Biodiversity, human rights safeguards crucial to nature-based solutions: Critics

Nature-based solutions (NbS), a hotly debated concept, gained significant political traction throughout 2022, even as challenges and concerns over the failure to implement biodiversity and human rights safeguards in current and future NbS projects have increased among Indigenous peoples and NGOs. Recent global policy instruments have recognized NbS, including theContinue Reading

Why giving rights to nature will not stop environmental damage

Giving legal rights to rivers and trees is touted as a potential solution to environmental damage. But history suggests its effect will be minor. In November 2022 the Irish Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss recommended to government that protecting the environment should be recognised in the constitution. If successful, Ireland will follow Ecuador inContinue Reading

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In a recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) letter issued to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), the Biden Administration deploys its plans to use the “whole of government” to address what it believes are long-standing civil rights concerns which are eitherContinue Reading

Inflation, environment and abortion rights hot topics in Districts 24 and 26 | News

Two congressional Democrats seeking reelection in Ventura County are campaigning to represent significantly altered districts, with some observers saying the once-a-decade shift following redistricting could provide better chances for Republican challengers. Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara was elected to Congress in 2016 after many years on the Santa Barbara CountyContinue Reading

EPA Launces New Office of Environmental Justice and Civil Rights

Saturday, October 22, 2022 On September 24, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the creation of a new national office dedicated to advancing environmental justice (EJ) and civil rights. Known as the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights, the creation of the new office delivers on aContinue Reading