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Environment

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...
Leading Astronauts from the USA, Japan and South Korea have joined forces in a new short film targeting G7 leaders, who meet this weekend in Cornwall, UK.   Their new film, titled “Call to Earth: G7”, shares the astronauts’ message of international cooperation, as the world faces a generation-defining moment tackling...
Nobel Prize laureates issue urgent call for action after 'Our Planet, Our Future' Summit. This statement was inspired by the discussions at the 2021 Nobel Prize Summit, issued by the Steering Committee and co-signed by Nobel Laureates and other experts. Preamble The Nobel Prizes were created to honor advances of “...
UK campaigning organisations are urging the government to rethink its military spending decisions in the light of the pandemic and the climate emergency. Figures released today by the world-renowned Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show that global military spending in 2020 increased by 2.6%...
The “inequality pandemic” calls for a new social contract, but it will not happen unless millions around the world mobilise to make it a reality, write Imani Countess and William Minter for The US–Africa Bridge Building Project. The COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and deepened structural inequalities around the...
Acute hunger is set to soar in over 20 countries in the coming months without urgent and scaled-up assistance, warn the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).   Yemen, South Sudan and northern Nigeria top the list and face catastrophic levels of acute hunger, with families in...
Nearly a billion tonnes of food - a fifth of worldwide production - is binned each year, according to new UN research in support of global efforts to halve food waste by 2030. Pope Francis, who is on a historic trip to Iraq, once said, “Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of those who are poor and...
The climate crisis is set to bear the same hallmarks of inequality, whereby the world’s poorest are expected to suffer most. This is why just transitions are such an integral part of climate action, writes Elaine Burke. The past year has seen the world in crisis. It has also seen the world in cooperation against a...