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Here are Positive climate news of the week

Here are Positive climate news of the week

So for 2022, as part of our ongoing effort to address Climate change issues, we’re going to keep track of all the positive environmental stories every week.

This article will be updated regularly with the latest good news. If you find a great positive story that we haven’t covered here, please reach out to us on social media, be it Instagram or Twitter to share your thoughts.

Positive environmental stories of this week

EU approves effective ban on new fossil fuel cars from 2035

As of 2035, no new cars powered by internal combustion vehicles will be sold in the European Union (EU). The goal, the deputies said in a statement, is to achieve mobility with zero emissions. Cars currently account for 12% of all CO2 emissions in the EU bloc, while transport in general accounts for around a quarter.

  • European parliamentarians have reached a political agreement to ban the sale of diesel and gasoline cars from 2035. The only thing missing is formal approval by the Member States and the European Parliament.
  • The reduction of these emissions will be gradual, beginning in 2030 with 50% less than those emitted in 2021 until reaching the goal of 0 emissions in 2035.
  • The ban is part of the EU’s Fit for 55 climate change package, which aims to reduce emissions by 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Cycling levels in the UK are 54% higher than pre pandemic

A new analysis of figures from the Department for Transport shows that 50% more people cycle regularly than before the pandemic.

There was a brief period in early 2020 when usage surged, reaching its highest level since the early 1960s, but the numbers fell back last year. The new figures show that in the last four months cycling levels are 54 per cent higher than before the pandemic.

Wild baby bison born in the UK for first time in Millennia

In 2020, the European bison, the continent’s largest land mammal, was listed as a “near threatened” species. Although the animal is 5 categories from extinction within the risk scale, its care is still necessary. In this regard, there is good news. And it is that thanks to a conservation project, after more than 1000 years a baby wild bison was born.

The incident occurred in the county of Kent, England. The initiative stems from a collaboration between the Kent Wildlife Fund and the Wildwood Fund. It seeks to populate a new herd in the area, from which mammals disappeared 6,000 years ago due to hunting by tribes.

HSBC climate ads banned over greenwashing concern

The UK’s advertising regulator has banned a set of ads promoting HSBC’s sustainability initiatives for failing to include information about the bank’s funding of fossil fuels.

The banned ads promote HSBC’s green financing and tree-planting schemes. However, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) noted that this would likely mislead most people by giving the impression that the bank has an overall positive impact on the environment.

lloyd becomes first UK to stop direct fossil fuel finance

Lloyd Bank has updated its climate policy to ensure that it does not directly support new oil and gas development through its financing. However, it has not outright banned support for oil and gas companies.

“As part of our commitment to support the transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy, we will work with our existing clients to help them establish credible and impactful transition plans,” the bank said in a statement.

“We are developing an evaluation methodology and engagement strategy for these plans and will require existing customers to have their plans in place by the end of 2023. We will not provide financing to new customers in the oil and gas sector unless feasible. projects in renewable energy and transition technologies and clients have credible transition plans at the point of incorporation.”

European countries are exiting energy charter treaty

Six European countries have indicated they will leave the controversial Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) despite green reforms, rattling international investor protections.

Palm oil deforestation dropped 82% in Indonesia Over 10 years

Deforestation associated with palm oil has been reduced by 82% over the last decade in Indonesia, the world’s leading producer of this product, according to a new analysis. This is despite a rise in palm oil prices, which has historically been associated with an increase in deforestation as land is cleared for new plantations.

The researchers attribute the continued decline in palm oil deforestation to the increasing adoption of zero-deforestation commitments, as well as public reporting of the supply chain by companies.

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