"U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency” on Saturday, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis."
SEJournal looks ahead to key issues in the coming year with the launch of its annual "Journalists’ Guide to Energy & Environment." Check out year-ahead Backgrounders, TipSheets and a WatchDog, and stay tuned as we add to the special report in early 2021. Plus, watch for more on the guide at the annual roundtable organized by the Society of Environmental Journalists, hosted (this year virtually, on Jan 27) by National Geographic Society and co-sponsored by the Wilson Center.
"China, India and Canada made the grade to showcase their climate ambition on the anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Australia, Brazil and South Africa did not".
"The world as a whole is dangerously behind schedule in slowing catastrophic climate change, and its richest people will have to make big changes in their everyday lives in order to shift course, a major United Nations report warned Wednesday."
"Elevated levels of a PFAS compound were associated with more severe forms of Covid-19, according to a Danish study now undergoing peer review. The research, which involved 323 patients infected with the coronavirus, found that those who had elevated levels of a chemical called PFBA were more than twice as likely to have a severe form of the disease."
What will climate change policy look like under a Biden administration? If nothing else, it appears it will be broadly based across a wide range of executive branch operations. This week’s TipSheet walks you through the top 10 federal departments, agencies and spending centers and how they will pivot to focus on global warming.
"Global soils are the source of all life on land but their future looks “bleak” without action to halt degradation, according to the authors of a UN report.
"On a foggy October afternoon, a strange vessel chugged slowly through the East River’s mist toward Roosevelt Island. It looked almost like it was upside down: three 16-foot rotors, attached on a triangular metal base, sat motionless atop the deck of the rusted barge."
"A decade a"go, the international community pledged to protect 10% of the ocean by the end of 2020, under the auspices of the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity."
"Trees appear to communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi. What are they sharing with one another?"