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Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal

In a major step against climate change, President Joe Biden is proposing a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, according to industry and government officials briefed on the plan. He’s then aiming for even tougher anti-pollution rules after that to forcefully ...

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Biden pushes for momentum on climate change action ahead of virtual summit

U.S. President Joe Biden is convening a coalition of the willing, the unwilling, the desperate-for-help and the avid-for-money for a global summit Thursday aimed at rallying the world’s worst polluters to move faster against climate change.

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Biden's new steps on climate to fall short of 'emergency' designation

U.S. President Joe Biden will unveil new executive steps to address climate in a visit to Massachusetts on Wednesday that are expected to fall short of declaring the federal emergency many Democrats had urged.

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Biden’s EPA orders slash in climate-warming chemicals used in air-conditioning and refrigeration

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a sharp cutback in the the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, the climate-warming chemicals widely used in air-conditioning and refrigeration.

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Biodiversity 3.0: Natural England unveils new metric to help deliver biodiversity net gain

The government's controversial planning reforms may be under fire from both environmental campaigners and Conservative backbenchers alike, but that has not stopped it today moving to bolster plans to ensure new developments deliver net benefits to the UK's biodiversity.

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Biodiversity Act passes at Province House, regulations still to come

MLAs passed Nova Scotia's beleaguered Biodiversity Act late Tuesday night after more than three hours of debate that included pointed criticism from the opposition parties and the lands and forestry minister pushing back against the suggestion that not enough consultation went into drafting the ...

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Biodiversity Amendments Will Further Isolate India’s Agri, Environment Ministries

The proposed Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill 2021 encourages a conducive environment for investments and to simplify the patent application process.

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Biodiversity contributes at least 15% of Peru’s GDP

Biodiversity resources and ecosystem services contribute between 15 percent and 20 percent of Peru’s Gross Domestic Product, a government official said Monday.

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Biodiversity group reiterates call for new law after senator welcomes plan to clear river vegetation

Biodiversity campaigners have repeated calls for a complete overhaul of the maintenance of rivers and their surroundings, saying current legislation is completed outdated and unfit for purpose.

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Biodiversity is for the people. Protect it

The revisions in the biodiversity Act are anti-people and anti-science. To preserve biodiversity, the government must engage grassroots conservationists

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Biodiversity is practically extinct in ministers' budget pronouncements

The words "biodiversity crisis" were conspicuous by their absence from the two ministerial speeches during Budget 2022 and a Department of Environment briefing with another minister and two junior ministers afterwards.

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Biodiversity law: Amend with caution

The Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which was introduced in parliament last year and is being studied by a joint parliamentary committee now, has raised concerns among parliamentarians, experts and organisations that work for the protecti...

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Biodiversity must be a key plank of the European Green Deal

What is the EU commitment to fight wildlife trafficking and protect biodiversity in its new strategy for a sustainable Europe? After a thorough read-through of the European Green Deal, one would have to conclude that this is still unclear.

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Biodiversity payments legislation is promising for farmers

Farmers for Climate Action has welcomed news that the Federal Government will legislate so that farmers can sell biodiversity outcomes to willing buyers.

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Biodiversity protection must be included in all EU policy, says Greens

The test for the EU’s biodiversity strategy will be whether all EU legislation matches its ambition on nature protection, Green lawmakers argued in an environment committee debate about the strategy on Thursday (14 January).

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Biodiversity protection now more pressing than ever

The world is losing its biodiversity faster than at any time in the recorded past centuries. The danger this loss represents is enormous, and reversing the damage will require a coordinated global effort.

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Biodiversity talks are running out of time for robust deal, says top diplomat

Biodiversity negotiators are running out of time to land a robust agreement to protect the planet’s plants and wildlife this decade, a top diplomat has warned.

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Biodiversity, ecosystems and climate change

Climate protection, preservation of biodiversity and social justice are inextricably linked.If we are to tackle global warming and promote sustainable development, the entire human race must work together to combat climate change and biodiversity loss whilst encouraging social justice, and must ...

