The first issue of Bloomberg Green

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Today we're publishing the first issue of Bloomberg Green, and all newsletter readers can access a free digital version of the print magazine. The stories are available on our website, too.

This raises a fair question: Why make a climate magazine? Sometimes it seems easier to imagine the end of the world than the solutions to global warming. Which is not a wonderful situation, especially for starting a new publication.

Let's assume the downside is clear. A climate publication in 2020 should take for granted the consequences of burning fossil fuel, just as a financial publication assumes readers are well-versed in investment risk. The first thing Bloomberg Green did at its digital launch five months ago was to make numbers about climate and energy as visceral as the real-time data favored by traders. 

Climate numbers are vitally important—and relentlessly grim. Scientists have succeeded against deep-pocketed skeptics, and now the causes of rising temperatures are undeniable. This new magazine, in its paper form, prints the count of atmospheric CO2 on its spine. But astounding numbers showing the speed of the clean-energy transition haven't had the same power to shape our sense of what's possible. Maybe it's that old problem in which the future is here and unevenly distributed.

The world has entered a new era of climate solutions, and this publication is going to be its chronicle. Clean technologies that can zero out emissions in grids, buildings, and everyday transport are already viable and profitable. Those sectors account for about half of all emissions. The U.S. now consumes more energy from renewables than coal, largely because of falling costs. Solar panels that cost $100 per watt in 1976 are now 23¢ per watt—a more than 99% decrease. Even some oil giants that brought you global warming have started promising to eliminate emissions within 30 years. Our Stimulus Guide examines policies that can speed things up. 

That's the starting point for the first issue of Bloomberg Green. The world has been brought low by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has the means to rebuild itself better. Let's take this era of climate solutions as seriously as our real fear of reaching a dead end. 

-Aaron Rutkoff, editor of Bloomberg Green

Starting Point

From Global Crisis to Climate Turning Point
The choice facing the world isn't between climate and growth, writes Michael R. Bloomberg.

Green Stimulus Guide

26 Ways to Launch a Clean Energy Future

How to grow green out of the pandemic recovery.

Tesla Wouldn't Be Tesla Without Stimulus Spending
China Tries to Have It Both Ways After Virus
Europe Goes All In on Climate With Recovery Plans
Time to 'Radically Transform' the Way Governments Spend
Africa Should 'Leapfrog' World on Renewable Energy
Energy, Transportation Have a Powerful 'Sustainable Story'

Data Dash

Bloomberg Data Dash: A Live Climate Scoreboard for the World

These are the numbers that matter.

A Pandemic That Cleared Skies Isn't Slowing Global Warming

The dire lockdowns undertaken to stop Covid-19 have fast-forwarded us into an unlikely future—one with almost impossibly bold climate action taken all at once, no matter the cost.

Rethinking Air Pollution After the Virus

Studies are starting to link dirty air to Covid deaths.

Now

Look Who's Talking About Zero Emissions: Shell CEO Q&A
BlackRock's Green Dreams Got Complicated Fast
Why It's So Hard to Reduce Emissions in the Supply Chain
Dune Road Is Falling Into the Sea—Unless the Billionaires Can Save It
The Other Fossils in the Boardroom: Emitters Inside Banks
This Won't Be Solar's Best Year Ever—But It'll Be Close

Plastics

Plastic Is the Hero of Coronavirus, Says the Plastics Industry

Lobbying groups have seized the opportunity to push back against single-use bans.

This Plastic Mega-Factory Is a $10 Billion Bet on a Single-Use Future

A world leader in virgin resins comes to Louisiana's Cancer Alley with an unlimited vision for its products.

Features

Disney's Jungle Cruise

High-emission vacations lead to trouble in a rainforest far, far away.

Australia's Water Is Vanishing

Scorched by climate change and drained by industrial farms, the country's most important river system is nearing collapse.

Inside Microsoft's Mission to Go Carbon Negative

Can the unproven technology Lucas Joppa is betting on arrest the climate crisis in time?

Wind

Inventor of Wind Turbine Is Now Trying to Harness Unlimited Power

The race is on to develop floating wind farms that can become an almost boundless source of emission-free electricity.

The Art of Putting Turbines in the Windiest Spot

Getting the location wrong by a few dozen meters can lose millions for a wind project.

Wind Turbine Blades Pile Up in Landfills

Companies are searching for ways to deal with the tens of thousands of blades that have reached the end of their lives.

Next

Face Masks for Cows Have Nothing to Do With Coronavirus
The Fast, Cheap and Scary Way to Cool the Planet
Spend Wisely on Your Next Toothbrush, Vodka, and Porsche
A Green Megamansion Rises in South Florida
Turning Cars Into Electric Bikes for Mid-Pandemic Commute
Solving the Global Cooling Problem
And Now for Good News About Climate for a Change

Warm Futures

Kim Stanley Robinson: The Climate Case for a Jobs Guarantee

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