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Coronavirus: Don’t bail out airlines, say climate campaigners
By Roger Harrabin, BBC News, 6 April 2020
More than 250 trades unions and environment groups have signed an open letter opposing plans for bailing out the aviation industry.
The letter to governments demands that any bailouts lead to better labour conditions and a cut in emissions.
They say aviation should make changes already evident in other sectors amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Thanks to a long-standing treaty, international aviation has largely been able to make its own rules.
Tropical forests’ damage spreads catastrophically
By Tim Radford, Climate News Network, 7 April 2020
Tropical forests are vital in the campaign to limit global heating. Here’s how to blunt them as a force – just put a clearing, or a plantation, a road or a ranch in the pristine wilderness. And then, as absorbers of atmospheric carbon, the trees up to 100 metres deep into the jungle will lose their edge.
Along that 100 metre width, the canopy height, leaf mass and phosphorus levels per square metre will begin to change. All three are measures of a tree’s capacity to grow vigorously and store carbon.
After COVID-19, The Oil Industry Will Not Return To “Normal”
By Wal van Lierop, Forbes, 5 April 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered the world’s economies, overwhelmed healthcare systems and taken loved ones from us. Politicians have promised their citizens a “return to normal” following the pandemic. However understandable, this longing for “normal” will lead us to a mirage. Worse, our recovery from COVID-19 could be a short-lived victory if we aspire only to have a “normal” economy again.
Documents reveal airline industry plan for tax breaks, subsidies and voucher refunds
By Luke Barratt, Unearthed, 7 April 2020
Lobbyists are coordinating a massive effort on behalf of airlines to push governments and airports around the world to roll back environmental taxes and set up bailout funds in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, confidential documents seen by Unearthed reveal.
Even as the world’s borders close, a strategy document produced by the airline industry shows it is lobbying for public money to be poured into funds to restart or maintain air travel and for any planned tax increases to be delayed for up to a year.
The burning questions about Africa’s wood fuel
By Anggrita Cahyaningtyas, CIFOR Forests News, 6 April 2020
Wood fuel especially charcoal has been associated with deforestation and climate change but it also has a positive socio-economic impact. On this episode we will take you to Africa where wood fuel remains a major energy and livelihood source for many rural and urban poor households. We talk to Phosiso Sola, ICRAF scientist who is currently focusing on governance of wood fuel with the aim to develop a sustainable charcoal value chains in African drylands.
Q+A: Research findings offer framework for effective carbon management
By Julie Mollins, CIFOR Forests News, 6 April 2020
In current conditions, the world’s total carbon budget will be spent in roughly eight years, increasing emissions-related global warming, and making it impossible to meet targets agreed under the U.N. Paris Agreement on climate change, according to scientists with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
In order to avoid catastrophic consequences of global warming, it is not only necessary to phase out fossil fuel use, but carbon in ecosystems must be protected and their storage capacity enhanced, a new study led by Conservation International demonstrates.
Tortoise Media’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Relationship With BP
By Sophie Yeo, DesmogUK, 6 April 2020
Just over a month ago, I was invited to speak on a panel about climate change, taking place at Newcastle University’s student union. The event was being hosted by Tortoise Media, a journalism start-up that was founded by James Harding, BBC’s former director of news, and launched in 2019. Tortoise’s purpose, to which its animal namesake alludes, is to produce “slow news”.
I followed the link to the Eventbrite page, and was surprised to see BP’s logo emblazoned across the banner. The subject of the debate was: “Whose job is it to fight climate change?”. I looked at the other speakers billed to attend. Two of them were from BP: Rishi Dorai, a carbon management analyst, and Jo Alexander, a purpose engagement manager and chartered geologist.