President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday for a second time asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put the brakes on a lawsuit filed by young activists who have accused the U.S. government of ignoring the perils of climate change. In the lawsuit, 21 activists, ages 11 to 22, said federal officials violated their rights to due process under the U.S. Constitution by failing to adequately address carbon pollution such as emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. The lawsuit was filed in 2015 against former President Barack Obama and government agencies in a federal court in Eugene, Oregon.
TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR has said that Brexit is not a “passing squall”, but a “political equivalent of climate change”, according to RTÉ Europe Editor Tony Connolly. “It will permanently change the relationship between Ireland the UK and the UK and Europe,” Varadkar told reporters in Brussels. EU leaders gave their closing statements at the Brexit conference, which ended in disappointment and little progress made. It had been expected that leaders would debate and discuss the final deal, but we're no closer to seeing an agreement that would ensure no border appears on the island of Ireland. Last night UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave a 15-minute speech to leaders where no new proposals or ideas
Renewable energy sources aren't enough to eliminate the harmful effects of climate change, Bill Gates wrotein a recent blog post. To prevent climate-related disasters such as floods, drought, and extreme temperatures, the world must focus on five "grand challenges," Gates said. While electricity is the largest single source of global emissions, sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and buildings also pose a threat to environmental safety. Bill Gates has a message for those worried about climate-related disasters like hurricanes, droughts, flooding, and extreme temperatures: No solution works on its own. In a recent blog post, Gates refuted the idea that renewable energy
Sally Jewell, the Obama-era interior secretary and former CEO of REI, is throwing her weight behind a new University of Washington institute that aims to tackle climate change by having faculty scientists plan for a warming world. Jewell served for nearly 12 years on the UW's governing board of regents, so she knows a thing or two about how academics often fail to serve up practical solutions for real-world problems — even though they have the know-how. Providing that know-how is the goal of the new institute, called EarthLab. Its rollout comes on the heels of a United Nations report this month that painted a dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change, and a prediction that those effects could come much sooner than previously thought.
Sentenced to 15-16 months in prison for climbing on lorries delivering drilling equipment to a Cuadrilla-operated fracking site in Lancashire, Simon Blevins, Richard Loizou and Richard Roberts became the first peaceful environmental protesters to receive immediate jail terms in this country since 1932. It was a shocking state of affairs that had dreadful implications for protesters up and down the country. It completely ignored the activists’ right to freedom of thought and conscience (which includes conscientious objection to the use of fossil fuels and a belief in the need for urgent action to combat climate change) and trampled over their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly – all protected by the European Convention on Human Rights.
In their research, the scientists write: “Competition over limited water resources is one of the main concerns for the coming decades. “Although water issues alone have not been the sole trigger for warfare in the past, tensions over freshwater management and use represent one of the main concerns in political relations between riparian states and may exacerbate existing tensions, increase regional instability and social unrest.” The team state that the Nile, Ganges-Brahmaputra, Indus, Tigris-Euphrates and Colorado rivers are "water hotspots," where "hydro-political interactions” are most likely to take place and are all “already water stressed basins". JRC researcher and lead author of the study,
(Bloomberg) -- Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the startup fund founded by billionaire Bill Gates, opened a 100 million euro ($116 million) investment fund to help European companies develop clean technologies.
SONAGOAN, India, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the last inhabited villages deep in the dense mangrove forests of India's Sundarbans region, rice harvests have fallen by half in the last decade. Rising seas and stronger storms, linked to climate change, are driving crop-killing seawater further inland - and driving farmers out. But for Susama Das and her husband, migrating part of the year from their village to India's Odisha state, for backbreaking labour planting rice and working at a shrimp farm, is paying off. Together the husband-and-wife team earns 17,000 rupees ($230) each month that they spend in Odisha, double what they would have earned back home, Das said. That has helped
SAN JOSE, CA -- San Jose will receive up to $2.5 million to mitigate climate change as a winner of the Bloomberg American Cities Challenge, the city announced today. The city plans to use financial and technical support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, a nonprofit from entrepreneur and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that aims to help cities find solutions to global problems. The support will be part of a two-year acceleration program to bolster sustainable, electrified transportation and phase out the use of fossil fuels in buildings. The competition recognized San Jose for Climate Smart San Jose, a program approved by the City Council in February that aims to create 25,000 "green"
Energy sector carbon emissions will rise in 2018 after hitting record levels the year before, dimming prospects for meeting Paris climate treaty goals, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Wednesday. The energy sector accounts for 80 percent of global CO2 emissions, with most of the rest caused by deforestation and agriculture, so its performance is key to efforts to rein in rising world temperatures. "I'm sorry, I have very bad news for you," IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol told guests at a diplomatic function hosted by the Polish embassy in Paris.
It's not helpful to a rational discussion about carbon pricing when federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna misleads Canadians about what it is and what it does. Responding to a tweet by Ontario's Financial Accountability Office (FAO) Tuesday that Premier Doug Ford's decision to cancel the cap-and-trade program of the previous Liberal government, “will worsen Ontario's budget balance by a total of $3 billion over the next four years,” McKenna tweeted: “Ontario's financial watchdog says Ford's decision to scrap a price on pollution will lead to $3 billion in lost revenue, making Ontario families worse off. This shouldn't be surprising. If you don't have a plan to fight
In an effort to protect Boston residents, homes, and jobs along Boston's Waterfront amid rising sea level and climate change, Mayor Marty Walsh announced a plan Wednesday morning. "Resilient Boston Harbor," outlines strategies along Boston's 47-mile shoreline that aim to increase open space and access along the waterfront, while better protecting the city during a major flooding event, he said. The announcement comes after massive flooding closed several streets along the Seaport and in other areas of Boston last winter. Record tides, heavy winds and fast-falling snow caused water to rush through the roads, trapping people in their cars and sending a dumpster floating down one Boston street, prompting a conversation about what Boston should do to protect itself.