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VIDEO: JETP at the G20, U.S. & China climate talks, and the Atlas of Disaster – The Week in Sustainability

November 17, 2022

November 14–18, 2022

A new Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) from the G20 Summit

In non-COP27 news, at the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) event at the G20 Summit, a cohort of countries, including the U.S., Japan, Canada, and the EU, announced an initial $20B in public and private sector financing to help Indonesia reduce its reliance on coal power. 

U.S. and China restart climate talks

After a three-hour meeting on Monday, the U.S. and China—the two largest producers of fossil fuel emissions—agreed to resume talks on transnational challenges, which include climate change. Activists at COP27 closely followed this meeting because previous cooperation has motivated other nations and inspired broader collaboration. 

Atlas of Disaster 

Rebuild by Design—a research and design group at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge focused on reimagining communities in the face of rising population, climate change, and social injustice—released its Atlas of Disaster this week. The report details the spread and cost of climate disasters and profiles every U.S. state’s disaster occurrences, federal assistance, social vulnerability, and energy reliability. The takeaway: Although disasters occur more frequently in states like CA and FL, 90% of all U.S. counties have experienced a federal climate disaster in the last ten years and this does not include extreme heat waves or droughts.

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About The Week in Sustainability

Each week, Sustain.Life’s sustainability team offers commentary about the week’s most pressing issues and stories in sustainability and ESG. Watch every episode here.

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The takeaway

– A new climate finance agreement in the form of a Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) from the G20 Summit

– What the new climate talks between the U.S. and China could mean for the rest of the world

– The Atlas of Disaster uncovers more than what meets the eye