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Environment

Climate crisis disasters are happening at the rate of one a week, though most draw little international attention and work is urgently needed to prepare developing countries for the profound impacts, the UN has warned. Catastrophes such as cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique and the drought afflicting India make...
The world is facing a "climate apartheid" between the rich who can protect themselves and the poor who are left behind, the UN has warned. A new report estimates that more than 120 million people could slip into poverty within the next decade because of climate change.As extreme weather events such as droughts,...
Every national campaign for tackling climate change also needs an international justice plank, because we’re not going to get anywhere near the Paris temperature targets without global sharing and cooperation, writes Tom Athanasiou for Inequality.org. Something has changed, as most everyone in the climate movement...
Individual choices matter, but they will not save the world. What we must do is reorient our politics towards a recognition of the limits of our planet, writes Susanna Rustin. The case for action to tackle the climate emergency, on a scale far beyond anything that has yet been attempted, is increasingly widely...
Instead of endless growth, can we put human health and welfare at the heart of the global economy, the prime policy goal of governments and business alike? By Ben Martin for the Green Economy Coalition. What does the environment have to do with your health? Well, more or less everything, as it turns out. The planet...
Many notable activists and celebrities are calling for a global climate strike on 20 September. Disrupting our normal lives is the only way to secure our future, says Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and others. On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re...
The wellbeing of families is facing challenges on many fronts and – particularly in the developing world – climate change is perhaps the greatest of these as it is exacerbating hunger and food insecurity, explains Siddharth Chatterjee for the Inter Press Service. There is barely a corner of human life that will not...
In his 900th column for openDemocracy, Paul Rogers shows how economics and climate demand a new approach to international security. What will be making the world a more dangerous place in the coming two decades? There’s no shortage of looming threats: weapons of mass destruction; automation and artificial...
10 May 2019 marks the date by which humanity would have exhausted nature’s annual budget if everybody in the world lived like EU residents, according to a new report by WWF and Global Footprint Network. Human society is supported by what nature provides – food, fiber, timber, carbon absorption, and land to build...
We are destroying nature at an unprecedented rate, threatening the survival of a million species – and our own future, too. But it’s not too late to save them and us, says a major new report. “The evidence is incontestable. Our destruction of biodiversity and ecosystem services has reached levels that threaten our...
In the new energy revolution, we risk perpetuating the belief that rich countries are entitled to a greater share of the world’s finite resources irrespective of who we impoverish in doing so, or the destruction we cause. By Asad Rehman. Scratch the surface of the current plans to decarbonise the economy and replace...
We're in a new climate moment, but social movements must ramp up pressure towards a Second World War–scale mobilization for ending the fossil fuel age, writes Bill McKibben.  On Wednesday, the British House of Commons, led by the Conservative Party, voted to declare that the planet was in a “climate emergency.” The...
Every day at work we all contribute to a system that is burning us alive. Downing tools on 27 September will help change it, writes McEver Dugan and Evan Cholerton from Earth Strike. Climate change is hurling humanity towards disaster. There is no more room to question the science, when nearly every climate scientist...
A major new UN-led report, involving more than 60 international organizations, warns that a comprehensive overhaul of the world’s financial system is necessary, if governments are to honour commitments to tackle critical issues, such as combatting climate change and eradicating poverty by 2030. The 2019 Financing for...
Finance has always been a contentious issue at climate change talks, with developed countries failing to deliver on their commitments. Speakers at a side-event at the annual UN climate talks held in Katowice, Poland, highlighted the linkage between finance and climate ambition, stressing that developing countries will...