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Pandemic Or Climate Change, Government Has Crucial Role To Play

It's an oft-repeated warning that poor countries will suffer more from climate change than rich countries. Most developing economies are more dependent on weather-linked sectors, such as agriculture, while having fewer resources to adapt to a warming world.

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Parched southern California takes unprecedented step of restricting outdoor watering

Southern California officials declared a water shortage emergency Tuesday, and adopted new unprecedented restrictions on outdoor watering that will impact millions of people living in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties.

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Paris climate agreement overlooks wood pellet loophole

With the U.S. back in the Paris Agreement, and with governments across the country evaluating how they can cut carbon emissions, a question remains about one contentious "carbon neutral" energy source: Wood pellets.

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Pay or punish? Study looks at how to engage with farmers deforesting the Cerrado

During last year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, more than 140 countries committed to halting and reversing deforestation by 2030. The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use recognized the critical role of all forest types for biodiversity, sustainable land use, and mitigating a ...

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Pesticide reduction needed to save bees - MEPs

MEPs have called for a further reduction in the use of pesticides to save the EU's bees. Some MEPs said the EU Pollinators Initiative in 2018 fails to address the root causes of pollinator decline.

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Philippine bill seeks to grant nature the same legal rights as humans

MANILA — Who speaks up in court for a dolphin or a turtle when its habitat gets polluted? Does an animal even have the right to legal redress in such a case?

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Plans to mine Ecuador forest violate rights of nature, court rules

Ecuador’s highest court has ruled that plans to mine for copper and gold in a protected cloud forest are unconstitutional and violate the rights of nature.

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Plastic crisis needs binding treaty, report says

Pollution from plastics is a global emergency in need of a robust UN treaty, according to a report. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) says there's a cascade of evidence of harm from plastics.

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Plastic in the ocean: The facts, effects and new EU rules

Find out key facts about plastic in the ocean with our infographics, as well discover their impact and how the EU is acting to reduce plastic litter in the seas, Society.

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Plastic treaty would be historic for planet: UNEP chief

The world has a rare opportunity to clean up the planet for future generations by uniting behind an ambitious treaty to tackle plastic trash, the UN environment chief told AFP.

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Policy Brief: Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change

This policy brief explores the challenges faced in disaster risk governance in relation to the climate emergency. Collective action, political leadership, and financing are needed to keep the global average temperature within the 1.5 degrees safer limit outlined in the Paris Agreement.

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Policy Watch: Why we need a joined-up approach to tackling biodiversity loss, desertification and climate change

We need tree-planting, we need renewables, and we need fossil-free fuels. But in our efforts to tackle the climate emergency, are we forgetting the soil beneath our feet?

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Policy coherence between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation - Case Study Benin

The case studies aim to enhance the understanding of policy design and implementation practices in support of DRR and CCA, identify good practice examples and provide recommendations to advance coherence between DRR and CCA practices in the four countries.

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Poll: Citizens globally blast politicians' lack of action to combat climate change

Adults across the United States and globally have damning opinions about the performance of their political leaders when it comes to climate change, and say they are noticing an escalation in extreme weather events and natural disasters.

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Pollution, water cuts strengthen calls for environmental law reform in Malaysia

In September 2020, more than a million households in Malaysia’s densely populated Klang Valley suffered extended water cuts after illegal chemical dumping debilitated the region’s aging water purification systems. In the midst of the pandemic, residents donned masks and lined up to fill buckets ...

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Pollutionwatch: air pollution evidence needs translating into action

About 10 years ago I was called to give evidence before the Greater London assembly. I sat in a basement committee room with assembly members lined up behind a table and the public around us. The first question really surprised me; I was asked when we would have enough health evidence to justify ...

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Poor planning, persistent farming undermine mangrove restoration in Tanzania

Tanzania’s Rufiji Delta is arguably the mangrove capital of East Africa, home to around 55,000 hectares (135,900 acres) of mangrove forest. In the face of the climate crisis, mangroves like this play an important role sequestering large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Poorer nations need $60 bn a year to protect nature: NGOs

Wealthy countries should provide at least $60 billion every year to the world's poorest nations to combat biodiversity loss, an alliance of environment groups said Tuesday.

