ZDNet: Google’s new cloud computing tool helps you pick the greenest data centers

ZDNet: Google’s new cloud computing tool helps you pick the greenest data centers. “In another bid to make cloud computing eco-friendlier, Google has created a new tool to push customers who are picking their next cloud region towards choosing infrastructure that is more sustainable. When users browse through their options to manage cloud resources, Google will flag regions that have the lowest carbon impact highlighted with a leaf symbol and a ‘Lowest CO2’ label.”

Environment+Energy Leader: New Tool Offers Investors Ability to Directly Compare Emissions from 300 US Oil & Gas Companies

Environment+Energy Leader: New Tool Offers Investors Ability to Directly Compare Emissions from 300 US Oil & Gas Companies. “A new analysis from Ceres and the Clean Air Task Force allows investors to directly compare emissions intensity and total reported emissions for US oil and gas producers. The analysis used publicly available data to develop comparable metrics that highlight the GHG [greenhouse gas] performance of nearly 300 onshore oil and gas producers in the US.”

Canada NewsWire: Canada Announces New Energy and Emissions Database (PRESS RELEASE)

Canada NewsWire: Canada Announces New Energy and Emissions Database (PRESS RELEASE). “Improvements in energy efficiency are critical to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The Government of Canada is building a clean energy future to strengthen the economy, create jobs and support the natural resource sectors as we recover from COVID-19. Lenore Zann, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an $80,000 investment to Sustainability Solutions Group to support the development of the Municipal Energy and Emission Database (MEED), an integrated geospatial platform that tracks greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for municipalities across Canada.”

Habitat: A New Digital Tool to Help Co-ops and Condos Cut Carbon Emissions

Habitat: A New Digital Tool to Help Co-ops and Condos Cut Carbon Emissions. “The website features maps that allow the public to see the location of all 40,000 buildings in the five boroughs that must meet new emission limits, as well as the energy-efficiency letter grades of buildings that are required to provide benchmarking information on their annual energy and water consumption. The annual letter grades were inaugurated last year. The website also answers frequently asked questions and shares resources to help with building retrofits, including information about compliance metrics, adjustment programs and financial assistance.”

PR Newswire: Clean Energy Ventures Launches Open Access Tool to Identify the Climate Technologies Worth Investor Attention (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Clean Energy Ventures Launches Open Access Tool to Identify the Climate Technologies Worth Investor Attention (PRESS RELEASE). “Clean Energy Ventures announced today the launch of an open-access calculator to estimate a climate tech innovation’s potential impact on climate change. The Simple Emissions Reduction Calculator (SERC), which Clean Energy Ventures developed to help evaluate climate tech startups seeking funding, will be used by partners including Cleantech Open, Cleantech Scandinavia, and by any climate tech startups that are looking to validate their carbon emissions reduction potential.”

As You Sow: Twitter Commits to Set Science-Based Climate Target

As You Sow: Twitter Commits to Set Science-Based Climate Target. “Twitter announced … a pledge to join the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and adopt a clearly defined pathway for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s net-zero goal. With this commitment, Twitter follows other large tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, and Salesforce.”

Yale Climate Connections: New tool called ‘Vulcan’ could help cities better estimate their carbon dioxide emissions

Yale Climate Connections: New tool called ‘Vulcan’ could help cities better estimate their carbon dioxide emissions. “To create the tool, the researchers analyzed publicly available data on carbon emissions from power plants, factories, buildings, and vehicles across the entire United States in detail in space and time….So far, Vulcan has been used primarily by scientists. But the researchers have made it publicly available.”

University of California, Irvine: New U.S. Carbon Monitor website compares emissions among the 50 states

University of California, Irvine News: New U.S. Carbon Monitor website compares emissions among the 50 states. “Near real-time, state-level emissions estimates are now available at the U.S. Carbon Monitor website to serve the academic community, policy makers, the news media and the general public. As a companion to launch of the public website, the team today also released an explanatory paper on the EarthArXiv preprint server.”

The Verge: The Climate Controversy Swirling Around NFTs

The Verge: The Climate Controversy Swirling Around NFTs. “Individual pieces of crypto art, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), are at least partially responsible for the millions of tons of planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions generated by the cryptocurrencies used to buy and sell them. Some artists — including those who have already benefited from the craze — think it’s a problem that can be easily solved. Others think the proposed solutions are a pipe dream.”

Fast Company: These are the world’s most sustainable fonts

Fast Company: These are the world’s most sustainable fonts. “You probably haven’t thought about whether some websites can be more sustainable than others, but in fact, web design choices can affect how much energy the site uses. In this case, the Formafantasma team made visual choices that had a direct effect on the site’s sustainability. They didn’t just choose Times New Roman and Arial because they liked them, but because they’re standard default typefaces—and therefore, the most sustainable typefaces on the web.”

Lifehacker: Figure Out Your Next Car’s Emissions and Monthly Costs with ‘Carboncounter’

Lifehacker: Figure Out Your Next Car’s Emissions and Monthly Costs with ‘Carboncounter’. “If you want to prioritize environmental friendliness with the next car you buy, a handy website called Carboncounter has done the hard work for you. With its interactive charts and graphs, you can see how more than 600 cars stack up in two key areas: greenhouse gas emissions and expected monthly charges.”

Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2 (BBC)

BBC: Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2. “The global response to the Covid-19 crisis has had little impact on the continued rise in atmospheric concentrations of CO2, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Carbon emissions fell dramatically in 2020 due to lockdowns that saw transport and industry grind to a halt. But this has only marginally slowed down the overall rise in concentrations, the scientists say.”

ArtNet: An Envoy of Eco-Conscious Art Dealers and Insiders Have Created a Simple Tool to Help the Industry Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

ArtNet: An Envoy of Eco-Conscious Art Dealers and Insiders Have Created a Simple Tool to Help the Industry Reduce Its Carbon Footprint. “A group of art-industry leaders has teamed up with Frieze and other organizations to create a new tool to help galleries and fair organizers reduce their carbon footprints. The Gallery Climate Coalition, as the group is known, launches its website today with a free-to-use carbon calculator that has been tailored to the needs of the commercial art sector.”