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An event celebrating women at the 2016 UN climate change conference Photo: UN Climate via Yale Climate Connections
A new study published in the journal Science Direct looked at the legislatures of 91 countries and compared the percentage of seats held by women with the climate policies of each country. Their conclusion? The countries with the most women in their parliaments had tougher climate and environment policies which resulted in lower carbon emissions. The authors looked at whether any other factors could explain the link – such as the country’s GDP, education level, and overall political orientation – and none of these other factors had the same level of correlation.
Why This Matters: Well, to state the obvious, if we want to enact more stringent climate laws so that we can tackle the climate crisis, we need to elect more women to Congress and state and local legislative bodies. ‘Nuf said.
When Women Rule
Apparently the gender of political leaders and its correlation to various policy outcomes has been studied in the past. Studies have also shown that higher female representation in politics is correlated with higher spending on health care, education, and foreign aid, as well as higher rates of domestic economic growth. The study authors found, with respect to climate change, that gender differences in attitudes toward climate change suggested that women are more aware of climate change than men and thus tend to push for climate action.
by Natasha Lasky and Miro Korenha A recent study from online network analysis firm Graphika suggests that the loudest voices perpetuating climate change denial have started sharing content and hashtags from the QAnon conspiracy movement. Researchers speculate that this partnership is tactical, as followers of the QAnon movement— who are already skeptical of science — […]
Arshak Makichyan is a 26-year-old climate activist in Moscow, Russia who has been inspired by Greta Thunberg’s strikes for climate and activism. But, as Reuters reported, “unlike the Swedish teenager, who has galvanized a global movement of young environmentalists, Russia’s tough protest laws and people’s general apathy towards activism has made the 26-year-old’s campaign a […]
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a rock-steady vote in favor of environmental protection and sympathetic on issues involving clean water and air.
Why This Matters: There are many challenges to President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental laws that are working their way to the Supreme Court. Once there, the Court can effectively re-write those laws narrowing them considerably by upholding the Trump deregulatory position even if it is contrary to prior interpretations or other plausible interpretations of the statute itself.
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