'With all the greenhouse-gases we already emitted, we cannot stop the seas from rising altogether, but we can substantially limit the rate of the rise by ending the use of fossil fuels.'
"even if ambitious climate policy follows the 2015 Paris agreement," sea levels are still projected to increase by 20 to 60 centimeters by 2100, necessitating coastal adaptation such as building dikes, designing insurance schemes for floodings, or mapping long-term settlement retreat.
Notice the "even if" and recognize that the truth is that we won't. Young people today can expect to see the situation get worse... much worse.
Then, the proof hit. Fiji was battered by a Category 5 cyclone which is among the biggest ever to hit the Southern Hemisphere. Cyclone Winston brought winds of over 200 miles per hour, torrential rain, and waves of up to 40 feet. A month-long state of disaster was declared.
The report from the National Wildlife Federation drew on records from the Minerals Management Service, which regulates offshore drilling, and the Environmental Protection Agency, to come up with a figure of 1,440 offshore leaks, blowouts, and other accidents were reported between 2001-2007. In addition to environmental damage, these caused 41 deaths and 302 injuries.
The safety record for onshore activities was even more dismal. Some 2,554 pipeline accidents occurred between 2001 and 2007, killing 161 people and injuring 576.
EU trade officials soothed the oil giant as it fretted about new regulations popping up in Global South.
The revelations underscore criticisms that trade agreements like the TTIP constitute a "race to the bottom" for environmental, public health, and labor standards. They come a day after Greenpeace activists set up a blockade outside of negotiations in Brussels to call attention to the environmental threats posed by the corporate-friendly deal.
"What the Commission calls barriers to trade are in fact the safeguards that keep toxic pesticides out of our food or dangerous pollutants out of the air we breathe," said Greenpeace TTIP campaigner Susan Jehoram Cohen on Monday. The negotiators, Cohen added, "want to weaken these safeguards to maximize corporate profits, whatever the costs for society and the environment."