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MataSota-88 Climate Change Action Recommendations (Ind. Report)
MataSota-88
Date: 2021-03-24
In the Sunshine State, the Sarasota-based not-for-profit public interest group ManaSota-88 has recommended the following in support of Manatee County's pending climate action -- climate change mitigation and coastal disaster plan:
  • Temporary moratorium on rebuilding after a storm -- The comprehensive plan should be amended to include a temporary moratorium on rebuilding not immediately needed for public health, safety, and welfare. Several coastal communities have adopted policies that authorize a moratorium of up to 60 days on the reconstruction of structures if at least 50 pct destroyed by storm, flood, wave, and wind damage. During the moratorium, the Board of County Commission can then consider purchasing damaged properties or pursuing other mitigation responses.

  • Redevelopment after a storm -- The County Commission should clearly indicate that any redevelopment after storm-damage will meet, at a minimum, the requirements of existing development codes and not negatively impact vegetation, beaches, or coastal dune systems.

  • Native vegetation -- The comprehensive plan should require any new development or redevelopment to plant or replant native vegetation.

  • Establish 50-year erosion rates -- The County should determine local beach erosion rates expected over 50 years. The comprehensive plan should also require the disclosure of specific hazardous conditions during property transfers.

  • Retreat from the Coast -- Retreat from the coast is the only viable long-term management option that will ensure the protection of the coastline.

    MataSota-88 notes that although the scientific evidence supporting climate change is overwhelming, there is a significant segment of the population that are either "ignorant of the facts or are learning disabled, unfortunately, many of the latter are some of our policymakers and business leaders." MataSota-88 calls for the Manatee County Commission to initiate a process that will address the challenges that global warming poses for Florida.

    ManaSota-88 believes it is of vital importance to focus attention on the need to develop policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its associated impacts of sea-level rise on coastal resources, according to the group's website. (Source: ManaSota 88, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: ManaSota 88, (941) 966-6256 , manasota88@comcast.net , www.manasota88.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


  • UNESCO Answers Culture, Climate Change Questions (Fact Sheet)
    UNESCO
    Date: 2021-02-26
    In the attached release, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) examines the role of culture as a resource for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Mitigation because cultural heritage, natural heritage and creativity can all contribute to addressing the root causes of climate change. Natural heritage sites are key to protecting biodiversity and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Integrating a concern for the environment into cultural policies can also reduce the carbon footprint of the creative economy.

    Specifically, UNESCO asks and answers: how is climate change impacting culture; why is culture important for addressing climate change, and: how is UNESCO addressing climate change in the field of culture?

    Download the UNESCO fact sheet HERE. (Source: UNESCO, Feb., 2021) Contact: UNESCO, en.unesco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNESCO,  Climate Change,  


    $4Mn Helps NY Farms Address Climate Change Impacts (Funding)
    NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program
    Date: 2021-02-19
    In Albany, the New York State Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program has awarded $4 million in funding to help 80 farms throughout the Empire State focus on best management practices to reduce greenhouse emissions, enhance soil health, promote energy savings, reduce their environmental footprints, prepare for extreme weather events resulting from climate change, and reduce CO2 greenhouse gases by an estimated 90,000 metric tpy.

    "Extreme weather caused by climate change is becoming the new normal, and the results can be devastating to New York's farmers and the entire agriculture industry. Farmers need the resources to adapt to this new normal while continuing to make a living, and the Climate Resilient Farming Program is an important piece of that puzzle. This funding will help our farmers continue to care for their land, implement measures to reduce their carbon footprints and protect crops and livestock from extreme weather damage, while furthering our strongest-in-the-nation program to combat climate change," Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) noted in announcing the funding. (Source: NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: NY Climate Resilient Farming Grant Program, www.agriculture.ny.gov/soil-and-water/climate-resilient-farming

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Impact,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    India Meeting Climate Change Mitigation Commitments (Int'l.)
    India Climate Change
    Date: 2021-02-12
    Addressing the World Sustainable Development Summit this week in New Delhi, India's External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar reported his country was on track to meet its climate change mitigation commitments.

    The Minister noted India increased renewable energy capacity by 162 pct over the past five years, expanded access to clean cooking fuel to cover over 80 million households for energy savings of about 47 billion kWh per year and a 38 million tpy reduction in CO2 emissions.

    The summit was attended by Mohammed Nasheed, Speaker of the People's Majlis, Maldives; John Kerry, US special presidential envoy for climate; Wera Mori, minister for environment, conservation and climate change, Papua New Guinea; and Lord Goldsmith, minister for pacific and the environment at the FCDO, UK. (Source: India External Affairs Ministry, PTI, 12 Feb., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    UNEP Releases Climate Change Adaptation Report (Report Attached)
    UNEP
    Date: 2021-01-27
    The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released its UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2020 calling for nations to boost their efforts to adapt to the changing climate scenario. According to the report, about 72 pct of countries have at least one national-level climate change adaptation plan but the necessary funding needed to implement these programs is not growing adequately.

    The report notes cumulative investments for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects under four major climate and development funds -- the Global Environment Facility, the Green Climate Fund, the Adaptation Fund, and the International Climate Initiative -- stood at $94 billion. In 2019, seven of the world's largest multilateral development banks provided $61.6 billion in climate financing.

    Download the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2020 report HERE . (Source: UNEP, Jan., 2021) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UNEP,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv news,  Woody Biomass Wood Pellet news,  CCS news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Charleston Climate Action Plan Seeks Public Input (Ind. Report)
    Charleston
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In South Carolina, City of Charleston Director of Sustainability, Katie McKain, reports the city is taking steps toward launching a new Climate Action Plan to consider the causes of climate change and focus on preventive measures and mitigation rather than adapting to current climate change.

