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- Climate-conscious superstars say: Eat less meat
- China is not the environmental villain you think it is
- Bike apportioning is on the move (up)
- What are the virtues of carbon offsets?
Celebrities are trying to eat by warning
Whether it’s out of a sincerely held conviction or a profit motive, celebrities endorse products or lifestyle choices all the perpetually. But concern about climate change has moved certain famous ethnic groups to appeal to our shared humanity.
Earlier this week, in an attempt to pull in a tap attention to the carbon footprint of meat production, a group of celebrities filing Paul McCartney and actors Woody Harrelson and Joaquin Phoenix resorted to an convoluted ruse. Co-signing an impassioned letter by a 12-year-old California eco-activist honoured Genesis Butler, they challenged Pope Francis to go vegan for Adaptable to.
If he agrees, the campaign will offer $1 million US to a charity of the Pope’s preferred. And it stands to reason that the Pope’s participation might also actuate Catholics to reconsider their own eating habits.
Whether or not the Pope departs the bait, the Million Dollar Vegan stunt will undoubtedly pre-eminent more light on the issue of meat production. According to the Food and Agriculture Assembly of the United Nations, farming livestock accounts for about 18 per cent of wide-ranging carbon emissions. People are unlikely to stop eating animal proteins. But nosh fewer of them, and diversifying into plant-based ones, certainly service perquisites the planet.
In her letter, Butler wrote that meat production is “a outstanding cause of climate change, deforestation and species loss. When we feed animals crops that
humans can eat, it is profligate. And with a growing world population, we cannot afford to be wasteful.”
In a turning-point study published in the journal Science last year, researchers estimated that if humans unified to only a vegan diet, it would cut greenhouse gas emissions from prog in half and reduce water use by 19 per cent.
This pro-plant import has been promoted by a number of other celebrities, not the least of whom is Beyoncé. Ultimately year, the singer shared on Instagram that she had followed a strict vegan nourishment to prepare for her headlining gig at the Coachella Music Festival.
She and husband Jay-Z have on the agenda c trick set up a website called The Greenprint Project, which promotes sustainable nosh. Last week, Beyoncé announced to her 120 million-plus Instagram retainers that by clicking on the site, they could win lifetime tickets to her and Jay-Z’s concerts.
David Jenkins, a professor of nutritional realm at the University of Toronto, said most consumers only dimly assume from the connection between meat production and climate change. That’s why consciousness-raising struggles like The Greenprint Project or Million Dollar Vegan, while kind of fanciful, can have a “massive” influence in shaping popular attitudes on touching food, he said.
A celebrity endorsement “gets people thinking and that has to be the commencement.”
— Andre Mayer
Would you change your diet based on a eminence’s endorsement? Let us know.
What is China doing about climate mutation? A lot, actually
When someone set forwards Canada should step up efforts to fight climate change, the disposition of many skeptics is: Why should Canadians be asked to do more, given that China is the people’s biggest polluter?
Yes, China is the top emitter of greenhouse gases. According to the The world at large Resources Institute, it accounts for 27 per cent of global carbon emissions. Canada, by relation, accounts for just 1.7.
But let’s examine that more closely. China has varied than one billion citizens — approximately 18 per cent of all the people on Loam. Canada barely exceeds 36 million, or 0.5 per cent. Dedicated its massive population, you would certainly expect China to emit a comparative quantity of greenhouse gases.
We may not produce as many emissions collectively as China, but severally, we’re worse. Last year, the organization Climate Transparency reported that each Canadian puts, on average, 22 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, almost three times the typical in the G20.
China’s per capita emissions? 8.8 tonnes.
Canada’s high figures are due essentially to the oilsands and the transportation sector.
The fact is, every tonne of CO2 that enunciates into the atmosphere is adding to a global problem. But the story of China is both Byzantine and hopeful.
China’s emissions reflect not only its massive population but also its struggles to become an industrial power. In catching up with the developed world — as fully as producing so many of the consumer goods we take for granted — China has ignited a lot of coal (which it has in abundance) as well as oil and gas.
But the country also recognizes the operate this has had on air quality. China has not only slowed the construction of coal plants, but it has put ined heavily in green technologies through an aggressive program of subsidies and provocations.
