News Selection – Climate Justice
Recent news chosen to illustrate and update Tread Softly briefings on Climate Justice.
Influential groups file briefs in support of US kids climate suit
4/3/2019: More than a dozen groups filed friend-of-the-court briefs to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the landmark youth climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States. One brief on behalf of young people included over 30,000 signatures.
Source: Climate Liability News
Kenya considers climate change insurance cover
6/3/2019: Kenya could introduce insurance cover against losses incurred by households due to disasters and weather-related events, which have been increasing due to climate change.
Source: The East African
French UN official named as next chief of flagship climate fund
25/2/2019: The Green Climate Fund has appointed a French UN veteran as its next executive director, as it gears up for a new fundraising round.
Source: Climate Home News
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