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Dutch to stop subsidizing renewables in long-term climate strategy

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands will gradually phase out subsidizes for renewable energy and shift its climate change strategy to areas such as energy saving and carbon capture, the government said on Wednesday.
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Trump, ex-Vice President Gore meet to talk climate policy

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a "productive" session.
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Ladies and gentlemen, meet The Great Northern Forest

The Great Northern Forest has many names.

Scientists see The Great Northern Forest as the boreal forest ecosystem - the global coniferous forest blanketing the northern hemisphere. The Russians traditionally call it “Taiga”. If you could look at the planet from above, it is the green crown circling the Arctic, the enormous green belt that keeps the earth breathing.

The Great Northern Forest, the boreal forest ecosystem circling the Earth

Right now, in December, the forest is covered with snow and it will melt sometime in March or April, in the most northern parts even in May.

In January, in the Russian Siberian region of Yakutsk, the average high temperature is 35 degrees below zero Celsius! Around Helsinki, Finland, it’s a bit milder with an average temperature of six degrees below freezing in January.

Maybe you didn’t know that in July a swimming suit comes handy in Siberia when the average high temperature in Yakutsk is almost the same as on the northern shores of the Mediterranean: 25.5 degrees.

Animals have tricks for surviving the dramatic temperature changes. Many animals in the Great Northern Forest change colour based on the seasons: the Snowshoe Hare and Mountain Hare for instance are white during winter months and brown in the summer. Also the Least Weasel and even the Peary Caribou turn white in winter. The Siberian Salamander can survive temperatures of -35 degrees. It does this by replacing its water with natural ‘antifreeze’ chemicals. Not recommended for humans though, and alcohol won’t help.

Many humans would also be happy to be bear-like during the dark winter months. It hibernates underground nearly half its lifetime. It even gives birth underground during the long winter months. When it wakes up in the spring this top predator starts to eat, but not only meat. It also enjoys nuts, berries, fruit, leaves, and rootseats.

The Great Northern Forest is full of surprises. Snow and tigers usually don’t associate well, but the largest cat in the world, the Siberian Tiger, lives in the boreal forest and hunts moose and wild boars.

There is no forest without trees. The conifers - mostly pine and spruce - have adapted well to survive the long winters and short summers. Their needles contain very little sap, which helps prevent freezing. Their dark colour and triangle-shaped sides help them catch and absorb as much sunlight as possible.

Beneath the trees carbon stored in the soil - a lot of it, even more than in tropical forests. We need to protect the home of the Siberian Tiger and the bear and the salamander and countless other species. But the amount of carbon stored in The Great Northern Forest is the key reason to save the bald trees used to snowy winter months.

These trees standing tall for centuries are saving us and all the other species from a catastrophic climate change. Together we can keep these trees standing, join us.


Juha Aromaa
is the Communication lead for The Great Northern Forest campaign with Greenpeace Nordic


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Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise

OSLO (Reuters) - U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise the world by embracing global action to limit climate change, former vice president Al Gore said.
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Protecting what protects us

The diversity of nature is essential to ensure our planet remains habitable. That is why we need to stand up to all those who endanger the global web of life – those who plunder the Commons for private gain.

Back in 1992, governments agreed to conserve and fairly share the global biodiversity we all depend on. Since then, 196 countries have signed on to the Convention on Biological Diversity (the United States being the most prominent exception). This year, from December 4 to 17, governments from all over the world will meet for the biannual “Summit for Life on Earth” in Cancún, Mexico.

They have work to do. Biodiversity is falling at an alarming rate, with a two-thirds decline in animal species forecast for 2020 (compared to 1970).

When governments met in 2010, they said that they would act. World leaders, for example, committed to protect at least ten percent of coastal and marine areas by 2020. But today, with only four years to go, just three percent of the world’s oceans are protected and only one percent are strongly protected (the level of protection necessary to give oceans a real chance to recover.) The numbers are shockingly low despite some amazing new oceans sanctuaries that have been declared recently, like the world's largest marine protected area off Antarctica.

Governments must deliver on their 2010 promises. They need to protect more of the ocean, better – and now. That’s what people around the world are calling for. Watch our video about why people love the ocean and want it protected. And add your voice here to remind governments that it’s our ocean – a common treasure that they need to protect for all of us.

Six years ago, governments also pledged to act against forest degradation and deforestation. They said that by 2020 all forests should be managed “sustainably”. Last year, governments added that deforestation should end by 2020. But reality is different. Even some of the most precious forests we have are still being degraded and destroyed.

The Great Northern Forest, for example, is under threat from out-of-control logging, forest fires and our warming climate. The Great Northern Forest covers a vast area stretching from the Pacific coast of Russia, through the Far East and Siberia, over the Ural Mountains to Scandinavia, and again from the east coast of Canada to Alaska.