    The city of 138,400 residents is looking at where greenhouse emissions are highest and which previous community efforts have made the biggest impact at reducing emissions. To that end, the action plan team is seeking public input on possible city policies, programs and initiates to best address climate change. McKain noted, "while adapting to climate change is imperative, this plan is focusing on mitigation and preventing climate change before it happens." (Source: City of Charleston, Office of Resilience & Emergency Management, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: City of Charleston, Office of Resilience & Emergency Management, Katie McKainDirector of Sustainability, (843) 724-3789, www.charleston-sc.gov/1972/Sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Charleston,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Lynn Wins $199K in Climate Change Preparedness Funding (Funding)
    Lynn Mass
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In the Bay State, the City of Lynn (pop. 96,032) reports receipt of $199,090 in climate change grant funding through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program.

    The program provides communities with funding and technical support to identify climate hazards, develop strategies to improve resilience, and implement priority actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

    In 2019, the City of Lynn was awarded a MVP Action Grant to investigate opportunities to implement nature- based solutions to specifically reduce storm water flooding and urban heat island effect. This funding will allow the City to build upon that progress through two projects, the Boston Street Green Infrastructure pilot project and the Barry Bark / GEAA field storm water and flood mitigation plan.

    Download Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program details HERE. (Source: City of Lynn, Lynn Journal, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: City of Lynn, (781) 598-4000, www.cityoflynn.net

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    China Plan Bans Clean Coal from Green Bond Financing (Int'l. Report)
    Peoples Bank of China,Climate Bonds Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-11
    According to China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, a proposal to stop recognizing clean coal as projects qualified for green bonds could attract more interest from foreign investors, as the policy change brings domestic standards closer to the more stringent international definition of green projects. Clean coal projects have always been excluded in green bonds that are certified by international standards.

    In Q1 this year, China's issuance of green bonds that only met domestic definitions totaled US$7.97 billion, well above $4.37 billion for the globally aligned bonds, according to the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI). For the second quarter through June alone, green bonds issued on the Chinese standards more than doubled to $5.92 billion from the previous quarter, while the globally aligned green bonds also nearly doubled to $2.82 billion, CBI added.

    In 2019, locally aligned green debt in China totaled US$24.5 billion, less than $31.3 billion for the bonds aligned with the global standards, according to the CBI.

    On the definition of projects, the international guidelines pay more attention to climate change mitigation and adaptation, while China's domestic rules emphasize environmental benefits such as pollution reduction, resource conservation and ecological protection in addition to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2019 CBI report. (Source: CBI, People's Bank of China, Hellenic Shipping News, Sept., 2020) Contact: People's Bank of China, www.pbc.gov.cn; Climate Bonds Initiative, www.climatebonds.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Bonds Initiative,  Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Green Bond,  


    IAIA Releases Climate Change Position Statement (Report Attached)
    International Association for Impact Assessment
    Date: 2020-08-07
    In Washington, DC, the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) has released a position statement declaring its solidarity with the world's scientific community in expressing grave concern that the global climate emergency is accelerating the deterioration of systems that support life on Earth and is threatening our common future. This is the first official position statement in IAIA's 40 years of existence.

    The statement comes on the heels of a recent IAIA survey of over 900 impact assessment professionals showing that 75 pct of respondents believe it is highly important that impact assessment processes be applied to enhance climate change mitigation in anticipated post-COVID-19 infrastructure programs.

    Since the IAIA Board of Directors finalized the statement in March, a set of priority climate change actions have been developed and are being carried out by IAIA's Climate Change Section. IAIA will support these efforts through organizational actions, including:

  • Using its role as an Observer to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to support actions under the Paris Agreement and to request the Conference of the Parties and the UNFCCC to champion the precautionary use of IA processes as essential climate change adaptation/mitigation tools;

  • Liaising directly with institutional investors, insurance industry, and risk analysts on the importance of IA, since these sectors have far reaching effects on the long-term sustainability of policies and programs;

    Building vital relationships with journalists to create better bridges of communication between IA practitioners and both policy-makers and the general public.

    Download the IAIA's Full Climate Change Position Statement HERE .

    IAIA is a forum for advancing innovation, development and communication of best practice in impact assessment. Its international membership promotes development of local and global capacity for the application of environmental assessment in which sound science and full public participation provide a foundation for equitable and sustainable development. IAIA supports individuals and organizations involved in these and related disciplines by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and opportunities for collaboration, according to the organization's website. (Source: IAIA Webdite, Aug., 2020) Contact: IAIA, David Bancroft, Exec. Dir., (202) 567 7410, (701) 2977908, (701) 297 7917 -- fax, info@iaia.org, www.iaia.org

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  • EIB Commits €95Mn to Barcelona Climate Action Projects (Int'l.)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-08-03
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is reporting it will provide &euro95 million to finance roughly 40 projects in Barcelona that aim to support climate change mitigation and adaptation in the city of 5.58 million residents.

    In addition to strengthening the city's climate resilience, the funding will target approximately 20 projects within the city classified as "climate vulnerable." All new social infrastructure work will focus on zero-energy buildings, initiatives to improve energy efficiency, and reduce power consumption in public and municipal buildings.

    Barcelona declared a climate emergency in January 2020 and the investments now being promoted are in line with the declaration's objectives. (Source: EIB, Eurasia Review, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

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    Exelon Names $20Mn Climate Change Investment Initiative Winners (Ind. Report)
    Excelon
    Date: 2020-07-15
    In Chicago, Excelon Corp and the Exelon Foundation, an independent not-for-profit, have selected 10 startups to receive a combined $1 million in direct funding to develop new technologies to mitigate and build resiliency to the impacts of climate change in the inaugural year of the company's $20 million Climate Change Investment Initiative (2c2iSM).

    The Exelon Foundation invests directly in projects and people helping to address climate change mitigation and build resiliency to health and environmental pressures in under-resourced communities within Exelon's service area. Startup applicants were also required to demonstrate how their projects would meaningfully advance state and local jurisdictions' own sustainability goals under the US Climate Alliance.

    Of the startups selected in the first round of funding, 50 pct are minority or women-owned businesses, 60 pct of the projects are focused on greenhouse gas mitigation, 40 pct are addressing climate change resiliency and adaptation. First-round startups will receive $100,000 each from the Exelon Foundation. They are:

  • ATP-MD, a Maryland-based startup with two patented and cost-effective processes that generate multiple environmental benefits using specially-bred, non-evasive plants (bio-crops) and their resulting biomass;

  • BlocPower, a software platform developer for analyzing, financing, monitoring and managing clean energy projects, allowing building owners to identify and complete energy efficiency and electrification upgrades in urban communities.

