Court convicts French state for failure to address climate crisis

Four French environmental organisations, Oxfam France, Notre Affaire à tous, Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme and Greenpeace France, took the French state to court for its failure to fulfil its commitments under the Paris climate accord — and won! A Guardian article from Feb 3rd, 2021 reports on the case. The Tribune Administratif de Paris,Continue reading “Court convicts French state for failure to address climate crisis”

To save the environment, drop GDP as the principal economic indicator

— one of the key messages of the review by renowned Cambridge economist Sir Partha Dasgupta into biodiversity. The 600-page review was commissioned by the UK Treasury, the first time a national finance ministry has authorised a full assessment of the economic importance of nature. A similar Treasury-sponsored review in 2006, the Stern Report,  isContinue reading “To save the environment, drop GDP as the principal economic indicator”

Call for groups to contribute to the COP26 climate summit

From the announcement sent out on January 21st by the UK Government Cabinet Office and Alok Sharma MP, President of the COP26 Climate Talks: Applications have opened today to help shape the COP26 venue in Glasgow ahead of the crucial climate change talks later this year. Groups of all kinds have the opportunity to bringContinue reading “Call for groups to contribute to the COP26 climate summit”

Mankind’s ‘Global Ponzi Scheme’

The Guardian reports (13-1-2021) on a recent paper by a group of distinguished scientists, freely available in the online academic journal Frontiers in Conservation Science, Underestimating the challenges of avoiding a ghastly future. It surveys a large body of published work and draws a sombre conclusion. Besides documenting the ongoing Sixth Extinction, it considers theContinue reading “Mankind’s ‘Global Ponzi Scheme’”

2020 was the warmest year for Europe

Data just released by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (“Europe’s eyes on Earth”) show that globally, 2020 was very close to equalling the 2016 record for warmest year since records began, and that in Europe, temperatures were 1.6 degrees Centigrade above the 1980-2010 average — a record. In northern Siberia, the increase was dramaticContinue reading “2020 was the warmest year for Europe”

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