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Sustainability Roundup: October 2019

Here's what we're reading this month:

 

Carbon Emissions From 30 of the World’s Largest Cities Are Already Dropping Since Signing Climate Pact via Good News Network

"The world’s leading scientists have calculated that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020 in order to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. New analysis published ahead of the C40 World Mayors Summit confirms that 30 of the world’s largest cities, representing more than 58 million urban citizens, have now reached this crucial milestone."

 

Climate change: Peatlands 'turning into carbon sources' via BBC

"Peatlands are a natural carbon sink, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and burying it in the soil.  In Europe alone, they lock up about five times more carbon than forests.  But according to a new study, the continent's peatlands are in such a dry and fragile state, they could go into reverse, releasing rather than absorbing carbon."

The Amazon hasn't stopped burning. There were 19,925 fire outbreaks last month, and 'more fires' are in the future via phys.org

"The number of fires decreased by 35% in September, but experts say this is merely a slowdown in a crisis with global repercussions.  There were still 19,925 fire outbreaks in September on the Brazilian part of the rainforest, which accounts for nearly 65% of the Amazon basin."

 

Metro Ticket in Exchange for Plastic Bottles in Rome via greenoptimistic.com

"The city officials have placed special machines on three main metro stations. The machines take empty plastic bottles, crush them, sort them and give ‘digital money’ in return."

 

What were your top reads this month? Drop a link in the comments!

 

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policies or position of Dropps / Cot’n Wash, Inc. 


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