News Selection – Climate Justice
Recent international news and analysis chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Climate Justice.
India's recent storms linked with melting Arctic
13/6/2018: Indian scientists believe that the rising incidence of severe storms in India is linked with the hike in temperatures in the Arctic. If they are right, this will be further evidence of disproportionate impact of climate change on poor countries
Implications of rising seas for US coastal real estate
18/6/2018: New research finds that more than 300,000 US coastal homes are at risk of chronic inundation by 2045. The report considers implications for property values and tax base. Assessment of the coastline of West Africa might have more human concerns.
World wakes up to climate migration
6/6/2018: Despite the difficulty in attributing extreme weather events to climate change, it is clear that displacement risk across the world is rising for that reason. No country is immune to climate change impacts.
Economics of 1.5 degrees is favourable
23/5/2018: Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the Paris agreement would save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis.
Private Climate Finance for Developing Countries
23/5/2018: Climate finance is urgently needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement especially for developing countries whose needs are estimated at $4.3 trillion. A recent conference discussed the options for engaging the private sector.
How the Paris climate deal defies gridlock in negotiations
14/5/2018: The recent UN climate negotiations in Bonn made negligible progress, as is customary. Nonetheless, the Paris climate agreement is inspiring real change, as these 11 positive stories illustrate.
Clear signs that global warming will hit poorer countries first
20/4/2018: A new research tool shows that global temperatures would have to rise by as much as 3 °C before most people in wealthy nations would experience impacts equal to those that poorer nations will suffer under more moderate warming.
EU climate finance favours middle income countries
23/4/2018: A coalition of development agencies is concerned that vulnerable least developed countries are receiving just 19% of EU climate finance. Turkey and Ukraine, who both neighbour the EU, are the two biggest beneficiaries.
Are Paris Agreement pledges improving?
18/4/2018: It's well known that pledges to reduce emissions under the Paris Agreement are inadequate to stabilise the climate. A process of reviewing and improving pledges is essential. What is the evidence so far?
Florida Youth Lawsuit Targets Government Climate Policies
16/4/2018: Eight young people have filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida for violating their Constitutional right to a safe climate. The claim is similar to several other state-level cases, all supported by Our Children’s Trust.