08 October 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Colombia: Human rights defenders suffering 'crisis' as land threats increase - new report
Amnesty International UK, 08 Oct 2020

A wave of threats, attacks and killings of people defending land, territory and the environment in Colombia has highlighted the government’s failure to address the crisis facing the country’s human rights defenders, Amnesty International said in a new report published the 8th of October. 

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The pandemic is driving a boom in investments to fix the climate crisis
CNN, 08 Oct 2020

Green bonds may have a starring role in the recovery from the coronavirus recession. Interest in green bonds has increased in recent months as investors seek out securities that can generate returns and help the environment at the same time. Governments are offering green bonds to help meet ambitious climate goals, and companies are using them to reduce the impact of their business on the environment.

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Venezuela, once an oil giant, reaches the end of an era
The New York Times, 07 Oct 2020

Venezuela’s oil reserve, the world’s largest, transformed the country and the global energy market. Now its colossal oil sector, which shaped the country and the international energy market for a century, has come to a near halt, with production reduced to a trickle by years of gross mismanagement and American sanctions. Will it ever recover?

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‘Wake up’: Climate activist Nakate challenges world leaders
The Washington Post, 07 Oct 2020

Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate challenged world leaders to “wake up” and recognize climate change as a crisis as she tied it to poverty, hunger, disease, conflict and violence against women and girls in a speech broadcast Wednesday as part of the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture.
Nakate, who has demonstrated alongside other young activists including Greta Thunberg, urged leaders “to see the danger we are in.”

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Greening of India’s railway network on track
UN News, 04 Oct 2020

An ambitious plan to make one of the world’s largest and most complex railway networks a net zero carbon emitter by 2030 is moving full steam ahead, although without the steam, thanks, in part, to support from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). 

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