Climate change headlines can be overwhelming, but it is important to stay informed. At Emeraldology, we find that a dose of good news helps the bad go down – like Mary Poppins with her spoonful of sugar. Below are a few climate headlines that we found important this week.

The Good

Gothenburg: A big win against fossil gas.

  • Swedish protest group Fossilgasfallan convinced its government to deny “Swedegas the permit to connect the fossil gas terminal to the national gas grid.”
  • The group has been protesting the project since 2017 and is proof that non-violent protest can affect change

The Bad

No choice but to invest in oil, Shell CEO says

  • The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Buerden, said in an interview with Reuters that he has “no choice” but to invest in long-life oil projects. The company intends to proceed with 35 new fossil fuel projects by 2025.
  • In 2017, Shell claimed it would halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Those emissions rose 2.5% between 2017 and 2018.

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America

  • According to data released by Boston University’s Database of Road Transportation Emissions, Seattle’s emissions per person increased between 1990 and 2017.
  • The New York Times used this data to create a detailed auto emissions map of America.

The Swampy (in a good way)

Leque Island: 250 acres open to the tide, create a place for young salmon and crab

  • The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened the 250-acre Leque Island portion of the Skagit Wildlife Area.
  • The project removed dikes from old farmland, restoring the land into an estuary that supports juvenile Chinook salmon, crabs and several species of birds,.
  • In addition to providing habitat, estuaries trap and store carbon, and serve as natural land-sea barriers.

Feature photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash.