Good news despite global warming in 2022
Between the war in Ukraine that caused an explosion in coal consumption, the wildfires and historic drought that hit Europe this summer, and the increasingly alarming cries of warning from climatologists… we can’t say 2022 is particularly happy. on the climate front. This year was also the hottest year ever recorded in France.
Despite this, and perhaps because of this, awareness is accelerating and action to combat global warming and protect the planet is multiplying almost everywhere in the world. There are plenty of reasons to pause at the end of the year to avoid getting too caught up in climate anxiety. A small, incomplete anthology.
1er January. The Agec anti-waste law prohibits the use of plastic for packaging for a number of products, including unprocessed fruit and vegetables and newspaper delivery.
February 4. Iceland, one of the last three countries in the world to still engage in commercial whaling, along with Japan and Norway, has announced that it will not renew its quotas from 2024. However, the reason is less environmental and economic. suffers from great difficulties.
March 2. The UN adopts an agreement to end plastic pollution by 2024 and develop a legally binding international agreement. This treaty, signed by 175 countries, has been harmonized. “The largest multilateral environmental agreement since the Paris Agreement” By UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
May 27. The G7 countries are committed to decarbonising the majority of their electricity sector by 2035, as well as ending all international funding for fossil fuel projects from this year.
1er April. A ban on heated cafe terraces, which has been postponed several times since the Citizen’s Climate Convention, comes into effect in France.
May 5. For the first time in a century, a wolf has reappeared in Finistere. For 10 years, the number of gray wolves in France has been steadily increasing.
May 19. In a sign of a youth increasingly concerned about the climate, eight engineering students from AgroParisTech have released a video calling on their friends. “hook”in the face of training that prepares them for “destructive” work for both the environment and the population.
June 7. EU member states and the European Parliament have agreed to introduce USB-C chargers for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras from 2024, and for laptops from 2026.
June 8. The European Parliament votes to ban the sale of new thermal vehicles from 2035 as part of a “climate package” aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
June 17. After twenty-one years of negotiations, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is scrapping a historic agreement on fishing that planned to ban some of the subsidies nations pay to the sector.
August 7. The US Senate passes the Inflation Reduction Act, a massive investment plan that plans to allocate $370 billion to the energy transition. This project should allow the United States to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 2005.
September 5. France’s first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Saint-Nazaire, was inaugurated by the President of the Republic.
September 8. Australia passes its first major climate change bill, aiming to cut emissions from a high-carbon economy by 43% below 2005 levels.
September 16. The European Union bans deep-sea trawling in part of the Atlantic Ocean. The decision, welcomed by NGOs, aims to protect particularly sensitive ecosystems.
October 21. Emmanuel Macron announced that France is withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which is not in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.. Signed in 1994, the text allowed fossil companies to sue states whose decisions hurt their profits.
October 27. The IEA predicts that CO2 emissions will reach 37 billion tons in 2025 and fall to 32 billion tons in 2050, sooner than expected. Despite these efforts, the average temperature will increase by about 2.5 degrees by 2100, which is far from expected. enough to avoid severe climatic consequences.
December 6. Twenty-seven and the European Parliament have agreed on an unprecedented text in the world to ban the import of products directly related to deforestation. Soy, palm oil, beef, coffee, firewood or even cocoa will no longer be able to reach the European market if they come from a deforested area.
December 14. Proving that sobriety isn’t all nonsense, RTE announces a 10% reduction in electricity consumption over the course of a year. A decline across all sectors: industrial, tertiary and residential.
December 18. The EU is agreeing on sweeping reforms to the carbon market, the centerpiece of a major climate plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. European carbon market benchmarks that EU industrialists are required to buy into “right to pollute”.
December 19. COP15 in Montreal took a big step for biodiversity by endorsing the principle of protecting 30% of land and sea surfaces by 2030.