One Cool Thing: COP26 Coverage Kickoff

One Cool Thing: COP26 Coverage Kickoff

Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]

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UN Says Climate Pledges Are Too Weak to Stop Warming

UN Says Climate Pledges Are Too Weak to Stop Warming

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow next week, many nations are upping their pledges to lower emissions before 2030. But according to a UN report released Tuesday, even if Argentina, Britain, Canada, the EU, South Africa, and the US achieve their pledged goals, it would account […]

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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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