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COVID-19 hazard: 1.56 bn masks polluted oceans in 2020, claims study

These masks will take as long as 450 years to break down and all the while serve as a source of micro plastic and negatively impact marine wildlife and ecosystems, says a new report by OceanAsia

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Ireland signs up to international biodiversity coalition

Ireland has signed up to an international coalition that aims to protect almost a third of the planet’s land and sea area. The announcement was made as part of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People launch today, which aispires to establish an agreement to address the biodiversity crisis.

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From Brazil: Kiriri manioc flour Slow Food Presidium

The project Empowering Indigenous Youth and their Communities to Defend and Promote their Food Heritage, financed by IFAD, started in 2018 through an agreement between Slow Food, IFAD, and the Kiriri community of Banzaê.

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South Korea signs pact to support Asian forest cooperation body’s office in Seoul

South Korea forged a formal agreement with the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization to provide support to the international body’s headquarters in Seoul, officials said Wednesday.

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Rainforests are under siege but indigenous peoples could still save the Amazon

Five years ago, when leaders of 197 countries adopted the historic Paris Agreement on climate, they opened our rainforest homes for business. During negotiations, member states agreed to pull from the pact a brief reference to protecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, placing us instead in th ...

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US to hold world climate summit early next year and seek to rejoin Paris accord

The US will hold a climate summit of the world’s major economies early next year, within 100 days of Joe Biden taking office, and seek to rejoin the Paris agreement on the first day of his presidency, in a boost to international climate action.

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Tipping point? Experts say the Paris agreement changed the climate on climate

Five years after it was passed, the Paris agreement may finally be changing the climate on climate change. "I've always known we're not going to act as soon as we could have," said Mark Jaccard, a widely consulted energy economist at Simon Fraser University.

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The climate crisis should be at the heart of the global Covid recovery

In the early hours of 12 December, 2015, I stood together with world leaders to welcome the adoption of the Paris agreement on climate change. Years of negotiations and frustrating setbacks were capped by a two-minute round of applause for French foreign minister Laurent Fabius as he banged the ...

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The Paris agreement five years on: is it strong enough to avert climate catastrophe?

No one who was in the hall that winter evening in a gloomy conference centre on the outskirts of the French capital will ever forget it. Tension had been building throughout the afternoon, as after two weeks of fraught talks the expected resolution was delayed and then delayed yet again.

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Pathways to sustainable land use and food systems

The findings of a new report by the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, suggest that integrated strategies across food production, biodiversity, climate, and diets can meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UN secretary general: humanity faces climate 'suicide' without US rejoining Paris agreement

This article originally appeared in the Nation and is republished here as part of Covering Climate Now, a global consortium of news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. The Guardian is the lead partner in CCN.

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Climate change: Temperature analysis shows UN goals 'within reach'

A new analysis, seen by the BBC, suggests the goals of the UN Paris climate agreement are getting "within reach." The Climate Action Tracker group looked at new climate promises from China and other nations, along with the carbon plans of US President-elect Joe Biden.

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Summit aims for clean-up of shipping industry

Governments from around the world will try to reach agreement on a deal to clean up international shipping this week. Scientists say ships are a key source of pollution, producing a billion tonnes in CO2 emissions each year.

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EU farming recovery fund to be rolled out from 2021

A provisional agreement has been struck on the rollout of recovery funds in the EU agricultural sector, which will make a total of €10 billion available for farmers from 2021 up until the end of 2022.

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Ratifying the Escazú Agreement Will Support Women Land Defenders and Protect Nature

Patricia Gualinga is surrounded by a burgeoning rainforest as she zooms in to participate in an online forum. While her image appears slightly out of focus as she calls in from her remote location in the Ecuadorian Amazon, her words, courage and determination transmit crystal clear:

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Regrowing Forests May Be The ‘Single Largest Natural Climate Solution’

As climate change worsens, it’s no wonder so many tree planting initiatives are cropping up all over the world. This year, the European Union pledged to plant 3 billion trees as part of a Green Deal and the Paris Climate Agreement aims to restore more than 344 million hectares of forests.

