The Week in Climate Change News

A (non-comprehensive) list of interesting and relevant climate change, climate policy, and environmental justice stories.

Massachusetts town grapples with sea rise after sand barrier fails. A $500,000 sand dune collapsed in days after being erected, and residents are looking for help to protect their homes. (read the full story here)

Scientists divided over whether record heat is acceleration of climate crisis. Some believe global anomalies are in line with predictions but others are more concerned by speed of change. (read the full story here)

Rewilding Japan With Clearings in the Forest and Crowdfunding Campaigns. Preserving the nation’s biodiversity requires opening up meadows in its vast cedar plantations. Conservationists are making headway, but progress depends on reconnecting youth with nature. (read the full story here)

‘Greenhushing’ Is On the Rise as Companies Go Silent on Climate Pledges. Facing backlash from both the left and right, companies are backing away from climate initiatives—at least publicly. (read the full story here)

How Clean Energy Tax Breaks Could Fuel a US Wood Burning Boom. While the forest biomass industry maneuvers to try to take advantage of new federal climate policy, environmental advocates are pushing back and trying to protect trees. (read the full story here)

Highway Robbery and Environmental Injustice in Alabama. How an infrastructure project turned into a nightmare for one Black community (read the full story here)

While the latest text has severe limitations, the Environmental Justice Foundation is relieved that EU Member States have finally agreed today to adopt the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD). Despite obvious weaknesses, the legislation still lays the groundwork for more sustainable business conduct and greater corporate responsibility, as the CSDDD will empower governments to hold large companies to account for damages to the environment or human rights. (read the full story here)