Climate news #2

Publisert 3. desember 2021

 The world in brief: our weekly update on sustainability worldwide.

World in brief

Climate research institutes in China 

Already this year, more than ten prominent universities and institutions have set up carbon-neutrality-research institutes; the Chinese Academy of Sciences launched a centre last month.

These comes as two highly anticipated policy documents form the central government were released in October.  A working guidance and a 2030 action plan outline a path for researchers and flesh out for the first time how China plans to achieve its carbon goals.

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Ideas fund – John Lewis 

The John Lewis Partnership is to launch a £1 million fund for projects that can help end the high street’s “throwaway” culture.

The company is inviting academics, charities and start-ups that have ideas with the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the food, clothing and gadgets we buy to pitch for a share of the money.

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Automotive branches out into other sectors 

General Motors has taken a 25 percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based start-up that makes electric outboard motors and batteries for boats. The automotive industry is becoming less differentiated; we are seeing the advent of the mobility industry.

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Green ambitions in Germany – but how to pay for it?

The Greens campaigned in this year`s election to spend 50 billion euros on green investments each year for a decade to bankroll the country’s transition to renewable energy — and pay for it by scrapping the country’s strict balanced-budget rule.

Another approach would be to exploit the temporary suspension of the debt brake during the pandemic. As finance minister, Mr. Scholz last year suspended the spending limit, which is allowed under a national emergency, and the coalition treaty says it will not be reinstated until the end of 2022.

That would give the new government time to borrow money and put it in a fund that would run even after the limit on borrowing came back into force.

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How the first global environment talks contained the shape of things to come

In June 1972, people from all over the world gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, for the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – the first global conference on environmental issues.

Developing countries of the global south argued that the world’s environmental problems were largely caused by the industrialised countries of the global north, and that related abatement costs should be borne by these countries.

Brazil went a step further to argue that some environmental degradation should be accepted as developing countries looked to grow their economies.

The Stockholm Conference motto of “Only One Earth” encompassed a notion of all people being joint passengers on Spaceship Earth, but country-based delineations and the sovereignty principle remained strong.

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