  • Dynamhex, developer of a software platform leveraging complex energy consumption data that enables close collaboration among a range of city, community and utility stakeholders to achieve local carbon-reduction goals.

  • Greenprint Partners reduces water pollution and flooding by working with water utilities and landowners to design, build, finance and maintain high-impact green storm water infrastructure (GSI).

  • GrowFlux, a horticultural tech company that specializes in data-driven cultivation technology and offers an ecosystem of commercial-scale, wireless controls and sensors enable emerging indoor farms and automated greenhouses.

  • NETenergy, a Chicago-based hybrid energy storage/air conditioner technology specialist with the potential to reduce peak energy demand by over 50 pct, reduce peak energy consumption by 20 pct, and reduce overall energy consumption by more than 10 pct over standard air conditioners.

  • New Ecology, developer of a remote monitoring and optimization (ReMO) system to improve the performance of buildings with central boilers for increased efficiency and reduced utility costs.

  • Propagate Ventures developed an analytics and project development platform that reduce the cost and provide the resources needed for agroforestry, which is the strategic integration of fruit, nut and timber trees with agriculture crops to ensure long term resiliency.

  • Radiator Labs invented the Cozy™, a wireless, low-cost and easily installed retrofit that drops on top of steam heat radiators, providing a solution to the chronic problem of uneven heating in apartment buildings.

    The Exelon Foundation and Exelon Corporation are now accepting startup applications for year two of 2c2i. In partnership with Freshwater Advisors, 2c2i leaders are actively scouting for promising new startups and projects relevant to: greenhouse gas mitigation; protect urban infrastructure against flood, storm water and rising temperatures; climate change adaptation; and city sustainability and climate goals.

    For more information, visit www.exelonfoundation.org/environment.html. (Source: Exelon, PR, 13 July, 2020) Contact: Exelon, Bill Gibbons, Communications, 708-932-6123, William.Gibbons@exeloncorp.com, www.exeloncorp.com

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  • Real Estate Community's Role in City Climate Policy (Ind. Report)
    Urban Land Institute
    Date: 2020-06-15
    "With leading cities refining their climate action plans and hundreds of more cities preparing to develop plans, the public and private sectors can unite around a set of principles to help accelerate progress toward these shared climate action goals. This recent report from ULI Greenprint, prepared in partnership with USDN, serves as a starting point for cities interested in engaging real estate leaders during the shaping of climate mitigation policies, and for real estate organizations to increase their understanding of the potential impact of these policies -- providing useful tools to help city officials and those in the real estate industry engage with each other in a meaningful and ongoing way.

    "Each of the principles identified in this report is a distillation of recommendations identified during the Urban Land Institute's City and Real Estate Sustainability workshops, in which more than 60 public and private sector leaders participated. They are also grounded in the context of specific best practices in cities across the to create building-level climate mitigation policy.

    "Each principle speaks to a specific strategy for creating successful climate mitigation policies at the local level, with an emphasis on what the city and real estate sector can do to better collaborate:

  • Calculate a baseline, then set interim and aspirational goals;
  • Involve stakeholders early and continuously;
  • Understand the business of real estate;
  • Align with the larger policy ecosystem;
  • Connect to a city's other social and economic goals;
  • Be comprehensive -- prioritize existing buildings and be flexible in achieving goals;
  • Foster a marketplace of support and ensure compliance, reward success, and accelerate transformation." (Source: Urban Land Institute, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Urban Land Institute, customerservice@uli.org, www.uli.org

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  • UK Climate Transition Global Equity Fund Launched (Int'l. Report)
    Aviva Investors
    Date: 2020-06-12
    In the UK, London-based Aviva Investors has launched the Climate Transition Global Equity fund.

    The Aviva Investors Climate Transition fund will take a long-term, high conviction investment approach, targeting global companies that derive material revenues from goods and services addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as investing in those companies aligning their business models for a warmer, low-carbon world. The fund will not invest in stocks exposed to coal, unconventional fossil fuels, Arctic oil and gas production or thermal coal electricity generation, and limits exposure to those producing oil and gas or gas-fired power generation.

    The Fund aims to support the transition to a low carbon economy as global temperatures continue to rise due to climate change and outperform global equity markets. (Source: Aviva Investors, PR, What Investment Co, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Aviva Investors, David Cumming, Chief Investment Officer, www.avivainvestors.com

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    Sweden, UNDP Support Cambodian Climate Change Program (Int'l.)
    UN Development Programme
    Date: 2020-04-29
    Sweden and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are reporting their co-signing of new $3.34 million contribution agreement to support the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance (CCCA) from 2020 to 2022.

    The CCCA programme was implemented by UNDP and the National Council for Sustainable Development (NCSD). It has partnered with the Royal Government, NGOs, academia and private sector to respond to climate change challenges in Cambodia since 2009, with continuous financial support from Sweden, the European Union (EU) and UNDP. The programme is now entering into its third phase (CCCA-3).

    The CCCA grant programme provided opportunities for dozens of Government institutions, NGOs, universities and private sector partners to test climate change adaptation and mitigation approaches, and leverage financing for successful initiatives.

    In this third and new phase, the program will focus on deepening climate action in five key sectors: energy, public works and transport, rural development, environment, and education. The CCCA-3 also includes a grant facility for innovative climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, technical assistance for the overall coordination of the climate change response, and research partnerships to strengthen availability of data and knowledge on climate change in Cambodia. (Source: ScandAsia, 27 April, 2020) Contact: UN Development Programme, www.undp.org

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    PA Municipalities Developing Climate Change Action Plans (Ind. Report)
    Pennsylvania Local Climate Action Assistance Program
    Date: 2020-04-29
    In the Keystone State, Indiana Borough reports it is developing plans to manage the risks of climate change impacts with tools and assistance provided by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Local Climate Action Assistance Program.

    The program pairs the municipality with area university students to complete a community-wide Greenhouse Gas Inventory and climate planning template.

