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Royal Caribbean to Offset Carbon Emissions Through Southern Power Partnership – Cruise Industry News

Royal Caribbean Cruises today announced it has signed an agreement with Southern Power, a U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, for its 200-megawatt (MW) Reading Wind Facility. The cruise company said that this initiative will offset up to 12 percent of its emissions beginning in 2020, and that it is the latest addition to its sustainability efforts, which include programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at sea and in port.

This project, Southern Power’s eleventh wind facility, is located in Osage and Lyon Counties, Kansas, and is said to be Southern Power’s first to be validated as a carbon offset project under the Verified Carbon Standard. The agreement with Royal Caribbean provides Southern Power with the economic basis to construct the…

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Carbon emissions in African savannas triple previous estimates — ScienceDaily

Widespread tree felling in African savannas is producing at least three times as many carbon emissions as was previously thought, research suggests.

The findings highlight the extent to which humans are impacting one of the world’s major ecosystems — the Miombo woodlands, which cover 2.5 million square kilometres, across countries including Angola, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.

At the same time, however, the growing number of trees in remote parts of these woodlands is helping to offset the emissions, researchers say.

The study is the first to provide an in-depth analysis of areas gaining carbon while also losing it through degradation — a process where some, but not all, trees are removed, usually as a result of logging and fire.

Until now, scientists had no way to measure these…

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South Africa aims for ‘zero carbon’ buildings in green push

CAPE TOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana knows how much cash going green can save.

Four years ago, after signing up for “My Green Home” – an effort by the Green Building Council of South Africa to make buildings more energy efficient – her family saw their house in the middle-class suburb of Pinelands retrofitted with energy saving LED lights, low-flow showerheads and roof-top solar panels, as well as winter insulation.

As part of the green makeover, the family also learned to cut their energy use by hanging laundry out to dry rather than using a tumble dryer, switching off appliances that aren’t being used, and switching to washing laundry with cold water.

“My children were very excited as we got to do this as a family,” Makalima-Ngewana, a consultant…

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Nine African cities join C40 Cities and commit to reaching zero carbon by 2050 | Inhabitat

Nine cities across Africa, a continent vulnerable to climate change, are taking action. Recently, these cities pledged to deliver their share of carbon emissions reductions to hit Paris Agreement goals. The cities, several of which are major capitals, aim to reach zero carbon economies in just over 30 years.

Transportation, waste management and energy production are among the sectors African cities will tackle to lower emissions — and some cities have already started working toward their goals, Read More

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Nine African Cities Plan to Go Zero Carbon by 2050

Lagos, Nigeria.
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African cities are stepping up to the plate on climate action. Cities throughout the massive continent know how far-reaching and severe the impacts of rising temperatures will be, so they’re not standing down.

Nine cities—including Tshwane, South Africa; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Lagos, Nigeria—pledged this week to achieve “zero carbon” economies by 2050, according to Reuters. That means either absolutely no carbon emissions, or offsetting a small amount of emissions by perhaps planting trees or investing in renewables. Waste management, transportation, and buildings are just some of the areas cities must focus on to reduce their emissions levels.

This effort coincides with their respective countries’ attempts to meet the goals set forth in the Paris climate…

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African cities commit to reaching zero carbon by 2050

At a meeting in Nigeria this week, nine African cities pledged to cut carbon emissions to zero within the next three decades.

The cities include major Africa capitals and urban centres, such as Accra, Cape Town, Lagos, and Johannesburg.

Adjei Sowah, Mayor of Accra, said his city’s citizens are “becoming more aware” of the impacts of climate change.

Despite all countries in Africa having signed the Paris climate agreement, progress has been slow in making the transition to a low-carbon economy. Much of the world’s future population growth is estimated to take place on the continent, making climate action an even greater priority.

“We cannot ignore the implications of what will befall us if we do not act now… Part of the actions we need, is the creation of a…

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