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Prepare for mass migration to cities in climate crisis, UK mayors warn

Two of the UK’s leading mayors are calling for urgent action to prepare for mass migration to cities due to the climate emergency, as a major report into the issue launches at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

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Preserving 80% of Amazon Rainforest Can Save it for the Future Generations

Should 80 percent of the Amazon be proclaimed a safeguarded region in the year 2025? On Sunday, the top conservation body in the world is poised to make a decision on whether its 1,400 members can make a formal indication of their choice on this contentious proposal which indigenous groups put f ...

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President Geingob calls for sustainable ocean management

PRESIDENT Hage Geingob has called on the international community to take urgent, concrete action towards the protection and maintenance of a healthy, sustainable ocean.

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President authenticates Environment Protection Bill-2019

Kathmandu - President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has authenticated the Environment Protection Bill endorsed by both Houses of the Federal Parliament.

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President of Seychelles nominated as patron of Ocean Decade Alliance

Seychelles has taken another step to reaffirm its contribution to ocean science and leadership among small island developing states with the nomination of President Wavel Ramkalawan as one of the two patrons of the Ocean Decade Alliance.

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President von der Leyen: “We need a race to zero in greenhouse gas emissions”

To begin EU Green Week 2021, President Ursula von der Leyen gave a speech discussing how the bloc could orchestrate “a race to zero in greenhouse gas emissions” – alongside reaffirming existing policy goals

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Prince Charles urges shoppers to save the world's oceans

Prince Charles wants shoppers to help save the planet's oceans. The 73-year-old royal will warn consumers that they should make "ocean and land-friendly choices" by buying certain products when at the shops.

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Proposed Amendment to Biodiversity Act Is a Trojan Horse for Businesses, Centre

ccording to its amendment’s statement of object and reasons, the Biological Diversity Amendment Bill 2021 seeks, among other things, to bring in more “foreign investment” and “fast-track” the research and patent application processes required to make use of India’s biological resources.

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Proposed changes to law on environmental pollution will boost efforts to tackle climate change, noise

Singapore's efforts to tackle climate change and noise pollution will get more bite under proposed changes to a law governing environmental pollution.

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Protecting #Pollinators – What Parliament wants

With pollinator populations declining in Europe and other parts of the world, the European Parliament has repeatedly called on the European Commission to propose more measures to better protect bees and other pollinating insects in Europe. The decline threatens our ecosystems and economies.

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Protecting Brazil’s Amazon could be a bargain — if the government were willing to pay

To convert around 80% of the Brazilian Amazon into environmental conservation areas would cost Brazil just over half of what the European Union spends to maintain all of its own conservation areas. Hectare for hectare, it would work out hundreds of times cheaper.

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Protecting biodiversity: EU takes action to prevent introduction of invasive alien species that would damage European nature

The Commission is taking legal steps against 15 Member States in order to step up the prevention and management of invasive alien species. Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia have failed to establ ...

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Protecting the environment should be everyone’s concern

The Bangladesh parliament, led by the parliamentary standing committee on environment, recently declared a planetary emergency in Bangladesh. This is ground breaking in that most other parliaments around the world have declared a climate change emergency, but none have also added a biodiversity ...

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Protecting the ocean, from the land

There is an expanse of wetland where the Yellow River flows into the sea in Dongying, Shandong province, where birds gather and seawater laps over the grasses and shrubs. Here, in October last year, the National Park Administration approved the creation of China’s first “integrated land–sea” nat ...

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Protections for western bird will get new look under Biden

The Biden administration on Friday said it will consider new measures to protect greater sage grouse, a bird species once found across much of the U.S. West that has suffered drastic declines in recent decades due to oil and gas drilling, grazing, wildfires and other pressures.

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Push to halt biodiversity loss with legally binding EU targets

The biodiversity crisis is rising up the political agenda as Brussels pushes ahead with legally binding targets to cut the use of pesticides and improve natural ecosystems, despite objection from farmers who argue that they face “cumulative crises” following coronavirus and the war in Ukraine.