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Biodiversity: 30 years of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas and the LIFE programme

To mark 30 years of the Natura 2000 network and the LIFE programme, a Ministerial Conference is taking place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, co-organised by the French Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission. EU Ministers and Commissioner for the Environment, ...

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Birds, beavers and microparks: experts plan to rewild London

London will be “rewilded” with new nature reserves, pocket parks and a mass community movement to bring nature back to the capital, the Guardian can reveal.

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BlackRock to advise EU on environmental rules for banks

BlackRock, one of the world’s largest investors in banks and fossil fuel companies, has been hired by the EU to work on potential new environmental rules for banks.

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BlackRock’s Larry Fink: climate policies are about profits, not being ‘woke’

Larry Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, the world’s biggest investment fund manager, said pushing climate policies was about profits, not being “woke”.

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Boris Johnson confirms G7 to donate one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by end of 2022

The G7 nations have agreed to distribute globally more than a billion vaccines against the coronavirus between now and the end of 2022 in the hope of eradicating the pandemic, Boris Johnson announced on Sunday.

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Botswana Committed to Preserving Biodiversity

Botswana has been taking aggressive action to tackle threats to its biodiversity from climate change, land degradation, invasive species, pollution, and overexploitation of natural resources, according to authorities.

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Brest Wishes for the Ocean in 2022

President Emmanuel Macron of France is convening world leaders and ocean advocates for the One Ocean Summit in February 2022. This gathering will take place on board a large vessel moored in the harbour of Brest on France’s Finisterre peninsula. Will the Summit serve as a launch pad for high-lev ...

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Bringing the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty Into Port

As President Joe Biden’s administration moves to restore U.S. global leadership on the environment, it cannot afford to ignore the health of oceans. It must spearhead the successful conclusion of negotiations on a U.N. high seas biodiversity convention, which are currently adrift. To bring this ...

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Britain is paving the way for gene-edited food – will the public stomach it?

At the height of the anti-GM movement, in 1999, the then head of Greenpeace UK, Peter Melchett, was charged with theft and criminal damage after scything down a field of genetically modified maize.

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Budget 2020: Where does climate and biodiversity fit?

The international climate movement has seen a meteoric rise since the release of last year’s Budget. Political discussions of environmental policy have now gone beyond the controversial idea of a carbon tax, and many parties are demanding substantial fiscal measures to address the climate crisis.

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Built environment sector calls for biodiversity focus in upcoming Environment Bill

Convened by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and Greener UK, 23 organisations have called for the upcoming Environment Bill to include policies on environmental restoration and regeneration that focuses on biodiversity, water and air quality. The draft bill was launched in December 2018.

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Business leaders must rethink their goals to tackle climate change. Here’s why

Most nations today recognize both the importance and the urgency of the battle against global warming; but there are still significant differences on how best to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions and how to share the cost of doing so. In the polarized world we unfortunately live in, this ...

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CITES Parties gather online to review new tool to boost government-led efforts to reduce demand for illegally sourced wildlife

The demand for illegal wildlife products is one of the leading causes for the decline of many species, including elephants, rhinoceroses, great apes, marine turtles, pangolins, and tigers, but also less known species of flora and fauna such as cycads, rosewoods, seahorses, tortoises, parrots, un ...

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COP 15: Governments Roll Up Sleeves on Biodiversity

Big uncertainties hung over when the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity would be held. It had been rescheduled several times because of the pandemic. Now, it is expected to be held in August this year in the Chinese city of Kunming.

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COP26 chief: Leaders must do more to honour climate promises

Global leaders have not done enough to honour commitments made at the COP26 climate summit, its president has said. Alok Sharma said more must be done to hit the targets agreed in Glasgow, warning that failure would be "an act of monstrous self-harm".

