Moody's has purchased a controlling stake in a California-based company that measures the physical risks of climate change, including extreme rainfall, hurricanes, heat stress and sea level rise. Myriam Durand of the credit rating agency said the move would help analysts more precisely assess climate-related risks. "You can't mitigate what you don't understand," she said.Read original story
Temperature records are falling across Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium for a second straight day, and Paris has recorded its hottest day ever right in the middle of the Tour de France as the second dangerous heat wave of summer 2019 sears western Europe.Read original story
In her newly released climate change plan, Democratic presidential candidate and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is proposing $10 trillion in funding to combat climate change and bring the U.S. to net-zero carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Gillibrand also promises to enact the Green New Deal and to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on her first day in office.Read original story
New Jersey energy company PSEG is pledging to deliver electricity with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 to fight climate change. It's a major shift for the company, which has relied on fossil fuels for the past century, and it reflects the rapid decline in renewable energy costs and a growing push to respond to the threat of climate change.Read original story
As another heatwave is hitting Europe and smashing all-time temperature records, Greta Thunberg and the young school strikers are calling on millions of adults across the world to join them in a Global Climate Strike. Will you be there, too?
Fossil fuel corporations and their backers have brought us to the brink of climate breakdown.
As another heatwave scorches through Europe, the climate crisis is back to making headlines. But no one seems to be naming the villains, and no one is being held responsible. Yet.
This September, Greta Thunberg and the young school strikers will lead millions of adults across the world in a Global Climate Strike, to stand up to the power of the fossil giants, and speak up for our future. We’ve never seen anything like this before. It’s time for a #ClimateStrike on the scale of this crisis.
Starting on 20 September and culminating a week later, the world is going on strike. We’re striking from work, walking out of offices, classrooms, shops. Some of us will take the full day off work, some will join an event on their lunch break or simply post a selfie in support of the strike. Together, we’ll show the fossil fuel industry and those who lend them money and power that we no longer support business as usual, and their days are numbered.
This September’s Climate Strikes will go down in history as a moment we finally stood up for our climate, for our planet, and for our future. You can pledge to join right now.
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Fracking ban: In an historic victory, the Brazilian states of Paraná and Santa Catarina have both passed a law to permanently ban fracking – within 2 weeks of each other. It means Latin America’s largest shale reserves will go untapped, and 12.5 million people in Paraná state are safe from the direct impacts of fracking. “We will continue city by city, state by state, until fracking is banned across Brazil,” said one activist. Find out more
People gather water at a dried lake in Chennai in June. Photo: Reuters – P. Ravikumar
This is an emergency: Large parts of the world are sweltering with heatwaves this week, and much of India is still suffering from devastating drought. Meanwhile in Nepal and Bangladesh, floods have claimed hundreds of lives and affected millions more. Farmers who have lost their crops due to extreme heat are marching, and over half a million people have already signed on to a youth-led petition urging their government to declare a climate emergency. Read more
Protests in San Juan on Monday shut down a main highway. Photo: Carlos Giusti, AP
Island-wide strike: More than 500,000 people vowed to go on strike across Puerto Rico. They were calling on the governor to resign because of corruption, sexism, homophobia and awful mismanagement and neglect in the wake of Hurricane Maria which claimed thousands of lives. The protests were sparked by leaked messages showing the governor’s callous attitudes towards Puerto Ricans. On Wednesday evening, he announced his resignation. Read more
Deathly dairy: One of New Zealand’s biggest polluters, dairy giant Fonterra, has committed to stop building new coal boilers, which they use to dehydrate milk for export. Read more about the win (and be sure to catch their hilarious parody video, too!)
