Sustainability Reads: February 23- March 1

 Yep, Obama vetoed it last week (phew).
 Recently Greenpeace released some documents revealing that climate change deniers’ favorite scientist Wei-Hock Soon has received more than $1.2 million from Exxon Mobil, Southern Company, the American Petroleum Institute and the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation. Moreover, Soon never disclosed this money in at least 11 of this papers since 2008. It is one thing to receive the money, but another completely to not disclose funding in papers, especially when there exist inherent conflicts of interest. American conservatives deny the recent information release, stating it can’t be trusted since it comes from Greenpeace. By at the Washington Post.

EU targets 60% global carbon cuts by 2050 in leaked climate plan
A recent EU document reveals the EU’s planned contribution to the Paris 2015 UNFCCC agreement. According to this document, the EU suggests that the agreement should require legally binding commitments for countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 60% of 2010 levels by 2050. EU countries would be required to cut 40% of 1990 emissions by 2030. According to this document, the EU would also like to see that climate targets are reviewed every five years and that the UN’s aviation and shipping bodies develop regulations to cut emissions by 2016. Other aspects of the document include that G20 countries should release their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by the first quarter of 2015, that all G20 nations should accept “absolute” economy-wide emission targets and budgets by 2025, and that climate change is reflected in the EU’s trade agreements. By Ed King at RTCC.

 And here is another example of how Europe is showing up the US on the environmental front- zero waste grocery stores. The small grocery chain, Day-by-day, sells 450 products without any packaging. Customers bring their own containers to fill up with the loose items and can get the peace of mind from not contributing to unnecessary waste (environmentalist’s dream). The store owner says products are often cheaper than the traditional, even though higher quality. We hope this catches on in both EU and US. Katherine Martin on Treehugger.com.
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