Our Top Stories
New Funds for Global Climate Solutions: Edie reports on the announcements from the Windsor Castle Summit on Monday, where investors unveiled new funds for projects that will reduce emissions and improve climate adaptation globally, with a focus on the Global South. The aim is to leverage more than $1bn for nature-based solutions. The investor group will do so by first identifying projects within or close to key supply chains, then collaborating with other investors and large businesses to promote the schemes. [Edie]
The hottest week on record: António Guterres, the UN Secretary General, has stated in the Guardian that “climate change is out of control”. Last week, the average world temperatures were the hottest week on record. Scientists agree that this rise indicates that climate change is reaching uncharted territory. With extreme weather events multiplying, including catastrophic heatwaves in the USA and China, now is not the time to delay key measures and policies that will reduce global emissions. [The Guardian]
The daffodil diet: The BBC sheds light on a novel method that may help reduce methane emissions from livestock. Methane is the second most common greenhouse gas, and can have a warming potential up to 80 times higher than CO2. To that end, scientists have successfully extracted a chemical from daffodils called haemanthamine, and have shown that it could reduce emissions from cows by 30% when added to feed. With half of methane emissions in the UK coming from livestock, this is a welcome discovery that could accelerate emissions reductions across the food industry. [The BBC]
Business Spotlight - Gipsy Hill
Through a mix of barley grown on regenerative farms (thanks to Wildfarmed) and ‘recaptured’ hops taken from previous beer batches, Gipsy Hill's new beers - Swell Lager and Trail Pail - have carbon footprints of –40g CO2e and –30g CO2e respectively. These are the first carbon negative beers to exist without the need for offsetting. The brewery’s co-founder Sam McMeekin calls it “a blueprint not just for a sustainable beer range, but the wider food and drink industry”. [The Grocer]
A self-cleaning atmosphere: Kangwei Li and his team have found that a strong electric field between airborne water droplets and surrounding air can create a molecule called hydroxide, which breaks down pollutants. This unique set of atmospheric conditions is able to facilitate the atmosphere’s self-purification process by neutralising greenhouse gases and chemicals – even in the absence of sunlight. While this is exciting, it’s important to recognise that further experiments will be necessary to fully understand the implications of the discovery. The hope is that we will eventually have a better means of mitigating air pollution, and one day eradicate it altogether. [PNAS]
“Nearly half (48%) of Gen Z workers agree they would consider leaving a job that didn’t walk the talk in its promises on sustainability.”Source: Bupa
The Big Picture
The food and agriculture industry is at the heart of the climate crisis, generating around a third of man-made greenhouse emissions. And while the challenge of reducing its impact may seem beyond our grasp, it is one that we all have the power to tackle.
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