We must change the trajectory of harm caused by conflict and climate shocks – World

Statement to “The Humanitarian Impact of Combined Conflict, Climate and Environmental Risks,” High-level Event on the margins of the 75th United Nations General Assembly co-organized by the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union, the Republic of Niger and the International Committee of the Red Cross

As delivered by ICRC President Peter Maurer

Colleagues, thanks a lot for the opportunity to address you today.

As Katie said, I have just returned from the Sahel region, a place hit hard by the waves of armed conflict, environmental degradation, and climate shock.

There, I witnessed a deep humanitarian crisis.

All aspects of lives are impacted: health, water, economic insecurity.

Over many years, the ICRC has witnessed these trends all over the world, in many conflict regions.

Wars are causing environmental damage and destruction. Suffering is increasing as the climate crisis intensifies.

Wars fought without respect of international humanitarian law cause even greater destruction.

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During the coronavirus lockdown, some birds changed their tune

When the lockdown arrived in San Francisco, the city became muted. Traffic dwindled, crowds dispersed, fewer planes soared overhead, and the daily roar of industrial civilization receded to a murmur.

In its place came the birdsongs. The chirping and twittering were always there, of course, muffled by the sounds of the city. But now the songs were different. A study published yesterday found that white-crowned sparrows in San Francisco sang with a broader range, hitting the low notes once drowned out by cars and trucks. When the researchers compared the songs to archival recordings, they found that some of the birds were singing tunes not heard since the 1970s. 

“These birds were filling the soundscape that was newly emptied of human noise,” says Elizabeth Derryberry, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the study’s lead author. 

The findings not only reveal how quickly

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How to Figure Out Which Candidates Actually Care About the Environment

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Registration, education and action. We’re supporting voting in partnership with iamavoter.com, a nonpartisan movement encouraging voting, and civic engagement.

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Though 2020 has made a variety of voting issues feel distinctly urgent, the hurricane and fire season have reminded us that climate change remains a critical challenge.

While it may be fairly easy to find information about the presidential candidates, climate change issues remain critical down-ballot in statewide and local elections. Particularly, if we continue with another four years without climate leadership in Washington D.C. (and, instead, continue to face actively destructive climate policies), it will be up to our state and

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Supreme Court Could Give Trump Second Chance at Environmental Rollbacks

[Update: President Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court.]

WASHINGTON — President Trump has initiated the most aggressive environmental deregulation agenda in modern history, but as his first term drives to a close, many of his policies are being cut down by the courts — even by Republican-appointed jurists who the administration had hoped would be friendly.

Those losses have actually heightened the stakes in the election and the fight over a replacement on the Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A second term, coupled with a 6-3 conservative majority on the high court, could save some of his biggest environmental rollbacks.

Since January courts have dealt a series of blows to the Trump administration’s plans to ramp up fossil fuel development and undo decades of environmental protections. This month, a federal appeals court temporarily blocked implementation of

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COVID-19 Recovery Analysis: Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tools Market | Rising Number of Vehicle Workshops to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the automotive diagnostic scan tools market and it is poised to grow by $ 2.50 bn during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 1% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Automotive Diagnostic Scan Tools Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000

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Electric vehicles aid the environment and economy, Tennessee commissioner says

This story was updated Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at 11 p.m. with more information.

Electric vehicles comprise less than 1% of all cars, trucks and motorcycles now on the road in the Chattanooga area, but battery-powered vehicles will be key to both Tennessee’s environmental and economic future, according to the state’s top environmental regulator.

With Nissan currently assembling electric-powered Leaf cars in Smyrna, Tennessee and Volkswagen is about to make battery-powered ID.4 sport utility vehicles in Chattanooga, Tennessee Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers said Tennessee is emerging as a leader in the manufacturing of electric vehicles.

“We have a robust automotive sector in Tennessee that can benefit by the boon in EVs and the related parts manufacturing,” Salyers told the East Tennessee Clean Fuels coalition meeting in Johnson City, Tennessee on Thursday. “Electric vehicles can support our communities by providing new energy opportunities in our communities, keeping more energy

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Justice Ginsburg left an environmental legacy on the Supreme Court

One of the often cited decisions written by Ginsburg for the majority is Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, which established the rights of citizens, or organizations who represent them, to sue in order to force regulators to enforce violations of federal environmental rules like the Clean Water Act.

“That case holds that citizens who express concerns about values, aesthetics, or health related activities can get into court to sue those who are infringing on those rights,” said Charley McPhedran, a staff attorney at Earth Justice.

The case revolved around a waste water treatment plant that had exceeded permit limits on mercury discharges into the North Tyger river in South Carolina. One of the issues was whether the group had “standing,” or the ability to bring the case in the first place. Ginsburg wrote that they did, not based on a personal injury per se, but on how

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How USMCA does a better job than NAFTA of protecting the environment

Against a backdrop of clashes in Congress and with presidential election campaigns deepening the political divide in the United States, it may feel as though environmental issues are no longer part of the political discussion. The new North American Free Trade Agreement, however, has given environmental standards a boost.

The July 1 ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as the USMCA or the new NAFTA, marked the end of tumultuous negotiations that included the contentious issue of environmental standards.

By putting the environment on the political agenda, the government of Canada placed environmental standards back on the table, even though the issue is not a priority for Donald Trump’s administration.

As a researcher at the Centre d’études sur l’intégration et la mondialisation at the Université du Québec à Montréal, I am interested in how economic power relations shape North American free trade negotiations amid tensions between the United States

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EPA Celebrates 25 Years of Success with the National Environmental Performance Partnership System | U.S. EPA News Releases

News Releases from HeadquartersOffice of the Administrator (AO)

09/24/2020

WASHINGTON (September 24, 2020) — Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS). To commemorate the anniversary milestone, the agency is highlighting the progress made with this unique partnership program that is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness between EPA, states, and tribes.

“Across the nation, EPA works hand in hand with our state and tribal partners to address human health and environmental concerns efficiently and effectively,” said Associate Deputy Administrator Doug Benevento. “As the former head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, I know NEPPS enables us to work together in addressing environmental priorities in communities throughout the country.”

For many years, states and tribes requested greater flexibility in how they use and manage the grant funds they receive from EPA.

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Three Environmental Activists Making a Difference in Africa and Around the World

Ellyanne Wanjiku

At nine years old, Ellyanne Wanjiku (left) has been the driving force behind the planting of 250,000 trees in Kenya. When Ellyanne was in kindergarten, she learned about Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai, who fiercely defended public land from the government’s development plans and through her nonprofit the Green Belt Movement, paid women to plant tree nurseries throughout the country. Inspired by the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Ellyanne decided to follow in her footsteps by planting trees.

At first, Ellyanne’s mother, Dorothy Githae wasn’t fond of the idea. “I was upset and [wondered]: What are trees going to do for you?”

Ellyanne was adamant. “What would we do without trees? We can’t do anything because trees give us oxygen,” she told her mom.

“Because she was so persistent, I said do the one at home, plant it in the garden, and leave me alone,” Dorothy says.

After

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