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 James Pothen (Inside Climate News)
E-bikes, already taking off during the pandemic, are getting a big boost from states that hope they will reduce driving, energy consumption and emissions.
By Daisy Dunne and Joe Goodman (Carbon Brief)
Threats to the world’s species – relied upon by billions for food, water and other ecosystem services – are only set to worsen with climate change, which is expected to overtake land conversion to become the biggest threat to biodiversity this century. A growing field of research shows that climate change and biodiversity loss are deeply connected, sharing common drivers and – in some cases – possible solutions. However, climate change and biodiversity loss are currently addressed at separate UN summits. The UN biodiversity talks have historically received less international attention than their climate counterparts.
By Nathan Taft (The Guardian)
Gas stations are environmental liabilities and hugely expensive to remediate. Electric cars are making gas stations obsolete. In 2021, Petaluma in California became the first city in the world to prohibit new gas stations. Since then, at least four more cities have prohibited new gas stations permanently and at least six more (including Los Angeles) are developing policies now.
By Adela Suliman (Washington Post)
Canada will ban the manufacture and importation of “harmful” single-use plastics by the end of the year, the government said, in a sweeping effort to fight pollution and climate change.
By Ayesha Tandon (Carbon Brief)
A new study reported by Carbon Brief finds that global “food miles” emissions are considerably higher than previously thought. The research concludes that they account for nearly one-fifth of total food-system emissions – 3bn tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions, amounting to 3.5-7.5 times larger than previous estimates. The authors consider the pros and cons of buying local food, and say that while it can have an impact on emissions it should be paired with eating seasonal produce and reducing meat consumption to limit dietary emissions.
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.