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18.08.2019

On sacrifice

On sacrifice

The word sacrifice is bandied about by both sides of the debate on climate action. Shall we unpack this loaded shuttlecock? »

07.08.2019

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

How the world’s dirtiest industries have learned to pollute our politics

George Monbiot for The Guardian The fossil-fuel lobby is threatened by public concern over the climate crisis. So it’s buying influence to get the results it wants. The tragedy of our times is that the gathering collapse of our life support systems has coincided with the age of… »

12.07.2019

Exaggerating how much CO2 can be absorbed by tree planting risks deterring crucial climate action

Exaggerating how much CO2 can be absorbed by tree planting risks deterring crucial climate action

Duncan McLaren, Lancaster University for The Conversation Planting almost a billion hectares of trees worldwide is the “biggest and cheapest tool” for tackling climate change, according to a new study. The researchers claimed that reforestation could remove 205 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere –… »

06.07.2019

[UK] New study shows public wants renewables – but the government is not listening

[UK] New study shows public wants renewables – but the government is not listening

Pip Roddis, University of Leeds for The Conversation Subsidies for onshore wind power were cut by the UK government in 2015. Then the main reasons given were that it was too expensive and that the public didn’t support it. Amber Rudd MP, then head of what was the… »

26.06.2019

Shell is not a green saviour. It’s a planetary death machine

Shell is not a green saviour. It’s a planetary death machine

Don’t buy the greenwash. Shell’s initiatives, which have won over many conservation groups, are dwarfed by its investment in oil and gas. By George Monbiot for The Guardian It is hard to believe it needs stating, but it does. The oil industry is not your friend. Whatever it might… »

03.06.2019

Watch Out: Your Money Is Being Used to Destroy the World!

Watch Out: Your Money Is Being Used to Destroy the World!

By Baher Kamal* How governments spend taxpayers money to subsidise fossil fuels that cause deadly air pollution – A reminder to mark 5 June World Environment Day.   Perhaps the most direct way to introduce this tough issue is what the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, statedjust one week… »

30.05.2019

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Mean Using Public Money ‘To Destroy the World’: UN Chief

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Mean Using Public Money ‘To Destroy the World’: UN Chief

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’s comment follows call by Pope Francis to “keep it in the ground” ~ by Andrea Germanos, staff writer for Common Dreams As Pope Francis called on global financial leaders to help keep dirty energy in the ground, the United Nations chief said Tuesday… »

25.04.2019

An alliance for climate and justice

An alliance for climate and justice

Geographical and historical reasons make Italy the Mediterranean’s centre of gravity. The country has been the meeting point for civilisations – both past and present – that border Mare Nostrum.  Those same reasons mean that Italy is today a natural landing point, both actual and potential, for those seeking to… »

09.01.2019

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

Toxic fumes threaten our children. We have to take on the pollution lobby

By George Monbiot for The Guardian The growth in emissions is creating a ‘diesel generation’ of unhealthy youngsters. And some of the world’s most powerful industries are behind it. Imagine that you could buy, in thousands of shops across the country, canisters containing toxic gas. Imagine that some people… »

07.06.2018

Climate Change Is The Central Challenge For Humanity

Climate Change Is The Central Challenge For Humanity

Viewpoint by Franz Baumann This article is based on Talk given to the UN Association of New York 23 May 2018. Dr. Franz Baumann joined the UN Development Program in 1980 and began working in the UN Secretariat in 1985. He retired in 2015 as an assistant secretary-general, special adviser… »

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