“A warming Arctic could cost the world trillions of dollars”

“A warming Arctic is shifting from white to dark as sea ice melts and land-covered snow retreats, and that means it can absorb even more of the sun’s heat. Plus, the Arctic’s vast permafrost area is thawing, releasing more heat-trapping carbon and methane. These climate-change-driven feedbacks in the Arctic are accelerating warming even faster and may add nearly $70 trillion to the overall costs of climate change—even if the world meets the Paris Agreement climate targets, a new study says.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/04/arctic-climate-change-feedback-loops-cost-trillions/

“California Has Farmers Growing Weeds. Why? To Capture Carbon”

“California’s climate change efforts can be spotted all over the Bay Area in the growing number of electric cars and solar panels. But now, California is enlisting people from a more conservative part of the state — even if they don’t think climate change is much of a concern. California’s farmers are receiving millions of dollars to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, something the state says is crucial for meeting its ambitious climate goals.”

https://www.kqed.org/science/1940561/california-has-farmers-growing-weeds-why-to-capture-carbon

“Trying to reduce your carbon footprint? Don’t fall for these myths”

“Since Earth Day’s founding nearly 50 years ago, April 22 has been an occasion for people to reflect on how they can treat the environment better. In recent years, with scientists around the world issuing increasingly urgent warnings about the scale of climate change and the shrinking window of time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the focus has been on reducing our climate footprint.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trying-to-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-dont-fall-for-these-myths/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a

“Maersk charts course toward sustainable shipping”

“In March, global shipping giant Maersk inched closer to meeting its commitment to go carbon neutral by 2050 with a pilot of a biofuels-powered vessel. Teaming up with Shell and other members of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, Maersk tested a fuel blend of 20 percent biofuel, produced from waste cooking oil, in one of its largest vessels on an expedition from Rotterdam to Shanghai. Touted as the “world’s first at this scale,” Maersk reports that the 25,000-nautical-mile journey will save 1,500 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.”

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/maersk-charts-course-toward-sustainable-shipping

“15 Things You Probably Don’t Recycle, But Should”

“On Friday waves of youth protests rippled across the United Kingdom calling for climate action. This movement emerged just one month after a global youth strike where more than a million students took to the street and demanded society drastically improve the way it responds to the climate crisis.”

https://www.womansday.com/life/g27166417/things-to-recycle/

“This is what happens to the e-waste you drop off for recycling”

“Your Earth Day plans might call for some outdoor adventure, but don’t go leaving your technology at home. Some of the eco-friendly events taking place across Canada might actually call for electronics — especially the broken stuff. Toronto’s Comedy Bar is among those holding a technology drive this weekend. The comedy club’s social media manager and drive organizer Jenna Warriner says she was inspired by the sheer amount of technology found around her home and the venue.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/what-happens-to-the-e-waste-you-drop-off-for-recycling-1.5101357

“Capturing carbon, once a fringe idea, may be key to fighting climate change”

“Despite decades of warnings from climate scientists, the world is still struggling to cut down its CO2 emissions, the main driver of climate change. But a handful of researchers and private companies are trying to fill in some of the gaps with an idea that was once considered fringe: capturing carbon. In an effort to learn more about how carbon capture works, CBS News’ Brook Silva-Braga found himself on the roof of an industrial plant outside Zurich, Switzerland, where rows of circular vents suck carbon dioxide right out of the air.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/capturing-carbon-once-a-fringe-idea-may-be-key-to-fighting-climate-change/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a

“The Bank of England lays bare the “very real” trillion-dollar risks of climate change”

“My message today is simple. Climate change poses significant risks to the economy and to the financial system, and while these risks may seem abstract and far away, they are in fact very real, fast approaching, and in need of action today.”

https://qz.com/1596486/climate-change-could-cause-20-trillion-in-losses-says-bank-of-england/

“Microsoft doubles carbon fee as it doubles down on ambition”

“For the past seven years, Microsoft has held business units accountable for their carbon footprints by charging an internal fee on emissions that it has used to fund climate change mitigation efforts — anything from offsets to energy efficiency projects to renewables investments. On Tuesday, the cloud computing giant revealed plans to boost that fee to $15 per metric ton — almost double the previous rate. It also joined the Climate Leadership Council, one of several organizations advocating actively for policies that would create a national price on carbon.”

https://www.greenbiz.com/article/microsoft-doubles-carbon-fee-it-doubles-down-ambition

“Compost Bins That Actually Look Great on Your Countertop”

“Fact or myth: Collecting food waste for composting means keeping a big, ugly, stinky bin on your kitchen countertop? Myth! In fact, making your kitchen more eco-friendly (without sacrificing style) is easier than you think. All you need is a little bit of know-how and the right countertop bin to keep food scraps out of your trash can — and landfills. Here are the basics.”

https://www.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/shopping/2019/04/best-countertop-compost-bins