The Waorani people of Ecuador have won a historic victory in court protecting half a million acres of their territory in the Amazon from oil drilling.
Is history about to repeat itself? Fourteen years after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and the coast of Louisiana, the region is bracing itself for Tropical Storm Barry.
“If we push the Earth system too far, then it takes over and determines its own response—past that point there will be little we can do about it.”
Trump’s talk is entitled “America’s Environmental Leadership”, despite the fact that his Administration has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, denies the climate crisis, promotes fossil fuels at all costs, and is gutting dozens upon dozens of environmental regulations.
OPEC concedes that climate campaigners are “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward”.
The head of Strategy for BP, Dominic Emery, has admitted that some of the company’s oil and gas “won’t see the light of day.”
Affirming that “science is not negotiable” in the halls of a UN conference center and acting on that fact in one’s own policy decisions can be two different things. What counts for the climate is action to manage a rapid and just transition off of fossil fuels.
To coincide with the G20 summit last week, thousands of activists from around the world – in Japan, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Australia, the US – mobilized to protest against Japan’s continued financing of dirty coal.
The warning could not be more stark. As the world warms, we face a “climate apartheid,” where the rich “escape overheating, hunger, and conflict” in an increasingly small geographical area, whilst the rest of us are “left to suffer.”
“There is no regulatory framework for fracking that will keep the toxins out of air and water, or will protect the climate from carbon and methane releases. It can’t be done. It can’t be made safe. Like lead paint, we finally have to ban it.”