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Time to put monetary value on conservation, says Gabon

A key UN summit this year must give biodiversity the same priority as climate change and press ahead with putting a financial value on natural resources, Gabon's environment minister says.

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Timing is everything: Researchers reveal why the right sequence of policies is essential to slow deforestation

Knowing the steps is not the same thing as knowing how to dance. Similarly, policy interventions to stop deforestation are most effective when enacted in a certain order, according to a new Stanford study.

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Tiny Pacific island nation declares bold plan to protect 100% of its ocean

The Pacific island state of Niue has announced that it will protect 100% of the ocean in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which spans 317,500 sq km (122,000 sq miles), roughly the area of Vietnam.

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To fight deforestation first tackle inequality, study says

New research from the University of Bern says institutions like environmental policies, laws and regulations are vital in preventing agricultural expansion, and deforestation.

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To fix Australia’s environment laws, wildlife experts call for these 4 changes — all are crucial

The independent review of Australia’s main environment law, released last week, provided a sobering but accurate appraisal of a dire situation.

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To protect our planet, we need bold African leadership, By Sharon Ikeazor

Ahead of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Nigeria calls on every member of the African Union to join the HAC and the Blue Leaders.

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Transparency of fishing activities is essential to secure sustainable and legal seafood

The human connection to the ocean touches every facet of our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat. As the world’s largest seafood market, how the EU sources its seafood has global repercussions at every stage of the value chain: are vessels fishing where they are licensed to?

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Treasury blocking green policies key to UK net zero target

The Treasury is blocking green policies essential to put the UK on track to net zero emissions, imperilling the UK’s own targets and the success of vital UN climate talks, experts have told the Guardian.

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Tree ambulance to protect biodiversity

In an effort to ensure protection and preservation of trees in the capital, the Kerala Youth Promotion Council jointly with the CSR wing under KIMS Health has launched a tree ambulance. Agriculture Minister P Prasad, who flagged off the Tree Ambulance at an event held on Secretariat premises, s ...

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Turkey boosts biodiversity, prepares protective law

Home to diverse climates and rich flora and fauna, Turkey is a hub of thousands of different species and the efforts to protect them are paying off, according to authorities. Speaking at an event on the issue, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said Turkey has made new additio ...

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U.N. Ocean and Climate Change Dialogue Explores Ways to Advance Climate and Biodiversity Goals

Annual convening of governments, civil society recognizes the ocean’s important role in climate action. The ocean has a critical role to play in stabilizing the Earth’s climate, absorbing 90% of excess heat and 40% of human-made carbon dioxide emissions.

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U.S. Supreme Court limits ability to curb power plant emissions, in a blow to climate change fight

In a blow to the fight against climate change, the United States Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation's main anti-air-pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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UAE Minister of Climate Change vows to protect marine resources

Authorities are pushing ahead with efforts to safeguard the UAE’s marine environment. Mariam Al Mheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said protecting marine resources and biodiversity are key priorities of the country.

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UK Government urged to accelerate ocean protection in COP26 plans

Major UK nature charities including WWF and RSPB have unveiled plans to assess the UK Government's measures to conserve and restore marine habitats this year, urging Ministers to take action ahead of COP26 this November.

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UK fishing licences for bottom trawling could be unlawful, says Oceana

Permits for UK and EU vessels will hinder efforts to protect marine life and may break habitats directive, conservation group warns

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UK government reveals net zero plan it says will create up to 440,000 jobs

The UK government has set out its long-awaited strategy for reaching net zero emissions, with a plan ministers said would create up to 440,000 jobs and “unlock” £90bn in investment in the next decade, most of it from private sector companies.

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UK has approved several fossil fuel projects since Cop26, analysis finds

Several major UK fossil fuel projects have been approved since Cop26 concluded, an analysis has found, while about 50 schemes are thought to be in the pipeline between now and 2025.

