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A resident who lives near the riverbank is using the polluted water of Turag River to wash clothes. Gazipur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo by Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images.

France’s new bill targeting the environmental impact of fast fashion, which won unanimous parliamentary approval, would add a surcharge of €5 on any fast fashion item and ban advertising by certain companies. While this sounds high for a tax, cheap clothes carry heavy hidden costs, with negative impacts on health, climate and conflict.

The global trade and production of textiles contributes 6-8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and creates 92 million tonnes of waste. Like other major export sectors, such as food and mining, fashion is also having an outsized impact on water – largely in water-scarce and climate-vulnerable regions of the world.…  Seguir leyendo »

US soldiers from the 6th Marine Regiment participate in the international military exercise Cold Response 22, at Sandstrand, North of in Norway, a Norwegian-led exercise for NATO and partner countries. Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and ongoing debates about how to strengthen defence and deterrence on NATO’s eastern flank will rightly dominate discussions and drive the Strategic Concept at the NATO summit in Madrid.

But it is also imperative the summit and the new Strategic Concept lay the groundwork for NATO’s sustained and long-term role in tackling climate change-induced security challenges. In 2021, NATO presented an ambition to become the leading organization in understanding and adapting to the impact of climate change on security.

It is expected to issue its first Climate Change and Security Progress Report in Madrid and it is crucial this maintains the same level of determination to prepare the alliance for climate-related instability.…  Seguir leyendo »

On the front line of climate change, Somalia needs help

For more than three billion people in developing countries, the visceral impacts of a changing climate are part of everyday life, and climate projections suggest worse is to come.

Yet what emerged from COP26 and the Glasgow Climate Pact left vulnerable communities without the support needed to rebuild and respond to unavoidable impacts of climate change.

The repercussions of these impacts may be far-reaching in the next decade, and it is in the interests of wealthier nations to finance adaptation in the most at-risk regions to help them become more resilient.

Somalia is no stranger to climate extremes

Malyun Muhumad, a 35-year-old mother of five with the eldest currently just eight years old, was forced to leave her village in the Hirshabelle state in Somalia in 2016 due to a devastating combination of repeated flooding and the impacts of a swirling conflict which has plagued the country for the past three decades.…  Seguir leyendo »

Children, young people and adults march together in London, England to highlight the climate and biodiversity crisis. Photo: Getty Images.

Faced with the existential threat of climate change, young people have been mobilizing all over the world over the last couple of years, successfully taking their governments to court over climate inaction in some places. Indeed, the largest public opinion survey on climate change, the People’s Climate Vote, reveals that in every country across the world, more young people than older people see climate change as a global emergency. Yet, in a pivotal year for climate action ahead of COP26, international climate strategies still largely ignore young people, overlooking their right to meaningfully participate in formulating and implementing the climate policy that affects them.…  Seguir leyendo »