Nike, Starbucks, and Gap Urge Trump to Stay in the Paris Climate Deal

More than 360 businesses and investors called on U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and world leaders on Wednesday to continue to support agreed curbs on global warming and to speed up efforts to move to a low-carbon economy.

In a statement addressed to Trump, U.S. President Barack Obama, members of the U.S. Congress and global leaders, the group, called 360+, reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement on climatechange.

The 360+ group includes companies such as DuPont dd , Gap gps , General Mills gis , Hewlett Packard hpq , Hilton hlt , Kellogg k , Levi Strauss & Co., L’Oreal USA, Nike nke , Mars Incorporated mars , Schneider Electric sbgsy , Starbucks and Unilever ul .

The Paris Agreement, aiming to phase out net greenhouse gas emissions this century, came into force on Nov. 4 and now has backing from 110 nations including the United States.

The Nov. 7-18 meeting in Marrakesh is where U.N. officials and government representatives are trying to work out the details of the pact. However, Trump‘s victory in the U.S. election last week has overshadowed the event.

Trump has threatened to tear up the U.S. commitment to the accord.

The 360+ group called on U.S. leaders to continue to participate in the Paris Agreement, support the continuation of U.S. commitments on climate change and continue to invest in low-carbon solutions at home and abroad.

“Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk. But the right action now will create jobs and boost U.S. competitiveness,” the group said, in the statement presented at U.N. climatetalks being held this week in Marrakesh, Morocco.

“Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy prosperity to all,” the group added.


Four ways to adapt to climate change

In February 2016, Cyclone Winston, the second strongest storm ever recorded on land, severely affected Fiji’s population and infrastructure. The EU bank is now helping rebuild a more reliable power supply system on Viti Levu, the largest island of the Fijian archipelago. Check out how this and three other EIB projects are making a difference in the Pacific and the Caribbean. “Sometimes it’s really a question of continuing the life of people as they know it,” says in this video Angela Marcarino Paris, Asian and Pacific Operations, EIB.


News Roundup – November 23, 2016

Here is a round up of interesting news stories.

Climate Change:

Rockefellers give Exxon Mobil lashing over the environment. The Rockefeller Brothers Foundation recently divested from Exxon Mobil. They have now written an editorial, which can be found here, that blasts Exxon Mobil for covering up research that showed as early as the early 1970s that climate change was a threat to the planet.

Coastal Floods Beginning


The largest solar panel project to date set to begin in South Carolina. Illustrating that local solutions are possible to address climate change.

Sweden has scraped a solar energy tax in an effort to achieve their goal of running entirely on renewable energy by 2040.

A pipeline burst in late October. The spill leaked 55,000 gallons of oil into the Susquehanna river, which had previously been declared the third most endangered river in the US by American Rivers, an NGO.

The pipeline is managed by Sunoco Logisitics. There pipelines, according to the article, have reported more than 200 leaks since 2010. Sunoco Logistics were behind a major spill in Pennsylvania near Murrysville, PA in 2008.

The pipeline was built by the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sunoco is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners Limited, the company that also owns the controversial Dakota Access pipeline.

Mark Mill’s outlines why the energy sector to job growth is not viable. He discusses that energy is defined by productivity. The sector, including oil and gas, only makes up 3% of the work force. It is interesting, and forces us to evaluate the narrative we want to pursue in convincing people that in the short term clean energy is in all of our interests.

Ta’u in American Samoa has installed solar panels from Tesla and Solar City that provides the island with nearly 100% of the island’s energy needs.

China wants to turn Chernobyl into a solar panel. Chinese clean energy giant Golden Concord Holdings Limited (GCL) announced the construction of a solar plant within the exclusion zone around Chernobyl. Construction will begin in 2017.

Canada announced it will be phasing out the use of coal-fired energy. Across the country, only Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia still burn coal. Together, the coal-fired power plants account for only 13 per cent of the electricity sector’s capacity, but 70 per cent of the sector’s emissions — and 10 per cent of Canada’s total greenhouse gas emissions.


The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the most well known, but there are five gigantic clumps of trash in the world’s oceans. Now, a visualization by NASA shows how all the litter people around world carelessly toss onto streets and sidewalks travels on ocean currents and settles into those five gross globs of drifting detritus. The journey a single-use plastic bottle of water takes as it floats on the waves can’t be tracked with a satellite, so NASA visualized how discarded rubbish moves with the next best thing: buoys. See the visualization here.

What Trump’s Climate Legacy Could Look Like

[Article posted shows the projected effects of Donald Trump’s proposed (in)action on the environment. The maps are also re-posted at Mr. Strauss’s organization Climate Central.]

NOV. 20, 2016 – New York Times

Donald J. Trump has said he plans to reverse major domestic climate policies and withdraw from the Paris climate agreement reached last year. What his administration does could redraw the planet’s map.

See the maps here.


Great post copied below. See the original post here. When I decided to become a cartographer, I didn’t just want to make pretty and useful maps. I became a cartographer to make maps that change the world for the better. Right now, no situation needs this kind of map more than the current drama unfolding around the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline’s crossing of the Missouri River.


