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UNGA adopts resolution on oceans and seas, stresses their role in 2030 Agenda by Catherine Benson Wahlén December 18, 2018   |  Source : IISD  | Copyright : 1990-2018, IISD

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two texts on oceans and seas, with several speakers affirming the central role of healthy oceans and seas in achieving the SDGs. Member States described efforts to tackle marine plastic pollution, and expressed conce...

Climate report warns of impact on coastal communities by Christian M. Wade December 18, 2018   |  Source : andovertownsman.com  | Copyright : 208 Andover Townsman.com

Rising temperatures and sea levels caused by climate change threaten a way of life along the New England coast, and the region's tourism, agriculture and fishing industries are at risk from damaging storms and flooding, according to a new federal report. ...

After major hurricanes, communities are building back bigger, not smarter December 18, 2018   |  Source : Yale

In the aftermath of major coastal storms, the mantra to “build back better” is often touted repeatedly in rebuilding strategies, with promises to construct resilient houses more capable of surviving the next storm. But a new study of five American coa...

Thai junta takes the stench off troubled fisheries industry by Peter Janssen December 18, 2018   |  Source : Asia Times

If all goes according to plan, Thailand will become the first Asian nation to ratify the International Labor Organization’s Convention on Work in Fishing ahead of general elections and the restoration of democracy on February 24. “There is a timeli...

The world faces rising costs of climate change as oil prices drop by Ariel Cohen December 18, 2018   |  Source : Forbes  | Copyright : 2018 Forbes Media LLC. All Rights Reserved

In the last few weeks, two important climate reports were released – the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) and the UN Emissions Gap Report 2018. Both studies highlight the risks of rising greenhouse gas emission (GHG) concentrations in the Earth...

Coastal flooding forecasts strengthened in Caribbean December 18, 2018   |  Source : reliefweb

An operational system has been developed on the island of Hispaniola to produce and disseminate new early warning information on coastal flooding, which will help save lives and protect property in low-lying, populated coastal areas. There is potential to...

Joint statement at UN Biodiversity Conference further unifies ASEAN vs. biodiversity loss December 18, 2018   |  Source : PIA  | Copyright : 2018 Philippine Information Agency

The issuance of a Joint Statement on Biodiversity Conservation at the recently concluded UN Conference on Biodiversity (Fourteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity) by the 10 ASEAN Member States further pushes the region...

Setting a course for Beijing: the hopes and fears after the COP 14 on biodiversity December 17, 2018   |  Source : IDDRI

The 14th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which finished on 29th November in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), was the last one before 2020. COP 15, to be held in Beijing, China, will be a significant milestone in th...

UK deepens climate change partnership with Pacific Islands December 17, 2018   |  Source : GOV.UK  | Copyright : Crown copyright

Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has emphasised the UK’s commitment to support the Pacific Islands in combating climate change. Opening the UK/New Zealand Wilton Park Forum on Climate Change and Resilience in the Pacific yesterday (16 De...

Climate change activists vow to step up protests around world by Damian Carrington December 17, 2018   |  Source : The Guardian  | Copyright : 2018 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies

Civil society groups have pledged growing international protests to drive rapid action on global warming after the UN climate summit in Poland. The summit agreed rules for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to keep global warming as clos...

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