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UK students sue government over human rights impact of climate crisis

The UK is being taken to court by three young people who claim their human rights are being breached by the government’s failure to act decisively on the climate crisis.

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UK urged not to abandon climate goals amid net zero row

Senior figures in climate diplomacy, including the key architect of the Paris climate agreement, have urged the UK government to maintain its commitments to climate action, amid escalating attacks intended to generate a “culture war” on the net zero target.

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UK wildlife campaigners call for legal right to access nature for all

Everyone in the UK should be legally entitled to equal access to nature, wildlife campaigners will tell the government.

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UK’s largest sandbank given protection from bottom trawling

The UK’s largest sandbank has been protected from bottom trawling, an environmentally destructive fishing technique. Activists have been calling on the government for years to stop bottom trawling at Dogger Bank, an important site off the east coast of England for species including sand eels, he ...

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UN Ocean Conference: 198 countries adopt Lisbon Declaration

All 198 members of the United Nations unanimously adopted July 1, 2022 the Lisbon Declaration on ocean conservation. The nations, on the last day of the UN Ocean Conference 2022, committed to follow science-based and innovative actions on an urgent basis

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UN calls for widespread land rehabilitation to avoid environmental, economic crisis

The world must restore at least one billion degraded hectares of land in the next decade – an area about the size of China – or face disaster, UN experts have warned.

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UN meet sees blitz of pledges to protect ailing oceans

A major UN conference on how to restore the faltering health of global oceans kicked off in Lisbon this week with a flurry of promises to expand marine protected areas, ban deep-sea mining, and combat illegal fishing.

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UN official set to tell Dublin conference Ireland must step up effort to address biodiversity loss

All countries including Ireland need to scale up ambition and actions to halt global biodiversity loss, according to Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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UN talks urge faster steps to ensure ‘critical’ ocean health

A United Nations conference warned Friday that measures needed to protect the world’s oceans are running late and urged countries to accelerate their implementation.

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UN urged to tackle plastic trash 'epidemic' with treaty

The UN on Monday launched a global effort to forge a landmark treaty curbing plastic pollution—an "epidemic" with escalating costs for the environment and human health.

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UN's Elizabeth Mrema: 'China is doing a lot on biodiversity protection'

Elizabeth Mrema, a Tanzanian biodiversity leader and lawyer and the first African woman to be appointed as the executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, sat down with CGTN on the sidelines of Davos 2022.

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UNDP, EU, Sweden stand by Cambodia Climate Change Alliance

The UNDP, the EU, and the government of Sweden have been working through the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance to support the country in developing multi-sectoral plans with concrete and ambitious commitments to the global climate agenda.

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UNESCO Says Australia's Great Barrier Reef Isn't In Danger Yet. Many Environmentalists and Divers Disagree

Tony Fontes first went scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef in 1979 on a trip to Australia. Fontes, a native Californian, was so entranced that he decided to stay and work as a dive instructor at Airlie Beach, a coastal resort town in Queensland that serves as a gateway to the reef.

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US government to ban single-use plastic in national parks within a decade

The Biden administration is to phase out single-use plastic products on US public lands, including the vast network of American national parks, in an attempt to stem the huge tide of plastic pollution that now extends to almost every corner of the world.

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US judge: Pablo Escobar's cocaine hippos legally 'people'

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order.

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US throws support behind treaty to curb plastic

The United States on Thursday threw its support behind negotiations on a treaty to curb plastic pollution, ending a key holdup in international efforts to clean up the planet's oceans and save marine life.

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US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and other manifestations of c ...

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US unveils plan to address 'silent killer' extreme heat

The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana.

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US vows to cut its emissions at least 50% by 2030 ahead of climate summit

The US has vowed to cut its planet-heating emissions by at least half by the end of the decade, in a ramping up of ambition aimed at rallying other countries to do more to confront the climate crisis.

