At the foot of a miniature Eiffel Tower, civil society, environmentalists and Indigenous Peoples rejected REDD, a carbon market mechanism, land-grabbing false solution to climate change that could potentially cause genocide, at the World Climate Summit today.
Ahead of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, France, more than 180 nations pledged to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but many climate justice groups say far more needs to be done to keep global warming in check. We speak with one of the world’s leading climate scientists who has come to the Paris talks with a shocking message: The climate crisis is more severe than even many scientists have acknowledged. Kevin Anderson is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester in Britain.
Hypocrisy can take many forms, but at COP 21 it has one underlying purpose: to deceive others for one’s own gain. It comes in sizes both large and small. Sometimes it is in what is said, sometimes it’s not saying what you know (think ExxonMobil’s own climate science). Sometimes it means not calling things by their names, or giving things names that mean the opposite of what they say (“climate-smart agriculture”). Sometimes it’s touting a solution that doesn’t solve the problem (“carbon trading” or the REDD reforestation scheme), or using the same word to refer to diametrically opposed
Thousands expected for major action in Paris marking climate ‘red lines’ crossed by governments and big polluters
As negotiators try to finalize a UN climate pact being hailed as dangerously insufficient, a network of groups will express their outrage and pledge continuing action in the new year with massive civil disobedience at an iconic French site.
The dropping of international aviation and shipping emissions from the draft Paris climate agreement published this afternoon has fatally undermined the prospects of keeping global warming below 2°C, green NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment (T&E) have said. As their emissions uniquely fall outside national reduction targets, they require an explicit reference in the agreement.
The charade of the 21st United Nations climate summit will end, as past climate summits have ended, with lofty rhetoric and ineffectual cosmetic reforms. Since the first summit more than 20 years ago, carbon dioxide emissions have soared. Placing faith in our political and economic elites, who have mastered the arts of duplicity and propaganda on behalf of corporate power, is the triumph of hope over experience.
The latest draft of the Paris climate agreement released Wednesday is not nearly ambitous enough to prevent catastrophic harm to the world’s poorest countries, or to help them adapt to global warming’s worst effects, experts suggest.
The U.K. advocacy group Friends of the Earth says the COP21 negotiations are about rich countries deciding whose economies will thrive, and who will suffer.
“We know the Titanic is hitting the iceberg —and we’re all on the Titanic,” said the group's senior campaigner Asad Rehman.
Today on Rap News, a world exclusive: Pope Francis performing his 2015 encyclical on climate change, revealing his new, revised Ten Climate Commandments for the care of our common home. Of course, Robert Foster also has a couple of pointed questions to pose to the Pontiff; as does our resident conspiracy pioneer, Terrence Moonseed. Join us as we beam in to the Vatican to hear Pope Francis spit hot fire on global warming. It’s Pope Francis vs Climate Change… Lord help us.