Ecology and Environment

20.04.2020

Yes, climate change can affect extreme weather – but there is still a lot to learn

Yes, climate change can affect extreme weather – but there is still a lot to learn

The fact that the climate has warmed is hard for humans to actually experience first hand, and we certainly can’t see carbon in the air with our own eyes. For most of us, climate change manifests itself and affects our lives through heatwaves, storms, wildfires, floods and droughts. However, this… »

18.04.2020

After the end of one world

After the end of one world

Auroville 2046 is a short story that its author and Pressenza make available today in 4 languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French and English). To read and share.   This title would have been much less appropriate two months ago. It would have seemed more distant, a simple… »

17.04.2020

Fossil fuel interests unleash lobbying frenzy

Fossil fuel interests unleash lobbying frenzy

A new briefing by UK-based think tank InfluenceMap summarises fossil fuel lobbying during the time of the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of Americans are dying, millions have filed for unemployment, and frontline health care workers are risking their lives as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the U.S. In the… »

16.04.2020

Climate voters are the future of the Democratic Party. Don’t shortchange them.

Climate voters are the future of the Democratic Party. Don’t shortchange them.

By Jean Willoughby Against the odds, a youth-led mobilization succeeded in placing the climate crisis at the forefront of the 2020 election season. We didn’t get a full-fledged climate debate, but we did get the Climate Crisis Town Hall, helpfully hosted and paywalled by CNN. Despite this warm, generous embrace… »

15.04.2020

Abrupt Ecosystem Collapse

Abrupt Ecosystem Collapse

By Robert Hunziker A new study in Nature (April 2020) casts a disturbing light on the prospects of abrupt ecosystem collapse. The report analyzes the probabilities of collapsing ecosystems en masse, and not simply the loss of individual species. (Source: Trisos, C.H. et al, The Projected Timing of Abrupt Ecological… »

15.04.2020

Andrea Ascari of Fridays For Future: “We can’t afford to stand still”

Andrea Ascari of Fridays For Future: “We can’t afford to stand still”

Coronavirus, climate and environmental emergency, the role and perspectives of climate movements. We talk about it with Andrea Ascari, activist of Fridays For Future, Milan. The climate emergency has disappeared from public debate and the mass media. The only issue is the coronavirus. What can we do to bring the… »

13.04.2020

Grieving, Aggrieved Generations of St. John Parishioners Gather in an Emergency Protest Contra Their Own Genocide

Grieving, Aggrieved Generations of St. John Parishioners Gather in an Emergency Protest Contra Their Own Genocide

Chloroprene + COVID-19 = too much death and suffering for one Death Alley community to bear It was a protest unlike any of the others Concerned Citizens of St. John has held over the five years they’ve been advocating for the Denka/Dupont neoprene plant to curtail its emissions of chloroprene. »

10.04.2020

Air Quality Improves under Coronavirus Quarantines

Air Quality Improves under Coronavirus Quarantines

by Roee Ruttenberg Images from the European Space Agency show how pollution levels in China dropped between December 2019 and March 2020, as much of the country responded to COVID-19 and went into lockdown. Production halted, so emissions halted. It was a similar story in Italy’s industrial north, Europe’s first… »

09.04.2020

After Sanders Exits Race, Climate Campaigners Thank Him for ‘Raising the Bar’ and Urge Biden to ‘Step Up’

After Sanders Exits Race, Climate Campaigners Thank Him for ‘Raising the Bar’ and Urge Biden to ‘Step Up’

“Sanders has been a constant, fearless voice for people and the planet, advocating for the bold ideas and real solutions like the Green New Deal, which met the scale of what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe.” By Jessica Corbett, staff writer – Common Dreams The end of Bernie Sanders’ second… »

09.04.2020

Greenpeace wins legal challenge

Greenpeace wins legal challenge

UK government admits BP drilling permit process was unlawful. Greenpeace will now apply to have BP’s permit quashed on climate grounds. The government admits that it acted unlawfully in granting BP’s permit to drill for new oil in the North Sea, a Greenpeace legal challenge reveals, after officials rubber-stamped BP’s… »

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