Climate Change Positive Developments
  1. Emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union fell by 25% from 5.6 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 1990 to 4.2 billion tonnes in 2018. (https://ec.europa.eu/clima/news/eu-greenhouse-gas-emissions-down_en )
  2. Wind and solar energy doubled their share of the global power mix over the past five years. Renewable energy sources made up almost 10% of electricity generation in most parts of the world in the first half of 2020, according to analysis released in August by U.K. environmental group Ember, (September 2020.)
  3. For the first time ever, solar and wind made up the majority of the world’s new power generation. Solar additions last year totaled 119 gigawatts, representing 45% of all new capacity, according to research by Bloomberg.
  4. Scientists have found that while climate change is making heat waves more frequent and more severe, trees are stationary superheroes: They can lower urban temperatures 10 lifesaving degrees. (NY Times, July 3,2021)
  5. A new study in Nature Geoscience, July 2021, suggests that if all land suitable for reforestation was forested in Europe, average summer rainfall would increase by 7.6%, partially ameliorating drier summers predicted as a result of climate change.
  6. Colombia’s climate goals announced by its Environmental Minister Carlos Eduardo Correa in August 2021 include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 51% and achieving zero deforestation by 2030, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
  7. Scientists have found that mangroves and seagrass capture carbon up to 35 times faster than rainforests and could be developed as new carbon sinks.
  8. Costa Rica has doubled its rainforest cover in the last 30 years, which now accounts for  52 per cent of the country’s land surface area, by cutting logging permits, paying landowners to conserve woodland, and investing in forest-origin pharmaceuticals and ecotourism. Ecotourism is worth $1.7 Billion to its economy per year. (https://www.tourism-review.com/ecotourism-in-costa-rica-developing-news11257).
  9. Supermarket giant Walmart Inc. has cut 230 million metric tons of greenhouse gases out of its supply chain in the past three years. The retailer is putting pressure on suppliers to keep the cuts coming by using more clean energy, shifting toward environmentally friendly product design and packaging, cutting emissions from agriculture, and protecting forests.
  10. Unilever NV will spend €1b ($1.2 billion) to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the production of its cleaning products by 2030. The company said in September 2020, it will replace the petrochemicals found in its detergents and household cleaners with renewable or recycled alternatives.

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