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CASwiki news articles have a focus on news of community action for sustainability. This article is an offshoot from Climate action and is for news and comment in that global or international context.

Ten ways to confront the climate crisis without losing hope, Rebecca Solnit, Nov 18 [1]

November[edit | edit source]

Revealed: the places humanity must not destroy to avoid climate chaos, Nov 18 [2]

On 9 November, Climate Action Tracker reported that the global human civilization is on track for a 2.7 °C temperature increase in the Earth system by the end of the century with current policies. The temperature will rise by 2.4 °C if the pledges for 2030 will be implemented, by 2.1 °C if the long-term targets will be implemented also and by 1.8 °C if in addition all the targets in discussion will be fully implemented. Current targets for 2030 remain "totally inadequate". Coal and natural gas consumption are the main cause for the gap between pledges and policies. They assessed pledges by 40 countries that account for 85% of pledged net-zero emissions cuts and found that only polities responsible for 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions – EU, UK, Chile and Costa Rica – have pledged a set of targets that they rated to be "acceptable" for comprehensiveness and for having a published detailed official policy‑plan that describes the steps and ways by which these targets could be realized.

Australia ranked last of 60 countries for policy response to climate crisis, Nov 9 [3]

Carbon emissions show rapid rebound after Covid dip, Nov 4 [4]

October[edit | edit source]

Australia pledges to reach net zero emissions by 2050, Oct 26 [5]

Gen Z on how to save the world: young climate activists speak out, Oct 17 [6] Features activists from Philippines, Australia, India, United States, Uganda, Pakistan, Peru, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Kenya and Canada

If the UK assumed a "fair carbon budget", net zero by 2050 would bust it completely. We have to go “down the slide”, Oct 13 [7] ...UK Climate news 2021

We must take a holistic approach to climate and biodiversity, KRAV, Oct 12 [8] ...Sweden news

September[edit | edit source]

Life at 50C: Mexico's struggle for water, Video, Sep 29, BBC News

Earth’s tipping points could be closer than we think. Our current plans won’t work, George Monbiot, Sep 9 [9]

August[edit | edit source]

Wildfires rage across Europe, Aug 19 [10]

July[edit | edit source]

Death toll rises and thousands flee homes as floods hit China, Jul 21 [11]

‘Everything is on fire’: Siberia hit by unprecedented burning, Jul 20 [12] ...Russia

Politicians from across world call for ‘global green deal’ to tackle climate crisis, Jul 19 [13]

EU unveils sweeping climate change plan, Jul 14 [14]

US heatwave: Wildfires rage in western states as temperatures soar, Jul 11 [15]

June[edit | edit source]

Nordic countries endure heatwave as Lapland records hottest day since 1914, Jul 6 [16] ...Finland

Canada is a warning: more and more of the world will soon be too hot for humans, Simon Lewis, Jun 30 [17]

Bangladesh scraps plans to build 10 coal-fired power plants. June 28 [18]

Canada weather: Heatwave hits record 46.6C as US north-west also frazzles, Jun 28 [19]

Ticking towards climate midnight: we may have breached six of nine planetary boundaries. And the leaked IPCC report will stiffen your spine, Jun 21 [20]

Open Climate Now! Shannon Dosemagen, Evelin Heidel, Luis Felipe R. Murillo, Emilio Velis, Alex Stinson and Michelle Thorne, Spring 2021 [21]

A guest at our April 2021 conversation, Ana Grijalva from UNDP Accelerator Lab Ecuador, said something that struck us as central to an effective open-climate solution: all of the outputs of open climate need to be relevant to the “smallest possible policymaker” and participant, not just big institutions.
Building for these audiences, especially “small policymakers” with an eye for climate justice, means that we need to design the whole open stack from hardware to software and content (data and knowledge) for accessibility, understanding, consent, and active participation.
Starting Open Climate from a place of local, small policymakers and people-centered approaches will require us to embrace a justice-centered approach to climate action.

Climate and nature crises: solve both or solve neither, say experts, Jun 10 [22] ...Biodiversity news

May[edit | edit source]

Australian court finds government has duty to protect young people from climate crisis, May 27 [23]

Court orders Royal Dutch Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, May 26 [24]

How calls for climate justice are shaking the world, May 3 [25]

Freeing the Future, May 2 [26] ...Germany news

Dare we hope? Here’s my cautious case for climate optimism, Rebecca Solnit [27]

April[edit | edit source]

Hawaii becomes first US state to declare a climate emergency, Apr 29 [28]

US pledges to cut carbon emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by the end of this decade, Apr 22 [29]

EU to cut CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030, Apr 21 [30]

UK to speed up target to cut carbon emissions, Apr 20 [31]

World's wealthiest 'at heart of climate problem', Apr 13 [32] ...UK Climate news 2021

France to ban some domestic flights where train available, Apr 12 [33]

March[edit | edit source]

Climate Resilience Needs Community Roots, Mar 11 [34] "One message is clear: cities can better address climate challenges by embedding democratic principles, such as collaboration, power-sharing and transparency in their climate action work." ...Europe news

A new direction for public engagement with energy and climate change, Mar 9 [35]

The climate crisis can't be solved by carbon accounting tricks, Simon Lewis, Mar 3 [36]

February[edit | edit source]

Attenborough gives stark warning on climate change to UN, Feb 23, 2021
Authors: BBC News, BBC is a British public broadcast service.


  • Landscape of subnational and non-state climate action in the EU: what science tells us today, Feb 2 [38] Subnational and non-state initiatives play an important role in climate action, and the number of net-zero emissions pledges is increasing rapidly among subnational and non-state actors. A new report looks into the current landscape and emission reduction potential of such initiatives in Europe.
Alongside targets and action at national level, action by subnational and non-state actors is increasingly significant in the EU. Data shows that in 2016, around 40% of EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were covered by short- to mid-term targets (2020-2030) of individual actors, including cities, regions and companies.
The number of net-zero emissions pledges is also increasing rapidly among EU sub/non-state actors. As of October 2020, 36% of the EU’s total population live in cities or regions with a net-zero emissions target. In addition, over 130 international cooperative initiatives focus on reducing GHG emissions across all sectors in the EU with ambitious, aspirational targets.
The high emission reduction potential shows that there is willingness to act on the ground and that more ambition is possible, but enhanced collaboration between sub/non-state actors and national or EU-level policymakers is needed.

January[edit | edit source]

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Biden's climate agenda: Is this the beginning of the end for fossil fuels? Jan 31 [39] ...US news

Climate change: Biggest global poll supports 'global emergency', Jan 27 [40]

New Global Coalition launched to address impacts of Climate Change, Jan 25 [41] Developed by the UK in partnership with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia and the United Nations, this new Coalition will work to turn international political commitments made through the United Nations Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience into on-the-ground support for vulnerable communities.

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