In less than a week the most valuable company in history will make its debut on a publicly traded market. Saudi Aramco is both the most profitable and the most polluting company of all time. Its looming $1.7tn (£1.3tn) market listing is also evidence of the gaping chasm between Europe’s growing climate movement and the carbon addiction the rest of the world just cannot kick. A year that has seen the most determined green investor activism, fossil fuel divestments and climbing climate targets will end with the largest single fossil-fuel binge in investment history. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman put in motion plans to offer international investors the opportunity to own a piece of the world’s biggest oil company in 2016, only months after governments in Paris had agreed plans to tackle the climate crisis. Nonetheless, the world’s biggest investors, from Wall Street to the largest financial centres in Europe and Asia, still clamoured for a chance to help … [Read more...] about Market debut for world’s biggest polluter must be a rallying cry for climate action
People across the globe on Saturday gathered to clean up beaches and celebrate the importance of oceans in honor of World Oceans Day. More than 1,000 events have been scheduled. Many people attended beach cleanups or information sessions, while others made art installations and attended ocean-themed exhibitions. The oceans cover about 70% of the Earth's surface and provide 70% of the oxygen we breathe. The giant swathes of water also absorb around a third of all man-made CO2, and 90% of the excess heat created by those emissions goes into the sea. Read more: Plastic pollution: Do beach cleanups really make a difference? Artists Gepetta and Salvabarche in Milan made an installation to raise awareness for sustainable fishing Problematic plastic Among the problems the ocean is facing, plastic pollution is one of the biggest. According to the United Nations, 13,000,000 tonnes of plastic find their way into the ocean every year, which kills 100,000 marine animals annually. Most … [Read more...] about World Oceans Day: Beach cleanups held worldwide
The Hotel Meurice in Calais is rather decrepit these days but, with its reasonable rates, it has long appealed to English tourists. The problem is that English tourists – as anyone trying to make a living in Calais will tell you – have fled, fearful of migrants and the general chaos that has taken hold of the city. Monsieur Cossard, owner of the Hotel Meurice, would very much like to sell his business, but alas, nothing’s selling in Calais. He would also like to take bookings from the ranks of the riot police, 1,800 of whose officers are deployed around the tunnel and the port; welcome custom for the managers of chain hotels such as Ibis, Novotel, and Formule 1. But the people who make decisions about this kind of thing at the Ministry of the Interior must have viewed the genteel decrepitude of the Meurice – its faded toiles, rickety day beds, and dusty frills and flounces – ill-suited to the rugged image of the forces of law and order. A few months ago, … [Read more...] about ‘That thing gnawing away at all of us’: Calais and the shantytown on its doorstep
Three Syrian refugee children arrived legally in the UK by train from Calais on Monday, but a Labour and Conservative MP visiting the camps said the government needed to take urgent steps to help hundreds more children living in dire conditions. Yvette Cooper, chair of Labour’s refugee taskforce, and Conservative MP Heidi Allen, described their anger and distress after meeting some of the estimated 450 unaccompanied child refugees living in caravans and tents in France on Monday. Cooper and Allen returned to the UK by Eurostar in the afternoon on the same train with three Syrian boys who they have helped to travel to England legally. The politicians were on a fact-finding visit before a key Lords voteon Monday evening in which the government was defeated in the Lords as peers voted to allow 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the country. Peers voted by 306 votes to 204, a majority of 102, to amend the immigration bill in order to require the government to let the children, … [Read more...] about UK MPs demand urgent help for unaccompanied children at Calais camp
Inside the Tijuana migrant shelter that has become a home for thousands of Central American migrants, 55-year-old Carlos Gómez approached some strangers asking if they knew where he could find a job. Gómez was one of thousands who fled Honduras with the migrant caravan that arrived in Tijuana one month ago. He would still like to seek asylum in the US, but with thousands of people ahead of him in the line to submit an application, he would be content to stay in Mexico, he says. “I need the work, I don’t want to go back to Honduras,” said Gómez in El Barretal’s enormous open courtyard, where the few spaces not occupied by tents are filled with lines of people waiting to receive donated sandwiches and piles of warm winter clothes. Despite the open hostility of Donald Trump, most members of the recent migrant caravans headed north in the belief – fed by rumors and often bolstered by their deep Christian faith – that they would quickly be … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t want to go back’: what’s next for the Central American migrant caravan?