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Corporate Climate Watchdog Document Deems Carbon Offsets Largely Ineffective

"Staff at an influential corporate climate action group whose board announced a plan to allow companies to offset greenhouse gas emissions from their supply chain with carbon credits has now found such offsets are largely ineffective, a confidential preliminary draft reviewed by Reuters shows."

Source: Reuters, 05/09/2024

Nuns Aim to Stop Financing of Fossil Fuel Development on Indigenous Lands

"Sister Susan Francois didn’t expect to get emotional discussing her congregation’s shareholder resolution at Citibank last week, but as she spoke to a room full of supporters about the role of the Catholic Church in Western colonization, tears sprang to her eyes."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/08/2024

Scientists Are Learning The Basic Building Blocks Of Sperm Whale Language

"Scientists studying the sperm whales that live around the Caribbean island of Dominica have described for the first time the basic elements of how they might be talking to each other, in an effort that could one day help better protect them."

Source: AP, 05/08/2024

"Tesla Pullback Puts Onus on Others to Build Electric Vehicle Chargers"

"The automaker led by Elon Musk is no longer planning to take the lead in expanding the number of places to fuel electric vehicles. It’s not clear how quickly other companies will fill the gap."

Source: NYTimes, 05/08/2024

US Financial System Helps Shelter Profits From Environmental Organized Crime

"Environmental organized crime is a massive global enterprise, bringing in hundreds of billions of dollars each year — and the U.S. financial system appears to be helping conceal its profits."

Source: The Hill, 05/08/2024

From Brazil And Houston To Asia, Extreme Weather Seems Nearly Everywhere

"In a world growing increasingly accustomed to wild weather swings, the last few days and weeks have seemingly taken those environmental extremes to a new level. Some climate scientists say they are hard pressed to remember when so much of the world has had its weather on overdrive at the same time."

Source: AP, 05/08/2024

Harnessing the Power of Global Forest Watch for Data-Driven Reporting on Land Cover Change

Whether trees fall to chain saws or go up in smoke, deforestation is a major climate change driver. But on-the-ground reporting on forest loss is often challenging. Global Forest Watch provides worldwide land cover change data and tools that can help journalists contextualize deforestation events. Mongabay editor Morgan Erickson-Davis explains the power of this free online platform and shares her favorite features.

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