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Day: November 13, 2021

NYTimes Video » Democratic Party hypocrisy is fuelling America’s inequality

NY Times »

It’s easy to blame the other side. And for many Democrats, it’s obvious that Republicans are thwarting progress toward a more equal society.

But what happens when Republicans aren’t standing in the way?

In many states — including California, New York and Illinois — Democrats control all the levers of power. They run the government. They write the laws. And as we explore in the video above, they often aren’t living up to their values.

In key respects, many blue states are actually doing worse than red states. It is in the blue states where affordable housing is often hardest to find, there are some of the most acute disparities in education funding and economic inequality is increasing most quickly.

Instead of asking, “What’s the matter with Kansas?” Democrats need to spend more time pondering, “What’s the matter with California?”

XPRIZE and the Musk Foundation announce 23 XPRIZE Carbon Removal Student Award Winners

This week XPRIZE announced the 23 student-led teams that shared the US$5M Student Awards purse in XPRIZE Carbon Removal.

18 of teams will receive US$250,000 to jump-start carbon removal projects, while 5 teams will receive US$100,000 to develop technologies that will support the Measurement, Reporting or Verification of Carbon Removal solutions more broadly.

XPRIZE received 195 complete submissions from 44 countries. Each student team was required to submit a detailed proposal outlining the project they intend to execute. Beyond the project details, teams needed to convince XPRIZE’s independent panel of judges that their project was scientifically viable, that their project at scale can have a meaningful positive impact on climate change, and that the team (who were required to be majority students and led by students) had the skills required to pull it all off.

XPRIZE notes the teams who were successful in this round were able to articulate the most clear and detailed plans for sustainable, carbon negative projects that will result in durable CO2 sequestration (or, in the case of the MRV teams, best support carbon removal).

US$95 million is still up for grabs.

A list of the award winners can be found here »

Press release »

Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds

The  survey by Kantar Public shows the majority now realize climate change is real. Shockingly, it also shows the majority feel they are already doing enough and are not willing to change their lifestyle to do more.

Jon Henley, The Guardian »

Only 51% said they would definitely act to protect the planet, with 14% saying they would definitely not and 35% torn. People in Poland and Singapore (56%) were the most willing to act, and in Germany (44%) and the Netherlands (37%) the least.

The most common reasons given for not being willing to do more for the planet were “I feel proud of what I am currently doing” (74%), “There isn’t agreement among experts on the best solutions” (72%), and “I need more resources and equipment from public authorities” (69%).

Other reasons for not wanting to do more included “I can’t afford to make those efforts” (60%), “I lack information and guidance on what to do” (55%), “I don’t think individual efforts can really have an impact” (39%), “I believe environmental threats are overestimated” (35%) and “I don’t have the headspace to think about it” (33%).

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