Welcome to this week’s edition of our SnippETS newsletter.
This issue of Snippets examines progress for many C40 cities and how they are continuing to address climate change despite the USA having already signalled they are withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. Perhaps part of it is the lure of a potential $26 trillion economic boost and the creation of cleaner cities.
We also examine progress in establishing the Paris Agreement ‘rulebook’ which must be finalised before the end of 2018. Other articles examine, a bit counter-intuitively, that tree cover has actually gone up over the past 35-years and how introducing renewable generation in the Sahara could actually end up greening the desert.
Our final set of articles examines some really neat technical solutions, how there is now a global war on plastics (coming not a moment too soon) and how little impact the growth of electric vehicles are likely to have on the overall electricity generation market.
At the recent Global Climate Action Summit meeting in California, 4,000 people from all walks of life met. Among them were mayors involved in the C40 climate leadership group, who said that despite the USA pulling out of the Paris Agreement, they will still move forward on climate issues. Members of the C40 said not only are they making headway in reducing greenhouse gases, but that they are adding jobs while doing so. Auckland is a C40 city.
Backing up this message from the C40 mayors, a recent report says experts have been significantly underestimating the commercial benefits associated with climate action. A $26 trillion economic boost by 2030 for the global economy was possible if global infrastructure investment over the next 15 years is channelled into environmentally beneficial schemes. But action needs to happen rapidly.
Time is running short for countries to decide the practical details of how the Paris Agreement will be brought to life, known as the Paris ‘rulebook’. A recent meeting in Bangkok has ended with progress made towards defining and refining some of the rules, with completion needed by the end of this year. The rulebook is needed to guide each country in its actions on the ground, and to hold accountable those who committed to the agreement..