Kate Lyons
The UN decision relates to the case of Ioane Teitiota, who lived on South Tarawa atoll in Kiribati, one of the most vulnerable nations to climate-related sea level rise. Photograph: Dmitry Malov/Alamy

Jan. 20, 2020

Experts say judgment is ‘tipping point’ that opens the door to climate crisis claims for protection

It is unlawful for governments to return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by the climate crisis, a landmark ruling by the United Nations human rights committee has found.

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.
Chris D'Angelo .
LTBMU Fire Captain Dave Soldavini, holds a baby kangaroo, known as a "Joey," that was rescued from the devastating 2019-20 wildfires in Australia, January 2020. Photo:Flickr/USDA Forest Service (CC BY 2.0)

Jan. 16, 2020

This story was originally published by HuffPost and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration

 Charlie Smith
Chief Na'moks of the Tsayu Clan says that provincial and federal officials have assumed and presumed authority over Wet'suwet'en territory, even though this has never been ceded by anyone. UNIST'OT'EN CAMP
January 12th, 2020 
Tensions continue to run high over the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which has been approved by the federal and B.C. governments, as well as by 20 elected First Nations councils along the route.

It's become a defining moment not only in the evolution of Indigenous rights, but in the future of B.C.'s NDP government and Canada's oil and gas industry.

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.

Amy Smart
A supporter of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline work to set up a support station at kilometre 39 just outside of Gidimt'en checkpoint near Houston B.C., on Jan. 8, 2020. Photo by The Canadian Press

A natural gas pipeline company has posted an injunction order giving opponents 72 hours to clear the way toward its work site in northern British Columbia, although the company says its focus remains finding a peaceful resolution that avoids enforcement.

The order stamped Tuesday by the B.C. Supreme Court registry addresses members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation and supporters who say the Coastal GasLink project has no authority without consent from the five hereditary clan chiefs.

Ben Parfitt
 January 9, 2020
One B.C. Hydro official likens intensifying fracking activities to “carpet bombing.”

Sometime after construction began on the Peace Canyon Dam in the 1970s, engineers at B.C. Hydro discovered that the 50-metre-high structure was being built on top of weak rock.


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