Tag Archives: ClimateAction

I invented a new word for ‘climate change.’ Should I use it?

I invented a new word for ‘climate change.’ Should I use it?

Get the latest from Ask Umbra every week Subscribe to Ask Umbra Q. Dear Umbra, Is “overkill” a suitable name for the environmental crimes leading to irreversible climate change and the total extinction of life on our planet? — Pondering Over Every Term A. Dear POET, I’m not going to …

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California Bills Would Ban ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Firefighting Foam, Expand Testing of Water for All PFAS Chemicals

California Bills Would Ban ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Firefighting Foam, Expand Testing of Water for All PFAS Chemicals

For Immediate Release:  Wednesday, February 19, 2020 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Tuesday the California Senate introduced two bills to address the growing contamination crisis of toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS. One bill would ban the chemicals in firefighting foam – one of the largest sources of PFAS contamination – …

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Critics question Amazon’s sustainability amidst Bezos Earth Fund launch

Critics question Amazon's sustainability amidst Bezos Earth Fund launch

Earlier this week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos vowed to mitigate the impact of climate change by establishing the Bezos Earth Fund. He’s committed $10 billion to start the fund, making it one of the largest charitable pledges to date. The fund has earmarked delivery of grants for this summer to …

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Government Minister reveals India to stop thermal coal imports from 2024

Government Minister reveals India to stop thermal coal imports from 2024

India’s Coal and Mines minister Pralhad Joshi has revealed India will stop importing thermal coal from financial year 2023-24. The media reports gave little other detail about the proposal, which would have serious implications for Australian coal sales, with some commentators suggesting it could even mean an end to the …

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Cape High Court rules in favour of the PHA Campaign

Cape High Court rules in favour of the PHA Campaign

In a precedent-setting ruling, Judge Kate Savage on Monday declared that South African municipalities must take climate change and water scarcity into account when making planning decisions. The Western Cape High Court ruling states that the rezone permission and environmental authorisations for the development known as Oaklands City are suspended, …

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Government to spend £90m on reducing carbon emissions

Government to spend £90m on reducing carbon emissions

The government has announced plans to spend £90m to reduce carbon emissions for households and businesses.  In an announcement made today (February 18), Kwasi Kwarteng, minister for business, energy and clean growth, has revealed plans to create two of Europe’s first-ever low-carbon hydrogen production plants. This will help to move …

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Will our marine protected areas adapt to a changing climate?

Will our marine protected areas adapt to a changing climate?

New study finds that Canada should do more to ensure MPAs are effective well into the future   By Aurelie Cosandey-Godin A few weeks ago, delegates from around the world gathered in Montreal to discuss how the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will shape global biodiversity protection past 2020. To …

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BP’s net zero announcement – Greenpeace response

BP’s new CEO says he’s serious about climate change. So why is BP still in the oil business?

In response to BP’s announcement [1] of their new ‘ambitions’ today, Charlie Kronick, Oil Advisor from Greenpeace UK, said – “BP’s ‘ambitions’ and ‘aims’ all seem to apply to Looney’s successors, and leave the urgent questions unanswered. How will they reach net zero? Will it be through offsetting? When will …

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Floods Put Mississippi Capital In ‘Precarious Situation’

Floods Put Mississippi Capital In 'Precarious Situation'

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said power had been shut off to 504 residences as a safety precaution. He said some city homes had been flooded but officials do not yet know how many. About 30 people are at a shelter that has been set up in Jackson, he said. Nearly …

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Remaking Appalachia green | The Seattle Times

Remaking Appalachia green | The Seattle Times

It looked like a scene of wanton destruction, all the more shocking for happening on federal land under the watchful eye of a U.S. forester. Two snarling yellow bulldozers plowed up and down a hillside, pushing over anything in their path. Shrubs and small trees snapped under the dozers’ force …

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