6 January 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights

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What to expect from DEFRA's imminent consultation on air quality goals
Ends Report, 06 Jan 2022

Under pressure to introduce WHO-aligned air quality standards in UK legislation, DEFRA’s imminent consultation – due in early 2022 – will reveal the true level of the government’s ambition on tackling fine particulate matter pollution. 

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Across Latin America, palm oil violations abound — with little accountability
Mongabay, 05 Jan 2022

 Palm oil producers across four countries in Latin America are able to violate environmental safeguards with relative impunity, according to a recent investigation. A team of Mongabay Latam journalists, Agencia Ocote (Guatemala), Contracorriente (Honduras) and La Barra Espaciadora (Ecuador) made 70 requests for information to Colombian, Ecuadorian, Honduran and Guatemalan authorities about environmental sanction processes launched against oil palm producers between 2010 and 2020.

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Fossil fuel firms among biggest spenders on Google ads that look like search results
The Guardian, 05 Jan 2022

 Fossil fuel companies and firms that work closely with them are among the biggest spenders on ads designed to look like Google search results, in what campaigners say is an example of “endemic greenwashing”.

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In Madagascar, beekeepers persist in the face of fires and forest loss
Mongabay, 05 Jan 2022

The Anjozorobe Angavo forest corridor is one of the few remaining primary forests in the Central Highlands of Madagascar. Home to a number of rare and endemic species, this primary forest is undergoing a rapid decline, driven primarily by fires. In hopes of alleviating the problem, an NGO and a honey company are collaborating to train farmers in apiculture, with the aim of providing them with a stable income and an alternative livelihood that does not involve destroying the forest. 

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Norway to defend Arctic drilling in European Human Rights court
Offshore Technology, 04 Jan 2022

 The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has given the Norwegian Government until April to respond to accusations from environmental groups that new oil and gas drilling in the Arctic breaches fundamental freedoms.

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South African court orders Shell to halt seismic shoot - hearing awaited
Upstream, 04 Jan 2022

The appeal ruling by Judge Gerald Bloem at Makhanda High Court on 28 December ordered Shell and South Africa’s Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to pay the applicants’ legal costs, jointly and severally. Bloem’s ruling reversed a decision made almost four weeks ago at the same court that found no reason to stop the 3D seismic shoot and ordered the applicants — who appealed — to pay the legal costs of Shell and Mantashe. 

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