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Q&A with Christiane Paulus from the German Ministry for Environment

As Germany’s director general for nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources at the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Christiane Paulus is a champion for landscape restoration and conservation not only on her home front but also abroad.

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Q&A: ‘We have biodiversity laws, it’s time to enforce them’

Pollution, overfishing and deforestation for agriculture have driven biodiversity loss to unprecedented levels. Global failures to enforce environmental laws have led to this dire situation, says Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Quebec's environment minister vows to crack down on illegal dumping

The Quebec government will have new regulations in the coming weeks barring illegal dumping on rural land, Benoit Charette says.On the eve of a global student protest demanding action on climate change, Quebec’s environment minister vowed to act locally by cracking down on the dumping of constru ...

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Race is on to save the Great Salt Lake: Will it be enough?

The largest natural lake west of the Mississippi is shrinking past its lowest levels in recorded history, raising fears about toxic dust, ecological collapse and economic consequences. But the Great Salt Lake may have some new allies: conservative Republican lawmakers.

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Rare flower to get protected zone near ioneer's Nevada lithium mine

he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will permanently zone off 910 acres (368 hectares) near ioneer Ltd's (INR.AX) proposed lithium mine in Nevada to preserve a rare flower, a major step forward in the project's bid to proceed.

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Record number of dams removed from Europe’s rivers in 2021

At least 239 barriers, including dams and weirs, were removed across 17 countries in Europe in 2021, in a record-breaking year for dam removals across the continent.

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Resources and Tourism Minister calls for research into Brunei forests

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali Apong has called for continuous scientific research of the natural environment of Brunei’s forests.

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Restoring the Great Lakes: After 50 years of US-Canada joint efforts, some success and lots of unfinished business

The Great Lakes cover nearly 95,000 square miles (250,000 square kilometers) and hold over 20% of Earth's surface fresh water. More than 30 million people in the U.S. and Canada rely on them for drinking water.

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Richest 20 nations urged to lead on nature protection with more finance

The world's 20 richest nations should more than double their annual spending to protect and restore nature to $285 billion by 2050, the United Nations and donors said on Thursday, calling for private and overseas investments to be ramped up too.

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Robinson-Regis warns of $billions in biodiversity loss

Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis is warning that Trinidad and Tobago can lose up to US$1 billion in biodiversity resources and services, tourism and other economic activity as a result of climate change.

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Safe and resilient forests: Commission works for wildfire prevention in Europe and globally

Today, following the International Day of Forests, the Commission has published new guidelines to facilitate a better understanding of land-based wildfire prevention and effective responses. They point towards prevention measures that can be taken through governance, planning and forest manageme ...

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Safeguarding the 2030 Agenda by harmonizing climate action plans with green recovery

The world is still grappling with the profound economic, social, and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These impacts offer a glimpse of what the land use and agriculture sectors will endure if a systemic transformation towards climate resilience is not achieved by 2030.

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Satellites improve national reporting of greenhouse gases

With the climate crisis continuing to tighten its grip, nations around the world are making efforts to reduce emissions of climate warming gases. To track action, countries report their greenhouse gas emissions to the UNFCCC—the body responsible for driving global action to combat climate change.

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Sato seeks passage of ecological protection bills: 'No price tag on environmental sustainability'

Sato, who is now serving as a United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) Global Legislative Champion for Biodiversity and Environment, has pledged to continue to ensure the protection of the province’s ecology as she vowed solid support for programs and advocacies that would protect and conserv ...

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Saving Mangroves

Bio-diversity, a contraction of biological diversity, refers to the large variety of living species on earth that include plants, animals, bacteria, and fungi. Communities of plants and animals, called ecosystems, thrive on bio-diversity. Human life depends on these ecosystems.

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Science towards policy: New approaches towards improving forest resistance to invasive alien species

Invasive alien pests and pathogens are a challenge posed in front of forest managers in Europe and around the world. Invasions have a profound impact on forest ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people.

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