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Humanitarians debate climate change, the migrant debate, designing cities for EVs

Humanitarians debate climate change, the migrant debate, designing cities for EVs

Humanitarians struggle to address environment: ‘It’s nice but it’s not crucial’ – ReliefWeb

The perception of humanitarians could be holding back commitments to address environmental issues. That's one of the outcomes of a fringe meeting of the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week in Geneva. With a role that's focused on saving lives, humanitarian groups are unsure how to respond to environmental issues, or even if its their role to. Yet with a history of well meaning responses creating long-term ecological damage, it's heartening to know the movement is starting to look beyond the immediate rescue and towards the long-term environmental consequences of their interventions.

Source: Humanitarians struggle to address environment: ‘It’s nice but it’s not crucial’ – ReliefWeb

Sustainable development needs inclusion of migrants: UNGA president – Xinhua

Including migrants in sustainable development plans benefits both the host and home communities, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces of the UNGA has stated. Most migrants send money back to their home community, helping to raise living standards, while their activity in the host supports local economies and cultural diversity. But more needs to be done to tackle criminal exploitation, human trafficking and helping migrants integrate and participate when they settle.

Source: Sustainable development needs inclusion of migrants: UNGA president – Xinhua

US Employees Are Seeking Greener Companies – Forbes

A survey by US consultancy Swytch has shown more than 70% of new employees are more likely to work for a company with a green footprint, and will take a slightly smaller salary to do it. Having good green credentials will also help retain talent, the survey has found. However, paying lip service to "social responsibility" with a policy and little else will not win talent, as they expect firms to be full enaged in good ethical and environmental practices.

Source: US Employees Are Seeking Greener Companies – Forbes

Italy’s M5S abandoned environment promises, say critics – France24

A growing economic crisis in Italy has seen the ruling coalition quietly drop it's environmental programme. As part of the coalition the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement had to form with the far-right, their 52 page manifesto commitment to green issues was cut to just 3. Key pledges, including turning a steel factory into a renewable energy park, have had to be abandoned as the reality of leading a country with massive debt and a stalling economy hit home. The long-term conseqences for Italians could be dire, as Italy has the poorest air quality in the EU and suffers 90,000 premature deaths because of it.

Source: Italy’s M5S abandoned environment promises, say critics – France24

Pakistan Government revives blocked renewable energy projects – Dawn

After a year of delay, the Pakistan Government has started to release stalled renewable projects. It's a complicated picture, as the new Sindh Government has yet to formally approve its 2019 renewables strategy and some projects have been paused for over a year. Anything that's been delayed by more than 12 months will need to be reviewed, throwing up the potential for further delay or even abandonment.

Source: Pakistan Government revives blocked renewable energy projects – Dawn

Switzerland puts geoengineering governance on UN environment agenda – Climate Change News

Climate hacks are becoming increasingly popular as a way of reducing climate change. Techniques vary from simple reforestation projects to carbon capture in power stations to grand projects to reduce the intensity of the sun hitting we the planet. While some of these ideas sound like science-fiction, they're being tried out in an unregulated environment. Switzerland is taking the lead, bringing the issue to the UN and triggering a debate that swings from outright bans to establishing global conventions.

Source: Switzerland puts geoengineering governance on UN environment agenda – Climate Change News

Environment matters in 2019 elections – SUNSTAR

The upcoming elections in the Phillipines are a chance to campaign for real environmental change. Manila has made some progress in tackling issues, with bans coming on plastic bags and commitments to the Paris agreements and the UN's social development goals. The pollution of Manila Bay, moves to introduce "waste to energy" to meet renewables goals and cleaning up the country's mining industry could be key battle grounds for the country's stalled green movement.

Source: Environment matters in 2019 elections – SUNSTAR

S. Korea to close old coal power plants in March-June to reduce fine dust – Korean Herald

Four out of its six coal powered stations will cease operations during the second quarter to help combat pollution in the south of the penninsula. Although a temporary measure, the government hopes this will reduce fine dust pollution by over a thousand tonnes. The stations will remain on standby to avoid the risk of power brown-outs.

Source: S. Korea to close old coal power plants in March-June to reduce fine dust – Korean Herald

How Electric Cars Will Change the Future of City Design – B2B Industry News

As more people buy electric cars new challenges are appearing for city planners. Charging infrastructure is non-existent in some areas, particularly where homes don't have allocated parking. Creating an infrastructure is going to require repurposing of space and rethinking how we work and live in the urban landscape.

Source: How Electric Cars Will Change the Future of City Design – B2B Industry News

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