23 February 2023 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights

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Could growing celery in rewetted peatland help fight climate change?
The Guardian, 23 Feb 2023

Could celery help fight climate change? Peatlands in lowland Britain have been drained for agriculture and releasing carbon for years, but paludiculture, or wet farming, aims to rewet drained peatland and grow crops that can tolerate high water levels. In Greater Manchester, the local wildlife trust is growing celery on bogland that was drained for farming, leaving a small relic of old peat below the surface.

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The American climate migration has already begun
The Guardian, 23 Feb 2023

Over the past decade, the US has experienced a succession of monumental climate disasters. Hurricanes have obliterated parts of the Gulf Coast, dumping more than 50in of rain in some places. Wildfires have denuded the California wilderness and destroyed thousands of homes. A once-in-a-millennium drought has dried up rivers and forced farmers to stop planting crops. Many of these disasters have no precedent in living memory, and they have dominated the headlines as Americans process the power of a changing climate.

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Climate change: Austrian children take government to court over lack of action
BBC, 22 Feb 2023

A group of children in Austria are taking the government to court saying it needs to do more to tackle climate change. The twelve children, aged between 5 and 16, are taking legal action against the Austrian government saying it needs to take tougher action on climate change to protect their rights. A lawyer for the group said the case, which was submitted to Austria's top court on Tuesday, is based on a similar claim in Germany which bought about change to the country's climate law.

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The climate benefits of a four-day workweek
BBC, 21 Feb 2023

In 2011, Simon Ursell and the three other co-founders of newly born environmental consultancy Tyler Grange based in Gloucestershire, UK, decided to give all their workers a day off a month to volunteer. They had found that many of their new employees already spent their free time volunteering in wildlife trusts. "Our ecologists have always loved being ecologists," Ursell says. But last year, Tyler Grange took what some would see as a far more radical step towards workers wellbeing by trying out giving all employees a fifth of their workweek off.

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