Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain

Rights council to decide on proposal this week U.S., UK, Brazil, Russia among critics – sources Lawyers say right could help in climate cases Britain and the United States are among a few countries withholding support for a proposal brought at the United Nations that would recognise access to a safe and healthy environment asContinue reading “Clean environment could become U.N. human right. Not so fast, say U.S., Britain”

Carbon bootprint: What’s NATO’s responsibility for the global climate crisis? | DW Analysis

The military is one of the most prolific polluters on earth, yet most governments all over the world are deliberately ignoring its carbon footprint. They’ve completely excluded it from commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So why is the military constantly left out when it comes to combatting climate change? And could this change?

‘About damn time’: First Nation gets clean water after 24-year wait

Residents of Shoal Lake 40 can drink from taps thanks to a new water treatment facility but dozens of communities lack access Residents of a First Nations community in Canada, who were deprived of clean drinking water for nearly a quarter of a century, can now drink from their taps after a water treatment facility becameContinue reading “‘About damn time’: First Nation gets clean water after 24-year wait”

DR Congo president seeks review of mining contracts with China

Democratic Republic of the Congo is seeking what it says is a fairer share of its vast mineral wealth. Felix Tshisekedi, the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has called for a review of mining contracts signed with China in 2008 by his predecessor, saying he wanted to get fairer deals. AContinue reading “DR Congo president seeks review of mining contracts with China”

Climate action cannot wait for pandemic to end, medical journals warn

Global warming is already affecting people’s health so much that emergency action on climate change cannot be put on hold while the world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, medical journals across the globe warned on Monday. “Health is already being harmed by global temperature increases and the destruction of the natural world,” read an editorialContinue reading “Climate action cannot wait for pandemic to end, medical journals warn”

Congo says toxic spill from an Angolan mine has killed 12 and poisoned thousands

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has said at least 12 people have died after a river was contaminated with toxic waste from an Angolan diamond mine. The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo said it believes toxic waste from an Angolan mine has killed 12 people and caused illness inContinue reading “Congo says toxic spill from an Angolan mine has killed 12 and poisoned thousands”

California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died

When California legislators went home to their districts for their summer recess in mid-July, our state was gripped by climate disasters of historic proportions. It still is. The Dixie Fire became the second-largest single wildfire in California history. Desperately low water levels forced the Oroville hydro-electric plant offline for the first time ever, giving Californians even more reasonContinue reading “California’s top Democrats took money from big oil and gas. Then climate legislation died”

Oil spill in Black Sea much bigger than reported – Russian scientists

An oil spill off Russia’s Black Sea coast over the weekend spread over an area of nearly 80 square kilometres and was much larger than initially thought, scientists at Russia’s Academy of Sciences (RAN) said on Wednesday citing satellite imaging. A leak occurred as the Greek-flagged Minerva Symphony tanker took on oil at the Yuzhno-OzereyevkaContinue reading “Oil spill in Black Sea much bigger than reported – Russian scientists”

No swimming at Cleveland-area beach after 285,000 gallons of combined sewage flows into Lake Erie

During the dog days of summer Northeast Ohioans look for some relief in the refreshing waters of Lake Erie. “It’s a beautiful day, you know we just want to come out and have a good time,” said beachgoer Sherrie Stanley. But on Sunday, heavy morning rain got in the way causing a combination of stormwaterContinue reading “No swimming at Cleveland-area beach after 285,000 gallons of combined sewage flows into Lake Erie”

Arundhati Roy: Capitalism Is “A Form of Religion” Stopping Solutions to Climate Change & Inequality (2019)

As one million species face extinction due to human activity and the globe faces a growing climate crisis, we speak with world-renowned author Arundhati Roy about the threat capitalism poses to the future of life on earth. Roy says that those most responsible for creating the climate crisis “will see to it that they profitContinue reading “Arundhati Roy: Capitalism Is “A Form of Religion” Stopping Solutions to Climate Change & Inequality (2019)”

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