23 June 2022- NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice and Human Rights

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Thousands of Dutch farmers protest against emissions targets
Al Jazeera , 22 Jun 2022

Thousands of farmers have gathered in the central Netherlands to protest against the Dutch government’s plans to rein in emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia, driving their tractors across the Netherlands and snarling traffic on major highways. Wednesday’s protest was organised earlier this month after the government published nationwide targets for reducing emissions, sparking anger from farmers who claim their livelihoods – and those of thousands of people who work in the agricultural service industry – are on the line.

 

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Photos: Bangladesh’s garment-driven economic boom killing rivers
Al Jazeera , 22 Jun 2022

Bangladeshi ferryman Kalu Molla began working on the Buriganga river before the patchwork of slums on its banks gave way to garment factories – and before its waters turned pitch black. The 52-year-old has a constant cough, allergies and skin rashes, and doctors have told him the vile-smelling sludge that has also wiped out marine life in one of capital Dhaka’s main waterways is to blame.

 

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EU’s Executive Arm Outlines Ambitious Environmental Bill
VOA news, 21 Jun 2022

The European Union’s executive arm unveiled groundbreaking environmental proposals Wednesday — a draft law that would halve the EU’s pesticide use by 2030 — and work to restore its land, seas and rivers. The draft legislation aims to restore 20% of Europe’s degraded land and waterways within the next eight years — a measure the European Commission’s Vice President Frans Timmermans says is vital for the region’s future.

 

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Young people go to European court to stop treaty that aids fossil fuel investors
The Guardian , 21 Jun 2022

Five people, aged between 17 and 31, who have experienced devastating floods, forest fires and hurricanes are bringing a case to the European court of human rights, where they will argue that their governments’ membership of the little-known energy charter treaty (ECT) is a dangerous obstacle to action on the climate crisis. It is the first time that the Strasbourg court will be asked to consider the treaty, a secretive investor court system that enables fossil fuel companies to sue governments for lost profits.

 

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Ibrahim Thiaw appointed interim UN Climate Change head
Climate change News , 21 Jun 2022

Mauritanian diplomat and head of the UN body to combat desertification Ibrahim Thiaw has been appointed interim executive secretary of UN Climate Change.  Thiaw will take over the role when Patricia Espinosa, who has been in the job six years, steps down next month and “until the selection process for the new executive secretary is completed,” a letter to parties, seen by states.

 
 

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Colombia’s new president Gustavo Petro pledges to keep fossil fuels in the ground
Climate change News , 20 Jun 2022

Colombia has elected its first left-wing president, setting the Latin American nation on a path to wind down its fossil fuel production Leftist Gustavo Petro was voted in Sunday night alongside Goldman prize-winning environmental campaigner Francia Marquez, the nation’s first black and second female vice-president
 
 

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Canada announces ban on single-use plastics in ‘historic step’
Al Jazeera , 20 Jun 2022

The government of Canada announced that it will ban the manufacturing and import of a number of “harmful” single-use plastics, with several new regulations coming into place in December. The new rules, announced Monday, will apply to checkout bags, utensils, food-service products with plastic that is difficult to recycle, ring carriers, stir sticks, and straws with some exceptions, the government announced in a release.

 

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