Countries’ emissions pledges still fall short of global climate goals, UN says

BRUSSELS – Countries’ latest pledges to cut emissions would fail to avert catastrophic climate change, the United Nations said on Friday, as pressure grows on polluters including China and India to set more ambitious targets before the COP26 summit in November. The U.N. COP26 conference aims to secure more ambitious climate action from the nearly 200 countries who signed the 2015 Paris Agreement and agreed to try to limit human-caused global warming to 1.5 degrees…

"Countries’ emissions pledges still fall short of global climate goals, UN says"

Mining firms in Mexico must face ‘strict’ scrutiny, says senior official

MEXICO CITY – Mining companies in Mexico should expect tough environmental reviews given their projects’ major impacts, a senior official told , insisting that a backlog of evaluations is easing despite industry claims that the opposite is true. A top-10 global producer of over a dozen minerals, Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar mining sector makes up around 8% of Latin America’s second-biggest economy, but miners are concerned they are facing increased hostility from Mexico’s leftist government. Tonatiuh Herrera,…

"Mining firms in Mexico must face ‘strict’ scrutiny, says senior official"

Biden convenes world leaders to discuss climate change ahead of Glasgow summit

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden convenes world leaders on Friday for a discussion about intensifying efforts to tackle climate change, seeking to build momentum ahead of an international summit on global warming later this year. Biden will hold a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) from the White House in a follow-up to an Earth Day meeting he hosted in April to unveil new U.S. greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and press other…

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Extreme heat ravages Greece’s mussel harvest

THERMAIC GULF, Greece – Fisherman Stefanos Sougioultzis cracks open the mussels he cultivated in Greece’s Aegean Sea only to find scores of empty shells. After a summer of scorching heat and warming waters, it was “as if they boiled in their own environment”, he says. “Twenty-five years in mussel farming, we did not expect – we could not imagine – this,” Sougioultzis said aboard his boat in the Thermaic Gulf near Thessaloniki in northern Greece,…

"Extreme heat ravages Greece’s mussel harvest"

Delhi orders ban on pollutive firecrackers ahead of Diwali to ‘save lives’

(Corrects to remove extraneous word from headline) NEW DELHI – Delhi authorities ordered a ban on the storage, use and sale of firecrackers in the Indian capital late on Wednesday ahead of the Diwali festival to curb air pollution levels which cause thousands of deaths each year. India is among the most polluted countries in the world, and air quality in Delhi and neighbouring northern states normally begins to deteriorate at the end of September…

"Delhi orders ban on pollutive firecrackers ahead of Diwali to ‘save lives’"

Ocean Cleanup struggles to fulfill promise to scoop up plastic at sea

VICTORIA, Canada – Docked at a Canadian port, crew members returned from a test run of the Ocean Cleanup’s system to rid the Pacific of plastic trash were thrilled by the meager results — even as marine scientists and other ocean experts doubted the effort could succeed. The non-profit, launched in 2013 amid buoyant media coverage, hopes to clear 90% of floating plastic from the world’s oceans by 2040. But the group’s own best-case scenario…

"Ocean Cleanup struggles to fulfill promise to scoop up plastic at sea"

Biofuel makers seeks changes to aviation fuel tax credit in Biden spending plan

– Biofuel producers are seeking last-minute changes to a proposal to boost production of sustainable aviation fuel tucked in the Democrat’s $3.5 trillion spending plan that they say will allow the nation’s farmers to join the emerging multi-billion market. The changes center on how the carbon-saving benefits of producing the fuel are measured, and could force the White House to choose between environmental groups who believe using land and food supply for fuel squanders earth’s…

"Biofuel makers seeks changes to aviation fuel tax credit in Biden spending plan"

Indonesian court rules top officials negligent in air pollution lawsuit

JAKARTA – An court in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Thursday said authorities had been negligent in failing to establish proper standards on air pollution, ruling in favour of group of plaintiffs who filed a citizen lawsuit. The legal action on air pollution was filed against Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo several cabinet ministers and prominent local officials, and the three-judge panel ruled authorities had been negligent in several areas.

"Indonesian court rules top officials negligent in air pollution lawsuit"

UK lawmakers urge Bank of England to penalise fossil fuel financing

LONDON – UK lawmakers on Thursday called on the Bank of England to help tackle climate change by boosting investment in green finance and penalising banks that finance the fossil fuel industry. The intervention by a cross-party group of 51 lawmakers comes ahead of the COP26 global climate talks to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November and follows a recent expansion of the BoE’s remit to ensure it helps meet the government’s own climate…

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Brazil’s top court halts indigenous land rights case, no new date set

BRASILIA – Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended a high-profile land rights case that the country’s indigenous people say is vital for their survival, with no new date for when it will re-take the matter. The top court is weighing whether a state government applied an overly narrow interpretation of indigenous rights by only recognizing tribal lands occupied by native communities at the time Brazil’s constitution was ratified in 1988. Indigenous rights groups say the…

"Brazil’s top court halts indigenous land rights case, no new date set"