Climate Again Near Top of 2021 Risks According to Eurasia Group’s Annual Assessment click button

Climate Again Near Top of 2021 Risks According to Eurasia Group’s Annual Assessment

Each January, the Eurasia Group, a management consultancy, looks at the biggest global political risks in the year to come.  Climate change is perennially on the list — this year it ranks third behind public doubt in the legitimacy of President-elect Biden’s election and the coronavirus.

Why This Matters: “In 2021, climate will go from a playground of global cooperation to an arena of global competition.”

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Glass Shortage Stalls China’s Renewable Energy Goals

Glass Shortage Stalls China’s Renewable Energy Goals

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer There is a new obstacle in the push for clean energy: there’s just not enough glass.  The world’s largest solar power company, Longi Green Energy Technology Co., says that a glass shortage is stymieing China’s renewable energy goals. The price of the glass that coats photovoltaic panels has increased […]

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Races To Watch: Montana’s Bullock is Bullish in the Senate Battle of the Steves click button

Races To Watch: Montana’s Bullock is Bullish in the Senate Battle of the Steves

Montana’s Senate race is a toss-up, according to the Cook Political Report, because the popular Democratic governor, Steve Bullock, has managed to put incumbent Senator Steve Daines on the defensive over a deal he orchestrated in which Montana ranchers were to supposed sell $200m in beef to China’s second-largest company, JD.com, and the company was going to build a $100m processing plant in Montana. 

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China’s Illegal Fishing Fleet In GhanaIs Is Rife With Abuses click button

China’s Illegal Fishing Fleet In GhanaIs Is Rife With Abuses

A new report from the Environmental Justice Foundation exposes the horrific conditions that Ghanain fishermen face on Chinese-owned industrial trawlers. This capture of the country’s fishing industry flies in the face of Ghanian laws that forbid foreign ownership or control of ships flying its flag. It also makes illegal fishing much harder to trace and regulate.  

Why This Matters: It’s impossible to have sustainable fisheries when as much as half of the global catch is illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU).

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China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

China and the U.S. Trade Environmental Barbs

Yesterday the Chinese government released a detailed condemnation of the U.S. government’s environment and climate policies.  Labeled as a “Fact Sheet of Environmental Damage Caused by the US,” it contains a litany of U.S. environmental failures.

Why This Matters:  The U.S.’s shot at China came after the Chinese announced at the UN General Assembly that China plans to be climate neutral by 2060.

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Illegal Fishing in Galapagos Threatens Ecosystem and Economy click button

Illegal Fishing in Galapagos Threatens Ecosystem and Economy

The LA Times’ Susanne Rust reported on a brewing controversy surrounding China’s notorious “distant water” fishing fleet — it’s 17,000 vessels strong and has conducted dubious fishing operations off the coasts of West Africa, Argentina, and Japan.

Why this Matters: The Galapagos Islands hold a bounty of flora and fauna; 20% of the species found in the Galapagos aren’t found anywhere else in the world.  Illegal fishing in the region is anything but new, but in late August 2020, the number of illegal fishing vessels exploded.

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