First Draft of UN Biodiversity Agreement Aims High

First Draft of UN Biodiversity Agreement Aims High

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer This week, UN negotiators released a new set of draft goals to curb the drastic loss of nature and set member nations on a path to protect 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030. These latest drafts were developed out of arduous scientific and financial negotiations in […]

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Humans Must Learn to Coexist With Nature

Humans Must Learn to Coexist With Nature

By Nilanga Jayasinghe, Manager of the Wildlife Conservation team at World Wildlife Fund  Imagine living in a modern, densely populated city. On any given morning, you might expect to look out your window and see a stream of cars and pedestrians on their daily commute, bustling shops and restaurants selling their wares, or perhaps local […]

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“Unsustainable Exploitation of the Environment” Will Lead to More COVIDs

“Unsustainable Exploitation of the Environment” Will Lead to More COVIDs

Yesterday leaders from 190 countries were supposed to have met in Kunming, China for final negotiations on a biodiversity treaty designed to address the world’s urgent extinction and biodiversity crises. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made attendance of the UN Biodiversity Conference impossible. However, a panel of experts from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and […]

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In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

In A Strange Twist of Fate, Could Trump Help Save the Pangolin?

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer A new legal petition filed by conservation organizations urges the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to “formally certify China for illegally trading in critically imperiled pangolins,” the Center for Biological Diversity wrote in a statement.  If certification occurs, the US could pursue sanctions and prohibit wildlife imports from China.  […]

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Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

Coronavirus Setting Back Global Efforts to Fight Climate Change

We wrote last week that we wished the mainstream media would cover the devastating health effects of climate change in much the same way that they’ve been covering the COVID-19 outbreak. And now that shutdowns, work-from-home protocols, canceled flights, and shuttered factories are driving down global emissions, the question is, will coronavirus wake us up […]

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The Other CBD You Should Know About, and Why It Matters

The Other CBD You Should Know About, and Why It Matters

While 2019 was the year of CBD , 2020 will shape up to be the year of the other (arguably way cooler) CBD: the Convention on Biological Diversity. If we’ve lost you, just remember that this year the UN warned that 1 million species are at risk of extinction, making it imperative that we take […]

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