UN | Report of the Secretary-General Dec. 2019:
September’s Climate Action Summit delivered important new actions, a surge in climate momentum, and a clear destination: 45% emissions cuts by 2030 on the way to a carbon neutral world by 2050. The Secretary-General’s report on the outcomes of the Summit highlights the way forward in 2020, and outlines ten priority areas of action. We are seeing unprecedented changes in the earth’s environmental and physical processes. Climate change, air pollution, reduced availability of clean water, and persistent toxic chemicals threaten human, animal, and environmental health and well-being.
A special guest presentation was made by Farhana Yamin, who is an internationally renowned environmental lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist with more than two decades of experience advising nations and NGOs on climate change and development policy. An interview with her is here. As well as authoring numerous books and IPCC reports, she has played a key role in drawing up international treaties, including the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015. Farhana is also an associate fellow at Chatham House and visiting professor at UCL. In April she glued herself to Shell's London headquarters in protest at the oil firm's climate impact.
The targets, roadmap and vision for the systemic change needed to address climate change are clear. They were recently discussed at CarbonPositive’20, with a video library here. At this milestone event, current actions and opportunities were presented, the latest tools, technologies and advanced materials were exhibited, experiences and expertise were shared, and the future was imagined. CarbonPositive’20 focused on the actions necessary to avert dangerous climate change and limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Climate Positive Design Challenge
Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) present transparent, verified and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products.
Beyond Net Zero
ARUP BioBuild is the world’s first self-supporting façade panel for building construction made of biocomposite materials.
Living Algae Buildings Australia
World Green Building Council Net Zero
International Living Future Institute Zero Carbon Certification
Skanska Embodied Carbon Calculation Tool
Update 4/8/20: Architect Magazine has provided climate action resources to the profession.
Update 4/23/20: Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions.