This are sustainability highlights 2019:
What will happen if the planet's temperature rises by just half a degree?
Half way through the year, the UN's panel of scientists, the IPCC, published a devastating report on how the planet will be impacted if global warming reaches the 1.5°C or 2°C ceilings. The conclusions were clear — the first option is bad, but the second is devastating. If the progressive rise goes on to reach 2°C above the pre-industrial era temperature, the global warming consequences will spray in every direction like a cluster bomb. In this article, we explain what will happen if the planet’s temperature rises by half a degree.
How to pollute less in cities to achieve carbon neutrality
Our situation means that the climate crisis can only be solved by reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. At Sustainability for all, we explain the measures that many cities are taking in order to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030and carbon neutrality.
Ranking of countries with the highest water stress
One of the biggest impacts of the climate crisis is on our water resources. Scientists predict that around a fifth of the world's countries will face water-related problems by 2040. We explain the concept of water stress and the countries that suffer most from it using data from 2019.
What is desertification?
One of the main causes of water scarcity is desertification; a process in which our planet's fertile lands are rendered unproductive and turned into deserts and in which human activities play a decisive role. In this two-minute video, we summarise the causes and consequences of desertification and some measures to combat the desertification.
Desertization and desertification are often used as synonyms when we refer to this process of exhaustion of the land, but they are certainly not the same thing. The presence of humans in the equation is what marks the difference #InvestInThePlanet— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) 14 de marzo de 2019
What is reverse osmosis desalination?
Although water covers 70% of the Earth's surface, 98% of it is in the form of seas and oceans, i.e. salt water. With reverse osmosis desalination, we can take advantage of this fact and try to tackle some of the key problems facing humans, such as those discussed in the two previous articles. This article, with the help of a simple yet informative video, explains why reverse osmosis desalination is the most advanced, efficient and beneficial for the planet method of desalination.
🌊🌊🌊— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) 25 de octubre de 2019
Find out in less than two minutes why reverse osmosis is the most advanced, efficient and beneficial desalination system for the planet #InvestInThePlanet
End is nigh for throwaway plastic
Among the articles of 2019, we keep finding some that are very encouraging and that show momentum in terms of the sustainable development of the planet. The Council and Parliament of the European Union, for example, have reached an agreement that a ban on certain single-use plastics will come into force from 2021. Plastic waste accumulating in our oceans is already an unsustainable problem. With this measure, no plastic means no pollution. This article explains which single-use plastics will be banned.
Say goodbye (at least in Europe) to plastric straws 👋🥤— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) 1 de agosto de 2019
...and to plastic plates
...and to plastic cutlery
Yes, the European Union 🇪🇺 has banned single-use plastics: if it isn’t made, it can’t pollute https://t.co/R2NCwwQLik #InvestInThePlanet pic.twitter.com/K9gH9dtrZJ
Guide for eliminating unnecessary plastic from our daily life
However, in addition to these legislative measures to ban single-use plastics, do you think it is possible to reduce the amount of plastic that we use every day? Some are unequivocal in their answer: yes. We have assembled some guides containing useful tips on how to eliminate unnecessary plastic from our day-to-day lives.
Plastic has become essential for progress, but it has also become a terrible threat to the planet 🌍😱— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) 30 de agosto de 2019
Guide for eliminating unnecessary plastic from your daily life 📔 👉 https://t.co/1C86d0c6Jx #InvestInThePlanet pic.twitter.com/pIaoCh1TMQ
The other Amazonias that also burn
The Amazon fires made the front pages this summer. About 2.5 million hectares burned down in 2019; an environmental tragedy that has alarmed people the world over. But not everything on fire lies in the Amazon. Great droughts and searing temperatures form the perfect conditions for rapid propagation of fires at other locations on the planet too, for example in Africa or the Arctic. In this article, we talk about the other Amazonias that have also burnt in 2019.
It’s not just the Amazon burning this summer 🌴🌳🌲, many areas of the planet are suffering one of the greatest forestry tragedies in recent years 🌍🔥 https://t.co/C3ojDG07fL #InvestInThePlanet pic.twitter.com/Mnm7BgrQGE— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) 14 de septiembre de 2019
Fridays for Future: time's against the planet
The fight against the climate crisis is no longer just for scientists — in 2019, it became a widespread social demand, as we have seen on COP25. There is still time to act, but real solutions are needed. The youth of our planet is taking this very seriously. Fridays for Future, the global student movement led by Greta Thunberg, began spontaneously and now leads demonstrations by millions of young people around the globe. In this article, find out about Fridays for future and its protests against the climate emergency.
A global strike for the climate change. Time’s against the planet, but youth is taking to the streets to urge governments to safeguard their future. And this is just great: https://t.co/rbHV1Ai86l #ClimateStrike— ACCIONA (English) (@ACCIONA_EN) 20 de septiembre de 2019
Six things you can do to prevent climate change
This social demand to fight against climate change, which is moving the masses, is not only calling on governments and companies — change starts with you! Here are six things you can do to prevent climate change.
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