One Cool Thing: UN General Assembly Kicks Off

One Cool Thing: UN General Assembly Kicks Off

Yesterday, the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) officially opened, and the  General Debate amongst its 193 Member State representatives will begin next week. UNGA is tasked with not only addressing matters of human rights and international law in “economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields”; it also determines the organization’s annual budget. […]

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Editors of Over 230 Medical Journals Urge Governments to Take Drastic Climate Action for Public Health

Editors of Over 230 Medical Journals Urge Governments to Take Drastic Climate Action for Public Health

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The editors of more than 230 medical journals said in a statement on Monday that human health is being harmed by climate change, and that the effects could become catastrophic if governments don’t do more to address it. The unprecedented joint editorial cites climate change’s proven links to “heat […]

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UN Biodiversity Summit Delayed Until Spring 2022 as Climate Deadlines Rapidly Approach

UN Biodiversity Summit Delayed Until Spring 2022 as Climate Deadlines Rapidly Approach

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   The United Nations COP15 biodiversity summit has been delayed once again, this time until 2022. The Chinese ministry of ecology and environment confirmed that the event, planned to be held in Kunming, China will be held in two phases split between fall 2021 and spring 2022. Environmental and biodiversity advocates say that […]

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UN Report Says Countries Must Implement Ocean-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change

UN Report Says Countries Must Implement Ocean-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change

A new report released last week by the United Nations found that the countries of the world aren’t taking ocean health as seriously as they should in the fight against climate change. The oceans provide a key function in absorbing carbon and heat from the atmosphere. 

Why This Matters: The ocean has been a critical buffer against climate change, absorbing carbon and supporting ecosystems that prevent flooding, sustain communities, and more.

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Women Are Powering the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Movement click button

Women Are Powering the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Movement

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day by profiling six women who are leading the global and U.S. movement to advance climate change solutions, protect nature and lift global ambition to achieve the sustainable future we need for today and the future.  These women are breaking barriers, moving governments, and holding the private sector accountable to take more aggressive actions.

Why Women Matter:  While women are advancing the dialogue, there should be many more women at the table. 

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First Woman and African To Lead World Trade Organizations Starts With Fisheries Subsidies

First Woman and African To Lead World Trade Organizations Starts With Fisheries Subsidies

The new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an economist from Nigeria, made ending fishing subsidies by governments her first priority on Monday, according to E&E News.  This has long been a priority for the WTO, but her decision also reflects the importance of women in promoting and ensuring sustainable fishing globally.

Why This Matters:  As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we wanted to shine a light on women’s contributions to the natural resource economy.

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