24 June 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights

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Britain risks missing climate targets due to lack of policies -advisers
Reuters, 24 Jun 2021

Britain's lack of policies to meet net zero emissions by 2050 is jeopardising its chance of meeting the target, the country's climate advisers said in a progress report on Thursday. Britain in 2019 became the G7 first member to set a net zero target, which will require wholesale changes in the way that Britons travel, eat and consume electricity.

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Italy's top court says production at Ilva plant can continue
Reuters, 23 Jun 2021

Italy's top administrative court on Wednesday ruled that production at the Ilva steel plant in the southern city of Taranto can continue. The Council of State court said in a statement that the Taranto city order calling on the plant to be shut down due to high air pollution levels was illegitimate "in the absence of the conditions of necessity and urgency".

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IPCC steps up warning on climate tipping points in leaked draft report
The Guardian, 23 Jun 2021

Climate scientists are increasingly concerned that global heating will trigger tipping points in Earth’s natural systems, which will lead to widespread and possibly irrevocable disaster, unless action is taken urgently. The impacts are likely to be much closer than most people realise, a a draft report from the world’s leading climate scientists suggests, and will fundamentally reshape life in the coming decades even if greenhouse gas emissions are brought under some control.

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Canada's 2030 climate goals challenging to achieve, says budgetary watchdog
Reuters, 23 Jun 2021

Canada faces a challenge hitting its 2030 target to cut carbon emissions 40-45% below 2005 levels because of the speed and scale of changes needed to decarbonize the economy, the country's independent budgetary watchdog said on Wednesday. The assessment from Yves Giroux, the parliamentary budget officer (PBO), underlines the difficulties facing Canada, a vast, cold country that is the world's fourth-largest oil producer, as it seeks to slash emissions within a decade.

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Legal experts worldwide draw up ‘historic’ definition of ecocide
The Guardian, 22 Jun 2021

Legal experts from across the globe have drawn up a “historic” definition of ecocide, intended to be adopted by the international criminal court to prosecute the most egregious offences against the environment. The draft law, unveiled on Tuesday, defines ecocide as “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts”.

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UN Rights Body Should Create New Role on Human Rights and Climate Change
Human Rights Watch, 22 Jun 2021

Yesterday more than 200 groups sent a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council urging member states to establish a new mandate for a Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change. Creating such a post for an independent expert would help increase accountability for rights abuses linked to climate change and guide governments on how to uphold their rights obligation to address climate change through country visits, communications to governments, studies, and expert consultations.

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Cambodia charges environment activists with insulting the king
BBC, 22 Jun 2021

A court in Cambodia has charged three environmental activists with plotting against the government and insulting the king. The members of the group Mother Nature were arrested after they documented waste run-off into Phnom Penh's Tonle Sap river. Cambodia's law against insulting the king is relatively new and it is not clear how the activists have done so.

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