Dozens of large US companies have succeeded in achieving targeted reductions in their pollutants
The latest issue of Bloomberg Green contains a study on the impact of the food industry, which highlights the problems of this relationship. From the parasites that thrive in the hottest temperatures, to the cows associated with deforestation and the US military’s use of peanuts for access to water, and data on how much edible food we throw in the garbage bins.
Although the problems of climate change are not the most promising topic of discussion, we must also talk about the progress that has been made in tackling this global problem. In the issue, Bloomberg revealed that dozens of large American companies have managed to achieve the targeted reduction of their pollutants. It also analyzes the “green” industry giants that promise to change the world, as well as the Chinese government‘s huge plan for climate-neutral pollution.
Already, about 70% of the metal used by Anheuser-Busch InBev SA / NV for beer cans in North America is recycled. The giant industry says it has additional plans to reduce pollution by importing aluminium from the Rio Tinto, whose mines produce it with hydroelectric power rather than coal burning.
“Clean” buses in China
Last October, China‘s Ministry of Ecology and Environment announced that it had already converted 60% of its bus fleet to electric. This is a big increase from 20% in 2015. This conversion is also a big step towards fulfilling the country’s 13-year strategy for cleaner MMMs.
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The Switzerland and Peru have agreed to reduce their emissions in October, something which is the first international agreement after the international environmental agreement that was signed in Paris. Under the new agreement, Switzerland will finance sustainable development projects in Peru, which in turn will reduce emissions.
The Walmart move
The Walmart strives to eliminate pollutant emissions until 2040. The largest retail company expects worldwide total conversion of branches into “green” energy by 2035, with 50% being completed by 2025.
Britain is asking for climate data
From 2025 onwards, companies in Britain will have to publish their emissions figures with the government.
Japan promises zero climate
The Far East country said in October that by 2050 it would become carbon-neutral, meaning it would have zero emissions, which is a huge challenge for a hydrocarbon-based economy.
The American cereal titan, General Mills Inc., has released plans to reduce its gas emissions by 30% over the next decade, with the ultimate goal of zero position by 2050. The company of Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs and others will improve its practices throughout the production process.
A problem that is not so well known, is the existence of a huge percentage of garbage in the Earth’s orbit, either from old space missions or from collisions. The European Space Agency (ESA) analysis states that 60% to 90% of satellites launched into orbit from 2000 onwards follow international rules for reducing space debris.
Discovery of a huge coral reef
During three-dimensional mapping of the seabed near the Great Barrier Reef, scientists discovered a new coral reef more than half a kilometer high (larger than the Empire State Building). It is also the first reef of this type to be discovered over a century ago. Fortunately, the reef continues to still protect its biodiversity.