Today’s Solutions: November 26, 2022

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Europe wants carmakers to cut

Europe wants carmakers to cut emissions by nearly a third by 2030

Under a new proposal from the European Commission, emissions from fleets of new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles will have to be 30 percent lower in 2030 compared to 2021. The proposal may sound good, but it means that European car makers can continue to produce high-end Read More...

Portuguese children to crowdfu

Portuguese children to crowdfund European climate change case

Portuguese schoolchildren from the area struck by the country’s worst forest fires are seeking crowdfunding to sue 47 European countries, alleging that the states’ failure to tackle climate change threatens their right to Read More...

States powering ahead on clima

States powering ahead on climate targets despite federal inaction, report shows

Australian states and territories are powering ahead, developing policies that will meet the federal government’s internationally agreed greenhouse gas emission targets, with South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania leading the race. Despite Read More...

More than 250 US mayors commit

More than 250 US mayors commit to 100 percent renewable energy

More than 250 United States mayors have adopted a new bipartisan climate change resolution that includes a push for US cities to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2035, further widening the divide between US cities and their new Commander in Chief. The resolution was adopted at the 85th Annual Read More...

We can use the same formula fo

We can use the same formula for inner peace and world peace, says the Dalai Lama

In a recent speech, the Dalai Lama illustrated how the idea of world peace depends on inner peace—you can’t solve global issues without first attending to your own emotional life. To a lot of people, even self-mastery might seem like a herculean effort; never mind getting rid of war and poverty Read More...

Sweden commits to becoming car

Sweden commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2045 with new law

Sweden has committed to cutting its net carbon emissions to zero by 2045, becoming the first country to significantly upgrade its carbon ambitions since the Paris accord in 2015. The law was drawn up by a cross-party committee and passed with an overwhelming majority in parliament by 254 votes to Read More...

Sweden passes climate law to b

Sweden passes climate law to become carbon neutral by 2045

Sweden has committed to becoming a net-zero carbon emitter by 2045, under a law passed in parliament on Thursday. Lawmakers voted 254 to 41 in favour of the proposal, which was developed by a committee involving seven out of eight parliamentary parties. Only the far right Swedish Democrats did Read More...

How to fix climate change: put

How to fix climate change: put cities, not countries, in charge

Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing humankind. Other issues make headlines: terrorism kills; inequality affects everyday life for billions around the globe. But climate is paramount, because in sustainability human survival itself is at stake. Why then have the nations governing the Read More...

Red states are acting on clima

Red states are acting on climate change

President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably concerned. He and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established science of climate change, and his choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued the EPA many Read More...

As the White House changes cou

As the White House changes course on climate change, California presses forward

With cheese and shrimp cocktail piled on their plates, guests strolled the exhibit like patrons at an art gallery, sipping beer and pausing to ponder the displays that lined the room. But instead of paintings or sculptures, they were examining scientific charts about climate change at a state Read More...