On Air with IER: Episode 98

This week: Scientists shout for climate action and cement and concrete manufacturers unveil a plan for net zero carbon emissions.
November 8, 2021


Welcome to Episode 98 of the (new and improved) IER Podcast!


“We are Running Out of Time”

By Enrique Saenz

About 200 world leaders have assembled in Glasgow, Scotland for a climate conference that could decide the fate of the world’s future, and scientists are urging them to take action now.

In an editorial, the geoscientists in charge of 22 science journals of the American Geophysical Union, including two from Indiana, urged world leaders at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties summit, known as COP26, to take immediate collective action to lessen the impacts of climate change that threatens “humanity itself.”

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News In Brief

A roundup of recent climate and environmental related headlines from around the world.

Global climate change impacts on crops expected within 10 years
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Using microbes to make carbon-neutral fuel
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Major Cement, Concrete Manufacturers Make 2050 Net Zero Pledge

By Enrique Saenz

Many of the world’s major cement and concrete manufacturers have recently pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050, but their long-term plans may not sufficiently address air quality issues and other health risks from industry operations in Indiana.

Dozens of international companies, including two companies that operate in Indiana, and their subsidiaries, have signed on to net zero commitments from industry trade organizations to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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