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UK campaigners set out plan to meet Paris agreement and beat Covid recession

A decade-long rollout of home insulation and heat pumps to replace gas boilers is urgently needed to enable the UK to meet its climate obligations and recover from the Covid-19 recession, campaigners say.

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U.S. Exits Paris Climate Accord After Trump Stalls Global Warming Action for Four Years

The U.S.’s exit from the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement takes effect today, capping four years of President Donald Trump aggressively rolling back the Obama administration’s climate-change-mitigation policies. The acceleration of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions on Trump’s watch has ...

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Biodiversity, pandemics and the circle of life

This was supposed to be a big year for biodiversity — a "super year," as the United Nations proclaimed it as recently as February. A number of landmark global meetings were planned: a World Conservation Congress in France; a United Nations Ocean Conference in Portugal; and a Nature Summit in New ...

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Environmental protection can avert future calamities

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) refers to the opinion piece by Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid (‘Critical learning for all countries’, NST, 15 April) and is in total agreement with his view that “as we relentlessly encroach on nature and degrade ecosystems, we endanger the health of all humanity, a warnin ...

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Airlines lobby to rewrite carbon deal in light of coronavirus

Airlines are lobbying to rewrite the rules of a global agreement designed to tackle aviation emissions, with the coronavirus outbreak expected to make its targets tougher to meet.

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To Meet Paris Agreement Targets, India Should Pay More Attention to Soil

The nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement typically include afforestation and reduced deforestation as additional carbon sinks. The first Biennial Transparency Reports for NDCs submitted in 2015 are due in 2022 for developed countries to 2024 for developing countries. ...

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Paris Climate Agreement Architects Make a Case for “Stubborn Optimism”

When Christiana Figueres took the reins of the United Nations’ international climate negotiations in 2010, hopes were not high that the world would come together to forge an agreement to tackle global warming—especially after talks had fallen apart in Copenhagen the previous year. In fact, when ...

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Learning from China to protect nature

In October this year, governments from around the world are due to adopt a new global agreement to stop the loss of nature on land and in the ocean, at the most important biodiversity conference in a decade – COP15. The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biologica ...

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Coronavirus hits a critical year for nature and the climate

New global agreements on biodiversity, oceans and COP26 climate talks could be derailed by Covid-19

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Global conservation communities pinning their hopes on new agreement to save nature

Humanity is driving at full speed towards the “abyss of ecosystem collapse”, from local freshwater systems to the global climate, but is blindly ignoring the “warning lights and crash barriers” continuing to ramp up business as usual, says environmental futurist Professor Nick King.

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Rich countries could be asked to pay billions to protect biodiversity

Wealthy nations could be asked to make significant financial contributions to biodiverse countries such as Brazil under proposals put forward during talks on a global agreement to halt and reverse biodiversity decline.

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ANALYSIS-Governments face pressure to protect nature in biodiversity 'super year'

Green groups hope 2020 will see countries commit to a 'Paris agreement for nature' which offers a chance to halt shocking declines in animal and plant life

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We need system change'

A draft global plan to halt the collapse of nature will not protect vulnerable communities or stop the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, claims Friends of the Earth International. The call comes as governments meet in Rome for the first time today to work on a “Paris-style” United Nations agreement ...

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Negotiations start on global 'Paris-style' deal to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction

Government ministers from across the globe will this week discuss a draft plan aimed at halting the collapse of nature by 2030, a deal likened as the Paris Agreement for biodiversity.

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Ten new migratory species protected under global wildlife agreement

Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards were among 10 new species added to a global wildlife agreement on Saturday.The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) concluded in Gandhinagar, I ...

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We have a chance to halt biodiversity loss. The stakes have never been higher

The year 2020 has been designated a “super year for nature”, when the global community will rededicate itself to halting biodiversity loss with a 10-year action agenda, scheduled for agreement at the conference of the parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in Kunming in China in October.

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The Paris Agreement set an unrealistic target for global warming. Now what?

