Ecology and Environment

05.12.2020

Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

The European Court of Human Rights finally has the opportunity to take on climate change. And it is taking it seriously, thanks to a group of 8 to 21-year-olds. In September 2020, four children and two young adults from Portugal – all witness to the extreme heat and wildfires… »

03.12.2020

Rwanda Embracing Solar Energy

Rwanda Embracing Solar Energy

ARC Power, a British Startup, is currently helping Rwanda, a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with Solar Business Parks alongside its roll-out of solar mini-grids – a collection of solar-powered commercial units – the latest energy initiative to light up Rwanda. Rwanda is increasingly adopting solar energy… »

02.12.2020

Tiny island survived tsunami that helped separate Britain and Europe

Tiny island survived tsunami that helped separate Britain and Europe

By Michael Marshall The Atlantis of northern Europe sank under the seas slowly, rather than being obliterated by a tsunami. A little over 8000 years ago, a devastating tsunami swept across the North Sea, striking a small island that existed there at the time. But new… »

02.12.2020

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on 30 November with a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. There were 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and the… »

01.12.2020

Beyond the old world: lessons from the pandemic

Beyond the old world: lessons from the pandemic

I created the Integral Sustainability School with other partners, in 2015, in Salvador, Northeast of Brazil. In 2018, an inspiration that came during a long stay in India allowed me to write a short story called “Auroville, 2046. After the end of one world”, which talks… »

30.11.2020

Powering down — and out

Powering down — and out

Closing Indian Point will speed action on climate change, not hamper it By Marilyn Elie and Linda Pentz Gunter Next spring, the last working nuclear reactor at the Indian Point Energy Center on the Hudson River, 30 miles from Manhattan, will power down. At least 20 million people in the… »

28.11.2020

Black Friday and the climate emergency

Black Friday and the climate emergency

Black Friday could easily refer to today’s carbon footprint driven by the spree of overconsumption, fuelled by advertising. Black Friday is hyped as the most frenzied day in the year for rampant consumerism. The term began in Philadelphia in the United States as slang for the madly busy shopping day… »

26.11.2020

Victory for Tribes, Waterways, and Planet as Pebble Mine Denied Permit

Victory for Tribes, Waterways, and Planet as Pebble Mine Denied Permit

“Sometimes a project is so bad, so indefensible, that the politics fall to the wayside and we get the right decision.” By Andrea Germanos Environmental campaigners stressed the need for the incoming Biden White House to put in place permanent protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay after the Trump administration on Wednesday… »

24.11.2020

From ‘Alarming Red Flag’ to ‘Something We Can Work With,’ Campaigners Respond to Kerry as Biden Climate Envoy

From ‘Alarming Red Flag’ to ‘Something We Can Work With,’ Campaigners Respond to Kerry as Biden Climate Envoy

“This is an encouraging commitment, but it is not enough.” By Andrea Germanos President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that former Secretary of State John Kerry would serve as his Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, an announcement that provoked a range of responses from climate campaigners—many who broadly saw the pick… »

23.11.2020

Thinking Out of the Box on Climate Change Needed for Timely Solutions to Emerge

Thinking Out of the Box  on Climate Change Needed for Timely Solutions to Emerge

By Bharat Dogra Climate change provides the  strangest example of a problem which is very widely and increasingly recognized by the best available scientific opinion to be a huge and definite danger to basic life nurturing conditions of our planet, and yet, in the decades after this became convincingly established,… »

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