Vulnerable countries are stepping up and taking climate action, amid a slow response from some of the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, said the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday. In a new analysis, released ahead of the COP26 climate negotiations, the agency said that 93 per cent of least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) have submitted enhanced national climate plans (NDCs), or plan to do so. On the other hand, UNDP says, some countries in the G20 bloc of leading industrialized countries have been “dragging their feet on adhering to the core principles of the Paris Agreement to ‘ratchet up’ their climate ambition.” The G20, meeting in Rome this weekend, is responsible for more than three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Like in many other European countries, the temperature record in the Netherlands was broken in the summer of 2019. In the city Gilze and Rijen it became 40,7 °C. Even more remarkable: this was two degrees above the old record, 38,6 °C measured on 23 august 1944! Across the world, the weather becomes increasingly weirder, and above all, warmer. To stop this climate change, a world-wide transition to a so-called circular economy is needed. A definition to measure the ‘circularity’ of products and services is however missing. An increasing number of companies say they are on a mission to become 100 % circular, but what they mean remains unclear!
Like most acronyms, ITAD is a bit of a mouthful. It stands for Information Technology Asset Disposition, and while it doesn’t roll off the tongue, it is increasingly essential in securing old data and managing e-waste.
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