It's been a rallying cry for activists and a key talking point for diplomats. For decades now, 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of global warming has been viewed as a "do not cross" line in climate policy, a temperature at which cataclysmic and potentially permanent damage to the plane ...

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2020 marks a turning point for nature’s role in climate solutions

Global biodiversity talks in China this year will highlight nature-based solutions that could meet one-third of Paris Agreement climate goal by 2030.

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MOROCCO: Twinning with EU to improve environmental protection

Morocco is committed to working in partnership with the European Union in the context of environmental protection. A twinning agreement has therefore been signed between the two parties and aims, among other things, to bring Moroccan regulations on environmental protection into line with those o ...

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Italian wine and truffles to be at Dubai Expo 2020

An agreement has been signed to promote Italian wine and truffles ahead of the Dubai Expo 2020.Signatories were the Italian truffle academy AIT and the Italian sommeliers' association AIS, in the presence of Foreign Undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano and the head of the Cia-Agricoltori Italiani fa ...

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Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief

Humanity will have given up on planet Earth if world leaders cannot reach an agreement this year to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and destruction of life-supporting ecosystems, the United Nation’s new biodiversity chief has warned.

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Mobile protected areas for biodiversity on the high seas

A new agreement is being negotiated under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to provide legally binding mechanisms to protect the marine environment and to conserve and ensure the sustainable use of marine biodiversity on the high seas (international waters in area ...

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Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief

Ahead of the World Economic Forum, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema urges governments to take definitive action on climate, deforestation and pollution.Humanity will have given up on planet Earth if world leaders cannot reach an agreement this year to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and destruction o ...

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To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

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Safeguarding biodiversity is not just an environmentalist issue

In less than one year, delegates from around the world will gather in Kunming, China, to complete a new global agreement for protecting and conserving the world’s natural systems. To succeed, they must bring together not just environmentalists, but also officials with the clout to effect change ...

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A Transformative Deal for Nature

In less than one year, delegates from around the world will gather in Kunming, China, to complete a new global agreement for protecting and conserving the world's natural systems. To succeed, they must bring together not just environmentalists, but also officials with the clout to effect change ...

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M.J. Bale is about to start a year-long science experiment

Australian menswear retailer M.J. Bale has announced a new five-year agreement with a Tasmanian-based wool farm. The 116-year-old conservationist-led farm, Kingston, will be secured as a supplier for the brand.

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UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth's sixth mass extinction

Almost a third of the world’s oceans and land should be protected by the end of the decade to stop and reverse biodiversity decline that risks the survival of humanity, according to a draft Paris-style UN agreement on nature.

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Climate talks fail to tackle Africa’s priorities, again

African countries were left disappointed at the 25th meeting of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid this year. No agreement was reached on carbon market rules to finance climate change projects in developing countries.

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Climate change: new rules agreed to determine which investments are green

Parliament negotiators reached an agreement with Council on Monday on new criteria to determine whether an economic activity is environmentally sustainable.

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The Paris Agreement - without nature, a dead end path?

Coinciding with the annual Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), COP25, and to inform the development of the upcoming European Green Deal and Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, BirdLife this week released a comprehensive briefing laying out concrete ac ...

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Hopes dim as COP25 delegates remain deadlocked over Paris rulebook negotiations

Even as half a million protesters demonstrate outside, UN climate summit negotiators inside Madrid’s COP25 seem blind to the urgency of the climate crisis. Instead of making effective progress, the rules they’re shaping to carry out the Paris Agreement’s Article 6 could worsen carbon emissions, ...

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#Biodiversity – MEPs call for legally binding targets, as for climate change

Next year’s UN biodiversity conference, the COP15, should be the biodiversity equivalent of the Paris agreement on climate change, says the Environment Committee.

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Guyana refutes findings that deforestation skyrocketed after REDD+ payments stopped

A landmark five-year, $250-million pay-for-performance agreement between wealthy, oil-rich Norway and heavily forested Guyana was supposed to keep the South American nation’s biodiverse and carbon-rich forests standing and their carbon out of the atmosphere.

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