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

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Indian heat wave disrupts industrial activity as power demand soars
Reuters, 28 Apr 2022

India's northwestern Rajasthan state scheduled four hours of power cuts for factories, making it at least the third state to disrupt industrial activity to manage surging power demand amid an intense heat wave. Extreme heat continued to scorch large swathes of south Asia this week, offering no reprieve after the hottest March on record in India, and triggering comments from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India getting too hot too early. 

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Climate change putting 4% of global GDP at risk, new study estimates
Reuters, 27 Apr 2022

Climate change could see 4% of global annual economic output lost by 2050 and hit many poorer parts of the world disproportionately hard, a new study of 135 countries has estimated. Ratings firm S&P Global, which gives countries credit scores based on the health of their economies, published a report on Tuesday looking at the likely impact of rising sea levels, and more regular heat waves, droughts and storms. 

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Rising authoritarianism and worsening climate change share a fossil-fueled secret
The Conversation, 27 Apr 2022

Around the world, many countries are becoming less democratic. This backsliding on democracy and "creeping authoritarianism" as the U.S. State Department puts it, is often supported by the same industries that are escalating climate change. 

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Droughts in Somalia are partly our fault. We could at least let more migrants in
The Guardian, 27 Apr 2022

 Somalis call the dangerous journey towards Europe "going on tahriib" a word mostly associated with illegal activities such as trafficking or smuggling. Those who attempt it travel by road through Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya, then by boat across the Mediterranean to Europe – if they’re lucky enough to make it that far. Their families often pay thousands of pounds to unscrupulous smugglers, who may break their initial promises, upping the prices or abandoning victims too early. Yet people still try. And increasingly, climate change is one of the reasons.

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"Eight years left to turn the ship": Scientists share how climate change could change daily life
CBS News, 27 Apr 2022

Earlier this month, more than 300 people in South Africa were killed as record rainfall washed away buildings and infrastructure in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province. A day earlier, dozens were killed in the Philippines after tropical storm Megi spurred landslides and floods. 
The world is rapidly shifting — and the impact of human-caused climate change is increasingly evident.  

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Too many new coal-fired plants planned for 1.5C climate goal, report concludes
The Guardian, 26 Apr 2022

The number of coal-fired power plants under development around the world fell last year, but far too much coal is still being burned and too many new coal-fired power plants are planned for the world to stay within safe temperature limits.
Coal use appeared to be in long-term decline before the Covid-19 pandemic, but lockdowns around the world and economic upheaval drove an increase in new coal projects in 2020, particularly in China. 

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A Lake in Florida Suing to Protect Itself
The New Yorker, 18 Apr 2022

Lake Mary Jane is shallow—twelve feet deep at most—but she’s well connected. She makes her home in central Florida, in an area that was once given over to wetlands. To the north, she is linked to a marsh, and to the west a canal ties her to Lake Hart. To the south, through more canals, Mary Jane feeds into a chain of lakes that run into Lake Kissimmee, which feeds into Lake Okeechobee. 

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