Greta Thunberg’s Arrest Demonstrates Why Energy Charter Treaty Must Be Abolished

Greta Thunberg made international headlines this week when she and other climate activists were briefly detained by police at a protest against the expansion of a coal mine in Germany. Thunberg was among the thousands of protesters who arrived to denounce the expansion of the huge Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine by German energy company RWE. The extraction of lignite (also known as brown coal… Source Source / Read More: Greta Thunberg’s Arrest Demonstrates Why Energy Charter Treaty Must Be Abolished

Report: 94 Percent of Big Provider’s Rainforest Carbon Offsets Don’t Cut Carbon

A new report reveals that the vast majority of the rainforest carbon offsets offered by the world’s biggest provider are functionally worthless – allowing major companies like Disney and Shell to tout their supposed commitment to combating the climate crisis while not having a real impact in reducing carbon emissions. An analysis published Wednesday by The Guardian, in which a team of… Source Source / Read More: Report: 94 Percent of Big Provider’s Rainforest Carbon Offsets Don’t Cut Carbon

The Oceans’ Temperatures Reached Record Highs in 2022

New research finds that the amount of heat soaked up by the Earth’s oceans reached a record high for the sixth year in a row in 2022 — a show of the dire need to address the climate crisis to protect life as it is currently known on Earth. Research published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences on Wednesday shows that ocean heat content hit its hottest point in the historical record last year… Source Source / Read More: The Oceans’ Temperatures Reached Record Highs in 2022

College Textbooks Cover the Climate Crisis Less Than They Did Before 2010

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. Evidence is mounting fast of the devastating consequences of climate change on the planet, but college textbooks aren’t keeping up. A recent study found that most college biology textbooks published in the 2010s contained less content on climate change than… Source Source / Read More: College Textbooks Cover the Climate Crisis Less Than They Did Before 2010

The US Saw Some of Its Worst Climate Disasters in 2022

The year 2022 will be remembered across the U.S. for its devastating flooding and storms — and also for its extreme heat waves and droughts. By October, the U.S. had already seen 15 disasters causing more than US$1 billion in damage each, well above the average. The year started and ended with widespread severe winter storms from Texas to Maine, affecting tens of million of people and causing… Source Source / Read More: The US Saw Some of Its Worst Climate Disasters in 2022

Markets and Technology Won’t Solve Climate Crisis. We Must End Capitalism.

Climate change — caused primarily by capitalism’s incessant burning of fossil fuels — is happening faster than even the most pessimistic scientists predicted, causing freak weather events and mass displacement worldwide. From floods submerging one third of Pakistan to temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (100°F) in the Siberian Arctic, evidence abounds that rich countries better cut off their… Source Source / Read More: Markets and Technology Won’t Solve Climate Crisis. We Must End Capitalism.

Lawsuits Against Plastic Industry Could Exceed $20 Billion in Damages by 2030

Thanks to new legal pathways, people around the world could sue plastics manufacturers for damages totalling more than $20 billion by 2030, with most lawsuits originating in the U.S., according to a new study. The report, published by the Australian Minderoo Foundation, estimates that the plastics industry is costing society around $100 billion annually in environmental clean-ups… Source Source / Read More: Lawsuits Against Plastic Industry Could Exceed $20 Billion in Damages by 2030

Sierra Leone: No diamond is worth the life of a community 

The Sierra Leone government must continue to ensure that the human rights of people living close to the diamond mine exploited by Meya Mining in eastern Kono district are protected, Amnesty International said today. The organization also urged Meya Mining to fulfil its commitments to respond to community concerns.  Between 2018 and 2021, Amnesty International […] The post Sierra Leone: No diamond is worth the life of a community  appeared first on Amnesty International.

Renewable Energy to Become World’s Top Electricity Source by 2025, Report Says

Key countries around the world are set to add as much new renewable energy capacity over the next five years as they did over the last 20, as governments look for affordable supplies that can address the overwhelming energy security issues raised by Russia’s war in Ukraine, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says in its Renewables 2022 report released Tuesday. Renewables will increase by 2,400… Source Source / Read More: Renewable Energy to Become World’s Top Electricity Source by 2025, Report Says

Aftermath of Climate Disasters Looms Large in Louisiana Runoff Election

Not everyone who cares about high utility bills and housing insecurity is concerned with land subsidence, seawater rise and losing their earthly home. But in Louisiana, advocates for workers, tenants, ratepayers, climate and faith communities have identified a common identity to align their constituencies’ interests: All of them are ratepayers, already squeezed to the limit and bracing for worse… Source Source / Read More: Aftermath of Climate Disasters Looms Large in Louisiana Runoff Election

EU’s New Climate Plan Will Cause Biodiversity Loss and Deforestation

A new climate change plan in the European Union, which has been lauded for its ambitious targets and aggressive action on emissions, will sacrifice carbon-storing trees, threaten biodiversity and outsource deforestation, according to a new paper. The paper, published this week in Nature, calls into question the plan’s treatment of biomass — organic material from trees, plants and animals — as… Source Source / Read More: EU’s New Climate Plan Will Cause Biodiversity Loss and Deforestation

Greta Thunberg Joins 630+ Young People in Climate Lawsuit Against Sweden

Climate leader Greta Thunberg was among 636 young adults and children who submitted a class-action lawsuit against the Swedish government at a district court in Stockholm on Friday, arguing that the country’s right-wing leaders are failing to obey the Swedish constitution as they continue allowing planet-heating fossil fuel extraction. About 2,000 people marched through Stockholm on Friday at the 223rd “school strike” against climate inaction — part of the global Fridays for Future movement Thunberg began in 2018 with a one-person protest outside Swedish Parliament. Thunberg and her fellow plaintiffs symbolically delivered their lawsuit to the district court, following an…