We’re always sharing stories about how dire climate change is, and it still is. But there are some encouraging signs we wanted to share with you today:
Danish “Energy Island” May Provide Power To Millions
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen joined the U.S.-led climate change conference on Friday to detail some of the big plans her country had to help it achieve a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Chief among the Danish plans was what has been dubbed an “energy island” — an offshore structure in the North Sea that could power millions of homes.
Biden Aims For 50% Reduction In Emissions By 2030
President Joe Biden on Thursday will kick off a climate summit attended by 40 other world leaders by announcing an ambitious cut in greenhouse gas emissions as he looks to put the US back at the center of the global effort to address the climate crisis and curb carbon emissions. At the White House summit, which will take place virtually on Thursday and Friday, Biden will commit the United States to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% below its 2005 emissions levels by 2030.
Joanne Chory is Using Plants to Save the Planet
In the Breakthrough Prize video, Chory laid out a vision for a new kind of agriculture. She wanted to create “ideal plants” — crops like wheat or rice that are bred to store huge amounts of carbon in their roots. If enough farmers replanted their fields with these engineered species, she said, they could pull as much as 20 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted by humans out of the atmosphere each year.
Senate to Reinstate Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane
The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday to effectively reinstate an Obama-era regulation that sought to clamp down on the release of methane, a powerful, climate-warming pollutant that will have to be controlled to meet President Biden’s ambitious climate change promises.