G7 Environment Ministers Issue Bold and Broad Declaration Ahead of Leaders Meeting

G7 Environment Ministers Issue Bold and Broad Declaration Ahead of Leaders Meeting

On Friday, the G7 Environment Ministers issued a long and detailed statement that was loaded with promises and high ambition.  The most headline-grabbing of the pledges was around the decision to end direct financial support for new coal-fired plants in developing countries going forward.

Why This Matters:  Parts of the communique seemed directed toward the Chinese (not a G7 member).  Special Envoy Kerry immediately called on the G20 countries to agree to the same pledges.

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Putting a dollar value on nature will give governments and businesses more reasons to protect it

Putting a dollar value on nature will give governments and businesses more reasons to protect it

By Linda Bilmes, co-author of Valuing U.S. National Parks and Programs: America’s Best Investment President Joe Biden calls climate change “the existential crisis of our time” and has taken steps to curb it that match those words. They include returning the U.S. to the Paris Agreement; creating a new climate Cabinet position; introducing a plan to slash fossil fuel […]

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The U.S. has Rejoined the Paris Agreement, but Why Not the CBD?

The U.S. has Rejoined the Paris Agreement, but Why Not the CBD?

Despite playing a significant role in drafting the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international agreement to conserve biodiversity, the U.S. is the only member of the United Nations yet to ratify it. The next Conference of the Parties (COP) of the CBD is scheduled to take place in China later this year.

Why This Matters: More than one million species are now considered endangered, and extinction rates have reached an all-time high.

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New Report Finds “Eco-Awakening” By Consumers Globally

New Report Finds “Eco-Awakening” By Consumers Globally

A new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that overwhelmingly people around the world are seeking out sustainable goods and companies that operate that way — there has been a 71% increase in the popularity of web searches for sustainable goods over the past five years, and the percentage grew even during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Why This Matters:  When the G7’s big economic powers meet next month in the United Kingdom, both the climate and the biodiversity crisis will be on the agenda.

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Advocates Urge Shipping Speed Limits to Protect Endangered Gulf Whale

Advocates Urge Shipping Speed Limits to Protect Endangered Gulf Whale

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer

A coalition of environmental groups is urging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to set an 11.5 mph limit on shipping speeds in an 11,500 square mile stretch of water off the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. 

Why This Matters: Whales, despite operating at the top of their food chains, face mass casualties and mortal threats from human activity.

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One Green Thing: Forest Regrowth Globally Equals an Area the Size of France

One Green Thing: Forest Regrowth Globally Equals an Area the Size of France

A team of scientists from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Birdlife International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) used satellite data to build a map of forests that have been regenerated around the globe since 2000 and determined that when added together it equals an area the size of France.  Those new forests “have the […]

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