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Thirty years after the first calls by the Global South for wealthy countries to cover the costs of the impacts of global warming, negotiators at the U.N.’s annual climate conference in Egypt agreed last week to establish a “loss and damage” fund.

While it was a substantial victory for countries that are most vulnerable to extreme weather patterns caused by human-induced climate change, it remained unclear where the financing for the fund will come from, CURRENTLY reported.

“Countries must now work together to ensure that the new fund can become fully operational and respond to the most vulnerable people and communities who are facing the brunt of the climate crisis,” said Tasneem Essop, executive director of Climate Action Network International.

COP27 adopts a loss and damage fund — but it’s not all good news
In a historic win for vulnerable countries, a loss and damage fund has been established at COP27.
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The deal, which came in the final hours of the two-week summit held in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, emerged after the European Union put pressure on the U.S. and China, both of which had firmly opposed the idea of a “loss and damage” fund.

GRIST reported on a study that found that countries will need $2 trillion a year to address the effects of the crisis and to transition away from fossil fuels, and it examined some of the methods to raise that kind of financing.

Developing countries need trillions for climate action. Where will it come from?
At COP 27, negotiators have been haggling over how to pay for the mounting costs of climate change.
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António Guterres, Secretary General for the UN, welcomed the deal but said it was insufficient to meet the crisis at hand. “We need to drastically reduce emissions now—and this is an issue this COP did not address,” he said

COP27, as it is known, was overshadowed by the influence of corporations and fossil fuel companies, which sent hundreds of lobbyists to the conference to influence the outcome. The authoritarian government in Egypt also managed to limit access by civil society.

WATCH: Brazilian journalist Amanda Magnani highlights themes from COP27 in a series of short videos on OptOut’s Instagram and TikTok channels.

Indigenous Climate Action

While for many Americans Thanksgiving is a time to feast on the foods of the fall harvest, for Indigenous people it is a persistent reminder of the attempt to erase them from the continent. So this year, we celebrate the efforts of Indigenous activists in protecting the environment that they cherished long before colonists claimed it as their own.

ATMOS reports on an Indigenous-led effort to ensure that tribes can obtain feathers for ceremonies from birds whose populations are at risk due to climate change. “These ceremonies are held to practice presence, celebrate life, and heal. They are a means to connect to the land and listen to its needs—and feathers are an essential part of maintaining that connection,” writes Elizabeth Hlavinka.

Sacred Feathers—and the Tribes That Need Them | Atmos
The extinction crisis is affecting Indigenous access to feathers for ceremonies. One Comanche-led repository is keeping this culture alive.
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As we previously highlighted, the LANDBACK movement has been successful in restoring Native lands to tribes. In THE NATION, Eve Reyes-Aguirre and Betty Lyons connect the movement to the climate crisis:

We are aware this movement takes place under the shadow of climate change and land degradation fueled by corporate greed and disregard for nature’s fragility that threatens the planet.
It’s Time to Give Indigenous Land Back
The growing threats posed by climate change and corporate greed have focused attention on Indigenous peoples’ stewardship of their land.
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The Navajo Nation, meanwhile, is fighting in court to protect its future access to water from the Colorado River, HIGH COUNTRY NEWS and GRIST report. At stake is the equitable distribution of the life-sustaining resource. The Navajo Nation has rights to between 3.2 and 3.8 million acre-feet of the waterway and the system it feeds.

Tribal nations fight for influence on the Colorado River
Indigenous nations in the basin are making a stand for their water — and upsetting the river’s power structure.
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Elon Musk and Climate Twitter

Twitter has been essential for climate activists and scientists seeking to bring awareness to the human-driven destruction of the planet. Now that the platform appears to be on the verge of collapse thanks to the World’s Wealthiest Man, a lot of people are asking whether they need to find new spaces to congregate.

“It's unclear whether Twitter will stick around; if it does shut down, it will dramatically curtail the flow of climate information,” writes Amy Westervelt in DRILLED.

Climate Twitter, COP27 Carries On, & More
Weekly roundup of climate coverage: Climate twitter, COP27, Effective Altruism, EPA Methane Rule and more
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Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, is no climate champion despite being CEO of Tesla, HEATED reports in a thorough dissection of the billionaire’s environmental impact. In a rundown of Musk’s various projects and his mishandling of Twitter, journalist Emily Atkin concludes that his record on climate is mixed. Assessing Musk’s political leanings, she writes, “By advocating for Republicans, Musk is using his massive influence as the world’s richest man to empower a party owned by the fossil fuel industry.”

The climate case against Elon Musk
A detailed breakdown of the new Twitter owner’s impact
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At THE LEVER, reporter Ricardo Gomez continues his excellent streak of election coverage, focusing on a little-known race for public service commissioner in Louisiana and how the outcome could affect the state’s climate strategy.

The Low-Profile Runoff That Could Change Louisiana’s Climate Trajectory
An under-the-radar public service commissioner race has major implications for climate justice in the Gulf South.
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EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL Managing Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra talks with advocates about California’s new climate change strategy, which set an ambitious target of making the state carbon-neutral by 2045.

The Good and the Bad of California’s New Climate Plan
Earth Island Journal is the media arm of Earth Island Institute, an organization that supports environmental activists and leaders working to protect the biological and cultural diversity that sustains our environment
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A milestone in supercomputing could mean that scientists may soon have more accurate climate models to predict future extreme weather, EOS reports.

Are We Entering The Golden Age Of Climate Modeling? - Eos
Thanks to the advent of exascale computing, local climate forecasts may soon be a reality. And they’re not just for scientists anymore.
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