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Reuters (November 29)

2019/ 12/ 01 by jd in Global News

“European investors managing assets worth more than 1 trillion pounds ($1.28 trillion) are pressing top auditors to take urgent action on climate-related risks, warning that failure to do so could do more damage than the financial crisis.” The investors assert that the Big Four audit firms “are not giving enough weight to a potentially rapid transition towards a low-carbon future as governments implement the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb climate change.”


Reuters (November 12)

2019/ 11/ 12 by jd in Global News

“It may sound far-fetched to suggest newish countries like Canada, or its southern neighbor, could break into smaller sovereign pieces. But the consequences of climate change will present existential challenges that could easily drive even friendly neighbors apart. Keep an eye on Alberta.” The VoteWexit Facebook page already has gathered 265,000 followers.


Reuters (October 30)

2019/ 11/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Climate change will put three times more people at risk of coastal flooding by 2050 than previously thought… with swathes of Asia and cities in North America and Europe all vulnerable to rising seas.” According to the latest study, “300 million people are now living on land that is likely to flood at least once a year on average by mid-century… even if governments manage to make sharp cuts in emissions.”


Investment Week (October 29)

2019/ 10/ 30 by jd in Global News

“Sustainable investment cynics have nearly halved in three years, while climate change has become the focus of shareholder engagement, according to Schroders Institutional Investor Study 2019…. The study found that the proportion of investors globally who do not believe in sustainable investment has fallen from 20% in 2017 to 11% this year.”


The Economist (September 21)

2019/ 09/ 23 by jd in Global News

“We have found that, whether it is in Democratic politics or Russian dreams of opening an Arctic sea passage, climate now touches on everything we write about…. Because the processes that force climate change are built into the foundations of the world economy and of geopolitics, measures to check climate change have to be similarly wide-ranging and all-encompassing. To decarbonise an economy is not a simple subtraction; it requires a near-complete overhaul.”


CNN (August 22)

2019/ 08/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change.” If the Amazon is “the planet’s lungs,” then they are turning black. Brazil’s space agency estimated “more than 1½ soccer fields of Amazon rainforest are being destroyed every minute of every day” and 1,700 miles away Sao Paulo was engulfed in mid-afternoon darkness with “the sky pitch-black…the sun blanketed by smoke and ash.”


Wall Street Journal (August 21)

2019/ 08/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Water crises are unfolding all across India, a product of population growth, modernization, climate change, mismanagement and the breakdown of traditional systems of distributing resources. India is running out of water in more places, in more different ways, putting more people at risk, than perhaps any other country.” Though it is “the 13th most water-stressed country in the world,” India has a population three times “the combined population of the other 16 countries facing extremely high water stress.”


The Economist (August 3)

2019/ 08/ 05 by jd in Global News

“Still a livelihood for 1.5bn people, forests maintain local and regional ecosystems and, for the other 6.2bn, provide a—fragile and creaking—buffer against climate change. Now droughts, wildfires and other human-induced changes are compounding the damage from chainsaws. In the tropics, which contain half of the world’s forest biomass, tree-cover loss has accelerated by two-thirds since 2015; if it were a country, the shrinkage would make the tropical rainforest the world’s third-biggest carbon-dioxide emitter, after China and America.”


New York Times (July 15)

2019/ 07/ 16 by jd in Global News

India’s water crisis offers a striking reminder of how climate change is rapidly morphing into a climate emergency. Piped water has run dry in Chennai…and 21 other Indian cities are also facing the specter of ‘Day Zero,’ when municipal water sources are unable to meet demand.” The Prime Minister “has promised piped water for all Indians by 2024,” but that goal will never be met unless the government also focuses on harnessing “powerful natural water systems that worked in the past…. Mr. Modi’s government’s focus on huge projects is flawed because moving water works only if there is water to move.”


Wall Street Journal (June 2)

2019/ 06/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Climate-change activists are relentless, and in recent years they’ve been trying to take over corporate boardrooms. So it was good to see shareholders last week overwhelmingly vote down resolutions forcing Chevron and Exxon Mobil to hurt their business.”


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