01 December 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights

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Climate change: US to pay $75m to relocate tribes facing flood threat
BBC News, 01 Dec 2022

US President Joe Biden's administration will help fund the move of three tribal communities facing urgent threats from climate change. The three tribes will receive $75m (£62m) divided equally between them, Mr Biden announced on Wednesday. All are located along coastal areas and rivers in the states of Alaska and Washington. The money will fund the move of key buildings and residential homes to higher ground, away from rising waters.

 

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IDB approves $500 mln loan to Argentina to fight climate change
Reuters, 01 Dec 2022

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $500 million credit line to Argentina to mitigate the impacts of climate change, its Economy Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The loan will be granted with a single payment in December, the ministry said, adding it is linked to targets looking to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

 

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Australia is on track … sort of: official expert advice urges a ‘big upward shift’ on emissions cuts
The Guardian, 01 Dec 2022

Australia’s climate change minister, Chris Bowen, has declared the country on track to reach a 40% cut in climate pollution by 2030 – just short of the national target of 43% – but the government has been told a “big upward shift in momentum” is needed to tackle the problem.

 

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COP27’s loss and damage fund delivers climate justice despite conference shortcomings
Mail & Guardian, 01 Dec 2022

The establishment of a loss and damage fund is one of the main historic outcomes achieved at the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27). This is important for the African continent as we are so vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

 

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In Uganda’s Karamoja Region, Climate Change Means Hunger and Violence
World Politics Review, 30 Nov 2022

In Uganda, climate change is leading to longer dry seasons, lowering crop yields and threatening the livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists. A surge in violent cattle rustling at the height of planting season exacerbated the situation. Now competition over increasingly limited natural resources could potentially lead to more conflict.

 

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Vanuatu publishes draft resolution seeking climate justice at UN court
Climate Home News, 30 Nov 2022

Vanuatu has published a draft UN resolution requesting an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on states’ legal obligation for climate action and the consequences of causing harm. While the court, which is the UN’s main judiciary arm, has no binding authority, its opinion could inform lawsuits around the world and strengthen vulnerable countries’ position in international negotiations.

 

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Just Stop Oil activist jailed for six months for M25 disruption
The Guardian, 29 Nov 2022

A climate activist who disrupted traffic on the M25 has been sentenced to six months in prison. Jan Goodey, 57, from Brighton, was jailed after pleading guilty to intentionally or recklessly causing a public nuisance after taking part in Just Stop Oil’s campaign of disruption on London’s orbital motorway earlier this month.

 

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