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“Two years to save the world” – tackling climate issues with urgency

From Reuters NEXT Newsletter

I love that we are not in a rocking chair knitting” – Swiss climate activist Elisabeth Stern following last week’s landmark judgement in Europe’s top human rights court.

With world Earth Day rapidly approaching on April 22, it’s an opportune time to take stock of one of the six themes for our Reuters NEXT live journalism series: Climate and Sustainability.

News out last week that the world just experienced its warmest March on record, capping a 10-month streak of records, underscores the urgency of tackling global warming at both business and policy levels.

Climate activists scored a major win when the European Court of Human rights ruled in favour of a group of elderly Swiss women who had argued their government had failed to do enough to combat climate change, putting them at risk of dying during heatwaves. Our reporters delved into how the ruling is expected to set a global legal precedent – and what it means that the court rejected two similar cases.

We also took a look at the pressure businesses should expect from investors on ESG policies, as a record 263 climate-related shareholder resolutions were filed so far this year for annual meetings of North American companies. And the chief of a global standards body told Reuters that corporate ESG claims will have to follow a new ethics codein this year’s annual reports to help combat greenwashing.

With UN climate chief Simon Stiell starkly warning that we have just “two years to save the world”, expect world Earth Day protests to again produce striking images, like those captured by our photojournalists last year.

Coming up NEXT: 

  • Reuters Editorial Briefing, April 17. Join our expert journalists as they discuss Asia’s bumper election year. The panel, which will take questions from the audience, will discuss the latest developments in polls involving 2 billion people in the region, what comes next and what it all means for the wider world. Register here.
  • Reuters NEXT Newsmaker with UBS CEO Sergio ErmottiMay 13. We talk with Ermotti a year after UBS’ rescue of smaller peer Credit Suisse about the challenges of the integration and leading a wealth manager whose balance sheet now dwarfs the Swiss economy. Register for the livestream of this event, in partnership with LSEG, here
  • Reuters NEXT Newsmaker with ECB Chief Economist Philip Lane, June 17. Lane discusses a new era of central banking as the global economy shifts gears. Register for the livestream of this event, in partnership with LSEG, here

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