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

Is the Fight Against Climate Change Losing Momentum? Some financial institutions are backing away from emission pledges. (read the full story here)

A Pennsylvania County Is Suing the Fossil Fuel Industry for Damages Linked to Climate Change. Bucks County filed the first climate accountability lawsuit in Pennsylvania, accusing oil and gas companies of carrying out “tobacco industry-style campaigns to deceive and mislead the public.” (read the full story here)

Should Big Oil Be Tried for Homicide? A group of activists and legal experts are promoting the argument that fossil fuel companies should be charged for homicide and other crimes for their roles in driving climate harms. (read the full story here)

UN’s climate body faces “severe financial challenges” which put work at risk. UNFCCC chief Simon Stiell has made an urgent plea to plug the body’s funding gap with government donations. (read the full story here)

Gloom and doom warnings about climate change do not work. If you want to spread a message about climate change and global warming, you need to adapt the message according to your intended audience and what you want to achieve. (read the full story here)

How NASA Spotted El Niño Changing the Saltiness of Coastal Waters. New findings have revealed a coastal realm highly sensitive to changes in runoff and rainfall on land. (read the full story here)

Decreases in social disparities in air pollution during lockdown suggest the need for sustainable policies. Is everyone equally affected by environmental pollution? This is the essence of ‘environmental justice,’ a concept that originated in the United States during the 1970s. It revolves around the idea of ensuring fairness and equity in environmental issues, preventing the disproportionate impact of environmental problems on specific groups or regions. (read the full story here)

Colorado lawmakers eye ways to reduce pollution in vulnerable communities. In 2021, Colorado lawmakers took a first step toward addressing decades of toxic pollution disproportionately impacting low-income neighborhoods and communities of color by creating an Environmental Justice Action Task Force. They must now decide whether to act on that task force’s recommendations in House Bill 24-1338.  (read the full story here)