April 9, 2021

Intelligence Forecast Sees a Post-Coronavirus World Upended by Climate Change and Splintering Societies

The pandemic and climate change are bound to reshape the future of the world and the global politics that drive it, U.S. intelligence officials warned in a new report. The pandemic exacerbated already growing social and economic disparities while exposing how unprepared governments are for handling looming dangers such as climate change and the mass migrations it will spur, the authors wrote.

The Washington Post

April 8, 2021

JPMorgan Secretly Emailed the Trump Administration About Bailing Out the Oil Industry

As lawmakers crafted relief measures to help companies weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, executives at JPMorgan secretly emailed the Trump administration about bailing out the oil industry, Mother Jones reports. Publicly, the financial firm has called for the need to quickly address climate change, but environmental watchdogs say it continues to bankroll fossil fuel projects.

Mother Jones

China’s Bitcoin Mining Is Threatening Its Climate Change Targets, New Study Says

China could end up exceeding its emissions reduction targets as a result of carbon-intensive bitcoin mining, according to a new study. Some 75 percent of the world’s bitcoin mining is done in China, where there is cheap electricity and relatively easy access to manufacturers who make specialized hardware, the study says. As a result, the nation’s bitcoin carbon footprint is as big as one of its 10 largest cities.

CNBC

April 7, 2021

As the Climate Crisis Grows, a Movement Gathers to Make ‘Ecocide’ an International Crime Against the Environment

A coalition of environmentalists, legal scholars and political leaders want to make widespread environmental destruction an international crime on par with genocide. Ecocide, they say, poses a similar threat to humanity and remains beyond the reach of existing legal conventions, justifying its addition as the fifth crime prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.

Inside Climate News