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U.K. ANNOUNCES STRATEGY TO REACH NET ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2050

United Kingdom

The U.K. government released its Net Zero Strategy this week, less than two weeks prior to COP26. The Strategy lays out a plan for reaching net zero emissions by 2050, mapping out funds for electric vehicles, nuclear and wind energy, carbon capture and storage, low-carbon heating systems, ecosystem restoration, and more (ReutersBBC).

ICC PETITIONED TO HOLD BOLSONARO RESPONSIBLE FOR AMAZON DEFORESTATION

Brazil

AllRise, an environmental litigation group, submitted a petition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) calling for Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to be held criminally accountable for his actions in the Amazon (AP News). The 248-page petition argues the “mass deforestation” occurring in the Amazon under his administration is harming local communities, leading to loss of life, and is detrimental to the regional and global communities.

COURT RULES BP CAN CONTINUE OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING IN NORTH SEA

Scotland, United Kingdom

Greenpeace lost a case against the U.K. government and BP in Scotland's highest civil court, allowing BP to continue offshore drilling operations at the Vorlich site off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland. Drilling began at the site, located in the North Sea, in late 2020 at a rate of 20,000 barrels per day. The permit approved a total of 30 million barrels of oil (Bloomberg).

POLAND ORDERED TO PAY DAILY FINE FOR COAL MINE OPERATION

Poland

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ordered Poland to pay a $580,000 fine every day operations continue at the Turów lignite coal mine, located near the Czech Republic border. The fine comes after Poland and PGE, the state-owned utility that owns the mine, failed to comply with a May 21 order to shut down mining operations (Bloomberg). 

INDONESIAN PRESIDENT FOUND NEGLIGENT IN JAKARTA AIR POLLUTION LAWSUIT

Indonesia

The Central Jakarta District Court ruled that Indonesian President Joko Widodo, along with the ministers of Health, Environment, and Home Affairs and three governors, neglected citizens’ rights to clean air in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia (New York Times).

IUCN CONFERENCE OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTS BAN ON DEEP-SEA MINING

A motion for a moratorium on deep-sea mining received overwhelming support earlier this week at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) conference in Marseille, France (Reuters).

FRAMEWORK PROTECTING GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY TO BE DISCUSSED IN OCTOBER

Throughout the last three decades under the Convention on Biological Diversity, various plans have been agreed upon to protect nature and species globally. However, historically targets have not been met (BBC). Now governments are looking forward to the next decade.

IPCC REPORT PUTS NEW PRESSURE ON UPCOMING GLASGOW CLIMATE CONFERENCE

Last Monday, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their much-anticipated Sixth Assessment Report (IPCC). The document, synthesizing the work of approximately 14,000 scientific papers and endorsed by 195 countries, confirmed that humanity can no longer prevent global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years.

CHILE ADVANCES WATER CODE BILL AFFIRMING ACCESS TO WATER AS A HUMAN RIGHT

Chile

On August 4, Chilean lawmakers voted unanimously to overhaul the country’s water code, a leftover from Augusto Pinochet’s 1980s regime.

U.N. RELEASES FIRST DRAFT OF AMBITIOUS GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FRAMEWORK

United Nations negotiators have released 21 proposals, setting ambitious new goals for environmental conservation this decade (UN Environment Programme). The draft agreement is broad in its targets.

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