Newsdesk – May 26

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MAY 24: Protestors stage a ‘Die In’ in at the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets on May 24, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Protestors including the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ took to the CBD in order to show the Earth’s sixth mass extinction in reaction to Climate Change. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Students From 1,600 Cities Just Walked Out of School to Protest Climate Change. It Could Be Greta Thunberg’s Biggest Strike Yet. Hundreds of thousands of students around the world walked out of their schools and colleges Friday urging action to address the climate crisis. According to event organizers Fridays for Future, over 1664 cities across 125 countries registered strike actions, with more expected to report turnouts in the coming days. Greta Thunberg was recently profiled on TIME’s global cover as a Next Generation Leader, along with nine other people shaping the world’s future. “May 24 is the last chance to affect the E.U. elections. Politicians are talking about the climate and environmental issues more now, but they need more pressure,” she said. Voting across the European Union takes place May 23-26, where the 751 representatives of the European Parliament will be elected by citizens across the continent. “I’m just going to continue school striking every Friday until Sweden is aligned with the Paris Agreement,” Thunberg said. “It will not take weeks, it will not take months: It will take years, most likely and unfortunately” – TIME

  • Climate change has long-term impact on species adaptability –
  • A shorter workweek should be a key part of the Green New Deal – Fast Company
  • What if we covered the climate crisis like we did the start of the second world war? – The Guardian
  • China has been emitting illegal greenhouse gas that destroys ozone layer, scientists find – CNBC
  • Embracing The Salt And Adapting To Sea Level Rise – Science Friday
  • Police take hard line on arrested Extinction Rebellion protesters – The Guardian 
  • Africa is leading the world in plastic bag bans – World Economic Forum 
Church of Scotland general assembly, which had a closer result on the motion this year than last year. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock

Anger as Church of Scotland decides not to divest from fossil fuels.  Despite agreeing upon climate emergency, delegates vote to back oil and gas companies.  More than 70 Church of Scotland delegates has formally lodged their frustration at the decision of its general assembly not to divest from fossil fuels, with advocates describing Wednesday’s vote as “an embarrassing abdication of moral leadership”. The divestment counter-motion, championed by Rev Gordon Strang fell by 303 votes to 263. Strang, who was an offshore oil worker for many years, told the Guardian: “It is hugely disappointing that, in the midst of a climate emergency, they couldn’t grasp the urgency of the situation and move forward. A Green Party politician, Ross Greer described the decision as “an embarrassing abdication of moral leadership”. Greer also said: “I love my church but today I’m ashamed. After East African guests told the assembly that the climate crisis is literally killing their communities and at the same time as the church itself demands more action from governments, our delegates wouldn’t take the painless step of divesting from fossil fuels – The Guardian 

Recipe for Future Living [Image: courtesy C40 Cities]
These 15 urban design projects are reinventing cities for a zero-carbon future. The Reinventing Cities competition asked architects to find new uses for vacant and abandoned spaces in cities around the world. As the world moves to a zero-carbon future, big cities will be key places to transform–particularly buildings, which account for more than half of emissions in most cities. Two years ago, a network of mayors focused on finding solutions to climate change, asked architects to reimagine new uses for vacant or abandoned spaces in six cities such as Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Oslo, and Reykjavík. There are some winning teams with their proposals, which now have the chance to buy or lease some sites to develop their projects – Fast Company