‘We can’t see a future’: group takes EU to court over climate change

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Maurice Feschet, 72, a lavender farmer from Provence, says he lost 44% of his harvest in six years because of climate change. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights

May 24, 2018 — Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change. Continue reading ‘We can’t see a future’: group takes EU to court over climate change

Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

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The UK Committee on Climate Change says target is currently ‘at the limit of feasibility’. Photograph: Alamy

Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing

May 24, 2018 — New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Continue reading Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

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There are over 2,500 polar bears in the coastal area that includes Labrador and northern Quebec, according to Environment Canada. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Getty Images/Gallo Images

Despite vanishing sea ice and shorter winters, Labrador’s polar bear population is among the healthiest in the world – and it could be thanks to the harp seals

May 24, 2018 — Guido Rich, 28, an Inuit hunter from Rigolet, Labrador, brings his Ski-Doo to a careful stop on the sea ice, mindful of the precious cargo it hauls: the body of an 800lb male polar bear. It takes Rich and two other men to roll the animal off the sled and on to the ice, while his wife and young children watch. Continue reading ‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

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In Beijing the modern city beyond the Imperial City’s north gate is visible under a clear sky during the period assessed, 2013-16. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

WHO database lowers Beijing’s particulate ranking from 40th worst in world to 187th, as coal plants flagged as key culprit

May 24, 2018 — Beijing is slowly shedding its image as the world’s most polluted city. In 2013, it ranked as the 40th worst city for the particulate PM2.5 in the World Health Organisation global database. Four years on, thanks in part to a crackdown on polluters, it stands in 187th place. Continue reading Pollutionwatch: Air contamination drops by 30% in China

Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

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The Congolese rainforest is under pressure from demand for fuel, farmland and timber (Pic: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR)

International donors have frozen funding to conserve the world’s second largest rainforest, with the DRC environment minister said to have gone “rogue”

May 24, 2018 — A major forest protection scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in turmoil, amid a standoff between the country’s environment ministry and international donors. Continue reading Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

What went down at 2018 Bonn climate talks

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The United Nations climate summit, which took place in Germany this month, saw slow but steady progress on setting up the rules to implement the Paris Agreement. Here is a comprehensive summary of the technical UN climate talks

BONN, Germany (May 23, 2018) — Two weeks, 3,000 diplomats, and hundreds of informal notes.

During the past two weeks, the United Nations (UN) intersessional climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany set out to formulate the “rules” needed to implement the Paris Agreement. Continue reading What went down at 2018 Bonn climate talks

Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

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The Masbate provincial government will no longer authorize the development or operation of any coal-fired power plant

MANILA, Philippines – Masbate, one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines, is no longer allowing the use of coal as a source of energy in a bid to limit its carbon output. Continue reading Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

#StoryOfTheNation: Mindanaoans a year after Marawi siege

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RUINS. Municipal councilor Jalil Mamailaw comes home to a burnt house, Saturday, April 7, in Marawi City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

From the two areas that have been granted access so far, residents found their life’s work either destroyed, burnt, or looted

MANILA, Philippines (May 23, 2018) —  One year after the ISIS-linked Maute Group attacked Marawi, the city and its people are still recovering from the 5-month war that left thousands homeless. Continue reading #StoryOfTheNation: Mindanaoans a year after Marawi siege

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

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URBAN WARFARE. The Philippine military exposes the shortcomings of the Philippine military in urban fighting. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Marawi was a ‘setback’ for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon’s faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a ‘propaganda victory’ for ISIS, says Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines (May 23, 2018) — Recent developments in the jungles of Sulu are game changers that underscore the country’s continuing battle against armed groups linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) a year since they laid siege to Marawi City. Continue reading War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on a year after Marawi siege

Global warming made Hurricane Harvey more destructive

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The NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captures an infrared image of Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall on August 25, 2017 along the Texas coast. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images

Hot oceans fueled Hurricane Harvey, generating more intense rainfall

May 23, 2018 — Last summer, the United states was pummeled with three severe hurricanes in rapid succession. It was a truly awesome display of the power of weather and the country is still reeling from the effects. In the climate community, there has been years of Continue reading Global warming made Hurricane Harvey more destructive

Growing disaster resiliency in Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) and the rest of Mindanao