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Environment

Christian Aid and other faith-based organisations are calling for global leaders to tackle the poverty and inequality which has fuelled the environmental crisis. By Dr Rowan Williams. he scale of the devastation caused by the wildfires still raging in the Amazon is hard to comprehend. This is a rainforest that...
We need a positive vision of internationalism that acts as a countervailing power against ethno-nationalist demagoguery, shunting us on an alternative path - before it’s too late, writes Laurie Laybourn-Langton. The spirit of international cooperation is an advanced state of decay — and last week’s G7 Summit offered...
Countries that are home to one-fourth of Earth’s population face an increasingly urgent risk: The prospect of running out of water. From India to Iran to Botswana, 17 countries around the world are currently under extremely high water stress, meaning they are using almost all the water they have, according to new...
Humanity faces increasingly painful trade-offs between food security and rising temperatures within decades unless it curbs emissions and stops unsustainable farming and deforestation, a landmark climate assessment has warned. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that efforts to limit...
Current plans to cut global carbon emissions are nowhere near strong enough to keep temperatures below the so-called safe limit - and 2020 is a deadline for action, explains Matt McGrath. Do you remember the good old days when we had "12 years to save the planet"? Now it seems, there's a growing consensus that the...
The drive for continuous economic growth is the fatal flaw in the UN's plan to end poverty and save the planet, writes Joan Martinez Alier and Nick Meynen.  The most ambitious internationally agreed plan to make this world a better place are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But during their annual review...
On Monday 29 July, humanity will consume more resources through the end of 2019 than the planet can sustainably regenerate for the year, according to the Global Footprint Network (GFN), which has been calculating Earth Overshoot Day since 1986. "Earth Overshoot Day falling on July 29 means that humanity is currently...
The United Nations launched its 2019 report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), showing inadequate progress in the fourth year into the sustainable development agenda and highlighting the need for imminent global action. Released on the first day of the SDG High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), the report evaluates...
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...