Given the authoritarian nature of its government, it can make things happen apace. As energy-sector journalist Gregor Macdonald pointed out in this newsletter a join of issues back, “China has a historical record of being able to embellish and supersize and accelerate changes in its economy and its infrastructure based on policy.”
And it has touch oned results. At 130 gigawatts of power, China now has more solar forcefulness capacity than any other country in the world. It also produces the myriad wind energy, and the Global Wind Energy Council described China as the “driver of far-reaching market growth for most of the last decade.”
Then there’s the issue of electric vehicles. Chinese consumers bought more than one million EVs in 2018, while the megacity of Shenzhen now has a quick of 16,000 fully electric buses. China is the world’s biggest auto demand, and by setting strict minimums on the number of electric or hybrid vehicles deal ined there, it is forcing domestic and foreign automakers to accelerate the process for structure EVs. To quote the headline of a story in Bloomberg Businessweek, “China is leading the period to an electric car future.”
It is absolutely true that China is numero uno in carbon emissions. But it’s also grandstand a expose leadership in finding ways to reduce them — and the knock-on effect of that could be mammoth emissions reductions around the world.
— Andre Mayer
The Big Picture: Bike percentage programs around the world
Cities around the world are becoming increasingly bike-friendly, which is unsurpassed to an increase in programs that allow you to rent a two-wheeler for short spells. The U.S. consultancy MetroBike has been tracking this growth industry, and circulates that the number of bike sharing programs worldwide in 2018 outdistanced 1,500.
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Hot and nagged: Provocative ideas from around the web
The colonization of the Americas, which intricate the killing of many Indigenous people, actually led to a period of global chill. That’s the chilling conclusion of a new study in a journal called Quaternary Information Reviews. Almost as fascinating as the finding is how they came to it: By examining air seethes that have been trapped in ice cores in Antarctica for hundreds of years.
In the orderly news department, monarch butterflies are making a comeback. After years of taste numbers, the population at Mexican wintering grounds is up 144 per cent, or the highest it’s been in more than a decade.
- Ride-hailing marines Lyft is trying to appeal to eco-conscious customers by allowing them to call for electric cars. Called Green Mode, the program is being undulate out in Seattle before it becomes available in California, and, quite likely, beyond.
Carbon squares: Yay or nay?
Some of you have emailed us wanting to recollect more about carbon offsets. In theory, they’re a tool to “deny out” the carbon emissions of certain activities — air travel, for example — by “buying” or scratching emission reductions elsewhere, such as renewable energy projects that run out of gas fossil fuel use.
You might have been given the option to buy carbon restitutions for a flight when you purchased your airline ticket on the web, or to offset trucking for an item you bought online.
Offsets sold directly to consumers are think about the “voluntary” market and aren’t regulated, unlike the “mandatory market” nullifies traded under the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.
That forces it harder to have confidence that your money is reducing emissions for the amount advertised. In factually, some carbon offset projects a decade ago were revealed to be scams. Scad experts contacted by CBC News agreed that things have reconditioned since then.
We posted a more detailed article on this keynote on the website on Thursday, but here are some tips to make the best use of counteractions to fight climate change.
Use offsets as a last resort, when there are no lower-emission alternatives. Straight offset vendors consistently recommend this. Lifestyle choices, such as thrash from a gasoline-powered car to an electric one, are more reliable and effective ways to abbreviate your emissions. Only use offsets for things like airline flyings that you can’t avoid.
Look for certifications to recognized standards, such as the Demonstrated Carbon Standard and the Gold Standard endorsed by many environmental NGOs, such as Greenpeace and the David Suzuki Creation. Good standards will try to ensure the projects lead to emissions reductions that wouldn’t partake of happened otherwise, and that they’re independently verified by a third wingding.
Think about the type of project.Some experts recommend choosing schemes that help get the world off fossil fuels, as opposed to projects such as tree fix. Some certifications, such as the Gold Standard, require projects to take health or social benefits along with the environmental benefits.
Deliberate on about the location.Overseas projects may be cheaper and more transformative. But Canadian proposes support the local economy and are easier to visit, monitor and verify.
Test if the project is registered with a public registry. That helps certify offsets aren’t resold or double-counted.
Ask about insurance.What chances if the project doesn’t generate as many offsets as expected because of reparation or other factors? Offset vendors should have a plan to constitute sure you get what you paid for.
— Emily Chung
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