Portuguese Youth Climate Activists Take 33 Climate Laggard Nations to Court

Portuguese Youth Climate Activists Take 33 Climate Laggard Nations to Court

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer In what is widely viewed as an “unprecedented climate case,” six Portuguese youth activists have “filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights” against 33 industrialized countries, as Holly Young reported for EcoWatch. These activists argue that these 33 countries, including the UK, Germany, and Italy, “have […]

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One Real Thing: The World Watches America Sputter

One Real Thing: The World Watches America Sputter

Boy, are we blowing it. After the July 4th holiday weekend cases of COVID-19 surged in the United States due to a piecemeal response by governors throughout the country. Last week, the EU banned American travelers, while Canada is fining them and Mexico is working to introduce tighter restrictions on them. It seems as if […]

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EU COVID Recovery Plans Make Investments In Climate Change; China Remains in Neutral

EU COVID Recovery Plans Make Investments In Climate Change; China Remains in Neutral

The European Union announced its $825 billion recovery package for the coronavirus pandemic late last week and it includes big plans to address climate change as intrinsic to its economic recovery.

Why This Matters:  Only when we shut down the economies of the developed world due to the life or death threat of the pandemic did we see global greenhouse gas emissions reductions necessary for the foreseeable future.

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The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The European Union is seriously considering imposing a carbon border tax on items it imports from countries that do not meet climate goals, and the U.S. is apparently pushing back arguing that this would hurt U.S. businesses and jeopardize a purported U.S.-E.U. trade deal.

Why This Matters:  It may not matter that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement because the rest of the world is going to make the U.S. comply with it one way or another.

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Green Wave Fuels Gains Across Europe In EU Parliament

Green Wave Fuels Gains Across Europe In EU Parliament

The European Parliamentary elections last Sunday yielded an increase from 52 to 71 seats for Green Party members, reflecting an overall trend that Europeans are growing increasingly concerned about the climate crisis, and making them the fourth largest voting block.

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