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VIDEO: The Week in Sustainability – October 31–November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022
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A clearer picture of our planet's future and steps to improve it.

What Brazil’s election means for our climate

Former President of Brazil (2003–2010) and climate advocate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was just re-elected. During his last term, deforestation fell by 70%. This time, he has vowed to stop illegal land use in the Amazon and set national GHG reduction targets (just in time for COP27). 

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Climate mitigation and environmental topics on NY and CA ballots 

  • In New York, The 2022 Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act would create 84,000 jobs and fund projects in four key areas: habitat restoration and flood risk mitigation, land conservation and recreation, climate change mitigation, and water quality improvements.
  • In California, Prop 30 would increase taxes by 1.75% for people that make over $2M per year and generate $4–5B per year to go toward zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption and wildfire prevention and suppression.

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U.S. mega-drought reminds us of the importance of water conservation 

The worst drought in more than 1,000 years is affecting the Southwestern U.S. It highlights the connection between climate change, water access, and biodiversity—and has been one of the most observable effects of climate change.

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A new look at the IPCC warming scenario projections

The windows of possible climate futures are narrowing. The narrowing rules out the absolute worst scenarios—largely because of unexpected increases in renewable energy—but also rules out the most hopeful. While it’s a relief that, for the moment, we’ve avoided the worst possible scenarios, there’s still a looming terror that we no longer can avoid significant climate catastrophe that will cause unnecessary upheaval and countless deaths. 

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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

• What Brazil’s election means for our climate?
• New York votes on the Environmental Bond Act
• California’s Prop 30 aims to generate $4–5 billion for climate initiatives
• U.S. mega-drought reminds us of the importance of water conservation
• A new look at the IPCC scenario projections