Environmental laws only look good on paper, UN says

By Emiliano Rodríguez Mega ~ Sci Dev Net ~ A dramatic spike in the global adoption of environmental laws has failed to translate into better conservation efforts, according to a United Nations report, the first global evaluation of such laws. The document — which assessed national laws, regulations, and policies around the world — found that a lack of political will, underfunded agencies, unfair judicial systems and a poor implementation of the law has in fact…

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Scientists Call for Drastic Drop in Emissions. U.S. Appears to Have Gone the Other Way.

By Abrahm Lustgarten ~ ProPublica ~ A report by a private research company found that U.S. emissions, which amount to one-sixth of the planet’s, didn’t fall in 2018 but instead skyrocketed. The 3.4 percent jump for 2018, projected by the firm, would be second-largest surge in greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. since Bill Clinton was president. The signals are blaring: Dramatic changes to our climate are well upon us.…

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Environmental Negligence vs. Civil Rights: Black and Hispanic Communities Get More Pollution, Fewer Jobs

By Olivia Rosane ~ EcoWatch ~ One of President Donald Trump’s stated justifications for rolling back environmental regulations has been to bring back jobs in highly-polluting industries like coal. But a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday found that, for “communities of racial/ethnic minorities,” welcoming polluting industries for the sake of employment is a tradeoff that doesn’t make any sense. Blacks and Hispanics in…

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