Hina Alam, The Canadian Press
Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender
January 11, 2020
The commissioner believes Canada is shirking its obligations as a signatory to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Larry Elliott
The damage caused by extreme weather events such as the Australian bushfires is at the top of the WEF’s risks report. Photograph: Sam Mooy/Getty

Jan. 15, 2020

For first time, environment is at top of list of issues worrying world’s elite

A year of extreme weather events and mounting evidence of global heating have catapulted the climate emergency to the top of the list of issues worrying the world’s elite.

Patrick Greenfield
Experts have identified oceans as a key battleground in the fight to protect humanity’s natural ‘life support system’. Photograph: Christian Loader/Alamy

Paris-style proposal to counter loss of ecosystems and wildlife vital to the future of humanity will go before October summit

Almost a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by the end of the decade to stop and reverse biodiversity decline that risks the survival of humanity, according to a draft Paris-style UN agreement on nature.

The Energy Mix

Dutch campaigners are declaring an “immense victory for climate justice” after a strongly-worded supreme court judgement December 20 upheld governments’ human rights duty to protect citizens from climate change and ordered The Netherlands to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 1990 levels by the end of this year.

Aaron Saad
Lorenzer Platz, Nuremberg WE ARE ON FIRE - ACT NOW! Global climate change strike - No Planet B -  09-20-2019

Dec. 29, 2019

But if a Green New Deal can be won, it would recast the past 10 years as something other than a lost decade

Perhaps the most unsettling fact about the effort to get the world on track to addressing climate change this decade is this: there was no point where we came even close.

 A rescue team evacuates a mother and child after flooding in Jakarta. Photograph: Agung Fatma Putra/SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock

Torrential rain triggers emergency in Indonesian capital with thousands moved into temporary shelter and more downpours forecast

Torrential rain has caused flash floods to inundate large parts of Indonesia’s capital and nearby towns, killing at least 21 people and forcing thousands more to evacuate.

Primary Author Paul McKay
Brazil Oil Spill 2019 - TV BrasilGov/Wikimedia Commons
November 11, 2019

Eight weeks ago, the famed white sand beaches of northeast Brazil began blackening as globs of toxic oil suddenly appeared to coat or contaminate crustaceans, fish, sea turtles, birds, rocks, and shallow mangrove nurseries sheltering all manner of marine life.

Tamara Lorincz
Nato - warplane

Dec. 23, 2019

Rapidly reducing carbon emissions impossible with rising militarism and military spendingRapidly reducing carbon emissions impossible with rising militarism and military spending

Earlier this month, the 29 leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went to London to celebrate their alliance’s anniversary but snubbed the opening of United Nations climate conference, where the other 164 world leaders and their delegations were meeting in Madrid.

Geoff Dembicki
Greenpeace Southeast Asia executive director Naderev Yeb Saño has long pressed for action against climate change. He led a hunger strike as lead Filipino delegate to the 2013 UN climate summit. Photo: Creative Commons, courtesy

18 Dec 2019

Greenpeace’s Yeb Saño explains what a Philippines human rights investigation means for the fossil fuel industry in Canada.

Four years ago, the Philippines Commission on Human Rights began posing an incendiary question.


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