News Selection – Climate Justice
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Climate Justice.
Young plaintiffs move to block US fossil fuel exploration
10/2/2019: Young plaintiffs trying to force the US government to take action on climate change are now petitioning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to halt the development of new sources of fossil fuels.
A third of Himalayan ice cap is doomed, finds report
4/2/2019: At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people. Source: The Guardian
UN security council members mount new push to address climate threat
25/1/2019: There is an “increasing consensus” among scientists that climate impacts have worsened the global migration crisis. The UN is under pressure to establish a system to alert the world to regions where conflicts may be inflamed by climate change. Source: Climate Home News
Wild coffee species endangered by habitat loss
16/1/2019: About 15 million people in Ethiopia work in coffee production. Scientists are warning that up to 60% of the land used for Ethiopia’s coffee production could become unsuitable by the end of the century, partly on account of climate change.
Source: The Guardian
Departing World Bank chief leaves climate job unfinished
9/1/2019: Jim Kim reformed world’s largest development lender, but it continues to finance fossil fuels and his climate legacy could be challenged if the US chooses his successor.
Source: Climate Home News
3 takeaways from COP24
17/12/2018: Now that the annual UN climate negotiations have concluded, international policymakers, activists, and communities working to build a low-carbon future and tackle the impacts of climate change face a critical year ahead. Source: Devex
Countries breathe life into the Paris climate agreement
15/12/2018: At the COP24 summit in Katowice, Poland, nearly 200 governments agreed rules to put the historic pact into action, but failed to make strong push for faster emissions cuts. Source: Climate Home News
Landmark investigation into corporate responsibility for climate change concludes
10/12/2018: The Philippines hearings into alleged human rights violations of major fossil fuel companies has concluded. It could become the first legal finding of corporate responsibility for human rights in the age of the climate crisis. Source: Greenpeace
“Nowhere to go” on the front lines of climate change
13/12/2018: While global leaders prevaricate at the UN climate change summit in Poland, communities on the front lines of climate change are already struggling to adjust to the impacts of extreme weather, shifting seasons, and volatile temperatures. Source: IRIN
Kumi Naidoo: Carbon majors cannot put their interests before humanity's survival
12/12/2018: This is the full prepared transcript of Kumi Naidoo's testimony to the Philippines Commission on Human Rights's investigation into 47 'carbon major' companies, and their responsibility for human rights abuses resulting from climate change. Source: Amnesty International