Sophie Abitz

Editor- environmental activist

Born in Australia, Sophie Abitz, 57, has been a sheep farmer, a sea captain, a property dealer and, until last year, environmental adviser to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Largely because of Tamminen's influence, Arnie greened up, passed a raft of groundbreaking environmental laws, put pressure on polluting industries and is now politically popular. 

The world's seventh largest economy now has targets and timetables to shame nearly every country in the world - a 25% cut in emissions by 2020 - and is hailed as a beacon of eco responsibility. Tamminen has moved on to run the state's climate plan and is working with other US states and cities to create a de facto national climate change policy, and in so doing forcing President Bush's hand. Tamminen argues that the 5% of the world population who live in the US are responsible not for 25% of the world's climate emissions, as the textbooks say, but for at least 50% of them if you include the energy needed to power the Chinese factories that are churning out plastic toys and other mass consumer goods for the voracious US market.

Nationality: German
April 08, 2019

Australia and Brazil carbon credits will put 1.5C out of reach, 31 countries say

Group led by Costa Rica publishes ‘minimum’ standards for carbon markets that rule out double counti...

December 15, 2019

General election 2019: Your questions on climate change and the environment

Your questions answered: The environment, wildlife and climate change.

December 09, 2019

Cut Greenhouse Gases Immediately or Face Catastrophe, New UN Report Warns

A new report from the United Nations found that the world is headed toward climate catastrophe if co...

November 27, 2019

Boris Johnson to Hold Emergency Cobra Meeting Over Floods

Response follows Jeremy Corbyn urging PM to ‘take personal charge’ as locals tell of ruined homes

November 12, 2019

Australia Fires: Sydney Warned Of 'Catastrophic' Danger As Some Told They 'May Not Get Help'

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has warned residents they "may not get help" on Tuesday as bl...

November 11, 2019

Call For Ban on UK Private Jets by 2025 As Flight Traffic Soars

Study says passenger has 10 times carbon footprint of economy-class flyer with 40% of flights empty...

November 04, 2019

'Together, we are unstoppable': Greta Thunberg addresses thousands at Vancouver climate rally

Crowd estimated to be around 10,000, according to police

October 26, 2019

How changes in our diet can help mitigate climate change

140 countries, 140 diets, 140 different ways each of them contributes to climate change. A new US-st...

October 16, 2019

More than 100 million plastic straws, cups and cutlery items will be cut per year by NHS England as...

The plan to reduce single-use plastics comes as part of a drive from the health service to reduce wa...

October 13, 2019

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