Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity click button

Interview of the Week, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

This week the United Nations released its 5th Outlook on Global Biodiversity. We sat down with Tanzanian diplomat Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, the Executive Secretary of the UN Biodiversity Convention, to ask her about the report’s assessment that the world had failed to achieve the 2020 biodiversity goals and the prospect for achieving the ambitious target […]

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Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

Eminent Domain in the Age of Climate Change

As Christopher Flavelle wrote for the New York Times yesterday, “eminent domain — the government’s authority to take private property, with compensation, for public use — has long been viewed as too blunt a tool for getting people out of disaster-prone areas. Even when the purpose of eminent domain is seen as legitimate, elected officials […]

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Perception is Everything, Even When it Comes to Climate Change

Perception is Everything, Even When it Comes to Climate Change

According to a new study by Columbia University, individuals who have experienced the consequences of global warming often viewed them through a community-based lens, rather than a climate change one. Frontline communities living near glaciers around the world were interviewed about their perspectives when it comes to effects of a warming planet and nearly all […]

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U.N. Says Climate Disasters Strike Weekly, NOAA Says Names U.S. States Most At Risk

U.N. Says Climate Disasters Strike Weekly, NOAA Says Names U.S. States Most At Risk

According to a warning from top United Nations officials, climate-related disasters are now happening at a rate of one per week. The rate of climate-related disasters is also increasing in the U.S., according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released yesterday, which said that from 2016 to 2018, the average number of billion-dollar disasters totaled 15 each year, while the average for 1980–2018 was just 6.2 events per year.

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