    Depending upon funding availability, the Pennsylvania DEP plans to offer the Local Climate Action Assistance Program to another 20 municipalities beginning this coming July. (Source: Pa. DEP, Indiana Gazette, 25 April, 2020) Contact: Pa. DEP Energy Programs Office, Heidi Kunka, hkunka@pa.gov; Pennsylvania Local Climate Action Assistance Programs, HERE

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    Climate Software Developer ClimateView Raises $2.5Mn (Int'l.)
    ClimateView,
    Date: 2020-04-10
    ClimateView, a Swedish software development company working on monitoring and visualization tools for greenhouse gas emissions, reports it has raised $2.5 million in its latest round of financing.

    ClimateView's software gives cities a window into their emissions, emissions levels and other sustainability and resilience information enabling them to plan accordingly for how best to proceed with decarbonization efforts and climate change mitigation plans. ClimateView's software provides a central hub of all development, emissions, and projected urban planning data to accelerate the planning process.

    The company's premier project has been its work with the Swedish Climate Policy Council, which used the ClimateView software and suite of services to release a publicly available digital roadmap using the company's Panorama software. (Source: ClimateView, NewsDio, April, 2020) Contact: ClimateView, Tomer Shalit, CEO, tomer@ climateview.global, www.climateview.global

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    Stop Tropical Forest Loss or Paris Accord Impossible (Report Attached)
    Wildlife Conservation Society
    Date: 2020-02-26
    The Washington, DC-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently published a study in the journal Science Advances suggesting intact tropical forest loss from 2000 to 2013 will result in over 626 pct more long-term carbon emissions through 2050 than previously thought. The researchers arrived at this upward revision by adding up emissions that would have been removed from the air if tropical forest remained intact, from selective logging, defaunation, and carbon stock degradation at forest edges that had been overlooked in previous studies.

    Study co-author Tom Evans said that forest conservation was recognized as critical for mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement (COP15). However, despite that initial commitment, he noted that not enough attention has been given since to protection of intact forests for climate change mitigation.

    Dense intact tropical forests serve as vital carbon sinks, removing CO2 from the atmosphere as their carbon-hungry plants and trees continue to put on growth. And they serve an out-sized role in sequestration -- while the WCS study found only 20 pct of the world's tropical forests can be considered "intact", these forests store 40 pct of above-ground carbon found in tropical forests. A 2011 study observed that intact tropical forests remove an estimated 1 billion metric tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere.

    Access the Wildlife Conservation Society study HERE. (Source: Wildlife Conservation Society, The Rising, 22 Feb., 2020)Contact: Wildlife Conservation Society, (718) 220-5100 www.wcs.org

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    NV Energy Formulating Climate Change Response Plan (Ind. Report)
    NV Energy
    Date: 2020-02-03
    In the wake of climate change, NV Energy reports it is working with state agencies and emergency response organizations to formulate a Natural Disaster Protection Plan on how to mitigate and respond to wildfires, severe storms and climate change related disasters.

    NV Energy's fire mitigation specialist Mark Regan noted the plan is about minimizing risks and making sure the utility's infrastructure can withstand and recover from natural disasters. Regan added similar plans are becoming more commonplace for utilities across the country as the effects of climate change intensify.

    According to the EPA, Nevada has warmed by roughly 2 degrees F in the last 100 years. (Source: NV Energy, Las Vegas Review Journal, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: NV Energy, Doug Cannon, Pres., CEO, Kristen Saibini, Corp. Communications, 775-834-3891, ksaibini@nvenergy.com, www.nvenergy.com

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    Missoula Climate Resiliency Plan Nears Completion (Ind. Report)
    Montana Climate Change
    Date: 2020-01-15
    In Big Sky Country, Climate Smart Missoula, along with Missoula County, is reporting work on the Missoula Climate Resilency Plan aimed at reducing the effects of climate change in the Missoula area is underway.

    According to its website, the plan focuses on various areas -- energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable development, clean transportation, land and water management, forest and open land management, green buildings, education and outreach -- all of which are crucial to Missoula's climate mitigation and resiliency efforts.

    Download Climate Resiliency Plan details HERE and HERE (Source: Climate Smart Missoula, 8KPAX, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: Climate Smart Missoula, 406-926-2847, www.missoulaclimate.org

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    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched (Int'l Report)
    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
    Date: 2020-01-15
    An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy -- offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power -- and at the same time mitigate the impacts of climate change while meeting roughly 10 pct of the annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to keep global temperatures under 1.5 degreeC above pre-industrial levels, according to a report released by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Most of this climate change mitigation potential is expected to come from offshore wind.

    The Action Coalition includes MHI Vestas, Orsted, Equinor, CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, Shell, Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Gamesa, TenneT and The UK Crown Estate.

    Download the The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change -- Five Opportunities for Action Report HERE. (Source: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Various Media, Maritime Executive, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, www.oceanpanle.org

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    WB Loan Supports Armenian Climate Change Initiatives (Int'l Report)
    World Bank
    Date: 2019-11-25
    The Amenian press service is reporting the World Bank (WB) has given the nod to a €45.8 million ($50 million) loan for the Armenia Governance Development Policy Operation (DPO) which supports the government's efforts to strengthen economic, fiscal, public sector governance and other initiative, including addressing climate change.

    As part of the World Bank's global commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation, this operation will also support the assessment of the climate change impact of new regulations, as part of the implementation of a Regulatory Impact Assessment Framework, thus enabling policymakers to make quantitative assessments and informed decisions on climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives and related legislative and regulatory packages. (Source: ARMENPress, 22 Nov., 2019) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

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    "Design Our Climate" Net-Zero Emissions Tool Touted (Ind Report)
    Alberta
    Date: 2019-11-18
    On the Canadian prairies, the King's University Kings Center for Visualization of Science in Edmonton, Alberta is touting "Design Our Climate" (DOC), an interactive free tool that let users see where global greenhouse gas emissions are headed if we continue our current trajectory of exponential increase, and where we need to go to hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The tool, which free through the KCVS website www.climatesolutions.kcvs.ca, is peer-reviewed by 25 global experts on a variety of intersecting fields including climate change, mitigation strategies and impacts and education.

