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Climate Home News offers excellent coverage. You can subscribe on their website to receive their regular mailings. Particularly recommended: Ten myths about net zero and carbon offsetting. The Guardian newspaper has generally very good coverage. You can sign up to receive their Green Light weekly environmental newsletter by e-mail.

Global strike for the climate

Fridays for Future is a youth-led global climate strike movement. Its goal is to put moral pressure on politicians to take the forceful action to limit global warming that the world’s scientists tell us is needed. They have called a Global Climate Strike on September 24th. The map on the strike web page shows where local actions are planned. Nearby Oxford has a vigil in Bonn Square from 13:00 to 15:00, and High Wycombe will have a one-minute strike at 11:00, in school classrooms across the town.

World’s leading economies failing to meet their climate pledges

A new report by Climate Action Tracker highlights the failure of every one of the developed nations, and almost every one of the developing nations, to meet the pledges they have made to reduce their carbon emissions in order to meet the goals of the Paris climate accord of 2015. Pledges which themselves insufficient to avoid a temperature rise of more than 1.5 degree Centigrade. The Guardian reports on this too — their daily climate and envionmental coverage is well worth following. But even being told every day that more needs to be done does not seem to be making us, or our governments, take the required action. What can be done to remedy this?

Pensions and Climate Change

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Pensions investments into fossil fuels are currently prolonging their extraction and use, at a time when all reputable scientific opinion holds that these must cease within a very few years if we are to avoid catastrophe. 
Fossil fuel investments only represent the “best option” for guaranteed pension income in the short term if their continued use will in the long term guarantee a climate catastrophe. Mark Campanale will give an authoritative insight into the associated dilemmas of short and long term benefits and losses facing pensions investment committees, and into the alternatives to fossil fuel investments.

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‘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. This comes two years after another major victory in the Netherlands. In the UK, success in the courts has been more limited. A case won initially by Plan B in February 2020 to prevent the constuction of a third runway at Heathrow, was overturned in January this year by the Supreme Court, for what seem like legal technicalities — see the report by Plan B and the detailed legal analysis by the international law firm White and Case.

Climate Hustings

Our online Climate Hustings took place on April 19th. Continue reading to access a recording...

Nearly 200 people registered on Eventbrite. For reasons unknown, the upgrade to our Zoom license to accommodate everyone did not take effect, and so only 100 were able to attend. We apologise to those who were unable to join the Zoom call for that reason. The event was recorded, however, and the chat was particularly lively! We hope to stage more online events in the near future, so watch this space, or write to info@warwickshireclimatealliance.org to be put on the mailing list to receive alerts for forthcoming events.

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, in the journal Environmental Research (behind a paywall, unfortunately, but available through university libraries).