Leaders of the world's richest nations wrapped up the Group of 20 Summit in Rome recently after taking virtually no concrete action to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and the intensifying climate crisis, drawing condemnation from human rights advocates who deemed the gathering's outcome an "abysmal and total failure."
The US infrastructure is not built to a standard that protects against the level of flood risk people face today, let alone how those risks will grow over the next 30 years as the climate changes.
When US government allows exploitative real estate corporations to develop shoddy private developments to maximize profit and displace Black residents, thousands are left without homes during a disaster.
Joe Manchin, the powerful West Virginia Democratic senator who chairs the Senate energy panel and earned half a million dollars last year from coal production, is preparing to remake President Biden’s climate legislation in a way that tosses a lifeline to the fossil fuel industry — despite urgent calls from scientists that countries need to quickly pivot away from coal, gas and oil to avoid a climate catastrophe.
The planetary crisis is "impacting a broad range of rights, including the rights to adequate food, water, education, housing, health, development, and even life itself," said the U.N.'s top rights expert.
New figures released by Global Witness show that 227 people were killed in 2020 while trying to protect forests, rivers and other ecosystems that their livelihoods depended on.
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Southern Louisiana on Aug 29 as one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. It has knocked out power to the hundreds of thousands of residents of New Orleans and over 1 million in Louisiana and has caused at least one death so far.
Germany is forecast to record its biggest rise in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 this year as the economy rebounds from the pandemic-related downturn, according to a report by an environmental think tank.
A new UN report will set out a stark message on the state of the climate crisis, raising pressure on governments meeting for the crucial Cop26 talks in the autumn. The report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published on Monday (9 August 2021), is the first part of a review of current scientific knowledge about how the world is warming due to human activity.
The Turkish fires have been fuelled by a southern European heatwave fed by hot air from North Africa, which has also seen chaos grip other parts of the Mediterranean in recent days. Experts have warned that climate change is increasing both the frequency and intensity of wildfires.