25 March 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights

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Meet Europe's leading climate change entrepreneurs
Euronews, 25 Mar 2021

Sustainability has never been a higher priority for those that want to be successful in business. In fact, 90 per cent of new startups consider it to be a high priority from the point of conception to operation. Even companies without a strict climate focus are under escalating pressure to rethink their practices in the name of the future of our planet. One thing is for certain - it is the actions and voices of climate entrepreneurs globally that have catalysed action by evidencing the benefits in their own work.

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UN chief urges ‘clear and credible’ plans to achieve net zero
UN News, 24 Mar 2021

“We need credible, coherent plans to cut emissions by 45 per cent compared to 2010 levels, by 2030”, Mr. Guterres said, urging countries to submit, or re-submit, ambitious nationally determined contributions (NDCs) “as a matter of urgency”. He also called on development banks and donors to commit half their climate finance annually to adaptation, and to ensure those resources are accessible to the most vulnerable.  

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Hunger Strikers Seeking Environmental Justice Win Air-Pollution Delay​
Scientific American, 24 Mar 2021

The tension over inequality and the siting of polluting industries has unfolded in communities nationwide, such as California’s San Joaquin Valley and areas in Louisiana and New Jersey. And the conflict has come to a head just as President Joe Biden has signed into law a $1.9-trillion COVID-19 relief stimulus package—which includes $100 million earmarked for grants and programs to help minority and low-income communities address the disproportionate burden of air pollution and other environmental health risks.

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UK seeks to drill more oil and gas from North Sea
BBC, 24 Mar 2021

The decision has angered environmental campaigners, who say the government should refuse new licences. Ministers say permission to drill will be granted as part of a careful transition away from fossil fuels, safeguarding jobs and the economy. But the environmentalists say that enough fossil fuels to ruin the climate have already been found.

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81 Indigenous leaders, environmental defenders slam BlackRock in open letter
Mongabay, 24 Mar 2021

A group of 81 Indigenous leaders and environmental defenders from across the world have signed an open letter to BlackRock, saying the fund manager’s investments “continue to threaten our health, our security, and our very future.” BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, overseeing $8.7 trillion for its clients, which include pension funds, governments, and nonprofit organizations.

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Disease outbreaks more likely in deforestation areas, study finds
The Guardian, 24 Mar 2021

Outbreaks of infectious diseases are more likely in areas of deforestation and monoculture plantations, according to a study that suggests epidemics are likely to increase as biodiversity declines. Land use change is a significant factor in the emergence of zoonotic viruses such as Covid-19 and vector-borne ailments such as malaria, says the paper, published on Wednesday in Frontiers in Veterinary Science.

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UK government throwing everything at COP26, says PM Johnson
Reuters, 24 Mar 2021

Britain’s hosting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, is a priority for the government which is throwing everything at it, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

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Environmental activist Carlos Cerros killed in Honduras
Al Jazeera, 23 Mar 2021

An Indigenous environmental activist has been killed in Honduras in the latest of many attacks on environmentalists. Carlos Cerros, a representative of the Indigenous Lenca people, was shot dead in the street near the city of San Antonio in the northwest of the country, the daily La Prensa reported.

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