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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

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China's monumental climate shift: embracing a “post-peak" era in the coming years

China, the world's economic giant, is on the verge of a watershed moment in its environmental history. After decades of rapid development and skyrocketing emissions, signs point to a near-term peak in carbon output, providing hope for global climate efforts. According to the Center for Research Read More...

Leading up to COP28, EU-Canada

Leading up to COP28, EU-Canada Green Alliance amplifies climate dedications

By joining the EU-Canada Green Alliance, Canada and the EU have recently reaffirmed their commitment to combating climate change. This historic collaboration launched ahead of the COP28 climate meeting, is a huge step toward a more sustainable future. The alliance's importance was stressed by EU Read More...

Stack of books in book shop

Writers start campaign to push publishing towards carbon neutrality

The weighty feel of a book in your hands; a window into the minds and hearts of people. Whether you're taking it to the park for some quiet time or reading it before bed, a good book is there as a companion, an advisor, and a guide. An age-old custom that reminds us of life before smartphones and Read More...

EU flags in front of European Commission in Brussels

The EU commits to its own “green deal”

The European Union will invest more than $270 billion in its own "green deal" in order to keep up with the United States and China. The growing green economy Many observers interpreted the move as a direct response to the Biden administration's hefty round of green subsidies, which were included Read More...

Green Education

Two new DC public schools model net zero education

It goes without saying that we should be teaching our children about important environmental matters, especially excessive energy consumption and the need for energy efficiency. But what about the energy that a school itself consumes? While it is a rarely-thought-of area for improvement, new Read More...

Breathtaking sunset over Grote Market in Haarlem

Dutch city is the first in the world to ban meat ads in public spaces

The undeniable environmental cost of keeping livestock and producing meat (along with the many health benefits of a plant-based diet) are compelling reasons for many to cut out or at least reduce their meat consumption.  However, the average meat-lover's resolve to go veggie is probably Read More...

Facade of a traditional home in the German style

Rapidly retrofitting old buildings is key for climate goals - Here's how to do it

Buildings account for about 40 percent of annual global carbon emissions. In order to meet our climate goals, every building on the planet will have to be net-zero by 2050. But since most of the current buildings will still exist then, a massive number of homes will have to undergo retrofits in Read More...

New Zealand landscape with fence

New Zealand mandates climate change disclosures for financial institutions

New Zealand has introduced legislation to increase climate transparency in banking. The country’s new policy will require publicly listed companies and large insurers, banks, non-bank deposit takers, and investment managers to make climate-related disclosures. Most companies and banks Read More...

This Chicago project raises th

This Chicago project raises the bar for sustainable urban development

With city populations expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades, it is essential that we take up a model for low-carbon development that promotes a thriving and sustainable future for urban communities. A recent development proposal in downtown Chicago is the embodiment of such a Read More...

This partnership aims to creat

This partnership aims to create net-zero concrete out of industrial waste

In order to reach the climate targets of the Paris Agreement, we urgently need to find a greener alternative to concrete — the most widely used man-made material in the world — whose key component (cement) emits about 8 percent of global CO2 emissions. Narrowing in on this sustainability Read More...