[GWSG] Natural rights; growing suits; IRA would reduce emissions; unnatural gas; justice popular; disasters upon us

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri Aug 5 08:47:05 EDT 2022

1. The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution identifying a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment as a human right on a vote of 161 approving and 8 abstaining. While not itself binding, the resolution is expected to support legal action to encode the right (perhaps under the old tradition of nature’s trust). https://news.mongabay.com/2022/07/a-clean-and-healthy-environment-is-a-human-right-u-n-resolution-declares/
States abstaining include China and Russia. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/07/1123482

2. The number of cases of climate litigation globally is growing steeply. About 2/3 are in the US. https://ensia.com/features/climate-change-litigation-courts-lawsuit-activism/

3.  The Inflation Reduction Act now pending in the senate would more than double our rate of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and encourage further actions on the state and local levels which could put us on the path to zero emissions. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/08/manchin-climate-bill-carbon-emissions-2030/671049/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly-planet&utm_content=20220803&utm_term=The%20Weekly%20Planet

4. Commercial gas is highly processed. We should stop calling it natural because that just does p.r. for the corporation. “Commercial gas” or just “methane” would do. https://www.treehugger.com/is-it-legal-to-call-gas-natural-6362259?hid=32e98be45af0c3a04424ac172ca1406ef3120015&did=819250-20220804&utm_campaign=treehugger-daily_newsletter&utm_source=treehugger&utm_medium=email&utm_content=080422&cid=819250&mid=93790330259

5. “Climate justice” may not have a positive resonance with most people—Yale doesn’t say—but the measures to secure it are quite popular. https://mailchi.mp/yale/support-for-climate-justice-policies-in-the-united-states?e=4dee1d8b35

6. A compilation of weather disasters profiles how far we have come into the age of climate consequences. “Gone are the days when global heating was in the future,” said Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who delivered the 2015 Paris climate deal. “Human-induced heating is wrecking lives and livelihoods today. Every day of higher emissions increases human poverty and misery. Continuing on the path of rising emissions is senseless, selfish and avoidable.”   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/04/climate-breakdown-supercharging-extreme-weather

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