12 May 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Disappeared Mexican activist underscores deadly threat to environmental defenders
Reuters, 11 May 2022

Last October, environmentalist Irma Galindo left her home in a remote indigenous community in southern Mexico to discuss threats she had received with officials running a program specifically designed to protect activists from violence. 


Kerry, Carney urge faster climate action in shadow of Ukraine war
Reuters, 11 May 2022

The world needs to speed up decarbonisation and not let a focus on energy security in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine derail the drive to a low-carbon economy to avert disastrous climate change, leading climate envoys said on Wednesday.
Six months after the last round of United Nations climate talks in Scotland and as the world gears up for the next meeting in Egypt in November, the conflict has led some countries to speed up their shift to renewables but others to call for a pause. 


Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown
The Guardian, 11 May 2022

The world’s biggest fossil fuel firms are quietly planning scores of “carbon bomb” oil and gas projects that would drive the climate past internationally agreed temperature limits with catastrophic global impacts, a Guardian investigation shows.
The exclusive data shows these firms are in effect placing multibillion-dollar bets against humanity halting global heating. Their huge investments in new fossil fuel production could pay off only if countries fail to rapidly slash carbon emissions, which scientists say is vital. 


France’s unprecedented drought shows climate change is ‘spiralling out of control’
France24, 11 May 2022

As global warming accelerates, the spectre of drought haunts France’s once verdant farmland. Even now, before the start of summer, 15 administrative départements have had to restrict water use while farmers warn that the current situation will have an adverse impact on crop yields. 


Climate change: 'Fifty-fifty chance' of breaching 1.5C warming limit
BBC, 10 May 2022

The likelihood of crossing a key global warming threshold has risen significantly, according to a new analysis.

UK Met Office researchers say that there's now around a fifty-fifty chance that the world will warm by more than 1.5C over the next five years.

Such a rise would be temporary, but researchers are concerned about the overall direction of temperatures.

It's almost certain that 2022-2026 will see a record warmest year, they say. 


Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support
The Guardian, 10 May 2022

Vanuatu’s push for the international court of justice to protect vulnerable nations from climate change has received the backing of 1,500 civil society organisations from more than 130 countries, as it heads toward a crucial vote at the UN General Assembly later this year.


Amid war, Ukrainians are tracking Russia’s crimes against the environment
Mongabay, 05 May 2022

With civilian and political welfare as the Ukrainian government’s number one priority, environmental destruction has largely been overlooked during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
But civilians and experts alike have rallied together to record more than 100 separate instances of “crimes against the environment,” with the aim of bringing Russia to justice under international courts after the war.
From the destruction of fuel and gas depots to the long-term effects of ecosystem services on Ukraine, known as the “breadbasket of the world,” environmental impacts can also become humanitarian crises, activists warn.