Amongst the barrage of near-constant lousy news on the climate, from record rain bombs and flooding to relentless heat domes and wildfires, comes historic great news.
While COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, our climate emergency continues to worsen. Breaking news this week from climate scientists is that we have just completed the hottest 12-month period in recorded history.
How much trouble do we need to be in, before we admit we are in trouble?
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.
Bolsonaro’s decree could eventually pave the way for the dismantling of the indigenous reserve system, which would allow mining and oil interests to move into the Amazon unchallenged.
“All of the promises made to political groups and the people will be kept,” said a victorious Jair Bolsonaro, the new President of Brazil after his election victory earlier this week.
Yesterday a coalition of some 50 environmental, indigenous and human rights groups sent an unprecedented letter to Californian policymakers and US-based corporations involved in the processing, use or financing of Amazon crude to “stem the influx of crude oil into the United States” from the region.
Nearly every week now we have a new, previously unthinkable climate event
We have known for years that the days of finding easy oil outside the Middle East are over. It means that the oil industry has to go into fragile ecological areas like the Arctic or exploit dirty unconventionals like the tar sands or shale gas.
Later today, senior executives at Chevron will face a barrage of questions concerning climate change, including one whose intention is to “rock the boat.”