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

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Finland’s Climate Warriors
Aljazeera, 07 Jan 2021

Finland is committed to carbon-cutting targets in the battle against climate change but will its dependence on peat as a fossil fuel stand in the way?

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Climate change: Alaskan wilderness opens up for oil exploration
BBC News, 06 Jan 2021

The Trump administration is pushing ahead with the first ever sale of oil leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The giant Alaskan wilderness is home to many important species, including polar bears, caribou and wolves. But after decades of dispute, the rights to drill for oil on about 5% of the refuge will go ahead. Opponents have criticised the rushed nature of the sale, coming just days before President Trump's term ends.

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Waste: an environmental justice issue we should be talking about
GreenBiz, 06 Jan 2021

Remember when Flint, Michigan garnered international attention because water in the city was making people sick? Well, there are communities like that around the country and the world. And while Flint gained attention because of its failing infrastructure, there are places where water and sewage infrastructure are absent.

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BP CEO and climate leader: We can only fight climate change if businesses help
CNN, 05 Jan 2021

Engaging companies with the most carbon to cut is vital to meeting climate goals. They need to be part of the transition to lower and no-carbon solutions if there is to be any chance of meeting the promise of the Paris Agreement. More and more companies are looking to play their part, and the world's expectations that they will do so are high.

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‘Growing momentum’ to make 2021 the global action year for sustainable energy
UN News, 02 Jan 2021

Despite that the world is not on track to meet climate objectives and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) for universal access to clean, affordable and reliable energy, Marcel Alers, UNDP Head of Energy, said that “clean energy solutions exist that can get us there”. “There is growing momentum to make them political and investment priorities”, he added.

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Second Indigenous activist killed in Honduras this week
Aljazeera, 31 Dec 2020

Honduran authorities said Wednesday they are investigating the murders of two activists and Indigenous leaders killed in separate incidents during the weekend. On Sunday, Jose Adan Medina was found shot to death in a remote location in the community of El Volcan […]. Medina was a member of the Tolupan Indigenous group. Felix Vasquez, a longtime environmental activist from the Lenca Indigenous group, was shot by masked men in front of relatives Saturday in his home in Santiago de Puringla. Vasquez, who was seeking the nomination of the opposition Libre party to run for congress, had fought hydroelectric projects and land abuses for years. National elections are scheduled for March.

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Make ecocide an international crime, says Sophie Wilmés
The Brussels Times, 30 Dec 2020

Sophie Wilmès, Belgium’s foreign minister, has called for ecocide – causing damage to the planet – to be made a crime under international law.

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