Articles by Carolyn Cohn and Barbara Lewis

British Theatres, Concerts Say Shows Will Go on Only With Insurance Help

British theaters and live music venues say the show will only go on if the government provides a financial backstop, as the COVID-19 pandemic means they can no longer get commercial insurance. While venues for indoor live performances are not …

Public Consultation Launched to Help Set Global Standards for Tailings Dams

A six-week public consultation launched [in London] on Friday will help set global standards to improve mining safety, aiming to prevent any repeat of the Vale tailings dam disaster in Brazil that killed 300 people in January. Tailings dams are …

Mining Giant BHP Faces $5B Damages Claim over 2015 Brazil Dam Disaster

Anglo-Australian mining giant BHP is facing a landmark, $5.0 billion damages claim in England for being “woefully negligent” in the run-up to a 2015 dam failure that led to Brazil’s worst environmental disaster, a lawsuit alleges. The claim, which will …

BHP Readies for Largest English Group Lawsuit over 2015 Brazil Mine Disaster

Mining giant BHP says it will fight an unprecedented English lawsuit filed by hundreds of thousands of Brazilians for multi-billion pound damages over Brazil’s worst environmental disaster. SPG Law, a British offshoot of a U.S. litigator, represents 240,000 individuals in …

National Promises to Cut Carbon Emissions Will Not Be Enough: United Nations

National promises to cut emissions as part of preparations for a United Nations summit at the end of the year would cap global warming at the unacceptably high level of 3 degrees Celsius, the UN’s climate boss said this week. …

China Seeking “Win-Win” Climate Plan; Poised for Pledge

China is seeking a fair, global system to tackle climate change and is about to make a joint announcement on the environment, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said before a summit in Brussels with top European Union officials on Monday. Expectations …

Europe Warns Swiss of Consequences after Immigration Vote

Switzerland could lose its privileged access to the European single market, European officials said on Monday, after Swiss voters narrowly backed proposals to curtail immigration from the EU in a referendum that has unsettled business. The vote on Sunday was …

EU Parliament Calls for Three Binding Climate Targets for 2030

Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday voted in favor of three climate and energy targets for 2030, rebuffing a Commission plan for just one fully binding goal. The vote at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, has no legal …

Europe Urged to Retain Climate Leadership As Competitive Advantage

Europe’s abdication from climate leadership would stunt growth in the region and hand a huge economic advantage to China and the United States as they carve out their share of a multi-billion low-carbon market, a German thinktank said on Thursday. …

Despair after Climate Conference Inaction, but UN Still Offers Hope

At the end of another lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair. As thousands of delegates checked out of their air-conditioned hotel rooms in …