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Environment

A lack of financial resources was a major sticking point at the talks, as well as vague commitments on reducing consumption and production. Report by Catherine Early for The Ecologist. A deal aimed at ending mankind’s destruction of nature has been agreed today at UN COP15 talks in Montreal, Canada. Governments...
At this time of year, it is easy to forget the reality of the critical world situation as we partake in the frantic overconsumption and festivities of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas in the midst of environmental destruction, growing levels of poverty and escalating global tensions?  Mohammed...
The latest UN Climate Change Conference – COP27 – ended in Egypt with an unexpected victory. Many campaigners for global sharing and justice lauded the historic establishment of a new ‘loss and damage’ fund to compensate countries most vulnerable to climate disasters. But the small win was overshadowed by a lack of...
Richer countries haven't met their $100 billion promise to help poorer countries move beyond fossil fuels. Where's the money going to come from? By John Feffer for Foreign Policy in Focus. To keep the planet from overheating, there’s just so much more carbon that humans can pump into the atmosphere. From the onset...
COP27 marked the point where equity finally took center stage. National fair shares are now on the agenda, if only as the background to an inevitable debate about pragmatic ways forward, writes Tom Athanasiou for Foreign Policy in Focus. There is something in the modern radical mind that wants the climate...
At COP27, wealthy governments are pushing for stronger efforts to limit global warming—while failing to deliver the finance and technology promised for climate action in poorer countries, writes Brandon Wu.  It’s a rich irony that the United States, European Union and other wealthy countries are claiming to be...
After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, countries at the latest UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, reached agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and...
As the 27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) closes, the collective power of civil society groups and grassroots climate activists saw a historic outcome with the establishment of a loss and damage fund. But this victory cannot be attributed to the developed nations who have been blocking and...
A new report provides a global equity analysis of how climate pledges stack up against the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C. The 2022 Civil Society Equity Review, endorsed by over 200 civil society organisations and social movements, builds on previous years’ elaborations of what fair shares means...
Media organisations worldwide have published a common view about the need for nations to cooperate, accept their moral responsibilities and fairly share the burden of tackling climate change. Climate change is a global problem that requires cooperation between all nations. That’s why today more than 30 newspapers...
As world leaders gather this week in the Egyptian city Sharm El-Sheikh for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Climate Clock team is using various displays as reminders of a looming deadline and just how much high-polluting nations owe the Global South. By Jessica Corbett at Common Dreams. The Climate...
The US should be paying nearly $40bn towards the $100bn climate-finance target, new Carbon Brief analysis shows. This is $32bn more than the estimated $8bn it actually gave in 2020. Other laggards include the UK, Canada and Australia, which all made smaller financial contributions to the internationally agreed target...
Devastating floods and record-high heatwaves have been making headlines this summer, but some countries have been suffering for far longer - and are grappling with far worse than minor water shortages. In a new report on the impact of climate on food supply, Oxfam found a 123 per cent rise in acute hunger in the 10...
Contents Our activity and impact in 2021 Print publications and our website Campaining activities and evens Future plans and projects Our activity and impact in 2021 As the year 2021 began, the need for sharing global resources was unprecedented. Acute food insecurity had soared to a five-year high, while...
To bring about a 'Great Leap' scenario, it is necessary to address the fundamental inequalities that are the root cause of the ecological crisis, writes Paul Virgo for IPS news. In 1972 the Club of Rome alerted the world to the harm human economic systems were doing to the health of our planet in its seminal, best-...