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

Ammonia pollution damaging more than 60% of UK land

Study finds most sensitive plant and wildlife habitats are worst affected, yet government has no cle...

June 19, 2019

National Butterfly Center: Trump’s Border Wall Threatens Pollinators and Other Wildlife

While Trump's border wall has yet to be completed, the threat it poses to pollinators is already fel...

June 18, 2019

UK's 'blue belt' now twice the size of England as 41 marine conservation zones added to the zone

More than 40 new areas have been added to the UK’s “blue belt” of marine conservation zones around E...

June 01, 2019

Rise in Global Sea Levels Could Have 'Profound Consequences'

Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating me...

May 21, 2019

Climate change 'may curb growth in UK flying'

Concerns over climate change might restrict the growth of flying in the UK, the government has admit...

May 11, 2019

Trophy Hunting: Gove 'Cautious' over Ban on Imports

The UK will not be banning imports from trophy hunting yet, Michael Gove has told BBC Radio 5 Live.

May 07, 2019

Biodiversity Crisis Is about to Put Humanity at Risk, UN Scientists to Warn

‘We are in trouble if we don’t act,’ say experts, with up to 1m species at risk of annihilation

May 05, 2019

Los Angeles just announced its own Green New Deal to drastically slash emissions

100% renewables by 2045. 100% net zero carbon buildings by 2050. 300,000 new green jobs.

April 30, 2019

Labour Forces Commons Vote to Declare a 'Climate Emergency'

Jeremy Corbyn has praised the "inspiring climate activism" seen in recent weeks and says it is a "wa...

April 28, 2019

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