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Microsoft urged to keep corporate travel to 2020 levels for good

Microsoft is being urged to limit its corporate travel to 2020 levels for good, to set an example that others can follow by using its videoconferencing tools to limit its impact on the environment.

The Just Use Teams campaign, launched by a group of climate activists and Microsoft customers, says the company has spoken about the urgent need to tackle climate change but remains among the top 10 corporate flyers globally, despite being the only one to own and operate a videoconferencing platform.

“Microsoft is such a loyal partner to the fossil-fuelled aviation industry, its employees have their own check-in lane at Seattle airport,” the campaigners note. “Before the pandemic, Microsoft’s business travel emitted more greenhouse gases than some entire countries.

“If Microsoft was to go back to emitting as much through business flights as before the pandemic, it would risk undermining the meaningful contributions its sustainability team, its partners and its customers make every day.




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New South Wales imposes restrictions as Australian state records 11 new cases

New South Wales has recorded another 11 locally acquired cases of Covid-19, as premier Gladys Berejiklian warned this is the “scariest period” the state has faced during the pandemic.

“This is probably, if not the most, concerning times I have experienced during the pandemic because we’re dealing with a virus that is extremely contagious,” Berejiklian told reporters on Thursday.

“I do want to stress that my level of concern is medium to high across NSW.”

Berejiklian began her press conference by announcing she had tested negative to the virus, after being in a room with Nationals MP Adam Marshall, who has contracted the virus.




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