France's BNP to stop financing firms farming deforested land in the Amazon

France's largest bank BNP Paribas pledged on Monday to stop financing firms producing or buying either beef or soybeans cultivated on land in the Amazon cleared or converted after 2008.
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España: Compromís, PSPV, EU, Podem y ERPV piden no prorrogar la central nuclear de Cofrentes

El próximo 20 de marzo acaba el actual permiso de explotación de la central nuclear de Cofrentes. La propietaria, Iberdrola, ya ha gestionado su prórroga.

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Climate

Fed to weave 'inescapable' climate change risk into bank oversight

The U.S. Federal Reserve is beginning to incorporate the impacts of global warming into its regulatory writ, following in the footsteps of its global peers, according to a paper published by the San Francisco Fed.

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Climate

Amazon biome hurtles toward death spiral as deforestation jumps in 2020

An area the size of Israel was deforested in the Amazon biome last year as destruction surged 21% in the region spanning nine countries that is home to the world's largest rainforest, according to the Amazon Conservation organization.
Climate

IEA launches global group to tackle fallout from energy transition

The International Energy Agency is launching a global commission to address the impact on employment and society from the transition to renewable energy from fossil fuels.

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Climate

Brazil proposes cuts to 2021 budget for environmental protection as deforestation spikes

Brazil's government under President Jair Bolsonaro is proposing the smallest budget for environmental protection in at least 13 years despite soaring destruction of the country's Amazon rainforest, according to data from non-profit Contas Abertas.
Climate

Bank of England told to stop buying 'high carbon' bonds

A group of British members of parliament say that the Bank of England should stop buying bonds from businesses whose activities accelerate global warming.

Climate

Brazil environmental fines fall 20% as deforestation soars

Brazil's main environmental enforcement agency, Ibama, handed out 20% fewer fines in 2020, a Brazilian non-profit factchecking initiative says, as the government rolls back conservation efforts and Amazon deforestation skyrockets.

Climate

Most Europeans plan to curb flying, eat less meat for climate, EU poll says

A majority of European citizens intend to fly less and already eat less meat to help fight climate change, according to a survey published by the European Investment Bank.

Toxics

Mexico farm lobby blasts ban on GMO corn; organic growers welcome it

Mexico's main agricultural lobby has criticized the government's decision to ban genetically modified corn, while organic growers hailed the move that should protect smaller farmers.

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Climate

Trade feuds will take on a new, green hue

Trade feuds will take on a different hue after the departure of Donald Trump. Slapping tariffs on countries out of the blue isn’t U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s style. But his determination to fight climate change could emerge as a new source of commerce tensions.
Population

John Kemp: Urbanization and future energy pathways

For the first time in history, most of the world’s population is living in urban areas, even in less-developed regions, and that will soon be true even if rapidly urbanising China is excluded.
Climate

Goal of no deforestation next year in Brazil savanna unfeasible: Soy association

Setting 2020 as a cut-off date to ban new deforestation and land conversion for soybean areas in Brazil's Cerrado savanna is not feasible, André Nassar, head of the country's oilseeds crushers' group, Abiove, says.

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Climate

Brazil's updated climate plan seen lacking credibility as forests shrink

Continuing large-scale deforestation in Brazil's Amazon region suggests a new government aim to become "carbon neutral" by 2060 lacks credibility, Brazilian scientists have said.

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Pakistan looks to new tech to curb crop burning and cut smog

A new effort by the Punjab government to tackle air pollution caused by rice stubble burning is taking off as machines - called Happy Seeders - are given to farmers at a subsidized cost. The technology could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 78%.

From our Newsroom

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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