No loss in translation: Telehealth for Ukraine and night school in Japan

1. United States

In a sweeping move toward accountability, California will require large companies to disclose their carbon emissions. Senate Bill 253 applies to roughly 5,400 companies that do business in the state and have annual revenues exceeding $1 billion. By 2026, companies will have to report emissions from energy used and the indirect emissions of the generation of that energy. By 2027, they must disclose “Scope 3” indirect supply chain emissions, such as from employee travel and shipping of goods.  

Though many large companies already calculate their carbon emissions, SB 253 will force stragglers to catch up and standardize emissions reporting. The law’s reporting mandates are based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a widely used international standard. The state will allow companies to reuse emissions records filed in other jurisdictions to simplify reporting.


Trucks line up to enter a shipping terminal in California, November 2021.

Why We Wrote This

In our progress roundup, language is no barrier for volunteers in the U.S. and Europe providing health care for people in Ukraine by phone. And around Japan, night schools fill a gap for both foreigners and Japanese who missed out on middle school.

Among other environmental laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September is a companion law, SB 261. The two bills together are the most extensive climate disclosure laws in the United States. SB 261 says that “economic actors” risk harm to communities without adequate planning and will require more than 10,000 companies to report climate-related financial risks and mitigation and adaptation plans.
Source: Fast Company 

2. Antigua and Barbuda

Conservationists transformed a barren island of Antigua and Barbuda into a wildlife sanctuary, fulfilling the country’s part of the global “30×30” goal to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. The island of Redonda was devastated in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by guano mining operations that left behind invasive black rats and goats. In 2016, a local and international consortium began removing rats and goats from the island, transporting the goats – many of which were starving due to lack of food – off the island via helicopter.

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