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Just 20 companies produce over half of all single-use plastic waste

In a groundbreaking report published Tuesday, researchers revealed that just 20 companies are responsible for producing 55 percent of all single-use plastic waste worldwide. By Jenna McGuire Common Dreams The 20 global businesses are both state-owned and multinational corporations, consisting mainly of energy and chemical giants, and are responsible for a plastic waste footprint amounting to […]

Why does the US continue to fund climate-killing fossil fuel projects overseas?

As representatives from across the U.S. government testified Wednesday at a House hearing on global climate finance, 13 lawmakers led by Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Earl Blumenauer sent a letter urging President Joe Biden to direct federal agencies to “end all new public financing support for fossil fuel projects overseas within 90 days.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams […]

May 20th

World must move from climate pledges to actual green recovery spending

March 2021 marked the end of a long and, in many ways, dreadful year: at least 2.7 million deaths and 122 million people infected from the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also a year of tremendous economic pain, brought upon by national lockdowns, business and border closures, and disruptions to global supply chains. By Steven Stone Common Dreams Most […]

Climate change: How bad could the future be if we do nothing?

The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – people are now living with the consequences of centuries of greenhouse gas emissions. But there is still everything to fight for. How the world chooses to respond in the coming years will have massive repercussions for generations yet to be born. By Mark Maslin, UCL […]

5 Ways the World Bank’s Climate Action Plan Could Go Further

The recent 2021 World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund spring meetings took place during challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused loss of life and exacerbated global poverty and inequality, while draining governments resources. Meanwhile, the impacts of climate change are starting to be felt on a broad scale, resulting in the loss of homes, crops […]

Satellites reveal ocean currents are getting stronger, with potentially significant implications for climate change

Scientists already know the oceans are rapidly warming and sea levels are rising. But that’s not all. Now, thanks to satellite observations, we have three decades’ worth of data on how the speeds of ocean surface currents are also changing over time. By Navid Constantinou, Australian National University; Adele Morrison, Australian National University; Andrew Kiss, […]

Reducing methane is crucial for protecting climate and health, and it can pay for itself – so why aren’t more companies doing it?

Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, is a larger climate problem than the world anticipates, and cutting its emissions will be crucial to slow global warming, a new United Nations report warns. The greenhouse gas is many times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the planet, and its concentration in the atmosphere is […]

Rejecting appeal by Monsanto parent Bayer, top EU court upholds ban on bee-killing neonic pesticides

The European Union’s top court ruled Thursday in favor of the European Commission’s partial ban on three pesticides hazardous to bees, much to the chagrin of Bayer—the German pharmaceutical and biotech company that merged with agrochemical giant Monsanto in 2018. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Bayer attempted to overturn the ban and undermine the E.U.’s “precautionary principle” for […]

May 9th