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Taking Arctic Oil to court

Greenpeace and the Norwegian group Nature and Youth have taken the Norwegian government to court. They argue that the government is contravening Article 112 of the Norwegian Constitution by awarding new oil exploration licenses to a number of oil companies. Article 112 says the State shall ensure for everyone, including future generations, the right to a safe and healthy environment.

Untitled Design (83)The environmental groups want to show the Court that the Norwegian government, knowing full well the effects of burning oil on climate change and Arctic warming, is willfully violating their obligations under the Paris Agreement to limit climate change.

This court case is part of a growing trend in litigation against governments for falling short on their commitments to fight climate change. The proceedings ran from the 14–22nd November in Oslo. A ruling will be made, possibly in early 2018.

Untitled Design (84)2018 International Year of the Reef

2018 will be the 3rd International Year of the Reef, following on from previous ones in 1997 and 2008. In preparation, countries will meet at the General Meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) in December, back to back with the UNEA. The aim is to build awareness about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs, and how different stakeholders can work together to share information and promote protection.

Coral reefs – the hotbeds of marine life, livelihoods and coastal defense – are taking a huge battering, especially from overfishing and climate change. Get involved to see how you can raise awareness and take action. The 2018 logo is available here, and to find out more check out these articles or contact the ICRI Secretariat.

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