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Climate Change News Digest for 5/13/22

Updated: Oct 5, 2022

This digest provides a selection of recent news articles relating to climate change and other environmental issues. Click on the title to read the full article from its original source.

By Yujie Xue (South China Morning Post)

China wants to encourage more citizens to engage in green and low-carbon behaviors to support the country’s goal of reaching net-zero emissions nationwide by 2060, according to a newly-released guideline that came into effect last week. The All-China Environment Federation (ACEF), a nationwide environmental non-profit organization, released a guideline last Friday that gives quantitative standards for the calculation and evaluation of citizen-level carbon emission reduction.

By William Park (BBC)

Businesses shape how we talk about climate change, and sometimes this can stop us from paying attention to their actions. Companies might profit from promoting an environmental image without actually working to reduce their emissions. That's the big problem of greenwashing, which has now become widely understood as a real outcome of free-market environmentalism.

By Dan Gearino (Inside Climate News)

The world needs vast quantities of lithium to meet demand for lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and energy storage. Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington have produced magnets that can separate lithium and other metals from water. This approach has the potential to allow companies to affordably gather lithium from sources like the brine used in geothermal power systems and the waste water left over from use by industry.

By Liza Gross and Victoria St. Martin (Inside Climate News)

For years, researchers have warned that chemical pollutants tied to fossil fuels have become so pervasive that they would be impossible for anyone to avoid. A study released earlier this week may be the first indication of how widely some chemicals have spread. Researchers found multiple classes of potentially harmful chemicals where they’ve never been measured before: in the bodies of pregnant women.

By Damian Carrington and Matthew Taylor (The Guardian)

The world’s biggest fossil fuel firms are quietly planning scores of “carbon bomb” oil and gas projects that would drive the climate past internationally agreed temperature limits with catastrophic global impacts, a Guardian investigation shows. The exclusive data shows these firms are in effect placing multibillion-dollar bets against humanity halting global heating. Their huge investments in new fossil fuel production could pay off only if countries fail to rapidly slash carbon emissions, which scientists say is vital.

About the Digest: Articles included here are selected from several organizations which consolidate climate change related news from many sources around the world. These organizations include Carbon Brief and Inside Climate News. Accessing the full articles from the links provided here may sometimes not be possible due to access restrictions of the originating publications.

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