    The tool allows users to customize climate change mitigation strategies through adjusting multiple variables from five different sectors -- electricity, transportation, land use, buildings and materials. Each sector breaks down into sub-categories to reveal more specific information about how some variables are more carbon-intensive than others. The tool is supported by Energy Efficiency Alberta, a provincial government agency. (Source: Kings Center for Visualization of Science , The Tyee, 13 Nov., 2019) Contact: Kings Center for Visualization of Science (KCVS), Peter Mahaffy, Dir., www.climatesolutions.kcvs.ca; Energy Efficiency Alberta, 844-357-5604, www.efficiencyalberta.ca

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    Belarus, Austria Partner on Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation (Int'l)
    Belarus, Austria
    Date: 2019-11-15
    In Minsk, the Belarus News, Belarusian Telegraph Agency is reporting Belarus and Austria are joining forces to develop and promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy and green economy projects. Other projects could include drafting and implementing national climate change related programs, identifying companies and organizations that will invest in renewable energy projects such as electric vehicle transportation and other green and zero-emissions technologies taking into consideration the needs of Belarus and Austria. (Source: Belarus News, Belarusian Telegraph Agency, 14 Nov., 2019)

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    NZ Enacts Zero Carbon Climate Change Legislation (Int'l Report)
    New Zealand
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In Wellington, the Liberal Government of New Zealand is reporting passage of a bipartisan Zero Carbon bill aimed at combating climate change and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

    The bill requires all greenhouse gases except methane from animals to be reduced to net zero by 2050. Methane emissions would be reduced by 10 pct by 2030 and 50 pct by 2050.

    The legislation establishes a Climate Change Commission to advise the government which has committed to plant 1 billion trees over 10 years and to ensure that the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy by 2035. The bill also aims to fulfil New Zealand's obligations under the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement. (Source: Daily Independent, Others, Nov., 2019) Contact: New Zealand Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, www.beehive.govt.nz/minister/hon-james-shaw

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    Nova Scotia Touts Tough 10-Year Emissions Target (Reg. & Leg.)
    Coal,Climate Change,Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment
    Date: 2019-11-04
    Reporting from Halifax, the province of Nova Scotia nvironment Ministry reports the introduction of legislation aimed at cutting the province's greenhouse gas emissions by 53 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 as well as moving the province to a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050.

    The new legislation updates the 12-year-old Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act which lays out new goals to fight climate change and grow the green economy. The legislation also requires the government to develop a province-wide plan with specific targets to reduce emissions by the end of next year. The legislation also calls for a government fund to support community projects aimed at climate change mitigation. (Source: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Halifax Herald, Nov., 2019) Contact: Nova Scotia Ministry of Environment, Hon. Gordon Wilson, (902) 424-3600, www.novascotia.ca › nse

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    Syngenta Commits $2Bn to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l. Report)
    Syngenta
    Date: 2019-10-23
    Basel, Switzerland-headquartered agrochemical specialist Syngenta International reports it will spend $2 billion over the next five years to help farmers prepare for and tackle the increasing threats posed by climate change.

    The investment is part of Syngenta's 2019 Accelerating Innovation commitment to address the increased challenges faced by farmers because of climate change, soil erosion and biodiversity loss. It also supports Syngenta's goal of delivering at least two technological breakthroughs to market each year, to reduce agriculture's contribution to climate change and harness its climate change mitigation capacity. The company also aims to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by at least 50 pct by 2030. (Source: Syngenta International, PR, Bus.Wire, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Syngenta International, Erik Fyrwald, CEO, Victoria Morgan, Media Relations, +41 61 323 23 23, media.relations@syngenta.com, www.syngenta.com, www.twitter.com/Syngenta , www.twitter.com/SyngentaUS; www.goodgrowthplan.com

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    Climate Change Mitigation Technologies in Europe (Ind. Report)
    UNEP
    Date: 2019-10-07
    "In October 2014, the European Union committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This represents a significant challenge, which can only be met through the development and deployment of new climate change mitigation technologies (CCMTs)."

    The attached UNEP study analyses the position of Europe in the global race to develop new CCMTs, using data on patent applications, trade in CCMT capital goods, foreign direct investment in CCMTs, climate change policy stringency, carbon emissions and public expenditure on CCMT research and development activities, to investigate inventive and associated economic activity in CCMTs in Europe, according to the UNEP study introduction.

    Download the full UNEP, EPO report HERE. (Source: UNEP, Oct., 2019) Contact: UNEP, www.unep.org, www.epo.org

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    NZ Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework Released (Int'l.)
    National Climate Change Risk Assessment
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Reporting from Wellington, the New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw has released a framework for the upcoming National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA).

    Aimed at identifying national level climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities, the framework includes 17 categories of climate-related hazards most likely to "result in substantial risks to the nation's well being", including warmer temperatures, sea-level rise, ocean chemistry changes, increased fire risk and coastal erosion. It also includes the effect those hazards have on both physical and non-physical assets.

    The framework is intended to "improve the ability of decision-makers to make informed decisions in the presence of inevitable and, in some cases, substantial and irreducible uncertainty" and to "improve other stakeholders' understanding and foster and support the broader public interests in the quality of the decision-making process," according to the Minister. (Source: Radio New Zealand, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: National Climate Change Risk Assessment, www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk

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    China Upping Financial Support to Address Climate Change (Int'l.)
    Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment reports it will increase "green" financial support for initiatives and programs aimed at reducing carbon emissions and climate change as well as mitigating the effects of climate change.

    To that end, China will unveil national standards and endeavor to launch local climate financing pilot zones, and guide local governments to explore tailored development paths and modes to deal with key climate issues, according to the Ministry.

    The Ministry also called for greater international cooperation in climate financing to promote the implementation of climate-friendly projects abroad. China introduced a market mechanism to control carbon emissions with a nationwide trading system in December 2017. (Source: Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Peoples Republic of China, PR, Xinhua, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

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    Aviva Launches Climate Transition European Equity Fund (Int'l.)
    Aviva Investors
    Date: 2019-09-13
    In the UK, London-headquartered Aviva Investors is reporting the launch of its Climate Transition European Equity Fund that will focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy. The new fund has received €100 million seed investment from Aviva France.

