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Under the European Union’s primary law to boost energy efficiency – and meet the EU target of cutting energy use by 20 percent by 2020 – all companies with more than 250 employees must conduct an energy audit within a common framework once every four years. The next deadline for compliance is December 5, 2019.

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