16 November 2016: In 2015 youth between the ages of 8 and 19 filed a constitutional climate change case against the Federal Government of the United States of America at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. In Juliana v United States of America the youth are challenging the Federal Government of the USA for failure to take action against the burning of fossil fuels, which destabilizes the climate system and puts its future at risk.
Battle for Mosul triggers environmental disaster as Islamic State fighters use the environment as a weapon of war, setting fire to oil wells as part of scorched earth policy
In the fight to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State, the “fog of war” has become more than a metaphor for the chaos of battle. For months, oil wells set on fire by ISIL fighters have belched thick clouds of black smoke into the skies above Iraq’s second largest city...
“The streets are flowing with oil and a lot of it is on fire, so the air is dark with smoke. All you can smell is smoke. Your lungs itch. There’s one hospital in the town, but we couldn’t get in because it’s been mined. The primary health clinic is surrounded by a river of oil, so it’s not accessible either. Crude oil is flowing into the Tigris River.”
Nairobi, 31 October 2016: Some villagers in Nepal are to receive payments for their stewardship of community forests, an important step towards replicating this elsewhere in the country and beyond. The payments are based on new tools under development by the Forest Stewardship...
Can nature help cities address the twin problems of air that is too dirty or too hot? Based on a new report released by The Nature Conservancy – in collaboration with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group - the answer appears to be a qualified “yes.”
The Swedish city of Borås that almost lost all its primary trade— textile production— to lower-cost markets in the mid-20th century, has now become a global example of cleaner textile production and water stewardship.
Recently, Borås hosted a high-level delegation from the People’s Republic of China, which was looking for ways to make textile production in China more sustainable as part of the country’s push to prioritize environmental health.
Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy.
“Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he gets taken off the case,” the paper said. Adding, “His idea is so crazy it might just work.”