GM News Dec ‘21

a more optimistic future

Mission Economy by Mariana Mazzucato: ‘One of the most influential economists in the world’ – Wired.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, capitalism was stuck. It had no answers to a host of problems, including disease, inequality, the digital divide and, perhaps most blatantly, the environmental crisis. Taking her inspiration from the ‘moonshot’ programmes which successfully co-ordinated public and private sectors on a massive scale, Mariana Mazzucato calls for the same level of boldness and experimentation to be applied to the biggest problems of our time.

We must, she argues, rethink the capacities and role of government within the economy and society, and above all recover a sense of public purpose. Mission Economy, whose ideas are already being adopted around the world, offers a way out of our impasse to a more optimistic future.

Indiana Recycling Coalition Rebrands

How does Germany’s bottle deposit scheme work?
German consumers religiously return their bottles under the bottle deposit scheme.
But how exactly does it work? And is it a model other countries could follow?

Waste Management’s Five-year Recycling Investments Expected to Exceed $700 Million By 2022
WM Plans $200 Million in New Recycling Investments Next Year’s-Five-year-Recycling-Investments-Expected-to-Exceed-700-Million-By-2022


Nissan to Spend $18 Billion Developing a Cheaper, More Powerful EV Battery

America Recycles Day Alert: California takes on the recycling slump with upgrades that fight trash pollution

​7 ways to get proactive about climate change instead of feeling helpless: Lessons from a leadership expert.

Blowing Up a Few Myths About Inflation


How Danish agriculture can become a driving force for the green transition


Trees and Crops Don’t Have to Compete. Climate Crisis Calls for Agroforestry.


New Study Shows Which Places Must Be Protected to Stave Off Catastrophic Climate Change

Study Shows Climate-Driven Forest Fires on the Rise


Only two out of 11 herbicide studies given to EU regulators deemed ‘reliable’.

Review of safety studies shows vast majority do not meet international standards for scientific validity.

The Problem With “Net Zero”
How a perfectly decent phrase is used and abused at COP26

It will take more than electric cars to drive down emissions.

New Study Shows Which Places Must Be Protected to Stave Off Catastrophic Climate Change.

Carbon inequality in 2030
Per capita consumption emissions and the 1.5⁰C goal
‘Over the past 25 years, the richest 10% of the global population has been responsible for more than half of all
carbon emissions… Rank injustice and inequality on this scale is a cancer. If we don’t act now, this century may
be our last.’
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General1
‘[The world’s rich] consume and consume and consume with no thought.’
Patricia Espinosa, UN Executive Secretary, UNFCCC2
The world’s richest 1% are set to have per capita consumption emissions in 2030 that are still 30 times higher than the global per capita level compatible with the 1.5⁰C goal of the Paris Agreement, while the footprints of the poorest half of the world population are set to remain several times below that level. By 2030, the richest 1% are on course for an even greater share of total global emissions than when the Paris Agreement was signed. Tackling extreme inequality and targeting the excessive emissions linked to the consumption and investments of the world’s richest people is vital to keeping the 1.5⁰C Paris goal alive.

Indigenous leaders’ green state vision.

Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change and delivering on the Paris Agreement require a dramatic shift in the way that we produce and use energy. Phasing out oil and gas production is a critical part of that challenge.
That is why we, Costa Rica and Denmark, created the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance (BOGA).

BOGA is an international coalition of governments and stakeholders working together to facilitate the managed phase-out of oil and gas production. The coalition aims to elevate the issue of oil and gas production phase-out in international climate dialogues, mobilize action and commitments, and create an international community of practice on this issue.

Bridges, bike lanes, electric car chargers and more: 5 essential reads on the infrastructure bill.

New report cites Sheffield researchers in call for government to improve agricultural transition | Institute for Sustainable Food

The cow in the room: why is no one talking about farming at Cop26?
Sustainable food systems are a cornerstone to cutting emissions but have been largely absent from the agenda in Glasgow.

A recent UN report concluded that almost 90% of the $540bn of global agricultural subsidies given to farmers destroy nature and fuel the climate crisis.
Subsidies have generally encouraged farmers to produce as much food as possible, but this has been at the expense of wildlife.

Montana Lake Study Reveals How Invasive Species Affect Native Food Webs

Loss of tree species has cumulative impact on biodiversity

COP26: Climate Justice Begins with the Human Right to Water

Organized crime is a top driver of global deforestation – along with beef, soy, palm oil and wood products.

Exxon’s Secret Assist From the World’s Top PR Firm.
A new report says that Edelman, the world’s largest independent PR company, has been working on an Exxon ad campaign to oppose climate regulations.

Clean Creatives Issues “THE F-LIST 2021” Report Detailing 90 Ad
and PR Companies Working for the Fossil Fuel Industry

On Twitter, fossil fuel companies’ climate misinformation is subtle – here’s what I’m seeing during COP26.

Why the oil industry’s pivot to carbon capture and storage – while it keeps on drilling – isn’t a climate change solution



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November 2021


Drilling Report Reveals Biden’s Fracking Deception

White House backs away from campaign promises to stop fracking on public lands

“COP26 Is a Failure”: Greta Thunberg Condemns U.N. Climate Summit as a “Greenwash Festival”

COP26 leaves too many loopholes for the fossil fuel industry. Here are 5 of them.

U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s


Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Includes Money for Recycling, But the Debate Over Plastics Rages On

The industry sees bipartisan support for “sustainable” plastics, while environmentalists call that an oxymoron and say the funding will have limited impact.

Decolonizing Regenerative Agriculture: An Indigenous Perspective

In China, agroforestry serves up tea with a spoonful of sustainability

Study Shows Climate-Driven Forest Fires on the Rise

Deforestation harms vulnerable communities

Climate change is a justice issue – these 6 charts show why.


Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move


How does Germany’s bottle deposit scheme work?
German consumers religiously return their bottles under the bottle deposit scheme.
But how exactly does it work? And is it a model other countries could follow?


Allison Levine, Please the Palate: A regenerative farming case study: Robert Hall Winery looks ahead to the next 20 years


In This Season of Feasting, Let’s Celebrate AgriCULTURE, Not AgriBUSINESS


Two critical success factors for sustainable cities

Leading Cities’ CEO, Michael Lake, and Andrew McCue, an economy consultant at Metabolic, urge leadership in two key areas that provide hope in cities’ battle against climate change and their shift towards sustainability.


Towards a sustainable future: Power back-up in building infrastructure

Food packaging: Organic recycling hailed ‘the most sustainable solution’ for the future 

How can industry achieve a circular bioeconomy in food packaging? The solution lies in valorising waste into packaging products that can later be biodegraded back into soil, according to Professor Jose Lagaron from the Spanish Council for Scientific Research.



Geospatial Infrastructure & Digital Twin: Empowering Circular Economy


Red tape around CCTV helping illegal dumpers


Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous

Global use of ‘virgin plastic’ is set to fall by a fifth by 2025, study reveals