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China’s ban on fossil fuel cars is futile; Instead we need to radically rethink our cities PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 06:47

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Yet another country announces their intention to end the sale of fossil fuel cars. First it was France, then the United Kingdom and now it is China. Bloomberg has reportedthat the Chinese authorities have been looking a timeline for phasing out the sale of fossil fuel vehicles according to the Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Xin Guobin. On paper this move should be significant. China is one of the World’s largest automobile markets with over 28 million vehicles sold last year.  China is in line with an industry that is rapidly improving electric cars and many will see the news as positive. The problem with China’s ban on fossil fuel cars is that it doesn’t do anything to solve the root cause of air pollution in its cities. It grabs headlines but instead China, England and France should be focusing on rethinking how we use our cities.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 06:53
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Environmental lawyer James Thornton says China’s ‘ecological civilisation’ concept is the best response to the world’s environmental crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 19:51

Jane Gleeson-WhiteSunday 10 September 2017 02.14 BST

James Thornton’s specialty is suing governments and corporations on behalf of his only client – the Earth – and he’s very good at it. In his four decades of legal practice across three continents, he’s never lost a case.

 

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Pope Francis to World Leaders: 'Listen to the Cry of the Earth' PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 09:04
 
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Pope Francis to World Leaders: 'Listen to the Cry of the Earth'

 

Pope Francis, who has a strong belief in the science of climate change, called upon world leaders on Wednesday to "listen to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor, who suffer most because of the unbalanced ecology."

Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I, the head of the Orthodox Christian Church, will issue a joint message to commemorate the annual "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

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Fewer cars not cleaner ones key to tackling air quality PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:48

 

 


 

 

 

  • by the BBC4 August 2017
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Image captionElectric vehicles produPlans to promote electric vehicles in the UK do not go far enough to tackle air pollution, according to a leading government adviser.

Writing in the Guardian, Prof Frank Kelly said fewer cars, not just cleaner ones, were the key to cleaner air.

Electric cars produce particulates from their tyres and brakes which are linked to serious health problems.

Prof Kelly said that London should lead the way in promoting non-polluting transport policies.

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Re-Connect with Nature Now… Before It Is Too Late! PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Monday, 05 June 2017 10:49

Re-Connect with Nature Now… Before It Is Too Late!

ROME, Jun 5 2017 (IPS) - Now that president Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the world’s largest polluter in history—the United States, from the Paris Accord, perhaps one of the most specific warnings is what a United Nations independent expert on rights and the environment has just said: “We should be fully aware that we cannot enjoy our basic human rights without a healthy environment.”

Speaking in Geneva ahead of the World Environment Day on Monday 5 June, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, John H. Knox, said “We should all be alarmed at the accelerating loss of biodiversity on which healthy ecosystems depend.”

We depend on healthy natural ecosystems for so much – nutrition, shelter, clothing, the very water we drink and the air we breathe, Knox reminded. “And yet, natural forest area continues to decline, marine ecosystems are increasingly under siege, and estimated populations of vertebrate animals have declined by more than half since 1970.”

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