James Murdoch, the younger son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has resigned from the board of News Corporation citing “disagreements over editorial content”. In a filing to US regulators, he said he also disagreed with some “strategic decisions” made by the company. The exact nature of the disagreements was not detailed. But Mr Murdoch has previously criticised News Corp outlets, which include the Wall Street Journal, for climate change coverage. Whilst Murdoch Senior has pledged support for Donald Trump, James Murdoch has reportedly contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the campaign of Mr Trump’s Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
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The UK Government is required, under the 2008 Climate Change Act, to publish a climate change risk assessment (CCRA) every five years. The first risk assessment was published in 2012, and the second in 2017. The third is due in 2022. The CCRA provides the evidence base to inform Government-led national adaptation programmes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has a legal duty to advise the Government on the CCRA and prepared the second Climate Change Risk Assessment evidence report in 2016. An updated evidence report, due to be published in summer 2021 will inform the UK Government’s third CCRA (known as CCRA3). The Committee on Climate Change is working on an independent evidence report, due to be published in summer 2021, which will inform the UK Government’s third CCRA (known as CCRA3). This website will host all of the outputs for the Evidence Report, from technical chapters through to the research projects through to summaries of the advice. The UK Government and devolved administrations must then set out their response to the risks and opportunities in their national adaptation programmes.
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Around a third of Bangladesh is underwater due to recent catastrophic flooding and the climate crisis has played a role in the devastation, according to experts. The widespread flooding, which has displaced millions of vulnerable people and caused more than 100 deaths, follows the deadly super-cyclone Amphan which hit the region in May. The catastrophes bear witness to the fundamental imbalance of the climate emergency: That developing countries like Bangladesh, which have historically contributed little to the pollution driving increased temperatures and rising sea levels, will suffer the greatest impacts.
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