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Calling time on the fatcats?

Image by Erich Westendarp from Pixabay   Edward J Markey, a US senator from Massachusetts, along with Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, has proposed additional taxes on the wealthy users of private aircraft. Their amusingly named Fueling Alternative Transportation with a Carbon Aviation Tax (Fatcat) Act, proposes increasing fuel taxes for private jet travel from the current US$0.22/gallon to US$2 per gallon. Additionally, the Fatcat Act would remove current exemptions for harmful activities such as flights used to explore for gas and oil. It is outrageous that private jet fuel tax is considerably lower than that on commercial flights and yet they get to use the same infrastructure and more importantly pollute as much as 14 times more than commercial flights and 50 times more than trains. The flights of the wealthy 1% thus contribute twice as much carbon emission pollution as the poorest 50% but it is the poorest who suffer the impact so much more. In addition, the extra c . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Image by Silvia from Pixabay   Science shows the severe climate consequences of new fossil fuel extraction (The Conversation) Net zero: direct costs of climate policies aren’t a major barrier to public support, research reveals (The Conversation) Does sportswashing even work? (Eco-Business) Cut the climate doom – exponential green change is possible (Eco-Business) July was world’s hottest month on record, climate scientists confirm (The Guardian) US scientists turn old plastic into soap after fireside inspiration (The Guardian) Amazon nations fail to agree on deforestation goal at summit (CHN) 'Greenlash' fuels fears for Europe's environmental ambitions (reuters) . . .

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Brazil heading in right direction

Image by Hans Schwarzkopf from Pixabay   Following the news that deforestation in the Amazon dropped nearly 34% in the first six months of 2023, July saw a year-on-year decline of 60%. The exact data is available on Deter satellite alert system (great especially for all Geography students). This rapid progress proves how important political leadership and will is in making good decisions for the future of the environment. The new government has actively chased and penalized illegal loggers, miners and land grabbers as well a created new conservation areas and made clear which areas are considered indigenous land (indigenous peoples usually live in balance with nature). In this week’s regional summit, hopefully the other South American rainforest countries -  Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname - will  take inspiration and be able to implement similar policies at home. National action plans, an international scientific panel and cl . . .

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Food Systems Transformation

Image by billy cedeno  from Pixabay   As part of the UN Food Systems Summit +2 Stocktaking Moment, the Secretary General, António Guterres, has released a Call to Action in which he emphasises how much food is wasted and yet how many people still face hunger as a daily trial, and even starvation. Point five is shocking: “..the number of people facing hunger and food insecurity has risen since 2015, exacerbated by the pandemic, conflict, climate change and growing inequalities.  258 million people in 58 countries faced acute food insecurity in 2022, an increase of 34% compared to 2021.  45 million children suffered from wasting.  Agricultural households constitute up to two-thirds of people living in extreme poverty worldwide. Under current trends, 575 million people will still be living in extreme poverty in 2030.   Projections show that by that time, approximately 600 million people will be hungry – 7% of the world’s pop . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Image by Filmbetrachter from Pixabay   Why carbon capture and storage will not solve the climate crisis any time soon (The Guardian) Antarctica is missing a chunk of sea ice bigger than Greenland – what’s going on? (The Conversation) 4 factors driving 2023’s extreme heat and climate disasters (Eco-Business) Climate-resilient homes in Bangladesh aim to put communities first (Eco-Business) Glass Or Plastic: Which Is Better For The Planet? (greenqueen) G20 climate talks fail to deliver emission cuts despite leadership pleas (CHN) Explainer: What caused the record rainfall in Beijing and northern China? (reuters) . . .

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Hundreds of Millions Exit Multidimensional Poverty - Report

Image by: Kasun Chamara from Pixabay    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) (University of Oxford) have published a report measuring multidimensional poverty. According to them, 25 countries halved their Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) in four- to twelve-year periods. This is great news which also demonstrates that halving poverty within 15 years (SDG target 1.2) is possible. In India, 415 million people exited poverty between 2005 and 2021. In China, 69 million left poverty in just four years from 2010 to 2014. Other countries which halved their multidimensional poverty rates include Cambodia, Congo, Honduras, Morocco, Serbia, and Vietnam. Additionally, the countries with data for 2021 to 2022 demonstrate that poverty reduction momentum “may have persisted during the pandemic,” according to a UNDP press release. However, 1.1 billion out of 6.1 billion people across 110 countries still live . . .

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International Day of Friendship

Image by: StockSnap from Pixabay   Since 2011, the UN has had an Observance on 30th July each year to remind us of the truth that friendship between people (and peoples) can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities. Often conflict is born from ferar and uncertainty. The more we interact with and know others, the less likely conflict is to occur and the more likely we are to share and to build an equitable approach to planetary life. The Golden Rule is much much easier to apply when we consider people friends, and many have said that the Golden Rule is in some ways the only rule humans need to achieve their aims. As the UN states: “The resolution places emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity. To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society gr . . .

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Sustainability round-up - interesting articles from around the web

Vegan diet has just 30% of the environmental impact of a high-meat diet, major study finds (The Conversation) Net-zero hotels realistic, but industry 'too fragmented' for global pledge: Sustainable tourism council chief (Eco-Business) We can’t afford to be climate doomers (The Guardian) Scientists predict a collapse of the Atlantic ocean current to happen mid-century (ScienceDaily) Report Details Historical and Present-Day Per Capita Emissions by Country (greenqueen) Food Footprint: Which Diet Creates The Least Amount Of Food Waste? (greenqueen) G20 divisions over key climate goals pile pressure on Cop28 hosts (CHN) Climate scientist finds new way to measure the Earth's ability to offset carbon emissions (ScienceDaily) . . .

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