Thousands of Native Americans and their allies have gathered on unceded Sioux land delimited by the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie to try and stand in the way of the “black snake” that could poison the Standing Rock Reservation’s water supply. Many have noted that the pipeline corridor was repositioned from its original route north of Bismarck after white citizens spoke up against the threat a spill would pose to their drinking water–a threat duly recognized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Yet the Corps failed its federal mandate for meaningful consultation with the Standing Rock Tribe before signing off on a route that moved the pipeline to their doorstep.

This is not to say that the good citizens of Bismarck and Mandan were wrong to protest. What’s wrong with the picture above isn’t the routing of the pipeline. What’s wrong is that the pipeline project exists to begin with. Some say it’s a good alternative to dangerous oil-by-rail shipments of Bakken crude. Those are bad too. We don’t need more fossil fuels making it to market to be burned and burn the planet up in turn (I am typing this in Wisconsin as the temperature nears 70 on the first of November). We do all need clean water. As the Sioux say, mni wiconi–water is life.

To keep to its construction schedule, the pipeline company, Energy Transfer Partners, has met nonviolent water protectors with private security guards using attack dogs in a scene reminiscent of 1963 Birmingham. It has worked hand-in-glove with law enforcement and the National Guard to create a militarized response straight out of apartheid South Africa or occupied Ireland. It has locked up hundreds of protesters in wire cages like those used early on at Guantanamo Bay. Those on the ground fear something like another Kent State, yet they keep coming, and the worldwide solidarity has gone viral.

Yet for all that, when I went out to camp with the water protectors at Oceti Sakowin on October 13, I had to rely on a friend’s hand-drawn sketch posted to Facebook for directions to the camp. If you Google “NoDAPL map,” you’ll find few maps available to provide visual context for the unfolding drama. The most popular seems to be the company’s own very-small-scale route map, showing a dotted line over highlighted counties on a generic road map backdrop.

This kind of view erases the people affected by the pipeline–quite literally, by covering over their communities with a hot pink gradient fill. It doesn’t tell you that all of Turtle Island (North America) is Indian Country, or that the project runs headlong into international treaties signed between the U.S. and various tribes and then unilaterally violated by Congress. It doesn’t show you where the frontline communities have set up camp to fight back (and here I realize that I should also make a map of the Bold Iowa resistance camp), or where the pipeline company, spurred on by the internal pressure of their $3.8 billion investment, has bulldozed sacred ground, or where exactly a pipeline break would endanger the drinking water of millions downstream.

There was one other, better map of the project that I found and was partially inspired by–a relatively simple yet powerful map by Jordan Engle published by The Decolonial Atlas. It uses the indigenous placenames for key waterways and sites in the vicinity of the Sacred Stones Camp (translations are on the blog post linked to above). It is oriented to the south, challenging the typical viewpoint of Western maps. This map has truly not gotten the attention it deserves.

Maps like this are great, and there should be more of them. However, I felt strongly that there still needed to be a map of the area that would look familiar to most viewers and orient them to the important geographic facts of the struggle. I don’t claim that none of those facts are currently in dispute, but I recognize that all maps (even road maps overlaid with pink polygons) take a position and create knowledge based on the cartographer’s point of view. Maps have great power, and it’s a power anyone with pen and paper or a computer can wield.

My Wisconsin-bred geographer hero Zoltan Grossman once declared, “The side with the best maps wins.” The pipeline company has an army backed by state power to do its bidding. The water has its scrappy protectors. It’s time we put the latter on the map.

Rival Nations Just Created The World’s Largest Protected Marine Area

A massive new marine reserve was created around Antarctica on Friday that will protect some 600,000 square miles of ocean in one of the world’s last vestiges of unspoiled wilderness. The new park, stretching throughout the Ross Sea, becomes the world’s largest protected marine area.

A bloc of 24 nations and the European Union, tasked with Antarctic conservation, announced the decision in Hobart, Australia, following two weeks of negotiations. The reserve will be protected for 35 years.

“The Ross Sea Region [Marine Protected Area] will safeguard one of the last unspoiled ocean wilderness areas on the planet ― home to unparalleled marine biodiversity and thriving communities of penguins, seals, whales, seabirds, and fish,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement. He called the protection “proof that the world is finally beginning to understand the urgency of the threats facing our planet.”

New statutes will ban fishing in 425,000 square miles of the Ross Sea, according to Reuters, and the remaining territory will be used as a research area with only a small amount of fishing allowed for scientific purposes. Commercial fishing will still be allowed in the Ross Sea outside of the reserve’s boundaries, further from critical breeding and feeding areas, The New York Times reports.

The region, which will come under protection on Dec. 1, 2017, is home to more than 10,000 unique species, including penguins, whales, seals, krill and colossal squid.

The decision culminates five years of failed negotiations by the 25 members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. It represents the first time a marine park has been created in international waters, according to The Guardian.

The Guardian’s Michael Slezak notes the 35-year expiration was a compromise from China and Russia, which had raised objections in recent years over fishing. The international group required unanimous support for decisions affecting the region.

Despite the shortcoming, the declaration was hailed by environmental groups. Greenpeace Australia called the decision a “huge victory for whales, penguins and toothfish that live there and for the millions of people standing up to protect our oceans.”

Greenpeace called for further effort to help reach a recently announced initiative by the World Conservation Congress to protect at least 30 percent of ocean habitats.

The world has been quickly working toward that goal: In September, international commitments were made to protect a further 1.5 million square miles of ocean at the U.S. State Department’s Our Ocean conference.