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January 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our latest SnippETS newsletter. This week we take a look at what could happen if we quit fossil fuels immediately, and the ‘Climate Action Barometer’, which indicates that we have a lot of work to do to meet our targets.

 

Other articles ask the questions… is continuing GDP growth good? What is more important to executives - economics or sustainability? Also, what simple diet change could reduce the negative environmental impacts of the food industry?

 

Have you ever thought about renting out that drill that you own but never use? PocketDolla has just started in Australia and they believe that the shared economy could reduce waste.

 

There is hope for our terrestrial forests as mangroves store far more carbon than we initially thought. Next, we look at how Australia is speeding towards 100% renewables, driven by economics rather than climate initiatives, and we finish off with a win for small farmers everywhere. 

 

Our opening article examines research, led by Dr Christopher Smith of the University of Leeds, which concluded that it may technically still be possible to limit warming to 1.5C, if drastic action is taken now.  The study also found that if all fossil fuel infrastructure – power plants, vehicles, ships and planes were replaced by zero-carbon alternatives at the end of their useful lives, there is still a 64% chance of staying under 1.5C. It is therefore societal choices, not physics, which is the obstacle to meeting the goal. Read more.....

 

So how are we progressing in terms of meeting the 1.5 C target? As this next article discusses, not particularly well. But as discussed above, it is societal choices that are holding us back. This article’s climate action barometer provides 12 charts, setting out where we are today and where we need to be in 2020, along with a roadmap to follow in terms of transforming energy, transport, land use, industry, infrastructure and finance to meet our 1.5 C goal. Read more.....