Climate Cruelty and Local Governments

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Local governments are uniquely impacted by climate change. But climate change’s cruelty extends to American governance, too. The level of government least able to mitigate and adapt is the level of government most affected. Climate Change Local Governments

Green Government Policies Save Lives

U.S. Green Technology

Government officials recognize the importance of conservation services and team up with professionals to develop solutions. The post Green Government Policies Save Lives appeared first on U.S. The green revolution is influencing various industries and promoting sustainable lifestyles.


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Speech cements government commitment to hydrogen

Envirotec Magazine

The Government has committed to hydrogen heating for UK homes in a seemingly significant speech by one of the key ministers responsible for energy strategy. The benefits for the climate, consumers and the heating industry have been made very clear and the government has responded.”.

Should the government spend big on carbon removal?


State and federal lawmakers pitch spending billions to scale up the nascent industry

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Government U-turn on promise to reform farming post-Brexit

Envirotec Magazine

The Government has broken its promise to reform farming post-Brexit. In its National Food Strategy published today (13 June), the Government’s commitment to provide a third of its farming budget for Landscape Recovery has been abandoned.

More consumers are serious about climate change. Are business and government listening?


Consumers around the world need governments and companies to help activate behavior change

Governing an ocean of plastics


An effective international agreement on ocean plastic pollution should account for all aspects of plastics production – from manufacturing to disposal, and it must involve governments, the private sector, and the public

New lawsuits challenge UK government’s “greenwashing and climate delay”

Envirotec Magazine

Both ClientEarth and Friends of the Earth are taking the government to court over strategies intended to advance the transition to a low emissions future. The Government claims that those producing pollution should bear the cost of managing it.

Should the U.S. government buy Greyhound?


The federal government should nationalize it and expand its low-carbon, affordable services. The bus company is for sale. Electric Vehicles Equity & Inclusion Green New Deal Policy & Politics railroad Transportation & Mobility

Government funding for ammonia-to-hydrogen project in the Midlands

Envirotec Magazine

It forms part of the UK Government’s commitment to enable 10GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2030, with projections indicating that hydrogen will form up to 35 per cent of UK final energy consumption by 2050. A consortium led by Gemserv has secured around £6.7

Local governments must take responsibility for clean heat

Envirotec Magazine

Net zero energy goals for heating need to be owned and delivered by regional and local governments, according to a new report led by the University of Birmingham. Again, the way to do this is by devolving decision-making to local governments.”.

How U.S. government procurement can lead the clean economy


government procurement can lead the clean economy. After 50 years of incremental progress in making its purchasing more sustainable, the federal government still faces tremendous challenges to making acquisitions value sustainability, reduce carbon and halt climate changes to our environment. Every decision the government makes with its $600 billion of annual purchasing power has an impact — it could and should be a positive one. How U.S.

Institute for Government slams 'incoherent' government net zero policymaking

Business Green

Policy decisions surrounding new coal mines, air passenger duty, and North Sea oil and gas are undermining the government's net zero agenda, think tank warns. A lack of joined-up policy making has often undermined cross-government ambitions," the IfG report states. "In

Stranded at sea: 2000 cattle face culling by Spanish government

Inhabitat - Innovation

Stranded at sea with roughly 2000 cattle, two ships face are "crying out for help" from the Spanish government

New global commission to redefine water governance unveiled at Davos


The global population relies on water for its survival - yet the conversation on how water resources are managed and governed is missing from the global policy stage, said experts at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting on Wednesday

US Government Awards Planet EOCL Contract

Planet Pulse

government’s industry-defining procurement vehicle for unclassified commercial satellite imagery and represents the Federal government’s significant investment in and commitment to the commercial remote sensing sector and the capabilities and value it provides.

Australian government stumbles in climate crisis response

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Australian government appears conflicted in its efforts to adopt environmentally progressive policies following the country's recent bushfires and record temperatures

Risk of recycling crisis as UK Government ‘deaf’ to industry concerns about Red Diesel ban

Envirotec Magazine

The body representing Scottish SME resource and waste management operators says recycling services across the country are under threat following the UK Government’s refusal to exempt the sector from today’s cutting of the Red Diesel exemption.

UK government funds regional battery-electric buses


The UK government has announced the first five winners of its Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) funding program, which is designed to enable transport authorities outside London to fund zero-emission buses.

Government Advisor Repeats ‘Russia Funded Anti-Fracking Protests’ Myth


A trade advisor to the UK government has repeated a baseless claim that protests against fracking were funded by the Kremlin. DeSmog has mapped the extensive ties between groups pushing against government climate action and the campaign for a “hard” Brexit.

“Top down governance is flawed”, says report on local government and net zero

Envirotec Magazine

New research from UK100 contains a stark warning from two major UK business leaders that the current model of ‘top down’ climate governance is “hindering the full potential for climate action at the local level.”. The report focuses on in-country local government climate networks.

Government of Canada launches Hydrogen Strategy


Be that as it may, governments in Europe and Japan have big plans to subsidize hydrogen technology. The Strategy is the result of three years of research and analysis, with input from 1,500 experts and stakeholders from industry, government and academia. Source: Government of Canada.