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United States: Change Is In The Air: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, The Endangered Species Act And The Biden Administration

The Biden Administration has signaled that it will be rolling out significant changes related to the interpretation and enforcement of key provisions of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Unprecedented regulatory changes to both the MBTA and the ESA were t ...

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Utilizing brand to drive an authentic response to climate change in the energy industry

As the dust settles on the release of the recent IPCC report, and the truth that humans are unequivocally responsible for climate change has been confirmed beyond doubt, the focus of the mainstream media has started to wane. While newer headlines inevitably push the topic further down the page, ...

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Vanuatu’s push for legal protection from climate change wins crucial support

Vanuatu’s push for the international court of justice to protect vulnerable nations from climate change has received the backing of 1,500 civil society organisations from more than 130 countries, as it heads toward a crucial vote at the UN General Assembly later this year.

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Virus jolts China to curb animal trade before hosting UN summit

The deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 80,000 people in China could push the government to boost protection for animals and plants before it hosts the United Nations’ biennial conference on global biodiversity in October.

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WWF-Malaysia, Sabah sign deal on forest conservation

The State Government has signed a MoU with WWF-Malaysia to enhance inclusive conservation practices in Sabah focusing on biodiversity conservation and maintaining forest ecosystem integrity through responsible forest governance.

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Wading into uncharted waters of financial evaluation of biodiversity – Endangered Wildlife OÜ

Start-ups have gained a worldwide reputation as movers and shakers of climate-friendly policies. Here in the Baltics, with the European Green Deal and Paris Agreement as north stars, a number of Baltic start-ups are harnessing climate impact technologies towards true industry transformation unde ...

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Waitrose removes best-before dates from fresh food to reduce waste

Waitrose is removing best-before dates from nearly 500 fresh food products in an effort to reduce food waste. From September, the staff-owned supermarket chain will scrap the dates on packaged fruit and vegetables, including lettuce, cucumber and peppers, to encourage consumers to use their own ...

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Warning Conditions Will Worsen without Stronger Governance, Speakers Discuss Ways to Stop Marine Biodiversity Loss, Restore Ocean Health, at Lisbon Dialogue

Marine and coastal ecosystems are the most threatened in the world — a fact that must receive greater attention if Governments are going to successfully reverse pollution trends and restore the health of the world’s oceans, speakers in the third interactive dialogue taking place alongside the 20 ...

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Water policy reforms to deliver ambitious environmental agenda

The Government and water regulators (Environment Agency and Ofwat) have today (22 July) set out an ambitious programme of reform to build back greener from the pandemic through the review of the Water Industry National Environment Programme (WINEP).

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We must end our command-and-control relationship with the environment if we are to arrest its destruction

It’s 1996 and I’m in my last year of undergraduate studies at James Cook University, in Townsville. World coral expert Prof Terry Hughes cautions our class that on current trajectories, climate change and coral bleaching threaten destruction of the Great Barrier Reef.

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Welsh government plans to ban single-use plastics from next year

Plastic straws, cutlery and polystyrene food and drink containers look set to be banned in Wales under proposals from the Welsh government. It said the ban would be part of wider measures to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation.

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What China’s new guidelines on ‘green development’ mean for the Belt and Road

The “Green development guidelines for overseas investment and cooperation”, issued jointly by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), encourages Chinese businesses to integrate green development throughout the overseas investment process.

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What Does Building Back Better Look Like?

Sunny-day flooding in historical downtowns. Disappearing shorelines. Homes destroyed by yet another hurricane. The hazards of climate change to coastal cities are ramping up. In the United States, political momentum has been building—in fits and starts—to confront the threat.

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What Has the Pandemic Done to Forest Policies? (Commentary)

I have not traveled anywhere these past 2 years. I couldn’t travel even if I wanted to since Australia, where I live, closed its borders in March 2020 in a bid to contain the spread of the COVID-19. One of my cancelled trips this year was to attend the UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow.

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