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Adam Oxford
Adam Oxford

The Guardian has been leading this week with a series of number crunching stories around carbon emissions, which it uses to show that just 20 firms have been responsible for 35% of greenhouse gas equivalents since 1965. What makes these businesses particularly culpable – moreso than the people who use their products – is that they they knew exactly the problems that their products caused way back then, and lobbied hard against alternatives all the same. Can you say Big Tobacco?

In other news, Google has launched its Environmental Insights Explorer to help navigate data about emissions and sustainability measures at the municipal level – sadly it doesn’t contain any African city data yet, but the potential is there. Still, Google’s climate credentials are under attack from the Graun, with news that it’s been funding lobby groups that worked to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement.

(Main image – Guardian Graphic. Second image via Google)

Adam Oxford
  • Adam Oxford is a freelance journalist, media consultant and civic tech enthusiast. He also works closely with startups developing solutions to access to justice problems.

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