    The fund will invest in companies that derive revenues from goods and services that address climate change mitigation and adaptation, and companies aligning their business models with a warmer, low-carbon world. It will not invest in stocks exposed to coal, unconventional fossil fuels, Arctic oil and gas production, or thermal coal electricity generation. (Source: Aviva Investors, City Wire, 12 Sept., 2019) Contact: Aviva Investors, Euan Munro, CEO, www.avivainvestors.com

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    EIB Loans to Fund 21 Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l., Funding)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-08-09
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will provide €385 million in loan funding for Alfanar Group's construction of 21 wind farms totaling 547 MW in Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla Leon, Galicia and Navarra in Spain.

    The EIB, the world's first and largest issuer of green bonds, is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its 28 Member States. The EIB aims to dedicate at least 25 pct of its investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation, supporting low-carbon growth with climate resilience. In 2018, and for the ninth consecutive year, the EIB exceeded its climate finance target, providing €16.2 billion to promote climate action. (Source: European Commission, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.eceuropa.eu

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    Iran, FAO Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Action (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-08-07
    In Tehran, the Iranian government and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization are reporting the conclusion of a joint workshop to help strengthen the country's national capacity to access Green Climate Fund for climate change adaptation and mitigation actions.

    Participating experts and relevant stakeholders discussed and defined necessary strategic investment criteria for prioritizing climate investments and a strategy to ensure a collective view of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts success.

    In their meetings, the FAO emphasized the importance of climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest and other natural resources management, and collaboration with national and international partners to successfully mitigate climate change threats. (Source: Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, PR, Tasnim, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org/home/en; Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Environment_(Iran)

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    Climate-specific Tech Packages Help Cut Ag GHG Emissions (Int'l)
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Date: 2019-08-07
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in cooperation with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports it has identified ways to reduce agricultural GHG emissions under various climate conditions using isotopic techniques.

    When farmers apply fertilizer to their crops, plants convert the fertilizer into the nutrients the plants need to flourish. Some of the by-products related to these processes are released as GHGs -- nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) -- and the overuse of fertilizer is leading to the release of excessive amounts of GHGs. According to the FAO, agriculture, forestry and other land use make up close to a quarter of GHGs, and the use of synthetic fertilizers accounts for 12 pct of total agriculture GHG emissions.

    These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming and thereby altering the conditions under which food crops grow, affecting not only crop yields, but also food quality and food security. The release of N2O is particularly worrying because it's 300 times more powerful than CO2 in trapping heat, and 16 times more powerful than CH4 and can therefore greatly contribute to climate change mitigation strategies.

    Nuclear techniques offer substantial advantages over conventional techniques for measuring GHG emissions. By adding nitrogen fertilizers labelled with stable isotope nitrogen-15 as a tracer, scientists can track the isotopes and determine how effectively the crops are taking up the fertilizer. The isotope is also used to quantify the amount of nitrogen that crops can acquire from the atmosphere through biological nitrogen fixation process.

    The carbon-13 stable isotope technique, using the natural abundance of carbon-13 in the environment, allows researchers to evaluate soil quality and sources of carbon sequestered in the soil. This helps identify how various combinations of crop rotation, tillage and ground cover can enhance productivity and improve the efficiency with which increasingly scarce resources, such as water and chemical nutrients, are used. Carbon-13 is tracked to determine the movement and origin of carbon dioxide and methane. (Source: International Atomic Energy Agency, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 6 Aug., 2019) Contact: UN Food & Agriculture Organization, www.fao.org; International Atomic Energy Agency, www.iaea.org

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    Community Responds to Climate Ready Miami Strategy (Ind Report)
    Miami Office of Resilience and Sustainability
    Date: 2019-08-05
    In the Sunshine State, the City of Miami Resilience and Sustainability Department is reporting the launch of the Climate Ready Miami strategy, a multi-year plan to address the risks of climate change, including flooding, storms, health and rising temperatures. Following a series of public meetings, the plan is expected to be released this fall.

    The public meetings are meant to educate residents and gather information the community's climate change related concerns which will be considered in determining the strategy's programs and funding priorities.

    In its initial meetings, a desire for more community education about climate change impacts and the role citizens can play in dealing with those impacts, were among the most often expressed concerns. The next seven meetings will be held over the next two months, supported with a grant from the Funders Network for Smart Growth and the Miami Foundation.

    This past May, the cities of Miami and Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County, in partnership with The Miami Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities, released Resilient305, a regional plan with more than 50 actions covering environment, infrastructure and economic prosperity. Along with Climate Ready Miami, that will give the region a path for protecting citizens from the threats of climate change, a responsibility which the Trump administration has to date seemingly downplayed and ignored. (Source: City of Miami, Various Media, Utility Dive, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Miami Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Alissa Farina, Programs Manager, www.miamigov.com/Government/Departments.../Resilience-and-Sustainability, www.miamidade.gov/planning/resilience.asp

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    Faibanks Borough Establishing Climate Task Force (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Alsaska, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly reports passage of Resolution 2019-29 establishing a Climate Change Task Force to develop a plan to address the impacts of climate change.

    The Climate Change Task Force will look at how community can adapt to the climate change impacts that are already happening -- wildfires,ice storms and other winter weather aberrations -- are going to be getting worse, as well as looking at reducing GHG emissions and climate change mitigation efforts . The resolution also calls for a joint borough and community climate change task force and an initial public meeting by November 15, 2019. (Source: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Various Media, 27 July, 2019) Contact: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Tristan Glowa, Coordinator, www.fairbanksclimateaction.org

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    EU, Ethiopia Ink €36 Mn Climate Finance Deal (Int'l, Funding)
    EU,Ethiopia
    Date: 2019-07-22
    The EU is reporting a €36 million financing agreement with the Government of Ethiopia for that country's climate change budget supporting program. The program focuses on cutting forestry and industrial carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change.

