How many carbon emissions has your travel generated? This app calculates it from your inbox

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Every plane trip and Uber ride is in your email. Aerial collects it all and tells you how many trees to protect. Almost a third of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by transportation , which is travel is the focus of a new app that allows users to find out how much carbon their plane, train, and ride-hail trips have emitted into the atmosphere—and to rectify those emissions somewhat by balancing them with actions that help the environment. Read Full Story

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President Biden, appoint a fashion czar!

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The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. It needs to be regulated like other big sectors. President Biden, while your administration is hard at work tackling emissions from the automobile and energy industries, there seem no plans to regulate fashion, which produces 10% of global carbon emissions. American fashion companies are also responsible for a panoply of human rights violations, from COVID-19 outbreaks in factories to relying on slave labor . You have an opportunity to take on this deeply problematic sector by creating a new White House position: It’s time to appoint a Fashion Czar. Read Full Story

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How Starbucks plans to make its coffee carbon neutral

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From smarter farming to new varieties, the coffee giant is working on a variety of strategies to end emissions on the farms that produce its beans. If you buy an espresso at Starbucks—brewed in a machine running on renewable electricity—most of the carbon footprint of the drink comes from how the coffee was grown. But by the end of the decade, the company plans to reach its goal of making even the production of its raw coffee beans carbon neutral. Read Full Story

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These new fragrances will be made from carbon captured from the atmosphere

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Beauty giant Coty is using a new source to make the ethanol in its perfumes: carbon emissions. Soon you may be able spritz yourself with a perfume made with alcohol that started out as pollution. Beginning next fall, the ethanol used in some fragrances made by beauty company Coty, which produces the fragrance lines for luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Calvin Klein, will be made from recycled carbon emissions. Read Full Story

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This biotech startup is making palm oil-substitutes and omega-3s from carbon emissions

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Both ingredients are usually produced in ways that are deeply damaging to the planet. Now they can be made while lowering our global footprint. Instead of having more carbon go into the atmosphere, making our planet warmer and speeding up the effects of climate change, you might soon be able to eat those emissions. Biotech company LanzaTech has successfully turned CO2 emissions into lipids and omega-3 fatty acids as part of a pilot program in partnership with India’s Department of Biotechnology and oil and gas company IndianOil. Read Full Story

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Shining a light on companies that have achieved carbon-neutrality

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The nonprofit Climate Neutral is one of our World Changing Ideas honorees for 2020. A new label will soon start appearing on products you see in stores: “Climate Neutral Certified.” Climate Neutral, a nonprofit launched in 2019, helps brands measure their carbon footprints, offset them by investing in vetted pollution-capturing projects, and make long-term plans to reduce emissions. Once a company goes through the process, it can print the label on its packaging—a symbol the nonprofit hopes will become as ubiquitous as the USDA organic label. Because calculating a corporate carbon footprint can be a pricey, complex process for brands, Climate Neutral also created a new digital tool to make it simpler. “We wanted to democratize the process of carbon counting and demystify it,” says CEO Austin Whitman. “For many companies, just starting to understand where their carbon emissions come from is a huge step forward.” The group recruited more …

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The planet is full of land holding ‘irrecoverable carbon’—and it’s at risk

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If we keep cutting down trees or destroying marshes, it won’t matter how many emissions we stop: The planet won’t be able to reabsorb the carbon we’ve released in time. Fossil fuels get the most attention in the fight to reduce carbon emissions, but preserving nature is also critical. Even if we drastically cut our emissions, it won’t do much good if we release the carbon that’s stored in living plants and soil. How much carbon is that? A new study found that there are more than 260 billion tons of carbon in “living carbon reserves,” including mangrove forests and peatlands, that are at risk of being lost. If it’s released now, planting trees won’t recapture it quickly enough for the world to reach the target of zero net emissions by 2050. Read Full Story

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This software can track a company’s carbon emissions in real time

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Emitwise wants to develop “a QuickBooks for carbon.” Calculating all of the carbon emissions for a company—from the electricity used by suppliers to airplane flights taken by employees to the hundreds of other energy uses that happen on any day of operations—is typically a slow and labor-intensive process. But a new software platform makes it possible for companies to track their emissions automatically instead, in real time. Read Full Story

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How FedEx plans to become carbon neutral by 2040

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The shipping giant plans to fully electrify its delivery trucks. The planes are a harder problem. If you get a FedEx delivery in some Californian cities later this year, it might show up in a new electric delivery vehicle—and come down the sidewalk in a new electric pallet that helps couriers carry heavier loads. The company will be receiving 500 of the vehicles, from GM’s BrightDrop, as one part of a larger push to make all pickup and delivery vehicles zero emissions. By 2040, FedEx says it plans to become carbon neutral. Read Full Story

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Microsoft and Skanska are using this free tool to dramatically cut their carbon

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Developed in-house at Skanska, the tool can be used to calculate the embodied carbon of key materials that account for upward of 70% of a building’s global carbon emissions. The environmental impact of buildings is huge . Buildings and the production of the materials that are used to construct them account for 11% of global carbon emissions . These emissions, known as embodied carbon, are in every steel beam, concrete foundation, and two-by-four used in construction, and they’ve taken their environmental toll long before anyone sets foot inside the completed structure. Embodied carbon represents the biggest contribution to a building’s carbon footprint over its life span and the next big environmental challenge for the building industry . Read Full Story

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