Climate emergency declarations in 2,355 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens

2,355 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 2,355 jurisdictions and local governments cover 1 billion citizens[…]

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[…]

Climate emergency declarations by over 40 sub-national governments

by Margaret Hender Most of the 2,300+ known Climate Emergency Declarations (CEDs) so far have been at the local government level, but 41 have been by sub-national governments. They include UK devolved governments (Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland), state governments (eg. Hawaii, Quebec, and South Australia), six of the 26 cantons in Switzerland, eight of the 20 Read more about Climate emergency declarations by over 40 sub-national governments[…]

USA: American president close to declaring a climate emergency

In a speech the American President Joe Biden delivered from the site of a former coal-fired power station in Somerset, Massachusetts, he said: [14:50] “Congress has failed in its duty. Not a single Republican in Congress stepped up to support my Climate Plan. Not one. So let me be clear: Climate change is an emergency, Read more about USA: American president close to declaring a climate emergency[…]

USA: First American state declares a climate emergency

  On 23 April 2021, Hawaii became the first of the 50 states in the United States of America to declare a climate emergency. In its declaration, the state now requests “statewide collaboration toward an immediate just transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate.” Maui County Council member Kelly Takaya King gave Read more about USA: First American state declares a climate emergency[…]

Scientific America and numerous media outlets declare a climate emergency

Major media organisations sign a statement that ‘Journalism should reflect what the science says: the climate emergency is here.’ “It’s time to use a term that more than 13,000 scientists agree is needed,” wrote Mark Fischetti, a senior editor at Scientific American on 12 April 2021. “Given the circumstances, Scientific American has agreed with major news Read more about Scientific America and numerous media outlets declare a climate emergency[…]

Ambitious climate emergency response plans emerge

With almost 2,000 councils around the world having declared that we are in a climate emergency, what next? Now what? Below are just a few examples of what is currently happening in councils, boroughs and shires that have declared a climate emergency: Climate emergency response plans which involve the entire community are emerging as a Read more about Ambitious climate emergency response plans emerge[…]

Global media initiative: ‘Climate Emergency Week’

The fact that we are in a climate emergency will be covered more broadly in April when some of the biggest names in news — Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, NBC News, CBS News, PBS, VICE, Noticias Telemundo, Asahi Shimbun, Times of India and many local outlets around the world — join Read more about Global media initiative: ‘Climate Emergency Week’[…]

USA: Climate Emergency Bill introduced in Congress

Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Earl Blumenauer have introduced a bill in the US Congress that would require President Joe Biden to invoke emergency powers to tackle the climate crisis. The Climate Emergency Act of 2021 would unlock 136 statutory powers under the National Emergencies Act, typically available only under extraordinary circumstances, which a climate emergency can be classified as. “We have to Read more about USA: Climate Emergency Bill introduced in Congress[…]