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Australia’s ‘failing’ environmental laws will fuel further public health crises, Nobel laureate warns

Bushfires and Covid-19 highlight connection between human health and natural world, states letter by almost 200 doctors and scientists Leading health professionals, including a Nobel laureate and a former Australian of the Year, say the government must put human health “front and centre” in a new generation of environment laws in the aftermath of the […]

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Climate Change: More than 3bn could live in extreme heat by 2070

Unless greenhouse gas emissions fall, large numbers of people will experience average temperatures hotter than 29C. This is considered outside the climate “niche” in which humans have thrived for the past 6,000 years. Co-author of the study Tim Lenton told the BBC: “The study hopefully puts climate change in more human terms”. Researchers used data […]

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Chile to peak emissions by 2025, under strengthened climate pledge

In the midst of a global pandemic, government ministers stressed the need to build a sustainable, resilient economy for the long term. Chile has committed to peaking its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, in an updated national plan presented virtually to the UN climate chief on Thursday. The plan, by the country currently presiding over […]

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EU COVID-19 recovery plan must be green and ambitious, say MEPs.

In a debate with Frans Timmermans, the Environment Committee says the EU must remain firm on climate change and the timetable foreseen for the Green Deal. The EU Climate Law will move ahead as planned, whilst the Commission’s proposals on biodiversity and farm-to-fork will be delayed by a few weeks. Last week, in its resolution on EU coordinated action to combat the […]

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Colombian Youth launch climate change action

Today, a group of 25 plaintiffs, between 7 and 26 years old, are filing a legal action to demand that the national government protects their rights to a healthy environment, life, health, food, and water. They claim that the rampant deforestation in the Colombian Amazon and climate change are threatening these rights. This is the […]

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City of New York sues fossil fuel companies over climate change sea level rise

A suit was filed on 9 January 2018 in New York by the City of New York against a number of major oil companies. It seeks to hold them liable in respect of the cost of sea level rise/flood defences for the city, based on their conduct is causing or encouraging large scale emissions. This is not […]

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Children take Trump to court over climate policy

Kids are taking the feds – and possibly Trump – to court over climate change. John D. Sutter, CNN News. Donald Trump is being sued before a federal court case for his inaction on climate change. The plaintiffs are 21 children who want to enforce their right to a livable atmosphere. A federal judge on […]

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Ganges river granted legal rights

by Rina Chandran | Thomson Reuters Foundation Tuesday, 21 March 2017 An Indian court has declared the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers living entities, giving them the same legal rights as human beings. The high court in India’s northern Uttarakhand state on Monday said the Ganges and its longest tributary, the Yamuna – both held […]

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Using public interest litigation to save Uganda rainforests

Using Public Interest Litigation in Uganda to Save Mabira and Other Rainforests Abstract: In August 2011, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced that he planned to give away part of Mabira rainforest to a sugar corporation. The intention was to grow a sugarcane plantation and enhance sugar production in the country… Ugandans opposed to the give-away […]

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