Dust from a storm covers the horizon on the outskirts of New Delhi, 9 June 2018. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP Dust storms come months before the start of city’s traditional ‘pollution season’
June 15, 2018 — Smog more toxic than can be measured by monitoring devices has blanketed the Indian capital this week, months before the start of Delhi’s traditional “pollution season”.
Continue reading Delhi’s air pollution is now so bad it is literally off the chart Poor People’s Campaign holds a protest on Capitol Hill to demand healthcare and a healthy environment. 04 June 2018. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis
June 11, 2018 — The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, poverty and militarism. But the modern version has also opened up a new battleground – the environment.
Continue reading Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign ClientEarth said the commission’s inaction meant more exposure to harmful chemicals. Photograph: OJO Images/Rex/Shutterstock European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says
June 11, 2018 — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report.
A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to ban a toxic chemical after it had been identified was “excessively delayed”, sometimes for up to four years.
Continue reading Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals Straubenhardt windfarm, Germany (Pic: Flickr/Marco Verch) The EU is near agreement on measures to put its 2030 climate target into action, with a meeting of energy ministers on Monday swinging towards more ambition
June 11, 2018 — New governments in southern Europe have pushed the needle of EU clean energy talks toward ambition.
Continue reading EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on 1 June 2017. Photograph: Joyce N. Boghosian/White House Press Office Cities, states and companies are taking their own steps on behalf of the planet. But their power to minimize Trump’s damage is limited
June 1, 2018 — Donald Trump barely had time to leave a sun-drenched Rose Garden after announcing the US exit from the historic Paris climate change agreement before the backlash began.
Continue reading Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap Newly planted field of trees in plastic protective tubes, Suffolk, UK. Credit: geogphotos / Alamy Stock Photo. Prof Jan Minx is head of the applied sustainability science working group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Priestley Chair of climate change and public policy at the University of Leeds; Dr Sabine Fuss is head of the sustainable resource management and global change working group at the MCC; and Prof Gregory Nemet is associate professor of public affairs and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison
June 1, 2018 — Despite the ambitious long-term climate goals of the Paris Agreement, there remains a distinct lack of success at ushering in immediate and sustained reductions in global CO2 emissions.
Continue reading Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’ Margaret Atwood is speaking at the British Library as part of Under Her Eye, a women and climate festival. Photograph: Liam Sharp Booker prize-winning author predicts climate reality will not be far from scenarios imagined in her post-apocalyptic fiction
May 31, 2018 — Climate change will bring a dystopian future reminiscent of one of her “speculative fictions”, with women bearing the brunt of brutal repression, hunger and war, the Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood is to warn.
Continue reading Margaret Atwood: women will bear brunt of dystopian climate future Image by Rappler.com 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 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’ 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