Temperatures 40C above normal in polar regions
Concordia station in Antarctica hit a record temperature of -11.8C on 18 March 2022. More than 40C warmer than seasonal norms. On the same day, the Arctic as a whole was 3.3C warmer than the 1979 to 2000 average. Such temperatures will become more common due to climate change.
21 strategies for achieving a circular economy
The latest Circularity Gap Report presents 21 strategies for shifting towards a circular economy. These strategies, which could lower use of new resources by 28% and greenhouse gas emissions by 39%, are categorised by key society-driven requirements, such as housing, nutrition and transport.
Amazon rainforest approaching tipping point
Analysis of three decades of satellite data shows alarming trends in the Amazon rainforest’s health. More than 75% of the forest appears to be losing its ability to bounce back from damage caused by droughts, fires and deforestation. Some parts are now emitting more CO2 than can be absorbed.
6 findings from the IPCC 2022 Report on Climate Change
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) clearly shows that climate change is already impacting every corner of the world, and halving GHG emissions before the end of this decade is crucial. The report also details the most effective climate adaptation approaches.
Greater female influence will improve climate action
Women possess unique knowledge and experience which, if utilised more, would enable greater sustainability. From representation in national parliaments to workplace leadership, more female influence would mean more effective climate action. And in agriculture, crop yields would rise by 30%.
Five beneficial circular business models
Gartner predicts that by the 2030s, the circular economy won’t just dominate, but will be the only economy. If today’s linear businesses are to survive, they quickly need to abandon existing practices and adopt circular models. Five of these models are described in The Circular Economy Handbook.