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Green groups say a lack of fresh finance to help developing countries adopt renewable energy and adapt to a warmer planet threatens key climate talks in November. Leaders of G7 wealthy nations said on Sunday that 2021 should be a "turning point for our planet", faced with an "existential threat" from the twin crises...
Leading Astronauts from the USA, Japan and South Korea have joined forces in a new short film targeting G7 leaders, who meet this weekend in Cornwall, UK.   Their new film, titled “Call to Earth: G7”, shares the astronauts’ message of international cooperation, as the world faces a generation-defining moment tackling...
Nobel Prize laureates issue urgent call for action after 'Our Planet, Our Future' Summit. This statement was inspired by the discussions at the 2021 Nobel Prize Summit, issued by the Steering Committee and co-signed by Nobel Laureates and other experts. Preamble The Nobel Prizes were created to honor advances of “...
UK campaigning organisations are urging the government to rethink its military spending decisions in the light of the pandemic and the climate emergency. Figures released today by the world-renowned Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show that global military spending in 2020 increased by 2.6%...
The “inequality pandemic” calls for a new social contract, but it will not happen unless millions around the world mobilise to make it a reality, write Imani Countess and William Minter for The US–Africa Bridge Building Project. The COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and deepened structural inequalities around the...
Acute hunger is set to soar in over 20 countries in the coming months without urgent and scaled-up assistance, warn the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).   Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria top the list and face catastrophic levels of acute hunger, with families in...
Nearly a billion tonnes of food - a fifth of worldwide production - is binned each year, according to new UN research in support of global efforts to halve food waste by 2030. Pope Francis, who is on a historic trip to Iraq, once said, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and...
The climate crisis is set to bear the same hallmarks of inequality, whereby the world’s poorest are expected to suffer most. This is why just transitions are such an integral part of climate action, writes Elaine Burke. The past year has seen the world in crisis. It has also seen the world in cooperation against a...
Civil society groups are ramping up their demand that the new Biden Administration commits to doing its fair share of emissions cuts and honours owed support for Global South countries, including climate finance. By the US Climate Fair Share. Just days before the reentry of the United States into the Paris Agreement...
The biggest ever poll of climate change views has found that 64 per cent of people think the issue is a “global emergency”. The UK, which is hosting the COP26 climate summit this November, had the highest level of concern, at 81 per cent, of the countries polled. Among high-income countries, the figure is lowest at...
The campaign for 'Footprint Justice' is gathering momentum with a call for UN member states to investigate the legal implications of enshrining a 'Fair Earth Share' as a human right. The following article explains the latest developments, by Jan Juffermans of the Dutch Platform Fair and Green Economy. We know from...
Accelerating biodiversity loss, climate change and over-consumption are swiftly pushing human societies toward a “ghastly future” of growing hunger, political division and societal breakdown, say leading scientists. Despite years of warnings, the threats are underestimated and not broadly understood, and efforts to...
Billionaires whose wealth has soared during the coronavirus pandemic should stump up to provide emergency aid to the record numbers of people facing starvation, the head of a US charity supporting the World Food Programme has said. The pandemic and ensuing economic crisis have contributed to a sharp rise in the...
A project by Tipping Point North South works to put sustainable human safety at the heart of 21st century foreign, defence, security and international development policy-making. Tipping Point North South has pulled together its various military spending strands under one new banner: Transform Defence for Sustainable...
Land inequality is directly threatening 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people, according to a recent report. New calculations have discovered that disparities in rights and access to land are more than 40 per cent higher than previously thought. Just one per cent of the world’s largest farms currently operate...