07 April 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


World Health Day: 'Climate crisis is a health crisis,' says mother of girl killed by air pollution
EuroNews, 07 Apr 2022

The mother of a girl killed by air pollution says it's about time we consider the state of our planet and the health of our children as two sides of the same coin.The European Environment Agency says air pollution is the single greatest environmental risk to health in Europe, and nearly everyone in the world is breathing air that doesn’t meet the World Health Organization's (WHO) quality guidelines, due to pollutants released by the burning of fossil fuels.


Pinterest bans misinformation about climate change
CNN, 06 Apr 2022

Pinterest on Wednesday announced a new policy prohibiting users from sharing climate misinformation on its platform, making it the rare social platform to ban such content outright. Pinterest, a service where users can bookmark and share visual posts, said it will remove content that denies the existence or impacts of climate change as well as the role of humans in causing climate change. It also plans to take action on false or misleading content about climate change solutions, content misrepresenting scientific data that could erode trust in experts, and harmful false or misleading content about climate change-related public safety emergencies. The platform will also ban ads containing false information or conspiracy theories related to climate change.


How War Impacts Climate Change and the Environment
Global Citizen, 06 Apr 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused catastrophic loss of life, widespread displacement and a growing global food crisis.The conflict has also extensively harmed Ukraine's natural environment, highlighting the many ways in which war devastates biodiversity and contributes to the climate crisis. Advocates and organizers within Ukraine have documented hundreds of environmental crimes that together, they argue, warrant the charge of ecocide by international courts. These crimes include attacks on industrial facilities that contaminate groundwater supplies and airways and the deliberate bombing of wildlife refuges and other important ecosystems.


Climate change: What does the IPCC mean by 'choice architecture' and can it change our behaviour?
Sky News, 06 Apr 2022

For the first time ever, UN climate scientists have dedicated a whole chunk of a report to how we can curb climate change by reducing energy demand - that is, by consuming less. In fact, that could ultimately cut pollution by 40-70% by 2050 from most sectors - buildings, food, transport, urban and industry - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found in its pioneering report.  


Climate change: IPCC scientists say it's 'now or never' to limit warming
BBC News, 05 Apr 2022

A key UN body says in a report that there must be "rapid, deep and immediate" cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.Global emissions of CO2 would need to peak within three years to stave off the worst impacts. Even then, the world would also need technology to suck CO2 from the skies by mid-century.


Climate change could cost U.S. $2 trillion each year by the end of the century, White House says
CNBC, 04 Apr 2022

The analysis by the Office of Management and Budget, which administers the federal budget, also warned the U.S. government could spend an additional $25 billion to $128 billion each year in areas such as coastal disaster relief, flood insurance, crop insurance, health-care insurance, wildland fire suppression and flooding at federal facilities.