LONDON (Reuters) -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed U.S. President Joe Biden's commitment to cut the United States' greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% from 2005 levels by 2030 as a game changer. "I'm really thrilled by the game changing announcement that Joe Biden has made," Johnson said, praising Biden "for returning the United States to the front rank of the fight against climate change." "It's vital for all of us to show that this is not all about some expensive politically correct, green act of bunny hugging," Johnson said. "This is about growth and jobs." On Tuesday, Johnson said Britain would cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 in what he hailed as the world's most ambitious climate change target that would put the country on track to become a net zero producer. The new timetable, nearly 15 years ahead of the previous UK target, will require a fundamental restructuring in the way Britain powers its homes, cars and factories, how it feeds its people and what it ... » Learn More about Climate change isn’t ‘bunny hugging’ – UK’s Johnson hails Biden’s big emissions pledge
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said in his Earth Day message on Thursday that the planet was "at the brink" and humanity had to avoid "the path of self destruction." The pope, who has issued many appeals for environmental protection since his election in 2013, spoke in two video messages, one for the Earth Day Live internet event and another for a global climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. "Now is the time to act. We are at the brink," Francis, who has backed the scientific consensus that global warming is partly man-made, said in the Earth Day message. He cited the Covid-19 pandemic coupled with the effects of climate change and said nature could not continue to be disrespected, because it would "no longer forgive." "When the destruction of nature is sparked, it is difficult to stop. But we are still in time and we will be more resilient if we work together instead of alone," he said. "You do not exit from the crisis the same, we will either exit ... » Learn More about In Earth Day message, pope warns that planet is “at the brink”
The Indonesian Military (TNI) deployed warships Thursday in the hunt for a navy submarine that went missing with 53 crew aboard off the coast of Bali, as other nations sent vessels to help with the search. An oil spill where the vessel was thought to have submerged early Wednesday during regular exercises could point to damage, the navy has said, fanning fears that Indonesia may be the latest country to suffer a fatal submarine disaster. The German-built KRI Nanggala 402 was scheduled to conduct live torpedo exercises when it asked for permission to dive. It lost contact shortly after. Indonesian Navy spokesman First Adm. Julius Widjojono said Thursday that search teams were focused on an area around the oil slick, but that the exact location of the vessel had yet to be pinpointed. "It has not been found yet," Julius told AFP. "But we've detected the area...Today, around 400 personnel have been deployed." Six warships and a helicopter have been sent out to look for the ... » Learn More about Warships deployed to to find missing submarine with 53 aboard
JAMMU: Toxic air that chokes Indian cities and kills hundreds of thousands of people also carries a grim economic burden for the country’s companies of around $95 billion a year, according to researchers who urged firms to lead the drive against pollution. Air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average and causes millions of premature deaths annually. India is one of the worst affected countries with many regions often cloaked in a smog of hazardous particles. The Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease study estimated pollution caused some 1.7 million premature deaths in India in 2019 — nearly 18 percent of all deaths in the country. Building on this, a new analysis by consultancy firm Dalberg Advisors found that pollution-related absenteeism, productivity loss, reduced consumer and tourist spending all add up to cost Indian businesses $95 billion a year, roughly 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. “Clean air is a precondition for businesses ... » Learn More about Pollution costs India $95B/yr
PepsiCo announces 2030 goal to scale regenerative farming practices across 7 million acres, equivalent to entire agricultural footprint Company’s efforts estimated to reduce at least 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade PepsiCo’s ‘Positive Agriculture’ ambition additionally targets to improve livelihoods of those in its agricultural supply chain, and sustainably source 100% key ingredients PepsiCo, Inc. on 20 April 2021 announced a new, impact-driven “Positive Agriculture” ambition, anchored by a 2030 goal to spread regenerative farming practices across 7 million acres, approximately equal to its entire agricultural footprint. The company estimates the effort will eliminate at least 3 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by the end of the decade. Additional 2030 goals within the agenda include improving the livelihoods of more than 250,000 people in its agricultural supply chain and sustainably sourcing 100% of its key ingredients. ... » Learn More about PepsiCo announces 2030 goal to scale regenerative farming practices across 7 million acres
Today is Earth Day, so let's take a look at this ranking released earlier this year. In 2021, the greenest countries in the world are Iceland, Denmark, Norway and France. With Iceland's aim for carbon neutrality by 2040 and the efforts of Denmark and Norway to move away from fossil fuels, as well as France's massive investment in the development of the hydrogen industry, Europe is making a bold showing as a future leader in environmental issues. Produced by the MIT Technology Review, the 2021 edition of the Green Future Index, which ranks 76 countries around the world according to their environmental commitment, places France in fourth place, behind three Nordic countries, Iceland, Denmark and Norway. These countries stand out in particular for their production of renewable energy. For France, it's the importance placed on hydrogen that earns it the fourth spot in the ranking. "France is a global leader in hydrogen production and has recently pledged to exceed EU targets for ... » Learn More about Earth Day: Which countries are leading in terms of green progress?