Climate Change

U.N. Summit Lays the Table for Environmental Reporting on Food Systems

After an 18-month buildup, a one-day U.N. Food Systems Summit earlier this fall generated hundreds of commitments to end global hunger and a dizzying array of alliances dedicated to the cause. Despite controversies surrounding the summit, this groundbreaking event highlighted opportunities for reporting on food and food systems. Award-winning agriculture journalist Chris Clayton shares his insights.

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"Frustrations Grow As Marchers Demand Faster Climate Action"

"Tens of thousands of climate activists marched Saturday through the Scottish city hosting the U.N. climate summit, physically close to the global negotiators inside but separated by a vast gulf in expectations, with frustrated marchers increasingly dismissive of the talks and demanding immediate action instead to slow global warming."

Source: AP, 11/08/2021

Okla. Proposes Letting Gas Utility Charge $1,400 ‘Exit Fee’ To Go Electric

"Oklahoma’s biggest natural gas utility could soon charge customers who switch to electric stoves and heating systems an “exit fee” of nearly $1,400 to disconnect service, HuffPost has learned, setting a precedent that could help the industry lock millions of Americans into fossil fuel use for decades."

Source: HuffPost, 11/08/2021

Nations’ Climate Pledges Built On Flawed Data, Post Investigation Finds

"Across the world, many countries underreport their greenhouse gas emissions in their reports to the United Nations, a Washington Post investigation has found. An examination of 196 country reports reveals a giant gap between what nations declare their emissions to be versus the greenhouse gases they are sending into the atmosphere."

Source: Washington Post, 11/08/2021

Infrastructure Bill Makes 1st Major US Investment in Climate Resilience

"The $1 trillion infrastructure bill now headed to President Biden’s desk includes the largest amount of money ever spent by the United States to prepare the nation to withstand the devastating impacts of climate change."

Source: NYTimes, 11/08/2021

"Greta Thunberg Says Climate Talks Are Becoming a ‘Greenwash Campaign’"

"The United Nations climate conference in Scotland has become a venue for world leaders and business executives to pretend they are taking action on climate change without following through, the climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Thursday."

Source: NYTimes, 11/05/2021

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