USA: New debates flare up over presidential climate emergency declaration

“White House officials have renewed discussions about potentially declaring a national climate emergency, an unprecedented step that could unlock federal powers to stifle oil development,” reported Bloomberg on 18 April 2024. In the following days, several other American media outlets and social media commentators suggested that President Joe Biden is once again considering declaring a Read more about USA: New debates flare up over presidential climate emergency declaration[…]

Climate emergency declarations in 2,356 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens

2,356 jurisdictions in 40 countries have declared a climate emergency. Populations covered by jurisdictions that have declared a climate emergency amount to over 1 billion citizens. Over 61 million of these live in the United Kingdom. In Britain around 95 per cent of the population lives in areas where the local authorities – over 570 Read more about Climate emergency declarations in 2,356 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens[…]

Report: Justice and equity should be at the core of climate emergency responses

Daring Cities is an annual forum in Germany designed to empower urban decision-makers to lead in the climate emergency. From June to September 2023, over 1,600 representatives of cities, towns and regions spanning 97 countries from 322 cities attended the Daring Cities Dialogues and Daring Cities Virtual Forum to exchange on best practices, innovative solutions Read more about Report: Justice and equity should be at the core of climate emergency responses[…]

Australia: Reclaiming the climate emergency locally

‘Reclaiming the climate emergency locally’ was a one-hour webinar held at the National Sustainable Living Festival, which takes place annually across Australia during the month of February.   During the session, the panelists – Adrian Whitehead, Bryony Edwards, Trent McCarthy, Dale Martin, and Tiffany Harrison – each gave answers to the overall question of the Read more about Australia: Reclaiming the climate emergency locally[…]

Australia: Federal government recognises the climate emergency

“The Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, acknowledged the federal government has recognised the climate emergency, and I think that should be celebrated,” Councillor Trent McCarthy told City of Darebin Council at its meeting on 26 February 2024. He mentioned this in connection with putting forward a motion to launch Darebin City’s Second Read more about Australia: Federal government recognises the climate emergency[…]

Australia: Climate Emergency Conference 2024

Climate Emergency Australia in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council and supported by Victoria University invite councillors and council staff to join with other councils from around Australia to attend the Climate Emergency Conference 2024 in Melbourne. “Australian councils and communities reclaiming the climate emergency” – on Friday 19 April 2024 from 9:30am to 5:00pm AEST Read more about Australia: Climate Emergency Conference 2024[…]

References to “climate emergency” spiking in the academic literature

On 30 October 2023, Washington Post reported that references to “climate emergency” and “climate crisis” are spiking in the academic literature. As recently as 2015, only 32 papers in the Web of Science research database included the term “climate emergency.” In 2022, 862 papers contained the phrase. When the Oregon State University ecologist Bill Ripple’s Read more about References to “climate emergency” spiking in the academic literature[…]

USA: Multiple calls on President Biden to declare a climate emergency

In the United States, climate advocacy groups are seizing on the moment after President Joe Biden stated on 9 August 2023 that he had ‘practically’ declared a climate emergency. Numerous activist groups as well as politicians have since then increased pressure on Biden to actually declare an emergency, or a climate emergency. There is an Read more about USA: Multiple calls on President Biden to declare a climate emergency[…]

Australia: Fossil Ad Ban calls for a test of Climate Emergency Declarations 

“2,326 jurisdictions in 40 countries have declared a climate emergency. Now their actions are being checked, including bans on polluting ads,” writes Fossil Ad Ban in their newsletter on 13 April 2023: “More than 100 Australian councils, as well as the ACT and South Australia, have declared climate emergencies, but so far only 11 have Read more about Australia: Fossil Ad Ban calls for a test of Climate Emergency Declarations […]

David Spratt: Reclaiming the term “climate emergency” an urgent task

Volume 43. No. 2 of the academic Slovenian philosophy journal Filozofski vestnik, which was published on 23 March 2023, has ‘Emergency’ as its theme and contains a 29-page article by the Australian author and research director David Spratt titled “Reclaiming ‘Climate Emergency’” David Spratt writes: “Climate emergency” was the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year Read more about David Spratt: Reclaiming the term “climate emergency” an urgent task[…]