Newsdesk August 4

How a new generation of authoritarian leaders are using climate change to seize power. Refugee crises, famine, drought – these are materials strongmen can use to build power. Civil instability is already spreading in the global South. People who feel threatened by an outside force, be it foreign invaders or rising tides, often seek reassurance. This is perhaps the most overlooked threat of climate change: Major shifts in the global climate could give rise to a new generation of authoritarian rulers, not just in poorer countries or those with weak democratic institutions, but in wealthy industrialized nations, too – NewRepublic

  • UN issues warning of climate instability across Arab region – Climate-Diplomacy
  • Suffering unfathomable as forest fires rage across Europe – ClimateChangeNews
  • Media failing on climate change – New Republic  UK media changes tune on climate change.  – ClimateChangeNews
  • Summer heat forces Nordic nuclear plant shutdowns – Reuters
  • Abrupt maritime rule could send oil prices soaring and spark another recession – USNews
  • Scientists predict major increase in heatwave deaths as world warms – Reuters
  • Flooded Japan battered again by Typhoon Jongdari – Guardian
  • America spends over $20bn per year on fossil fuel subsidies – Guardian (See page on fossil-fuel subsidies)
  • Facebook video spreads climate denial misinformation to 5 million users – Guardian
  • Next Pakistan PM aims to plant 10 billion trees in next 5 years –
  • Oregon’s Supreme Court hands major victory to Portland to prohibit new fossil fuel infrastructure – ThinkProgress