Newsdesk – June 23

Refugees the world barely pays attention to. Diplomats from around the world met in New York and Geneva to hash out a pair of new global agreements that aim to lay out new guidelines for how countries should deal with an unprecedented surge in the number of displaced people, which has now reached 65.6 million worldwide. One emerging category, “climate refugees,” currently lack any formal definition, recognition or protection under international law. Since 2008, an average of 24 million people have been displaced by catastrophic weather disasters each year – NPR   (See also Egypt: 5 million could be displaced by climate change – MiddleEastMonitor)

  • Germany, France, Britain among nations exploring tougher climate goals – Reuters
  • Pakistani senator calls for climate cooperation with India amid water crisis – ClimateChangeNews
  • Drought-hit Iraq suspends farming of key crops – SpaceDaily
  • Flooding will have “staggering impact” on US coastal communities study – Guardian
  • EU countries falling behind on Paris Agreement ambitions – DeutscheWelle
  • Colorado becomes 13th state to adopt California’s stricter car pollution rules – AP
  • Another GOP group – Americans for Carbon Dividends – wants to tax carbon –
  • Mayors  in UK call for bringing ban on diesel and petrol cars forward by a decade – Independent
  • Trump’s new oceans policy washes away Obama’s emphasis on conservation and climate –
  • Farmers in Poland, Latvia and Lithuania face unusual spring drought and “very significant” crop losses – SpaceDaily