Outside CBC offices in Ottawa, activists display “climate emergency” on sandbags used to protect against flooding. Photo: Nhattan Nguyen
Tell the truth: People gathered in cities around Canada last Thursday, to demand Canada’s public broadcaster hold a televised debate on the climate crisis and a Green New Deal ahead of national elections. Just weeks ago, wildfires raged across Alberta. Read more
Divestment: Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a wide range of fossil fuel divestment wins continue to roll in:
- The UK’s National Trust will divest its £1 billion of assets from oil, coal and gas. More
- The London Pensions Fund Authority will divest from Exxon
- Chubb becomes the first insurer in the United States to divest from coal More
- Royal College of Emergency Medicine and Royal Society of Arts will fully divest More
- Largest city in Wales divests its pension fund More
- German cities Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, and Brandenburg commit to partially divest pension funds (they still have holdings in gas)
If you’re curious about divestment, you can sign up to follow the Financing the Future Summit on September 10-11 in Cape Town, South Africa here.One to Watch
Here’s a new video featuring a characteristically frank plea for action from adults this September from Greta Thunberg and others from around the world.
“If you not you should do it, then who? If not now, then when?” Greta has a point. Please watch and share today, to help us invite millions more people to join the Global Climate Strike this September.Use Your Power
As one climate striker from the Philippines says in the video above: “It’s time to take charge of the future that belongs to us, not to the fossil fuel companies.”
Young people have been leading the latest wave of global action on the climate crisis – now it’s time for people of all ages to stand with them and join them on #ClimateStrike.
After you share the video, head over to the Resources section of globalclimatestrike.net find out how to spread the word and make this September the turning point the world needs.
The Ohio legislature passed a measure that cuts renewable energy and energy efficiency programs while adding subsidies for nuclear and coal-fired power plants. Opponents say the bill — signed into law within hours by the state's Republican governor — is backward-looking and harmful to the economy, consumers and the environment.Read original story
Since 2008, at least 17 service members have died of heat exposure during training exercises at U.S. military bases, with a rising number of military members falling ill because of the heat. A nine-month ICN/NBC News investigation shows how rising heat exacerbates challenges the military is facing in some of the world's most destabilized regions and suggests the military isn't prepared for worse with climate change.Read original story
USA — Millions will take part in global climate strikes on the 20th and 27th of September, with communities across the country and around the world taking action during the entire “Week for Future and Climate Justice.” Led by youth climate strikers, people will walk out of school and work to join mass marches and rallies, music concerts, sit-ins and nonviolent direct action. Organizers say it is on course to be the largest-ever global mobilization for climate action, with over 6000 people in 150 countries already pledging to organize events.
“This is going to be a huge opportunity to highlight the transformational work of youth climate activists in communities across the country. America needs to hear the voices of young people being impacted by the worst effects of climate change, and be inspired to demand immediate, bold, and decisive change. This is our invitation to everyone, of every walk of life, to get involved and help us fight for our futures,” said Katie Eder, Executive Director of the Future Coalition.
In the U.S., youth strikes, coordinated by Future Coalition, including national youth-led groups including Friday’s For Future USA, U.S. Youth Climate Strike, Sunrise Movement, Zero Hour, Earth Uprising, and Extinction Rebellion Youth. With adults backing youth, communities are building and strengthening a multigenerational, multiracial movement to make this day as impactful as possible. For the first time since the youth climate strike movement began, adults will strike alongside young people to show support and solidarity.
Art, music, and song will be centered everywhere, as communities escalate the fight to stop fossil fuels projects, build just and equitable climate solutions to transition to 100% renewable energy, and hold accountable fossil fuel executives most responsible for the climate crisis.
“Climate breakdown is one of the greatest human rights issue we face. It means food supplies failing, fuel shortages, dwindling access to drinking water, and homes being swallowed by the sea. It means forced migration and worsening resource conflict. It means more frequent and ferocious natural disasters,” said May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director. “Protesting against climate breakdown is about much more than emissions and scientific metrics – it’s about building a just and sustainable world that works for all of us. The world needs a global ‘green new deal’ that tackles the root causes of inequality and the climate crisis together. We are rising up for a transformative deal based upon the principles of climate justice and universal rights for all.”
This comes as Hurricane Barry and devastating floods hit communities across the Gulf, Midwest and East Coast, as communities suffer from record-breaking heatwaves, as wildfires scorch communities from Florida, Alaska, California and beyond. While the Trump administration obliterates hard-won protections, public support and momentum for transformative action such as a Green New Deal is at an all-time high.
