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04/07/2021

As the Climate Crisis Grows, a Movement Gathers to Make ‘Ecocide’ an International Crime Against the Environment

A coalition of environmentalists, legal scholars and political leaders want to make widespread environmental destruction an international crime on par with genocide. Ecocide, they say, poses a similar threat to humanity and remains beyond the reach of existing legal conventions, justifying its addition as the fifth crime prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.

(Inside Climate News)

Ecocide: Should Destruction of the Planet Be a Crime?

A crime as heinous as genocide, war crimes, crimes of aggression and crimes against humanity is now at large in the world. It is not as conspicuous and repugnant as a death camp, but its power of mass destruction, if left unchecked, would strike the lives of hundreds of millions of people. A movement to outlaw it, too, is gaining momentum. That crime is called ecocide.

(Inside Climate News)

Banks Pledge to Fight Climate Crisis—But Their Boards Have Deep Links With Fossil Fuels

Three out of four board members at seven major U.S. banks have ties to oil and gas companies, anti-climate lobbies and other organizations that are climate-conflicted. Many of these board members have chosen to back Line 3, a controversial pipeline project in Minnesota, which is financed by billions of dollars in loans from big banks.

(The Guardian)

How Debt and Climate Change Pose ‘Systemic Risk’ to World Economy

Dozens of countries are at a crossroads of two global crises: climate change and debt. A new assessment by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank says the combination of these two problems creates a “systemic risk to the global economy” as international financial leaders prepare to meet this week to discuss a green economic recovery.

(The New York Times)

Southwest Braces for Water Cutbacks as Drought Deepens Along the Colorado River

States like Arizona could be facing the largest mandatory water cutbacks to date, as Lake Mead is projected to reach its lowest level since the reservoir was created in the 1930s. Experts expect the problem to only get worse as climate change pushes the Colorado River watershed  deeper into drought.

(AZ Central)

As Danger of Major Breach Recedes, Florida Seeks Long-term Solution for Troubled Plant

The Piney Point phosphate plant near Tampa Bay has had numerous pollution violations since it opened in 1966. But the latest incident, in which officials had to evacuate 300 homes because of fears that a reservoir holding millions of gallons of industrial wastewater could fail, may drive local leaders to finally act on the issue and revive a controversial cleanup proposal.

(The Washington Post)

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