    The bulk of the EU's €33 million will be channeled through the Ethiopian government with €3 million of the total used to enhance the country's measurement, reporting and verification systems, to make them complaint with Paris Climate Agreement standards. The funded projects will be administered by the Ethiopian Environment, Forest and Climate Change Commission and the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with regional states. (Source: EU News, ENA News, Walta, 22 July, 2019)

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    Independents Pollute Less Than Public Firms, Notre Dame Study Shows (Ind. Report)
    University of Notre Dame.
    Date: 2019-07-22
    According to new research from the University of Notre Dame. private, independent firms are less likely to pollute and incur EPA penalties than public and private equity-owned firms. The study -- Corporate governance and pollution externalities of public and private firms -- is forthcoming in the Review of Financial Studies from Sophie Shive and Margaret Forster, finance professors in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. They found private, independent firms have lower carbon emissions from their operations, controlling for their size and output, than public and private equity-owned firms.

    The study offers preliminary research into how finance can help mitigate climate change and sheds light on the debate about which type of corporate structure is better for reducing the "tragedy of the commons" when each entity consumes or spoils too much of a public good and harms society, rather than coordinating to use the resource wisely. The study finds no differences between private, sponsor-backed firms and public firms, controlling for industry, time, location and a host of firm characteristics. Within public firms, it identified a negative association between emissions and mutual fund ownership and board size, suggesting that increased oversight may decrease pollution.

    Shive's research has been cited in national news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal. She has taught Introductory Finance, Investment Theory and Private Equity. A former economist at the International Monetary Fund, faculty at Ohio State University, and principal at Wanger Asset Management LLP, Forster teaches courses in investments, international finance and financial institutions. (Source: University of Notre Dame, 22 July, 2019) Contact: University of Notre Dame, Sophie Shive, 574-631-1477, sshive1@nd.edu, www.nd.edu

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    Canadian Climate Risks, Adaptations Identified (Ind. Report)
    Council of Canadian Academies
    Date: 2019-07-10
    At the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's request, an expert panel convened by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has identified and prioritized Canada's top climate change risks and determined that many costs and damages could be avoided with prompt and thoughtful adaptation.

    The panel's report identifies the following areas of risk: agriculture and food, coastal communities, ecosystems, fisheries, forestry, geopolitical dynamics, governance and capacity, human health and wellness, Indigenous ways of life, northern communities, physical infrastructure, and water. The report outlines a multi-layered method of prioritizing adaptation measures based on an understanding of the risk, adaptation potential, and federal roles and responsibilities.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Council of Canadian Academies, Eric M. Meslin, PhD, CEO, Tijs Creutzberg 613-567-5000 ext. 232, tijs.creutzberg@cca-reports.ca, info@cca-reports.ca, www.scienceadvice.ca

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    LA Touts Sustainability pLAn 2019 Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
    LosAngeles
    Date: 2019-07-10
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is touting his Sustainability pLAn 2019, a "Green New Deal" to help the city of approximately 4 million residents deal with climate change.

    The Los Angeles Green New Deal is intended to: reduce by 50 pct the number of census tracks lacking equity and environmental parity; create a $100,000,000 Transformative Climate Communities program; include an "Equity and Environmental Justice Impact Statement" in official City reports; and analyze the LADWP budget for environmental equity metrics. The program calls for both mitigation and/or adaptation measures to climate change impacts and will be folded into all other area climate emergency plans covering: energy and climate; climate change preparedness; green buildings; transportation; air Quality; environmental justice; urban greening; green economy; and others.

    Additionally, Los Angeles City Council is creating a new Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization that will in turn will create a Climate Emergency Commission, hire a director for the new Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, and draft a Climate Emergency Declaration.

    Download the Sustainability pLAn 2019 HERE. (Source: City of Los Angeles, City Watch, July, 2019)

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    $84.9Mn Green Climate Funding Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Green Climate Fund,UNDP
    Date: 2019-07-08
    Meeting in Songdo, Korea, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reports its commitment of more than $84.9 million towards United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supported climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts in Bhutan, Timor-Leste, the Marshall Islands and Ecuador.

    According to the GCF release, Ecuador the second country to receive financial resources from the GCF for having successfully reduced its deforestation and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is expected to help in reducing emissions by 20 pct from the forest and land-use sector by 2025.

    Bhutan, the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) and Timor-Leste -- among the Asia-Pacific region's most vulnerable countries to climate change -- received grants for climate adaptation initiatives. In Bhutan, with GCF funding over 118,000 people are expected to benefit from more sustainable land and water management, more climate-resilient agriculture and reliable climate-resilient irrigation schemes. In Timor-Leste, GCF funds will be used to "climate-proof" key rural infrastructure and improve policies and planning for a national response to the impacts of climate change.

    With the approval of the four new projects, UNDP has supported a total of 23 countries to access more than $785.7 million in GCF finance for full-sized climate change projects.

    The GCF supports developing countries efforts to respond to the challenge of climate change, limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change, and promote low-emission and climate-resilient development. (Source: UN Development Programme, PR, July, 2019) Contact: UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Executive Coordinator and Director, Global Environmental Finance, www.undp.org; Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund

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    WB Supports Sri Lankan Climate Preparedness, Resilience (Int'l)
    World Bank
    Date: 2019-06-28
    As part of its Climate Resilience Multi-Phase Programmatic Approach Project, the World Bank (WB) reports approval of $310 million in loan funding to reduce and mitigate flood risks and improve weather forecasting and early warning systems across the Bay of Bengal island nation of Sri Lanka. The loan, through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is the first of a three-phase investment program totaling $774 million over 8 years.

    In 2017, Sri Lanka ranked second among countries most affected by extreme weather events -- extreme temperatures, flooding and drought -- and is expected to see a 1.2 pct drop in annual GDP by 2050 due to climate change. The Program is designed with flexibility for adaptive learning and the potential for private sector participation. (Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, 27 June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, www.worldbank.org

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    MDB Climate Finance Hits Record $43.1Bn in 2018 (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change,World Bank
    Date: 2019-06-28
    According to the 2018 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance, climate financing by the world's largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) in developing countries and emerging economies rose to a high of $43.1 billion in 2018, boosting projects that help developing countries cut emissions and address climate risks -- an over 22 pct increase from 2017 where climate finance totaled $35.2 billion.

