The recent adoption of the Swedish aviation tax shows that in face of unsatisfactory measures to address international aviation greenhouse gas emissions, individual countries can act through ambitious environmental taxation in pursuit of their climate and environmental objectives. This is not the first time that a European country has attempted to introduce a tax on aviation for environmental purposes, nor would it be the first time that an aviation tax was repealed after being introduced. READ ALSO: Majority of Swedes support Sweden's new aviation tax Whether or not Sweden ultimately succeeds and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from aviation will depend on setting the right price for this new tax. Moreover, the fate of the entire scheme will be determined by the outcome of the next Swedish general election in September, as the major political opposition, Alliansen, has already stated their opposition to the tax. What is the new tax exactly? A few weeks before the Paris Agreement … [Read more...] about Will Sweden’s aviation tax make a difference to greenhouse gas emissions?
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Kevin Loria, provided by Published 10:15 am, Saturday, June 16, 2018 Ian Joughin, University of Washington Ice melting rates in Antarctica tripled between 2012 and 2017, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The biggest increase has been ice melt in West Antarctica, where glaciers and ice sheets are vulnerable to warmer ocean temperatures. Experts think that if we don't get climate change under control quickly, ice sheets in West Antarctica could collapse, leading to rapid sea level rise around the globe. Recommended Video: Now Playing: The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study. Media: Time There's enough ice stacked on top of Antarctica to raise seas around the globe by almost 200 feet. While it takes time for major changes to occur with that much ice, Antarctica is melting faster than we thought, … [Read more...] about Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and we’re not ready for the sea level rise that’s coming
Story highlights A National Safety Council report says 742 US children died of heatstroke in vehicles between 1998 and 2017 Just 21 states have laws regarding this issue, the report says "We want parents to always look before they lock," one advocate says (CNN)The official start of summer comes later this month, but already children have died after being left unattended in hot cars, according to the nonprofit National Safety Council, drawing attention to an issue that kills an average of 37 children a year. The council released a report this month that says 742 US children died of heatstroke in vehicles between 1998 and 2017. Forty-two children died in these conditions in 2017, up from 39 the previous year. Just 21 states have laws regarding this issue, the report says; eight include the possibility of felony charges for individuals who deliberately leave a child alone. "There is a patchwork system across the country," said Amy Artuso, the council's senior program manager of … [Read more...] about 37 US children die in hot cars each year, report says
OPINION 05/27/2018 08:00 am ET By Otto Scharmer Buying and eating apples seems a pretty healthy thing to do. But a new study has found that every 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of conventionally grown apples creates health effects costing 21 cents due to the effects of pesticides and fungicides, resulting in sick leave and eventually shorter life expectancies. The study, from the Dutch organization Soil & More Impacts, to be published at the end of May, highlights a key problem: The price you pay for apples in the store doesn’t cover the hidden costs of producing them. Instead, these are paid for by society — through the ever-increasing costs of health care and health insurance. The apple example is not an outlier; it’s indicative of the bigger picture. Agriculture is the world’s largest industry, with 1 billion people engaged in farming worldwide. Pasture and cropland use about 50 percent of the earth’s habitable land. … [Read more...] about An Apple Shows Just How Broken Our Food System Is
Addressing climate change by promoting a clean environment in the developing world Photo: Isaac Oriafo Ejakhegbe Author : Isaac Oriafo EjakhegbeIsaac Oriafo Ejakhegbe, a young leader of Women Deliver, has over 5 years of experience in the non-profit sector, with a focus on health promotion, maternal and child health, and issues on gender equality and climate change. The significant effects of an unhealthy environment are not just global, they are personal and its impact on our health interacts in several ways. While climate change has been well acknowledged as a global human health issue, for many of us who live in the developing world, we are equally faced with a huge burden of unhealthy surroundings owing to indiscriminate dumping of refuse.Sanitation and hygiene are a cheap preventive public health measure. Yet each year, 0.6 million children under the age of 5 die of diarrhoea caused by poor hygiene and unsanitary conditions. Despite progress in human … [Read more...] about Addressing climate change by promoting a clean environment in the developing world