New US government rule allows drilling in forested land

Inhabitat - Innovation

government legalizes oil and gas drilling within forested land. A new rule published by the U.S. This action threatens forest ecosystems, reversing decades of work to protect forested areas

Government awards £30m to cutting-edge highway decarbonisation projects

Envirotec Magazine

Cutting-edge, innovative ideas to decarbonise the UK’s highways are to benefit from tens of millions of pounds in Government funding. Transport Minister Trudy Harrison said: “Investing in innovation is a priority for this Government.

Government has failed to tackle fast fashion, despite the problem worsening, says report

Envirotec Magazine

In comparison, research published by the University of Cambridge earlier this year showed that there have been 14 government strategies containing 689 policies to tackle obesity. This stark difference in government policy and attention demonstrates that,?despite

Rethinking Urban Climate Research in the Shadow of Climate Breakdown

The City Fix

Guest Contributor adaptation cities climate action climate change environmental justice equity IPCC local action local government mitigation research urban governance urban planning

Government sets out new targets on air quality, water pollution, waste and woodland cover

Envirotec Magazine

The UK government announced new environmental targets in four key areas of air quality, water, waste reduction and woodland cover on 16 March. On air quality, the government has proposed a legally-binding target to halve the levels of PM2.5

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The UK Government’s Food Strategy Lacks Teeth


The UK government has finally published its long-awaited response to the independent National Food Strategy. However, the government’s response has largely ignored this scientific advice by failing to propose the specific policies needed to make sustainable diets easy and affordable.

Planners call on government for stronger direction on climate action

Envirotec Magazine

An overwhelming majority of UK planners want the next government to give stronger direction and more resources to enable local planners to deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

How to Apply for Government Grants and Loans

CleanTech Alliance

Source:, accessed September 9, 2019 Free Money from the Government The federal government does not offer grants or “free money” to individuals to start a business or cover personal expenses, contrary to what you might see online or in the media. Websites or other publications claiming to offer “free money from the government” are often scams.

Is governance the unexplored secret behind Patagonia’s business success?


Contrary to what you might expect, the company doesn't offer employee stock options, in part so it can continue to push boundaries of corporate behavior. Corporate Strategy Employee Engagement

Turning action into law: government’s accountability legislation a critical step

Clean Energy Canada

We particularly welcome the new requirement that the federal government report on its own climate-related financial risks and opportunities, under the purview of the finance minister. Media Releases Climate Policy Federal Government

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Federal government’s new climate plan is brave, honest, and historic

Clean Energy Canada

VICTORIA — Merran Smith, executive director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the federal government’s climate plan update : “When it comes to climate action, honesty is the best policy. Media Releases Federal Government

The Australian government unveils plan to end plastic pollution

Inhabitat - Innovation

With the National Plastic Plan, Australia aims to address challenges with biodegradable, recyclable and compostable plastics

Scientist climate protests call out government inaction


Last week, scientists worldwide held protests to pressure government agencies to address rapid climate change. The scientists say leaders must make drastic cuts to significantly reduce emissions before it's too late. Climate protests came following a United Nations report saying the world has just three years to act. According to the report, failure to make “rapid and deep” emissions reductions will cause severe climate disasters

Planet Builds Business in State and Local Government Sector

Planet Pulse

Every year, Planet data is utilized by state and local governments to track environmental change, support regional enforcement efforts, and make informed decisions. Working with state and local governments aligns with our goals to support communities and protect the environment.

Wind power, while cheap, stutters without government support


Global warming requires renewables to grow at a pace that may outstrip the rules of economics. For capital intensive and complex wind power, energy experts say it’s not money that’s needed, but the easing of bureaucratic bottlenecks

Industry organizations respond to new ‘buy clean’ approach to government procurement

Clean Energy Canada

and Canada’s new “ Greening Government Initiative :”. “We Canada initiative to collaborate on ‘greening’ government operations. A focus on procurement—or as it’s sometimes called, buying clean—requires governments to spend public dollars on materials that are low-carbon.

Singapore youth groups call on government for bolder climate action


A collective of NGOs is pushing the Singapore government to align with climate science and reduce emissions as world leaders convene for COP26. Singapore's current efforts to curb emissions have been rated as "critically insufficient

Number of wildfires to rise by 50% by 2100 and governments are not prepared, experts warn

Envirotec Magazine

The paper calls for a radical change in government spending on wildfires, shifting their investments from reaction and response to prevention and preparedness. Current government responses to wildfires are often putting money in the wrong place.

French government to ban short domestic flights in favor of trains

Inhabitat - Innovation

The French government is planning to end all short flights for routes that could be traveled in 2.5 hours or less by train in order to reduce carbon emissions

Vancouver receives $22M from federal government for urban climate centre

CleanTech Alliance

On Thursday, the federal government announced it will be giving $22 million to help the city create an urban climate centre […]. Source: CTV News Vancouver, Alyse Kotyk, August 29, 2019 t’s been eight years since Vancouver adopted the goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020 and that deadline is swiftly approaching. Industry News Public Policy