    The report notes that $30.2 billion (70 pct) of the 2018 total was devoted to climate change mitigation investments that aim to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and slow down global warming. The remaining $12.9 billion (30 pct) was invested in climate change adaptation efforts to help address mounting impacts of climate change, including worsening droughts and more extreme weather events from extreme flooding to rising sea levels.

    Since 2011, the six MDBS have committed nearly $237 billion in climate finance for developing and emerging economies. MDBs' climate finance aims to ensure that global financial flows are consistent with the Paris Climate Agreement.(Source: World Bank, Modern Diplomacy, June, 2019) Contact: World Bank Group, Mehreen Sheikh, (202) 458-7336, msheikh1@worldbank.org, www.worldbank.org

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    ASEAN Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation Capacity (Int'l)
    Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    Date: 2019-06-24
    On Saturday in Bangkok, the Assoc. of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos -- reports it's member states have agreed to share information and best practices and strengthen climate change mitigation capacity, build climate-resilient communities, address natural disasters in a "timely and systematic manner" and enhance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in order to build climate resilient communities in Southeast Asia. The bloc also intends to advance ASEAN's concerns based on consensus on common interests on climate change through joint statements in the upcoming climate summits in New York and Santiago, Chile.

    The ten-nation ASEAN bloc supports the conservation and sustainable use of ASEAN's coastal and marine environment and is committed to promote biodiversity conservation and management and endeavor to mainstream biodiversity into the organization's various development processes. (Source: ASEAN, AFP, Manila Bulletin, 23 June, 2019) Contact: ASEAN, www.asean.org

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    RTPI Launches Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign (Int'l)
    Royal Town Planning Institute
    Date: 2019-06-21
    In the UK, the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign is calling for "radical" government action to help local planning authorities tackle climate change and reduce emissions generated in the built environment. Local planning departments are key to devising and implementing policies to rid the country's buildings, transport and infrastructure of greenhouse gases, as well as making projects carbon neutral. To that end, government departments at every level need the funding, resources and national policies to do the job, according to RTPI.

    Specifically, the RTPI Resource Planning for Climate Action Campaign calls on the government to:

  • Reintroduce the requirement that all new-build homes are zero carbon and that measures and resources are put in place for existing homes to be zero carbon;

  • Develop a tool for assessing the carbon impact of existing and future local plans;

  • Ensure that climate change mitigation is a vital component of wider planning and infrastructure policy and that government listens to the planning profession in formulating that policy;

  • Give more resources to local planning authorities and empower devolved local and national governments to lead on climate change mitigation at local level and give them the resources to do so;

  • Invest in UK infrastructure for smart energy heat and sustainable mobility, including greater collaboration between the business, transport and housing/communities ministries.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute is the principal body representing planning professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It promotes and develops policy affecting planning and the built environment. (Source: Royal Town Planning Institute, Housing Today, 20 June, 2019) Contact: Royal Town Planning Institute, Ian Tant, Pres., +44 0 20 7929 9494, contact@rtpi.org.uk, www.rtpi.org.uk

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  • CEMEX Committed to UN Sustainable Development Goals (Int'l)
    United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals
    Date: 2019-05-29
    Monterrey, Mexico-headquartered global building materials specialist CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. reports it is strengthening its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    To that end, CEMEX is focusing on Climate Change Mitigation (SDG 13) and Environmental and Ecosystem Conservation (SDG 15) and other goals that are directly connected with the company's business and represent a better opportunity to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda. (Source: CEMEX, PR, 27 May, 2019) Contact: CEMEX, Fernando A. González, CEO, www.cemex.com; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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    Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Supports Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Finland Ukraine Trust Fund
    Date: 2019-05-17
    The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) established in 1990 through an intergovernmental treaty between Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, is touting the Finland Ukraine Trust Fund.

    The Fund facilitates investments related to green growth and climate change mitigation and adaptation globally, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe, Baltic Sea, Arctic and Barents regions. The Fund provides project grant financing in the following areas: renewable energy and waste-to-energy; power and heat generation; district heating networks; energy efficiency in buildings and industry and other related area.

    To qualify for grant funding, projects must: be innovative; build on well-known and proven technology; be cost efficient; increase energy efficiency on system, sub-system or component levels; be environmentally sustainable; be financially sustainable after grant support; be examples of best practices and best available technologies (BAT); and be replicable.

    Grant funding can be provided to both public and private demonstration projects and is available for disbursement until the end of 2021.

    The Fund is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and managed by NEFCO. The local coordinator is the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE)There are blending opportunities of the grant with NEFCO's other financing tools. Project owner's contribution is required, however technical assistance, such as e.g. consulting and software, can be supported with a grant up to 100 pct cent of the cost. (Source: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund, May, 2019) Contact: Finland Ukraine Trust Fund Coordination and Management Consultant: Project Director, Jarkko Olkinuora (Finland), +358 40 0805056, jarkko.Olkinuora@fcg.fi; Andrew Levkonyuk (Ukraine), +380 97 6405390, andrew.levkonyuk@fcg.fi; NEFCO, www.nefco.org

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    Belarusians Seeking Swedish Renewables Expertise (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-05-15
    In Minsk, the Belarus News (BelTA) is reporting the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in discussions with discussion with Sweden's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate on potential partnerships in environmental protection and climate change mitigation, as well as sharing Sweden's best practices in utilizing renewable energy and recycling household waste to produce energy.

    Details have not been announced. (Source: Belerus News, 14 May, 2019)

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    Pacific Islands Call for Unity in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-05-13
    In the South Pacific, FBC News is reporting the Samoan and Cook Islands governments have agreed to emulate Fiji in an integrated approach to mitigate the impact of climate change.

    The two island countries agreed that all Pacific Island countries must allow more flexibility in their economies, policies and infrastructures to consolidate the climate change fight.

    Cook Island's Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown called on all Pacific island countries to continue to work together to find avenues that can further mitigate climate change. (Source: FBC News, 11 May, 2019)

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