Climate Change and Human Rights

Brazil: Belo Monte Dam Threatens Forest, Wildlife, and Indigenous People

The Belo Monte dam project is now underway on the Xingu River in the Brazilian State of Pará.  The current dam project will flood native people’s lands and other land currently housing poor Brazilians in the City Altamira who all rely heavily on the river for their livelihood. The flooded forest will decompose and release methane gas into the atmosphere and destroy the rocky breeding …

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Crafting a Positive Environmental Narrative

Positive narratives may be our best hope for fostering desperately needed environmental action. Decades of ecological warnings have failed to produce the necessary societal changes. The enthralling realities and fascinating mysteries of the natural world offer endless inspiration for an alternative message that is both factually accurate and emotionally appealing. One of the most universally attractive messages we can communicate is the idea that we are …

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Enviro News Wrap: Weak Text in Rio; Anti-Koch Brothers App; Planetary Boundaries; Environmental Justice, and more…

The Latest Environmental News Headlines

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: World leaders at the Rio+20 Earth Summit made little progress last week on how to collectively address climate change and sustainable development. Maybe we should just skip our leaders are have every city in the world work to make changes on the local level? The Koch Brothers spend their money on hyper-conservative political campaigns that …

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Renewable Energy Key Vehicle on Rio+20 Sustainable Development Roadmap

The drive to forge equitable, sustainable "green" economies and develop and deploy renewable energy and clean technologies are front-and-center in the media in the run-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in the iconic Brazilian city June 20-22. Three bits of essential reading, and reference, relating to global renewable energy growth and its role in sustainable development programs were released yesterday: the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012," the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century's (REN21) 2012 "Renewables Global Status Report," and the Natural Resources Defense Council's "Renewable Energy Scorecard."

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Enviro News Wrap: Arctic CO2 Reaches 400 PPM; Koch Bros. Buying Democracy; Growing a New Energy Economy, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Arctic monitoring stations have reported record CO2 levels of 400 parts per million this spring. The Koch Brothers said that they would spend $60 million this campaign year to beat Obama, now they are upping it to $100 million. In total conservative groups will spend $1 billion on …

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Developing Countries’ Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Double $100 Billion per Year by 2050

Global climate is on track for changes including a greater than 2°C rise in average temperature, and that's going to result in adaptation costs for developing countries well above the World Bank's 2°C estimate of $70 billion by 2020 and as much as $100 billion per year by 2050, according to a report produced by ActionAid, Care, GermanWatch and WWF, which in a report introduced at the Bonn Climate Change Conference urge government leaders to adopt a set of policies to scale up and accelerate climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

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Enviro News Wrap: Tariff on Chinese Solar Panels; Green Data Center for Apple; Brazil’s Rainforest, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: The U.S. Government has made a preliminary ruling to put a 30 percent tariff on Chinese made solar panels. The final decision is on its way. The tariff will not bring Solar panel manufacturing to America because there are still countries in the world that can …

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