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

Widely used pesticide in US particularly harmful to bees, study finds

Agriculture has become 48 times more toxic to insects in last 25 years as neonics are used on over 1...

August 07, 2019

Hotter, wetter, sunnier: UK's 10 warmest years have all occurred since 2002

Met Office’s annual report on state of UK climate also says snowy days have become rarer.

July 31, 2019

EIB plans to cut all funding for fossil fuel projects by 2020

EU’s lending arm financed oil, gas and coal projects in 2018 with more than €2.4bn.

July 27, 2019

Extinction Rebellion protests: Girl, 14, and boy, 17, arrested in London on final day of 'Summer Upr...

Two teenagers have been arrested during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London.

July 20, 2019

Extinction Rebellion bring London streets to standstill amid fresh wave of coordinated protests acro...

Protesters park colourful boats with slogan ‘Act Now’ in middle of roads in Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds...

July 16, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry: Louisiana battered with wind and rain after Donald Trump declares emergency in...

Tropical Storm Barry has begun to batter Louisiana with wind and rain after US President Donald Trum...

July 13, 2019

'Biggest compliment yet': Greta Thunberg welcomes oil chief's 'greatest threat' label

Activists say comments by Opec head prove world opinion is turning against fossil fuels.

July 06, 2019

Thousands March in Madrid to Save Anti-Pollution Plan

Thousands marched through Madrid on Saturday to ask the Spanish capital's new mayor not to ditch amb...

June 30, 2019

'No faith in coal': religious leaders urge Scott Morrison to take climate action

Open letter calls on the prime minister to block all new coal and gas projects, including Adani.

June 25, 2019

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