‘Historic’ German ruling says climate goals not tough enough

A court case brought by a group of young environmental activists has succeeded in forcing the German government to step up its efforts to combat climate change. Judges in the country’s highest court ordered the government to strengthen legislation before the end of the year, to protect future generations — and the government has agreed.Continue reading “‘Historic’ German ruling says climate goals not tough enough”

New study shows fine particulates from fossil fuels caused 8.5 million excess deaths in 2018

The study estimates 10.2 million deaths in 2012 were due to fine particulates, dropping to 8.5 million in 2018. Of the 2012 total, 62% were in China (3.9 million) and India (2.5 million). The figures are more than twice as high as previously believed. See the Guardian report from Feb 9th and the published study,Continue reading “New study shows fine particulates from fossil fuels caused 8.5 million excess deaths in 2018”

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’”