There appears to be “fake news” that is intentionally seeding confusion as we address the coronavirus while also needing to keep a long-term focus on addressing climate change. Marc Hudson, Researcher on Sociomaterial Transformations at Keele University, explains in an article on The Conversation website. Beware far-right arguments disguised as environmentalism Posters in the … Continue reading Environmental racism exists and that the rhetoric of “conservation” and “saving the planet” does not only come from what is called the left
President Trump has been determined to loosen environmental standards. We have seen his approach to fuel efficiency standards, LEDs and many more. What is of serious concern is that another change would restrict the kinds of scientific studies that can be used when writing new environmental regulations. Juliet Eilperin explains in an article on The … Continue reading Changes underway to weaken environmental standards in the US
British cabinet minister Michael Gove said during the Brexit referendum in 2016 that “people in this country have had enough of experts”. Now the US is following that view. Brady Dennis wrote on The Washington Post website that the EPA wants to limit the science used to develop its regulations. What are your views? … Continue reading US Environmental Protection Agency pushing forward with policy that could limit the use of science used to underpin regulations
So, what are you? An optimist or a pessimist? No, no need to answer. But it is good to think about this when discussing our approach to the environment. Dominic McAfee and Sean Connell from the University of Adelaide together with Zoe Doubleday of the University of South Australia explain their reasons in an article … Continue reading Optimism is powerful but in discussing our environment some pessimism can also be a useful tool
Targeted action is needed to better protect the poor, the elderly and children from environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures, especially in Europe’s eastern and southern regions. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report published recently warns that the health of Europe’s most vulnerable citizens remains disproportionately affected by these hazards, despite … Continue reading New report from European Environment Agency on environmental hazards like air and noise pollution and extreme temperatures
Anyone involved in the decision-making process in the EU and many countries will have seen the impact of Client Earth [https://www.clientearth.org/]. But few fully understand the full role of the organisation. Anke Rasper interviews James Thornton, CEO of Client Earth, in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Client Earth: Changing environmental law, the … Continue reading Reviewing the work of the environmental lawyers Client Earth
The Greens have made huge gains in two recent state elections in Germany. But to what extent is the success of this political party connected to the environment? Irene Banos Ruiz reviews the policies of the Green Party in an article on the Deutsche Welle website. Given how important the Greens are for the entire … Continue reading Understanding Germany’s Green Party
Designing policies to address environmental damage has proven extremely difficult. Those who pollute should bear the costs but there is little agreement on even setting the criteria for precisely how much extra we should legitimately be charging for our fuel. Andrew Warren, chairman of the British Energy Efficiency Federation and a regular contributor to EiD, … Continue reading What should we legitimately be charging for environmental damage?
There are moves in virtually every country to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. Now we know there is even greater urgency. Chelsea Liu, Senior Lecturer, Adelaide Business School, at the University of Adelaide discusses in an article on The Conversation website that women are greener. And she explains why. What are your … Continue reading What makes female directors more “green” than their male counterparts?
We seldom read about linking the military with environmental issues. For your summer reading, this is a good article by Hennie Smit, University Lecturer and President of the International Association for Military Geosciences at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. It is important for all of us to take the environment seriously. Well, it appears that … Continue reading What does it mean to be environmentally literate when you are a soldier?