The UN Climate Summit will be September 23 in New York, with the weeklong movement also taking over the entire Climate Week, in New York City, across the country, and around the world.
“September 20 isn’t a goal, it’s a catalyst for future action. It’s a catalyst for the engagement of humanity in the protection of Earth. It’s a catalyst for realizing the intersectionality that the climate crisis has with almost every other issue. It’s a catalyst for the culmination of hundreds of climate activists that won’t stop fighting until the climate emergency is over,” said Xiye Bastida, youth strike leader with Fridays for Future – New York City.
Global support for the strikes and week of action has been growing with parents, academics, bakers, trade unions, doctors, farmers, caretakers, celebrities, and teachers among those joining toward September 20-27.
Escalated actions will be taking place across the country. Labor, faith, business, scientists, and more national and international workings groups are forming to support the week of action. Businesses will close their doors; unions will pass resolutions in support of strikers; scientists will join and march alongside students; and faith leaders and institutions will stand with youth strikers to fight against fossil fuel projects and massive government inaction on the part of governments.
“In the United States, communities representing every race, ethnicity, and generation are demanding real climate action from elected officials and those running for office,” said Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, 350.org North America Director. “The youth uprising is backed by millions who refuse to sit by while the Trump administration, hand-in-hand with fossil fuel executives, continues their campaign of climate denial and policy rollbacks, all while we face extreme heat waves, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires. We stand with communities demanding economic transformation that works for our collective right to a sustainable, healthy, and livable future. In the lead-up to September and beyond, all of us are coming together to demand real climate leaders at the national, state and local levels hold fossil fuel companies accountable for decades of negligence and damage.”
This September’s Global Climate Strikes and Week for Future and Climate Justice come in the face of an uptick in anti-protest legislation, as climate lawsuits heat up this fall, and in the lead-up to November’s COP25.
Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage, 350.org, email@example.com, +1 (413) 687-5160
Ben Rubin, Climate Nexus, firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 (646) 559-8263
NOTES TO THE EDITOR:
- Future coalition website
- Parents’ letter
- 224 Academics support the brave stand of the school climate strike children
- Teachers want climate crisis training, poll shows
- Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers Union supports the Climate Strike
- Trade Union supports students climate strikes
- Green Building Store joins the Global Climate Strike
- Doctors against climate catastrophe
- Workers strike will reveal if firms really care about climate change
Berkeley has become the first city in the United States to ban the use of natural gas in new low-rise buildings, and it isn't the only California community looking for ways to shift its buildings away from burning fossil fuels. Dozens of cities and towns across the state are considering measures to encourage developers to use only electric appliances in new buildings.Read original story
UN Secretary-General António Guterres wrote to every head of state over the weekend, asking them to set plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The letter was sent ahead of the UN summit taking place in September, where countries are due to present concrete emissions reduction proposals.Read original story
A quickly spreading and highly drug-resistant type of yeast has become a serious global health threat, infecting hospitalized patients around the world. New research suggests that global warming may have played a key role in its spread, possibly the first example of a new fungal disease emerging as a result of climate change.Read original story
The speed of climate disruption is outpacing animals' capacity to adapt, a new study found. Scientists reviewed 10,090 abstracts and used data from 71 published studies, finding that climate change poses a threat to the vast majority of species. "The probability that none of the study species is at risk is virtually zero," the authors write.Read original story
Boris Johnson, who took office as UK prime minister today, has a murky record on climate: He has generally voted against measures to prevent climate change, and as mayor of London, he shrank the city's congestion charge zone, countering efforts to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.Read original story
During the recent heat wave, the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., reached a record high temperature of nearly 94 degrees, roughly 10 degrees hotter than its average. Temperatures in the nearby Chesapeake Bay also surged well into the 80s. Increases in water temperatures, expected with climate change, can also result in increased harmful algae blooms.Read original story
Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan has sued an Austin suburb over an ordinance regulating the construction of natural gas pipelines within city limits. The company alleges that the order aims to keep a proposed natural gas pipeline, already registered with state regulators, out of town.Read original story