International

December 5, 2022 to December 17, 2022

UN Convention on Biological Diversity (Part Two)

Biodiversity COP15, chaired by China, will conclude in Montreal, Canada, Dec. 5 to 17 with expected approval of a landmark global agreement. Originally planned for Kunming, China in 2020, COP15 was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and later split into a two-part event.

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"U.N. Nature Summit Set For Montreal as COVID-Hit China Steps Aside"

"U.N. negotiations to seal a global pact to protect nature - already delayed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic - are set to be moved to Canada in December after an agreement was made with host nation China, environmentalists said on Monday."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 06/21/2022

WTO Finally Nets Deal Curbing Fisheries Subsidies, But Tables Key Bits

"Talks aimed at curbing harmful subsidies for fisheries concluded in Geneva in the first multilateral trade agreement the World Trade Organization (WTO) has struck in almost a decade. The body’s Twelfth Ministerial Conference (MC12) was scheduled for June 12–15, but overtime negotiations didn’t conclude until early June 17."

Source: Mongabay, 06/21/2022

Ocean and Climate Change Toolbox

Oceans and climate change intersect with many other issues, a crossover likely to be emphasized in the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference and in future ocean-based climate discussions. This list of resources reflects some of that intersection in order to help environmental journalists better cover the field of “blue climate” solutions.

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Environmental Journalist Recounts His Historical Slave-Era Find

The historic discovery of the Clotilda — America’s “Last Slave Ship” — is only part of the story told in a new book by Alabama-based journalist Ben Raines, which tells the far larger tale about the ship’s survivors, the remarkable Jim Crow-era community they created and its ultimate erosion when faced by decades of environmental racism. A review by BookShelf Editor Tom Henry.

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Disappointing UN Climate Talks Leave 'Huge Task' For COP27 Egypt Summit

"A "disappointing" fortnight of U.N. talks in Bonn has left much work to be done just five months before a crucial climate summit, diplomats and analysts said, after negotiations failed to make concrete advances on efforts to tackle global warming."

Source: Thomson Reuters Fdn., 06/20/2022

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