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  • This page will be updated each Saturday with selected items from around                                       the world covering global environment issues  
                                      
   11 climate news stories to May 19
                                            

The UN Security Council is starting to take climate change seriously.                  The UN Security Council is comprised of 15 countries that takes binding decisions for all 193 UN members. This alone makes the Security Council a very powerful institution, but combined with its capacity to sanction, and intervene in the affairs of states it has an influence far exceeding that of any other international body. It is, in many respects, the executive of the international system - ClimateChangeNews

 Main page updates this week:  
HFCs - Glaciers - Water is Life - US Wind  

  • NASA: Water shortages key environmental challenge of the century - Guardian 
  • Major global clothing brands aims to reduce global waste from fashion by recycling raw materials - Reuters 
  • Indigenous groups and institutional investors call on oil and gas industries, to opt out of Arctic drilling - ThinkProgress
  • U.S. judge blocks Oakland Port's ban on coal shipments - Bloomberg 
  • UK referred to Europe's top court over air pollution - BBC
  • Organisation co-founded by murdered activist sues Dutch bank over support for Honduran dam - Guardian 
  • Cambridge students go on hunger strike to pressure University to divest - Guardian 

 

Kabul facing immense water shortages. Kabul is no stranger to water scarcity. Between the 1960s and early 2000s, groundwater levels fell 6-7 meters, and since then, water levels have continued to plummet as the city’s population is soaring. On average, Kabul receives a mere 14 inches of rainfall annually and water scarcity is also fueled by decades of war. Only 10%  of residents receive potable water - CircleofBlue

The March for the Ocean is promoting a rapid transition from drilling and spilling to clean, job-generating renewable energy. The Trump administration has proposed expanding offshore oil drilling to more than 90% of our public seas while at the same time eliminating many of the safety measures on oil-rig blowout preventers and offshore operations that were put into effect after the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster. June 9 will be the first ever March for the Oceans to take place in Washington DC - TheNation


Global demand for air conditioning to triple by 2050. Some 1.6 billion buildings worldwide have AC today, a number that will grow to 5.6 billion by 2050. The amount of power needed to meet this anticipated surge in indoor cooling will equal the combined electricity capacity of the United States, the European Union and Japan today - SpaceDaily

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