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COP26: Australia Commits More Climate Financing for Pacific and Southeast Asia. It’s Not Enough.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged half a billion dollars more to help the Pacific and Southeast Asia address the climate crisis, acknowledging during his final announcement at COP26 that there was “no greater threat to our Pacific family than climate change.”

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COP26: Climate summit in Glasgow is last hope for limiting global warming, leader warns

The COP26 climate conference is "our last hope" of limiting global warming to 1.5C, its president has warned. Alok Sharma said failing to act now threatened a "catastrophe the likes of which the world has not seen".

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California debates naming heatwaves to underscore deadly risk of extreme heat

Climate scientists from around the world issued dire warnings on Monday, in the latest IPCC report on the dangers posed in the unfolding climate crisis. Among them is extreme heat, a crisis that on average already claims more American lives than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.

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California declares unprecedented water restrictions amid drought

Amid a once-in-a-millennium prolonged drought fuelled by the climate crisis, one of the largest water distribution agencies in the United States is warning six million California residents to cut back their water usage this summer, or risk dire shortages.

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California expands drought emergency to large swath of state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency to a large swath of the nation's most populous state while seeking more than $6 billion in multiyear water spending as one of the warmest, driest springs on record threatens another severe wildfire season across the American West.

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California lawmakers call for changes after Orange County oil spill

Weeks after a massive oil spill marred the Orange County coast with significant environmental and economic damage, state lawmakers met in Sacramento on Thursday to demand that those responsible "be held accountable," with one legislator calling for an end to offshore drilling in California.

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California wants to eradicate microplastics. Will a new strategy be enough?

Microplastics can be found everywhere, from waterways to fish to inside the human body’s soft tissues. And it’s only getting worse – 11m metric tons of plastic enter the planet’s oceans each year, an amount that is expected to triple by 2040.

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California’s Opportunity To Shape Worldwide Biodiversity Policy

California, like the rest of the world, must wrestle with a hard truth: Our climate has changed. As we face another water-shortage crisis, we must acknowledge a sobering reality: We’re not in a drought. This is our new normal. And we need to adapt.

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California’s Opportunity to Shape Worldwide Biodiversity Policy

California, like the rest of the world, must wrestle with a hard truth: Our climate has changed. As we face another water-shortage crisis, we must acknowledge a sobering reality: We’re not in a drought. This is our new normal. And we need to adapt.

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Call for recognition of rare native livestock in farming policy

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has called for Scotland’s new farming policy to recognise native livestock and equine breeds for their biodiversity significance, In a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation paper on a new national agricultural policy, RBST pointed out that the ...

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Calls for government to introduce “environmental net gain”

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) argues for the introduction of “Environmental Net Gain”, building on the concept of Biodiversity Net Gain currently enshrined in the Environment Bill.

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Can an animal be a person? Yes – if they are Pablo Escobar’s cocaine hippos

In the US, a federal court has recognised the hippos as “interested persons” with legal rights. But the case to really watch out for is that of Happy the elephant

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Can the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change be tackled together?

In the spring of 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when Europe, North America, Oceania, the Middle East and many parts of Asia went into lockdown, greenhouse gas emissions plummeted and air quality improved in some of the world’s most polluted cities.

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Canada’s next climate plan must finally address its blind spot: oil and gas emissions

Canadian politicians, including prime minister Justin Trudeau, often imply that Canada’s environmental policies give our country social license to extract fossil fuels. But you can’t be a climate leader while championing a high-carbon industry.

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Census could be blessing or bane for Romania's bears

Romania will soon conduct a census of its protected brown bears using DNA for the first time, with tensions raised between villagers fearing further attacks and conservationists warning against looser hunting laws.

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Chancellor vows to prioritise the environment as Budget date set

Chancellor Sajid Javid has confirmed that the UK's next Budget will be held on 11 March, promising fresh spending across the nation's green economy.

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Chile poised to grant rights to Nature; could become 2nd such country besides Ecuador

Chile is poised to grant rights to nature in its constitution and could become the second such country in the world besides Ecuador in the next few days, according to a statement.

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