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NEWS  - updated 9 August 2017

This section records and tracks responses to the need for climate change action and environmental protection



Aljazeera Earthrise - Link here
EcoWatch - Link here


Climate Action Tracker - Link here


7 August 2017 - 'US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal'  The Guardian link here

20 June 2017 - ‘Fisticuffs Over the Route to a Clean-Energy Future’ - New York Times link here

7 June 2017: Germany’s highest court rules nuclear fuel tax unconstitutional - World Nuclear News link here

2 June 2017: Resonses to Donald Trump quitting Paris Climate Agreement

‘Top CEOs to Trump: You're wrong on climate change’  - YouTube link here

EU to bypass Trump administration after Paris climate agreement pullout - The Guardian link here

“The European Union has rejected Donald Trump’s offer to renegotiate the Paris climate agreement and pledged instead to bypass Washington to work with US business leaders and state governors to implement the historic accord’s commitments. ...”

"Trump got climate change almost entirely wrong in his Paris speech" - Vice News link here

1 June 2017: Donald Trump confirms US will quit Paris climate agreement - The Guardian link here

23 May 2017: Family planning and educating girls would reduce CO2 emissions by 120 gigatons by 2050 - more than onshore and offshore wind power combined - Population Matters website link here

“Analysis undertaken for a comprehensive new plan to reverse global warming, Drawdown, has identified family planning and educating girls as among the top 10 workable solutions available today. Together, they would reduce CO2 emissions by 120 gigatons by 2050 — more than onshore and offshore wind power combined.
Drawdown is the point in time when greenhouse gas concentrations peak in the atmosphere and begin to go down on a year-to-year basis. The Drawdown project is an international effort, involving 70 research fellows from 22 countries and six continents. The nonprofit organisation is a coalition of scholars, scientists and advocates from across the globe that is modeling, and communicating about a collective array of substantive solutions to global warming, with the goal of reaching drawdown.”
17 March 2017: Carbon dioxide emissions from energy have not increased for three years in a row even as the global economy grew according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) - The Guardian link here

8 March 2017: The South African government has lost the country’s first climate change lawsuit after the hight court ruled against its plans for a coal-fired power station, the latest in a rising tide of international climate litigation  - The Guardian link here

7 March 2017: London's toxic smog triggers business action against illegal air - Bloomberg link here

6 March 2017: China vows new steel, coal capacity cuts to make sky blue - Reuters link here

22 November 2017: Open Letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Climate Change from Mayors of 71 small and large American cities - Medium link here

“Dear President-elect Trump,
As Mayors, we have taken it upon ourselves to take bold action within our cities to tackle the climate crisis head-on. We write today to ask for your partnership in our work to clean our air, strengthen our economy, and ensure that our children inherit a nation healthier and better prepared for the future than it is today.
We lead 71 small and large American cities, comprising over 38 million Americans in both blue and red states. We have joined together in the U.S. Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda (MNCAA), or the #ClimateMayors, in addressing the greatest challenge of our time, climate change. Each of our cities is committing to ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, set climate action, regularly report on our progress, share lessons and hold each other accountable. Around the globe, cities are working together through organizations like C40 as well. ...”

19 November 2016: Climate vs. Donald Trump - Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs  News link here

24 June 2015: Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world’s first climate liability suit - The Guardian link here

14 March 2014: NASA-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for irreversible collapse'? - The Guardian link here

31 March 2011: Sustainable Development Commission, UK Government's independent adviser on sustainable development, held the Government to account to ensure the needs of society, the economy and the environment were properly balanced in the decisions it made and the way it ran itself. The Commission was closed on 31 March 2011 - Link to archived website here

March 2008: 'Fear of Fallowing: The Spectre of a no-growth world' by Steven Stoll in Harpers Magazine with quote from Robert Solow, Nobel Prize in economics in 1987 for innovations in growth theory - Harper Magazine link here

"There is no reason at all why capitalism could not survive without slow or even no growth.... I think it's perfectly possible that economic growth cannot go on at its current rate forever. This does not mean that productivity will cease to increase our quality of life; it means that people might find it increasingly costly to tum productivity into the kinds of things they are now accustomed to buying with their earnings. ..It is possible that the United States and Europe will find that, as the decades go by, either continued growth will be too destructive to the environment and they are too dependent on scarce natural resources, or that they would rather use increasing productivity in the form of leisure .... There is nothing intrinsic in the system that says it cannot exist happily in a stationary state"


27 June 2017: Climate change court case:”The costs of inaction are terrifying” - NZ Herald link here

"... Law student Sarah Thompson, 26, is suing the Government over its climate change targets, alleging it's not doing enough.
Her lawyer, Davey Salmon, today argued in the High Court at Wellington that the National Government was looking for reasons to delay taking action...” - NZ Herald link here

28 March 2017: ‘Innovative bill protects Whanganui River with legal personhood’ - New Zealand Parliament website - Link here

29 November 2016: Revealed: NZ household's impact on climate change. New Zealand's gross emissions per person were now fifth highest out of the 41 countries which set reduction targets under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, and our net emissions were the 14th highest - NZ Herald link here

19 June 2015: Pollution from dairy continues to grow -NZ Herald link here

18 November 2014: Editorial: Quit cooling our heels on climate action - NZ Herald link here

15 April 2014: NZ emissions accelerating - NZ Herald link here

2 April 2014: The New Zealand Government opens eight areas for oil and gas exploration - NZ Herald link here

10 December 2012: Kyoto pull-out 'economic mistake' - NZ Herald link here

4 December 2012: Groser defends ditching of Kyoto - NZ Herald link here

12 November 2012: Key defends decision not to stick with Kyoto Protocol - NZ Herald link here

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