Welcome to the first SnippETS newsletter of the new year and a big welcome back, we hope 2020 brings many positives.
We start 2020 with a look back at 2019, reviewing some significant and noteworthy happenings, the health of the ocean ecosystems that have been affected by climate change & humans, mining minerals (the next steps), carbon tech became a business, a growing appetite for sustainable food systems and much more.
We will look at some of the positives to come out of 2019 concerning issues like: intensifying climate action, rapid electrification of transport networks and an awakening to the global plastic problem and the fact that climate science denial is more and more becoming a thing of the past!
What we eat and the way it’s produced are changing fast, plant-based meat products manufactured in the lab and using 3D printing are expanding very quickly. Even traditional farming practices are changing and there is a trend toward vertical farming close to the market and a plethora of technologies aim to revolutionise the ‘traditional’ farming sector through the use of AI and data.
We also look at rural Vietnam, where devastating storm damage and loss of life lead to a rethink about the value of mangroves. Moreover, the role of women in re-planting mangroves and the part they played in vital decision making as they finally found their voices.
We wrap up this week with a look at The NZ Government’s proposal to cap emissions at 2020 levels with some big changes to ETS Pricing. In the mix, a ban on some new coal fired boilers, limiting the amount of credits and changing to the unit pricing structure.
The first article is a look back on 2019, the ups and downs of climate action and trying to put forth a positive spin on the year. The article discusses the frustrations of the year in climate but tries to balance the downs with positive stories and actions. It is an attempt to celebrate the stories that no-one hears, but that are making a difference all the same. Read more.....
To continue the theme of “reasons to be positive”, we have an article that delivers 10 reasons for climate optimism. The article runs through a shopping list of some very big changes that are happening, as well as the details as to why the actions are important and the impacts they are having.. Read more.....
This article discusses the history of the “climate debate”, how vested interests have tried to side-line progress and how their arguments have been fully discredited. We have all more than enough evidence to be certain that human activities are the main cause of climate change and there are no excuses left. The article is a commitment by “The Guardian” to properly report on climate change and a plea to all journalists to speak truth to power . <