Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

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At the same time, advocates criticize the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001

BOHOL, Philippines (May 27, 2018) — The local government of Bohol passed an ordinance against the establishment of coal power plants in the province, as a response to the people’s demand for a coal-free Bohol. Continue reading Bohol’s no-coal ordinance ‘an important victory’ – advocate

In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’

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LESSEN PLASTIC. Environmental advocates, government officials and NGOs proudly shows their reusable CleanSeas tumblers as they urge the ban of single-use plastics. Photo by Bong Santisteban/Rappler

A study shows that the Philippines generates 2.7 million metric tons of plastic garbage every year

MANILA, Phillippines (May 27, 2018) — Government and non-governmental organizations on Saturday, May 26 launched the CleanSeas Pilipinas campaign, in hopes of addressing the country’s emerging problem of plastics in Philippine seas. Continue reading In fight vs plastic, ‘challenge is changing people’s mindset, lifestyle’

Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

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Single-use plastic found on Kilninian beach on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Photograph: Will Rose/Greenpeace

Campaigners demand that post-Brexit Britain matches the EU’s plan to tackle waste

May 27, 2018 — The EU is to ban plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks in a bid to tackle the rising tide of plastic waste, a move that has prompted urgent calls for the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to guarantee that the UK will follow Brussels’ lead after Brexit. Continue reading Gove urged to follow Europe with ban on single-use plastic

‘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