Welcome to the Fresh Air Brief, a weekly overview of upcoming meetings, events and issues that our tcktcktck partners & peers are tracking. Fresh right now:
* A new international climate agreement targets short-lived climate pollutants
* Advanced emerging economies unite against airlines' inclusion in EU ETS
* Corporate funders distance themselves from climate denial think tank after documents leaked
* New report predicts costs of environmental impacts from business to double every 14 years
New International Climate Agreement ignores CO2
New International Climate Agreement aimed at reducing short-lived climate pollutants was announced by the US State Department
and a number of other organizations
are welcoming the announcement, but caution that the agreement, which focuses on pollutants like black carbon (soot), "...shifts the focus to developing countries and continues the U.S. and Canadian trend of doing very little to reduce CO2 emissions."
BASIC meeting concluded earlier this week
Asia Pacific on track to triple emissions by 2050
Alertnet is reporting
on a new study by the Asian Development Bank
& UN reports that the Asia Pacific region is among the world's largest and least efficient resource user. The study, published in anticipation of Rio+20, suggests that "...more efficient resource use, reduced reliance on fossil fuels, investment in low-carbon technology and infrastructure and changing lifestyles could make Asia Pacific a world leader in sustainable development."
EU green energy sector powers through one million jobs mark
BusinessGreen is reporting
on the latest figures from the European Commision
, which reveal more than 1.14 million Europeans were working in green energy in 2010, a 25% increase of 2009 numbers. Meanwhile, revenue for the sector soared by 15 per cent year-on-year to €127bn. Separate reports suggest that the sector continued to grow in 2011.
Obama 2013 budget increases climate and energy funding
What our partners are focused on now
Heartland Institute plans to undermine climate science exposed
Keeping tar sands out of the EU.
Ahead of the February 23rd EU vote on the European Fuel Quality Directive, which could effectively ban Canada's tar sands from EU, the heat is on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to vote in favor of keeping dirty fuels out of Europe.
Our partners UKYCC and Greenpeace UK have joined with other organizations in a petition
to lobby the UK government. Even Archbishop Desmond Tutu is piling on
. Other countries who are being targeted by environmentalists' over the issue are:
Poland, France, Italy, Hungary, Spain, and Estonia. We'll be watching for action from our partners focused on those governments' leaders as the fight heats up in the coming days.
Resources and opportunities
On reducing emissions:
We're watching for news on climate finance:
New report predicts costs of environmental impacts to double every 14 years
According to ex-UNFCCC head, Yvo de Boer, "
Companies should expect increases in external environmental costs which today are mostly off balance sheet". This according to a new KPMG report
released to coincide with a business focused Rio+20 preparatory meeting.
Do lawyers hold the key to tackling climate change?
Our partner One World Group is putting on this Climate Justice Webinar
to explore an alternative route to international climate solutions. Lawyers from around the world are developing legal strategies to hold polluters accountable and compensate climate victims. The webinar takes place February 21st at 14:00 GMT.
tcktcktck launching Rio Prize
You may have just missed the chance to go to Rio with UNEP and Treehugger, but there are new opportunities on the horizon. The tcktcktck campaign is launching their own Rio Prize in a matter of days. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to be among the first to know when the contest is live.
Connect you with our partners in the trenches
As always, if you're looking to dig into any of these issues and want to connect with our partners in the trenches, Fresh Air is here to help. Email me and I'll help make it happen.
That's all for this week's Fresh Air Brief. We're eager to learn how to make this as useful as possible, so all feedback is welcome. We're also eager to accept suggestions for leads, content and opportunities you'd like to promote. Get in touch.
Til next time.
By Joshua Wiese
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