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Environment

Over 50 Nobel laureates across the globe have come together and signed an open letter for all the countries to cut their military spending by 2 percent a year for the next five years. The group has suggested that the money saved should instead be invested in a UN fund to combat pandemics, climate crisis, and extreme...
A total of 274 million people worldwide will need emergency aid and protection in 2022, a 17 per cent increase compared with this year, the UN has reported.  The amount is equivalent to “the world’s fourth most populous country”, Martin Griffiths, UN Humanitarian Affairs chief said at the launch of the 2022 Global...
With continuing hypocrisy and obstructionism by governments of major countries at global climate talks, humanity’s best hope lies in the social movements of the most marginalized, writes Basav Sen for FPIF. The UN climate talks (Conference of the Parties, or COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, concluded in mid-November...
For at least the last 30 years, not a single country has met the basic needs of its residents without overconsuming natural resources, according to new research led by the University of Leeds. If current trends continue, no country will do so over the next three decades either, perpetuating human deprivation and...
Activists and civil society representatives have accused rich nations at COP26 of a "shameful" lack of ambition. Originally published by Left Foot Forward. Activists and civil society representatives have accused rich nations at Cop26 of a “shameful” lack of ambition and of preparing an “escape hatch” in the summit...
The carbon footprints of the richest 1 per cent of people on Earth are set to be 30 times greater than the level compatible with the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement in 2030, according to new research. It comes as delegates grapple with how to keep this goal alive at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. In 2015,...
A fair share analysis finds current pledges from wealthy countries fall much further below the mark than previously understood, demonstrating the need for international climate action on fossil fuel production. A global coalition of civil society organisations from social movements, environmental and development...
A climate debt is owed. It is owed by the richest countries, whose carbon emissions—through centuries of industrialisation made possible by colonial extraction—have been the principal cause of the climate crisis. Countries in the Global South, which are the least responsible for carbon emissions and the climate...
In a low-growth world, it is essential to share what growth there is more equitably - otherwise the consequences could be catastrophic, writes John Cassidy for the New Yorker. In 1930, the English economist John Maynard Keynes took a break from writing about the problems of the interwar economy and indulged in a bit...
It is possible to satisfy humanity’s universal needs - and keep the world liveable - if we focus on sufficiency and guarantee everyone a fair share of planetary resources, writes Stan Cox for YES! magazine.  Given the current climate emergency and the broader ecological breakdown that looms in the near future, there...
Three-quarters of people in the world’s wealthiest nations believe humanity is pushing the planet towards a dangerous tipping point and support a shift of priorities away from economic profit, according to a global survey. The Ipsos Mori survey for the Global Commons Alliance (GCA) also found a majority (58%) were...
Humans will have already consumed all the natural resources that Earth can sustainably supply for 2021 by today — overshooting by five months. This year’s “Earth Overshoot Day” lands on the 29 July, after being moved forward temporarily in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. From this point until the end of the...
Over 300 global civil society organizations of small-scale food producers, researchers and Indigenous Peoples’ are gathering online (25-28 July) to protest against the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit.  The People’s Counter-Mobilization to Transform Corporate Food Systems is the latest in a series of rejections of the UN...
More than 800 international organizations, NGOs, farming groups and experts want agroecology, organic, and regenerative agriculture to top the agenda at this year’s UN Food Systems Summit. The voices from six continents are calling on governments and businesses to take action once and for all on the “damaging” status...
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...