Companies are missing the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of power-hungry technology, according to a survey of digital leaders. Chief executives and companies’ boards recognise that greener technology will improve their carbon footprint, but tackling the power consumption of datacentres and other energy-consuming IT systems features low on their list of priorities, according to Harvey Nash Group’s Digital leadership report.
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It’s a common refrain: A billionaire loudly promotes potential solutions for climate change while jetting around the world, leaving a sizable carbon footprint. This week, it happened twice. First, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates — an outspoken advocate for combatting climate change — reportedly celebrated his 66th birthday by hosting dozens of guests, including fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos, on a mega-yacht in the Mediterranean Sea near Turkey’s coast.
Jeff Bezos has spoken to delegates at the COP26 climate change conference about how his recent trip to space gave him a new perspective. The billionaire founder of Amazon said going to space let him see ‘how thin the globe’s atmosphere is’.
As the leaders of the world gather in Glasgow to discuss the fate of the climate crisis, the power to save the planet from destruction caused by humans does not only lie in the hands of those in power. While the majority of reductions in greenhouse gases will need to be accomplished by transformation in policy and industry, individual actions can also help prevent further warming, according to the experts.
It was a summer filled with intense wildfires and skies dense with smoke. Checking the air quality every morning became as normal as checking the daily weather. Unfortunately, it appears to be just the beginning in terms of climate change, as global temperatures are on the rise and gas emissions are “putting the planet on a catastrophic pathway,” according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Overwhelmed by the magnitude of the climate crisis, many people say they feel powerless to make a difference. But, for some, even small changes — whether cutting down on meat, switching to energy efficient lightbulbs or replacing a gas-guzzler with an electric car — can have a positive impact on the environment. Here, we ask seven people about the personal choices and actions they are taking to help tackle climate change.
Governments are committing to net zero. Sustainable products are being sold to you on Instagram. Banks are pushing E.S.G.s. As climate change gets worse, it seems like everyone wants you to know that they’re doing something about it. But what do those words mean? Are they really communicating information — or obfuscating?
The world’s largest aid organisations are divided when it comes to which greenhouse gas emissions to measure and how, according to a survey by The New Humanitarian that paints a messy picture of greening efforts in the sector and exposes gaps in tracking data.