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Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Road to COP26

First global status assessment for reptiles paints a grim picture

(CU)_A group of scientists from the United States published the first ever comprehensive global status assessment for reptiles, on Wednesday (27 April). While it was no secret that just like all other vertebrates, reptiles are also feeling the effects of climate change, data on this recent report paints a grimmer picture. According to the study, which examined 10,196 reptile species from across the globe, a fifth of reptile species are threatened with extinction. From the Galapagos tortoises to India’s gharial and West Africa’s rhinoceros viper, 21 per cent of species are either endangered, critically endangered or vulnerable to extinction, as...

Climate security is the key to Australia’s successful re-engagement in the Pacific

CANBERRA (CU)_Following China’s recent security pact with the Solomon Islands, relations between countries in the Pacific region are currently under the microscope. While several state officials and foreign diplomats have commented on the matter, so has the former chief of the Australian Defence Force, retired Admiral Chris Barrie, who called on Australia to prioritise climate security and not China in its ties with the region. “Years of worsening diplomacy in...

Millions swelter in a dangerous early summer heat wave

NEW DELHI (CU)_Over the recent years, countries across the globe have been reporting extreme weather conditions, from floods to heat waves, bushfires and volcanic eruptions. The people of South Asia, particularly those in India and Pakistan, are not strangers to record-high heat conditions as furnace-like temperatures are an annual occurrence in these countries. However, this year, the extreme weather conditions have arrived at the region sooner than anticipated. Millions of...

Virtually every home in the UK affected by dirty air

LONDON (CU)_The non-profit group the Central Office of Public Interest (Copi), together with the Imperial College London, recently produced the most detailed map of dirty air to date in the UK. It shows that virtually every country in the country is subjected to air pollution above the limits set out by the World Health Organisation. According to the report, over 97 per cent of addresses breach WHO limits for at...

Which party wins the NSW May election makes little difference!

SYDNEY (CU)_The federal government of Australia is often subject to criticism over its poor contributions towards tackling the climate crisis. However, outside of Canberra, Australian states and territories are forging ahead with larger climate goals, with every local government having pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050, long before the federal government. Therefore, when NSW Liberal Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean says that in the state’s journey...

Polluters ‘making a mockery’ of England’s democracy and the rule of law

BRISTOL, England (CU)_Farming is one of the major sources of contamination of lakes and waterways in England, and legislation designed to reduce such pollution were implemented four years ago. While violations of these rules have hit record levels, the public body responsible for the protection of the environment has failed take necessary action to prevent them.  Since the legislation was introduced in April 2018, the highest number of violations were...

You can’t keep removing rivets from an airplane and not fall out of the sky!

(CU)_Over the recent years, the global community has been accelerating efforts to slash their carbon emissions and minimise global warming in order to tackle extreme weather conditions that continue to claim millions of lives and cause property damage worth billions of dollars each year. A recent study has found the impact of the warming world on insect populations, which play a crucial role in protecting the environment. The report, which...