Posts tagged with "Earth Day"

Going down? Biden commits to cutting U.S. emissions by 50% over next decade

April 23, 2021

On April 22, Earth Day, President Joe Biden signaled his Administration’s intention to set aside four years of retrograde national policy by formally pledging the United States to reducing its carbon emissions by at least half (of 2005 levels) over the next decade, Slate reports.

During the opening of a two-day climate summit of world leaders, announced and virtually hosted by the White House, Biden framed the issue not just as a moral obligation, but an economic opportunity, saying, “The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable, and the cost of inaction keeps mounting,” Biden said from the White House. “This is a moral imperative, an economic imperative— a moment of peril, but also a moment of extraordinary possibilities.”

In 2019—the most recent year for which complete data are available—U.S. emissions came in roughly 13% below 2005 levels, according to the EPA.

To provide another angle on how far the U.S. still needs to go to reduce its carbon footprint, last year, when much the country essentially did nothing at all—drove less, flew less, moved less—U.S. emissions were barely down.

In fact, Slate notes, U.S. emissions are still only projected to be down less than a quarter—roughly 21 %—for the year compared to the 2005 baseline. Even before four years of Trump, America had a lot of work to do to meet its emission targets. When former President Barack Obama signed the United States on to the Paris accord in 2016, the outgoing Obama administration pledged a 28% reduction in emissions levels by 2025.

“Administration officials said they see multiple paths toward achieving their goals, through a combination of federal policies and action by states, companies and other subnational groups,” The Wall Street Journal reports, adding,. “Biden has proposed a $2.3 trillion infrastructure package that includes measures to reduce emissions, such as a proposed standard mandating that the country’s electricity be produced with low-carbon energy sources.”

According to Slate, American climate leadership faces domestic opposition from Republicans, who say that say it’s unfair for the U.S.A. to have to make sometimes difficult cuts, with economic consequences, if other developing nations—most importantly, China—don’t have to do the same.

Research contact: @Slate 

Win a spin: Panera sponsors ‘Bread Bowl Bike’ sweepstakes ahead of Earth Day on April 22

April 19, 2021

Panera  a fast-casual food chain with over 2,000 U.S. locations, has announced that the entry window is open for the “Panera Earth Day Sweepstakes—which will award 30 lucky winners with a customized bicycle that’s equipped with an insulated bread bowl basket and bike flashlight upfront, Fox News reports.

“We’re celebrating #EarthMonth with a *limited-edition* Bread Bowl Bike!” The Panera Bread Twitter account wrote in an announcement post on Wednesday, April 14.”With the global bike shortage, now’s the time to enter for a chance to win.”

The Bread Bowl Bikes are custom made by Miami-based Vivelo and feature the Panera brand’s signature green, brown and off-white colors.

According to Panera’s sweepstake terms, entries will be accepted until the last minute of Earth Day, which is Thursday, April 22, at 11:59 (EDT). Participants can enter their contact information for a chance to win on the company’s dedicated Earth Day website.

Eligible winners must be U.S. residents and at least 18 years old. Florida residents are excluded from the sweepstakes due to scheduling conflicts with the giveaway’s pre-determined timeline, a media representative for Panera told Fox News.

During Earth Month, there is often a call to switch to transportation like riding your bike, but due to demand for bikes from COVID shut downs (people wanting to be outside more), bike shortages will likely last until 2022,” a statement from Panera Bread reads. “Unfortunately, that means this year you might see less bikes on the road. But Panera wants help you do your part.”

Panera says the total approximate retail value of the soon-to-be awarded bikes is $33,000, which puts each bike at a retail value of $1,100.

The starting cost of a custom Vivelo bicycle is $849, according to the bike manufacturer’s website.

The bike offering comes five months after Panera introduced climate-friendly menu options, which are denoted with “Cool Food Meal” badges.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Look ‘fly’: Allbirds is dropping five limited-edition sneakers for Earth Day

April 16, 2019

In celebration of Earth Day, on April 22, Allbirds has announced that, each day this week, the company will release one of five new limited-edition colors inspired by endangered birds.

More than one billion people in 192 nations now take part in what has become the largest civic-focused day of action worldwide—and Allbirds, the trendy, environmentally friendly footwear brand based in San Francisco, hopes that its customers will be wearing its new sneakers for the occasion.

All proceeds from sales of the new collection will be donated to the National Audubon Society. What’s more, the five birds that are the inspiration for Allbirds’ Earth Day shoe styles were chosen because they are featured in Audubon’s Birds and Climate Report: Species on the Brink—which shows that half of all birds in the U.S. are at risk of losing the places they call home because of climate change.

The Painted Redstart is found in the Southwest, the Scarlet Tanager migrates long distances, and the Mountain Bluebird is a voracious insect eater (93% of its diet), and although they are all very different birds, they may share a similar fate. For all three birds, their summer homes are shrinking and shifting so rapidly due to climate change that they may not be able to adapt fast enough.

The Pygmy Nuthatch is a small bird that tends to gather in fussy flocks, and the Allen’s Hummingbird only lays two eggs per clutch. These two tiny birds are climate-threatened because both their summer and their winter homes are shrinking and shifting dramatically due to rising temperatures and the impact of climate change.

The new collection comprises five different color combinations for the Wool Runner($95) and Tree Runner ($95) styles. Kicking off this special Earth Day-themed event is the Painted Redstart Tree Runner on Monday, April 15.

You’ll need to check back on the Allbirds website every day to see and shop their final forms, but you can get a sneak peek of the colors now with the above illustrations.

Tuesday, April 16: Pygmy Nuthach Wool Runner

Wednesday, April 17: Mountain Bluebird Wool Runner

Thursday, April 18: Allen’s Hummingbird Tree Runner

Friday, April 19: Scarlet Tanager Wool Runner

Research contact: @Allbirds