“Green and inclusive? Paris builds a zero-carbon future with a social conscience”

"Arrayed between elegant stone buildings and run-down railway tracks in the northwest of Paris lie bustling playgrounds, plant-filled ponds and stretches of lush grass. The Clichy-Batignolles area, a former industrial wasteland, has morphed into the French capital’s first “eco-neighborhood”, billed as a model of sustainable development for the rest of the city."

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-paris/green-and-inclusive-paris-builds-a-zero-carbon-future-with-a-social-conscience-idUSKCN1MC03Q

“India set to adopt Bath Uni idea for putting waste plastic into concrete”

"Use of waste plastic in concrete could help support sustainable construction in India, say the researchers. The Bath-led research has shown how replacing 10% of sand in concrete with waste plastic may help to reduce the vast amounts of plastic waste on India’s streets, and deal with a national sand shortage."

https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/india-set-to-adopt-bath-uni-idea-for-putting-waste-plastic-into-concrete

“World’s biggest baking company goes green”

"Grupo Bimbo, the world's biggest baking company, has committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2025. Headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico, Grupo Bimbo has also joined the RE100, a global initiative made up of some of the world's biggest companies, all committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity. "

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/baking-giant-grupo-bimbo-commits-to-100-percent-renewable-electricity.html

“Marine microbes: Small but mighty at capturing carbon”

"Averaging a life span of just a few days, 30 million marine microbes would fit in a shot glass, 100 in the width of a human hair. These organisms are tiny – just a single cell – but powerful when it comes to sequestering carbon dioxide. Marine microbes comprise more than 98 percent of ocean biomass: microalgae, bacteria, archaea, protozoa fungi, and viruses. Together, marine microbes account for almost half of all photosynthesis on Earth: sunlight and carbon dioxide in – glucose and oxygen out."

https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/09/marine-microbes-key-in-controlling-carbon/?popupally_stop=subscriber

“In search of clean energy, investments in nuclear-fusion startups are heating up”

"For the last 25 years, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been quietly creating and studying a piece of the sun, barely half a mile from the Charles River between Boston and Cambridge. Every so often, for merely two seconds at a time, a specialized reactor owned by MIT uses huge amounts of electricity—enough to power all of the city of Cambridge—to heat gases inside a protected chamber to near 100 million °C. The researchers’ goal is to master nuclear fusion, the process that gives the sun all its energy."

https://qz.com/1402282/in-search-of-clean-energy-investments-in-nuclear-fusion-startups-are-heating-up/

“Climate change is a global injustice. A new study shows why”

"All efforts to fight climate change face the money test: Are the benefits of stopping global warming — and avoiding sea level rise, heat waves, and wildfires — greater than the costs? The dollar balance we arrive at should be one of the biggest factors in deciding what we’re willing to do to tackle the problem, whether that’s shuttering all coal plants or building thousands of nuclear reactors."

https://www.vox.com/2018/9/26/17897614/climate-change-social-cost-carbon

“What if we could put our plastic trash to good use?”

"Humans produce 420 million tons of plastic annually, and as much as 14 million tons of plastic enter the ocean. Scientists are now finding traces of microplastics in our sea salt, beer and tap water."

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/what-if-we-could-put-our-plastic-trash-to-good-use

“Earth’s climate-change liposuction: Sucking carbon from the air”

"Addressing climate change isn’t just about moving to cleaner forms of energy anymore. It’s about literally taking out some of the heat-trapping gases already in our skies. Why it matters: There is so much buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, scientists say we’ve reached a point that some needs to be removed to limit Earth’s temperature rise and avoid the worst impacts of a warmer world. Technology exists to do it, but it’s costly, zany-sounding and not well known. That's starting to change now."

https://www.axios.com/earths-climate-change-liposuction-sucking-carbon-from-the-air-471783e6-3865-4904-8c06-759a7ad31511.html

“Cities, obsessed with electric cars, overlook simple solutions at climate summit”

"California Governor Jerry Brown kicked off the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco last week with two jaw-dropping announcements. Not only would California run on 100 percent clean energy within 25 years, but the entire state would achieve carbon-neutrality by 2045, eliminating or offsetting all emissions from manufacturing, agriculture, and the increasing problem of transportation."

https://www.curbed.com/2018/9/18/17870878/global-climate-action-summit-electric-cars-transportation

“Can The World’s Major Companies Really Become Committed To Sustainable Development?”

"Back in 2015 the United Nations unveiled a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) covering everything from the elimination of poverty to action to protect the climate, designed to make our world a better, safer and fairer place. And when they did this they publicly acknowledged that government support for the goals was not enough to ensure success. Real progress in these areas would only come about if multi-national companies also threw their considerable weight behind the cause."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rsmdiscovery/2018/09/17/can-the-worlds-major-companies-really-become-committed-to-sustainable-development/#55d97ec15ef3