28 January 2021 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


MEPs: Hold companies accountable for harm caused to people and planet
EU News, 28 Jan 2021

Legal Affairs Committee MEPs pave the way for a new EU law that requires companies to comply with human rights and environmental standards within their value chains.

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Biden takes sweeping measures to curb climate change, vows job creation
Reuters, 27 Jan 2021

President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a new raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon for job creation.

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The child environmentalist receiving death threats in Colombia
BBC News, 27 Jan 2021

An 11-year-old boy who received death threats after calling for better access to education during the Covid-19 pandemic has been recognised by the UN for his activism.

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People’s Climate Vote: Majority sees climate change as emergency
Aljazeera, 27 Jan 2021

The largest global survey on climate change ever conducted has found that 64 percent of people believe that it is an “emergency” and must be addressed urgently, but just 10 percent believe world leaders are doing enough.

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Climate litigation spikes, giving courts an ‘essential role’ in addressing climate crisis
UN News, 26 Jan 2021

The UNEP Global Climate Litigation Report: 2020 Status Review, finds that climate cases have nearly doubled over the last three years and are increasingly pushing governments and corporations to implement climate commitments, while setting the bar higher for more ambitious climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Restoring Environmental Rules Rolled Back by Trump Could Take Years
The New York Times, 22 Jan 2021

President Biden, vowing to restore environmental protections frayed over the past four years, has ordered the review of more than 100 rules and regulations […]. But legal experts warn that it could take two to three years — and in some cases, most of Mr. Biden’s term — to put many of the old rules back in place.

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