Newsdesk – July 7

Could Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez election change US climate policy? Progressives have been practically leaping for joy since 28-year-old self-described democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez won her historic primary election win for Congress. Perhaps no group has been more excited than environmentalists. In a political environment where even her fellow Democrats often stay vague on climate change, Ocasio-Cortez has been specific and blunt in talking about the global warming crisis, with a plan to transition the United States to a 100% renewable energy system by 2035. Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that aggressive action is needed – NewRepublic

  • Catastrophic drought threatens Iraq – desertification eats into agricultural land – Independent
  • Bangladesh cities join U.N. drive to build defences against disasters- Reuters
  • Plastic industry feeling pressure due to global bans – TerraDaily
  • UN board meeting turns toxic as funds run low – ClimateChangeNews
  • Colombian national park becomes largest protected rainforest  Independent
  • India’s ‘worst water crisis in history’ leaves millions thirsty – Reuters
  • All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week – WashingtonPost
  • Germany hit 41.5% from renewables in first half of 2018 – RenewablesNow
  • Environment group estimates about 50,000 people a year in Europe die prematurely because of pollution from cruise ships and shipping sector – Guardian
  • China to boost rail freight by 30% by the end of the decade in anti-smog push – Reuters