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‘Polluters Must Pay’: UN Chief Calls for Windfall Tax on Fossil Fuel Profits to Address Climate and Cost-of-Living Crises

‘Polluters Must Pay’: UN Chief Calls for Windfall Tax on Fossil Fuel Profits to Address Climate and Cost-of-Living Crises

UN Secretary-General António Guterres issued a bold proposal during his opening remarks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday: tax fossil fuel companies to help those suffering from the climate and cost-of-living crises.  Guterres’ proposal, also known as a windfall tax, comes at the close of a summer that saw extreme weather events worldwide and […]

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    UN: Nations Must Triple Action to Avoid Disastrous Climate Change

    UN: Nations Must Triple Action to Avoid Disastrous Climate Change

    The United Nations issued a wake-up call to world leaders on Tuesday for urgent climate action. Despite national pledges to curb planet-warming emissions, the current pace of government action is “insufficient” to limit global warming to well below 2 C this century, much less the more ambitious 1.5 C target, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) […]

    5 Things to Know Before Next Week’s Critical UN Climate Talks

    5 Things to Know Before Next Week’s Critical UN Climate Talks

    Next week, heads of state and representatives from roughly 200 countries will descend in Katowice, Poland for the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, informally known as COP24. Here are some things to know ahead of the critical summit: 1. The overarching goal. Creating […]

    UN: Healing Ozone Layer Shows Why Environmental Treaties Matter

    UN: Healing Ozone Layer Shows Why Environmental Treaties Matter

    After decades of thinning, Earth’s ozone layer is slowing recovering, the United Nations (UN) said in a report released Monday, highlighting how international co-operation can help tackle major environmental issues. The ozone layer, which protects humans and other species from the sun’s highly hazardous ultraviolet radiation, has been declining since the 1970s due to the […]

    World Food Day: 4 Easy Ways to Make a Difference

    World Food Day: 4 Easy Ways to Make a Difference

    On World Food Day, observed every year on Oct. 16, we can all do our part to combat global hunger and malnutrition. The United Nations’ second Sustainable Development Goal calls for ending world hunger by 2030 and urges profound interventions from governments, businesses and individuals to help feed the growing number of hungry people in […]

    ‘Who Drew It?’ Trump Belittles UN Climate Report

    ‘Who Drew It?’ Trump Belittles UN Climate Report

    President Donald Trump cast skepticism about the landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on how the world has just over a decade to limit catastrophic global warming. “It was given to me. And I want to look at who drew it. You know, which group drew it. I can give you reports that […]

    Scientists, Governments Discuss Crucial IPCC Report on Climate Change

    Scientists, Governments Discuss Crucial IPCC Report on Climate Change

    The United Nations’ 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) opened its crucial meeting in Incheon, South Korea on Monday to deliver the authoritative, scientific guide for governments to stave off disastrous climate change. “This is one of the most important meetings in the IPCC’s history,” chair Hoesung Lee of South Korea […]

    Musicians and Activists Unite at ‘Pathway to Paris’

    Musicians and Activists Unite at ‘Pathway to Paris’

    Musicians, artists and activists lended their unique voices to the issue of climate change at the Pathway To Paris concerts at The Masonic in San Francisco and the ACE Theatre in Los Angeles over the weekend, a closing act of the Global Climate Action Summit in California. This year’s concerts, a collaboration with 350.org and […]

    Climate Change a ‘Key Driver’ Behind Rising Global Hunger

    Climate Change a ‘Key Driver’ Behind Rising Global Hunger

    The number of hungry people in the world has reverted to levels last seen a decade ago, the United Nations warned Tuesday in its annual report on food security and nutrition. Nearly 821 million global citizens—or one out of every nine people—were undernourished in 2017, the third consecutive rise since 2015. Hunger affected 804 million […]