05 August 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights

Articles

Our leaders look climate change in the eyes, and shrug
The Guardian, 04 Aug 2021

If you have cultivated an Edgar Allen Poe-like appreciation for the macabre, there is a certain sort of amusement to be had in watching the developed world deal with the insistent onslaught of climate change. Like many horror stories, this one features a main character full of futile determination to maintain a sense of normalcy even as the ominous signs of doom become ever more impossible to ignore. We can chuckle knowing that the monster is going to come for our designated protectors. We stop chuckling knowing that it’s coming for all of us next.

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As pandemic restrictions ease, we need to consider ethical travel in our return
The Conversation, 04 Aug 2021

Return to movement is a central feature of how the Canadian government has been discussing the return to normal. Throughout much of the pandemic governments — including Canada’s — “fought” the pandemic through limiting travel. As vaccinations rise, so does the desire to return to travel. Canada’s federal government has missed an important moment to start a conversation on ethical travel, especially with increasingly worrying climate data. Now is the perfect time to establish new conversations for what this might look like.

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More than 250 major fires detected in the Amazon this year, despite Brazil’s ban
Mongabay, 03 Aug 2021

The Amazon fire season is gaining momentum, and this year could be worse than last. As of today, 267 major fires have been detected in the Amazon this year, burning more than 105,000 hectares (260,000 acres) — an area roughly the size of Los Angeles, California. More than 75% of these fires blazed in the Brazilian Amazon, followed by Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, according to a report by the Amazon Conservation Association’s Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP).

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Tesco’s meat problem (commentary)
Mongabay, 03 Aug 2021

Britain’s largest supermarket chain, Tesco sells a lot of meat – hundreds of millions of chickens a year alone. Three weeks ago, Tesco produced a new set of requirements for its meat suppliers to try and address the massive environmental consequences of those meat sales, starting with the soy-based animal feed used to fatten chicken, pigs and cows for its own-brand meat and dairy offer.

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Amazon deforestation and the EU-Mercosur trade deal
EU Observer, 02 Aug 2021

For a long time, even the most pessimistic climate activists took heart in the fact that the formidable Amazon rainforest was a kind of last-ditch backstop, a massive ecosystem that would continue to vacuum up the huge quantities of carbon we irresponsibly pumped into the atmosphere. But what happens when that's no longer true? Worse still, if the opposite is true?

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Ending Amazon deforestation a top priority on Colombian minister’s D.C. visit
Mongabay, 02 Aug 2021

Colombia is courting other governments and conservation organizations for support in tackling Amazonian deforestation bringing about what it describes as one of the most ambitious emissions reduction goals in the world. Carlos Eduardo Correa, the country’s minister of environment and sustainable development, visited Washington, D.C., from July 14 to 16, where he met with members of Congress, representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and nonprofit organizations such as WWF, Conservation International and the Amazon Conservation Team, among others. Correa discussed with them the priorities of the Colombian environment and sustainability sector.

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Benin's rare swamp forest 'at risk of disappearing'
Africanews, 01 Aug 2021

In the freshwater swamp forest of Hlanzoun in southern Benin, majestic trees hum with chirping birds and playful monkeys. Home to once bustling flora and fauna, experts now warn that the fragile environment, one of the last of its kind in the West African country and accessible only by canoe, is at risk of disappearing. The 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of forest, which takes its name from the river Hlan, is home to 241 plant and 160 animal species including the rare red-bellied monkey, the marsh mongoose and the sitatunga, a swamp-dwelling antelope.

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Bangladesh: Deforestation leaves Rohingya refugees vulnerable
DW, 30 Jul 2021

Days of heavy rainfall have pelted the Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, destroying dwellings and sending thousands of people to live with extended families or in communal shelters. In just 24 hours from Tuesday to Wednesday, more than 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) of rain fell on the camps in the Cox's Bazar district, which houses more than a million Rohingya refugees. That's nearly half the average July rainfall in one day. More heavy downpours are expected in the next few days with the monsoon season continuing for another three months.

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