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Environment

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...
Civil society groups are ramping up their demand that the new Biden Administration commits to doing its fair share of emissions cuts and honours owed support for Global South countries, including climate finance. By the US Climate Fair Share. Just days before the reentry of the United States into the Paris Agreement...
The biggest ever poll of climate change views has found that 64 per cent of people think the issue is a “global emergency”. The UK, which is hosting the COP26 climate summit this November, had the highest level of concern, at 81 per cent, of the countries polled. Among high-income countries, the figure is lowest at...
The campaign for 'Footprint Justice' is gathering momentum with a call for UN member states to investigate the legal implications of enshrining a 'Fair Earth Share' as a human right. The following article explains the latest developments, by Jan Juffermans of the Dutch Platform Fair and Green Economy. We know from...
Accelerating biodiversity loss, climate change and over-consumption are swiftly pushing human societies toward a “ghastly future” of growing hunger, political division and societal breakdown, say leading scientists. Despite years of warnings, the threats are underestimated and not broadly understood, and efforts to...
Billionaires whose wealth has soared during the coronavirus pandemic should stump up to provide emergency aid to the record numbers of people facing starvation, the head of a US charity supporting the World Food Programme has said. The pandemic and ensuing economic crisis have contributed to a sharp rise in the...
A project by Tipping Point North South works to put sustainable human safety at the heart of 21st century foreign, defence, security and international development policy-making. Tipping Point North South has pulled together its various military spending strands under one new banner: Transform Defence for Sustainable...
Land inequality is directly threatening 1.4 billion of the world’s poorest people, according to a recent report. New calculations have discovered that disparities in rights and access to land are more than 40 per cent higher than previously thought. Just one per cent of the world’s largest farms currently operate...
A new book lays out a progressive agenda for the post-COVID era, which relies on a global Green New Deal, a serious shift of resources from the military to human needs, a major upgrade in international cooperation, and a significant commitment to economic equity. By John Feffer for Foreign Policy in Focus. If the...
More than five hundred of the world’s leading charities, social groups and academics have sent a letter to the International Monetary Fund warning that its support programs, which have had to be ramped up to cope with COVID-19, were condemning many countries to years of austerity. We, the undersigned, call on the...
The Spotlight Report 2020 unpacks the COVID-19 emergency, and calls for a radical redistribution of economic power and resources; bold regulation of global finance; and multilateral solidarity for the common good. "Multiple crises can only be overcome if the massive power asymmetries within and between societies can...
The richest one percent of the world’s population are responsible for more than twice as much carbon pollution as the 3.1 billion people who made up the poorest half of humanity during a critical 25-year period of unprecedented emissions growth. Oxfam’s new report, ‘Confronting Carbon Inequality,’ is...