Green alert: How indigenous have been experiencing climate change in the Amazon
Antônio Veríssimo Apinajé recalls his life as a boy in Taquari village in northern Tocantins state, Brazil, in the 1970s. “It would rain without stopping for three or four days in a row, from January to June. The rivers and springs would fill up. The rainy season would begin in October, when my family would plant manioc, corn and rice. In June, the dry season would come, which lasted until September.”But not anymore, says the leader of the Apinajé indigenous people. “There are years in which the rains take a long time to come, sometimes only in November, December, even January. Only then can w...
Editorial: COVID-19 offers lesson on risk of ignoring climate change
The coronavirus offers important lessons on the need to reduce the threat of climate change.For starters, we’ve learned there is a heavy price to be paid for ignoring repeated warnings from scientists with expertise in their field of study.Researchers at the Global Carbon Project on Tuesday published a report revealing that the Earth can expect a drop of 7% in carbon dioxide emissions this year as a result of the pandemic. It’s the largest decrease in at least 75 years. That’s the good news. But the plunge in carbon emissions shouldn’t be perceived as a silver lining. The decline is temporary....
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Pearl Jam have recruited teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg to issue a climate change warning in their new animated video for Retrograde. She plays a fortune teller showing a client a series of climate change disasters from melting polar icecaps and rising seas engulfing New York City.©2020 WENNProvided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Soy made the Cerrado a breadbasket; climate change may end that
Bare ground in fields along the BR-020 in August 2019 awaits the planting of Brazil’s most lucrative export — soybeans. Image by Sarah Sax / Mongabay.A Mongabay team, Sarah Sax and Maurício Angelo, recently traveled to the Brazilian Cerrado to report on the impacts of booming agribusiness on the savanna environment and on the traditional people living there. This is the sixth story in a series telling what they found there.WESTERN BAHIA, Brazil — Drive seven hours north on the BR-020 from Brasília, Brazil’s capital city, to the fast-growing agro-industrial city of Luis Eduardo Magalhães in Wes...
Fight climate change like coronavirus: UN
The United Nations on Wednesday urged the world to fight climate change with the same determination as it is showing in the battle against COVID-19.The UN's World Meteorological Organization said it was time to flatten the curve on climate change as well, with its impact on the planet "reaching a crescendo" in the past five years -- which were the hottest on record.The trend is expected to continue, the WMO said Wednesday, as it marked Earth Day. This year's celebration comes 50 years since the first Earth Day in 1970.Carbon dioxide levels at one key global observing station are about 26 perce...
What coronavirus tells us about climate change on Earth Day's 50th anniversary
SEATTLE — The Seattle Times headline on Seattle’s first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, was prescient. So much so, it could have been written on this year’s 50th anniversary of Earth Day.“Pollution to Overheat Earth, Says Expert” was the headline stripped across the top of Page One. “The release of increasing quantities of carbon dioxide and thermal pollution into the atmosphere threatens to change global weather and melt the Antarctic ice cap, flooding wide areas,” the story reported.Fifty years later, the pace toward warming predicted in the story by the late climatologist J. Murray Mitchell c...
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N.J. will receive $80M each year to fight climate change, boost post-coronavirus economy
New Jersey is set to receive $80 million each year to spend on a cleaner and a healthier environment, and state officials hope that new investment will help lift the state in its economic recovery from the coronavirus.The money is coming to the Garden State through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the state will spend that money on projects to boost clean energy and tackle tailpipe emissions, according to a new spending plan unveiled on Friday morning.RGGI — pronounced “reggie” — is a regional cap-and-trade agreement among 10 Northeastern states, from Maine to Maryland. Through the ...
Harry Styles: 'Coronavirus is a silver lining in the fight against climate change'
Since the COVID-19 crisis was declared a pandemic last month (Mar20), people have been following the advice of World Health Organisation officials to stay indoors - with scientists predicting the lockdown could trigger the biggest fall in global carbon dioxide emissions since the Second World War.Speaking to host Olivia Jones on the U.K.'s Total Access radio show on Sunday (05Apr20), Falling hitmaker Harry seemed to concur with the evidence, and admitted he's hopeful it inspires people to take better care of the world."It kind of feels like we've all been grounded (and) Mother Nature's sent us...
Editorial: COVID-19 to climate change, Trump doubles down on crises
While we’re in the middle of one existential crisis, President Donald Trump last week exacerbated another.Someday, we’ll put COVID-19, and the suffering it caused our nation and the world, in the past. We will once again comfortably venture from our homes, the global economy will start humming and life will return to normal.Unfortunately, that will include revving back up the greenhouse-gas-emissions engine and resuming the dangerous pace of global warming that is now momentarily slowed by the world’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.Making matters worse, the Trump administration last week...
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When green financing turns sustainable
The urgency to address climate change has caused investors to put sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices at the heart of their business strategy.Both regulators and government authorities have also began introducing a series of nation-wide sustainability initiatives aimed at reversing the consequences of climate change and have called on institutions to champion these agendas. This increased support has helped to drive a paradigm shift from “green” to “sustainable” to encompass an entirely sustainable agenda.We are now seeing considerable efforts towards gaugin...