Saturday, February 4News That Matters
Shadow

Tag: environment

Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge

Brazil cuts environment budget despite climate summit pledge

Science
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has approved a cut to the environment ministry budget a day after he vowed to boost spending to tackle deforestation.At a US-led climate summit, he promised to double the money reserved for environmental enforcement and to end illegal deforestation by 2030.But the budget signed off on Friday did not include his spending pledge, or additional proposals made by Congress.His government has weakened protections and wants to develop protected areas.Critics say the president's promises on Thursday were linked to a controversial deal Brazil is negotiating with the US to receive financial aid in return for protecting the Amazon, the world's largest rainforest, and other areas.Illegal Amazon rainforest plots sold on FacebookAmazon under threat: Fires, loggers and v...
Prince William: Banks must do more to protect environment

Prince William: Banks must do more to protect environment

Business
EPAThe Duke of Cambridge has urged banks to "invest in nature" to help fight global climate change. Speaking at an IMF and World Bank meeting, Prince William said protecting nature continued to play only a small part in combating global warming. He said investing in reforestation and sustainable agriculture were "cost effective" ways of tackling the issue. Banks have come under increasing pressure to step up efforts to help fight climate change.Just this week, Barclays' London headquarters was the target of a protest staged by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion. Members held placards and broke several windows as they called on the bank to stop financing fossil fuel companies.Addressing central bankers and finance ministers at the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund ...
Buffy actress accuses creator Joss Whedon of creating ‘toxic’ environment

Buffy actress accuses creator Joss Whedon of creating ‘toxic’ environment

Entertainment
Joss Whedon, who is behind projects such as Justice League and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, has been accused of creating "toxic and hostile work environments" by a Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress.Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase in the supernatural drama, also said that Whedon, who created the show, was responsible for "ongoing, passive-aggressive threats" to fire her during her time on the show. One of her allegations is that he called her "fat" while she was four months pregnant, adding he asked if she was "going to keep it" during a meeting - apparently a reference to her character and religion. Image: Charisma Carpenter says Whedon called her 'fat' while she was four months pregnant. Pic: Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP Carpent...
Why I’m feeling hopeful about the environment in 2021

Why I’m feeling hopeful about the environment in 2021

Science
.css-94m6rd-HeadingWrapper{border-bottom:solid 1px #BABABA;padding-bottom:1.5rem;}.css-94m6rd-HeadingWrapper > *:not([hidden]):not(style) ~ *:not([hidden]):not(style){margin-top:1rem;}.css-vk3nhx-ComponentWrapper{margin:1.5rem 0;}.css-2y05cd-StyledFigure{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:400;font-size:0.875rem;line-height:1.125rem;}.css-kwaqyc-StyledFigureContainer{position:relative;}.css-1xtcmof-Placeholder{position:relative;display:block;padding-bottom:56.25%;background-color:#EEEEEE;}.css-1xtcmof-Placeholder img{overflow:hidden;position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:center;-webkit-justify-content:center;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center;-webki...
U.N. report says humans must release grip on nature to protect environment, humanity

U.N. report says humans must release grip on nature to protect environment, humanity

Science
Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The United Nations Development Program said in a new report released Tuesday the world must "release their grip on nature" and challenges like the coronavirus pandemic may become more common. The report said humans need to work harder to reduce damage to the environment to protect humanity overall. Advertisement "Humans wield more power over the planet than ever before," Achim Steiner, the program's administrator, said in a statement. "In the wake of COVID-19, record-breaking temperatures and spiraling inequality, it is time to use that power to redefine what we mean by progress, where our carbon and consumption footprints are no longer hidden." The report said humans have the power to address such issues as the climate crisis, the challenge to biodiversity and ocean acid...