Though separated by oceans, this huge area of forest is a single ecosystem, it is our planet’s evergreen crown. It is home to millions of Indigenous and local communities whose livelihoods depend on it as well as countless endemic plant and animal species. It is also the largest terrestrial carbon store – which means that it helps us in the fight to prevent dangerous climate change – if we protect it.

At their meeting in Cancun, governments must be honest and admit that they have not done enough to meet the targets they have set for themselves. They need to take bold new steps and announce that they will protect globally significant natural gems like the Great Northern Forest or the Arctic Ocean. We need a step-change in the scale of protection – on land and in the ocean.

Ultimately, if biodiversity loss is not halted, it will not just be animals and plants that go extinct, it will be us. So join us to defend our common heritage. The world’s resources can provide a decent life for all if we share them fairly. That’s the potential promise of the Convention of Biological Diversity. We must ensure governments deliver on it. Nature and people both will be winners if governments act

Daniel Mittler is the Political Director of Greenpeace International

This blog was originally posted on Huffington Post


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Give children a say in the planet's future: prize winner

BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children must be given a direct role in making decisions on how to protect the planet because they will suffer most from the impacts of climate change, said the winner of the 2016 International Children's Peace Prize.
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Nations need to get serious about biodiversity loss or risk missing global targets

Gland, Switzerland (2 December) – Faced with dramatic declines in nature, governments must come prepared to urgently implement their collective commitments to global biodiversity conservation and dramatically raise their individual ambitions at the upcoming meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The meeting comes as nations are already on pace to miss internationally-agreed biodiversity targets set to come due at the end of the decade.
 
In 2010, 196 countries agreed to a series of efforts to improve the condition of major natural systems including freshwater, forests and oceans as well as supporting wildlife around the world. When countries meet from 4-17 December in Cancun, Mexico, only 5 per cent of countries will be on track to meet the convention's objectives – collectively known as the Aichi targets.
 
"Countries are missing the mark on the Aichi targets," said Deon Nel, Global Conservation Director of WWF International, "The world has an agreement and a collective plan on how to reverse biodiversity loss, but this has not yet been translated into the right level of ambition and commitment by individual countries."
 
Ambition to support nature is still woefully low and biodiversity conservation remains a fringe issue in national economic planning. Countries, for the most part, remain content with exploiting the environment for short-term economic solutions, while eroding its longer-term potential to sustainably provide food, employment and support economic and human development.
 
A recent WWF report projects that by 2020, the same year that the Aichi targets are due, average wildlife population sizes could decline by two-thirds from their 1970 levels. The Living Planet Report 2016 also points to the promise of international agreements like CBD to support biodiversity and the human population that relies on nature for its well-being.
 
"In less than one generation, we will have reduced wildlife population sizes to unimaginable levels, not to mention damage done to forests, oceans and freshwater. We can't reverse these trends in four years, but we need to come to Cancun with the goal of moving the bar in a different direction," said Nel.
 
Governments in the Cancun meeting need to find ways to more effectively implement the global agreement. To do so, major efforts are required to include biodiversity into strategic decisions on agriculture, fisheries, forestry and tourism. The importance of nature should also be more strongly integrated into national sustainable development plans, economic policy and national budgets, so that the real value of biodiversity can be properly understood.

"Last year, the world came together powerfully to set global plans on climate change and sustainable development. These agreements will not be met if we do not get serious about biodiversity conservation," said Nel. "Biodiversity is the third leg of the stool in building a sustainable and climate resilient planet. It is now time that governments get serious and show a similar level of commitment toward biodiversity conservation."
 
Countries meeting in Cancun should also demonstrate that they are prepared to meet their promise to redirect subsidies that are harmful to biodiversity as well as meet pledges to double international financing to biodiversity conservation that were meant to be achieved last year.

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Note for editors:
WWF CBD positions can be found here: http://wwf.panda.org/cbd

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Climate change pushing U.S. fund managers out of apparel stocks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailers have long relied on sales of high-margin winter coats and boots to boost annual profits, but with the season becoming shorter and warmer, U.S. fund managers are shedding department store and apparel stocks, convinced the industry is becoming a victim of climate change.
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What will it take to protect the world’s fish and oceans for future generations?

I don’t speak tuna. And I fear my ability to sign in shark could be fatally misconstrued.

But next week when people from all around the Pacific and beyond meet in Fiji to discuss the future of fisheries in the region, our finned (and feathered and flippered) friends of the oceans desperately need a voice.

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) is responsible for managing the tuna, shark, and billfish fisheries that operate here – to make sure that there are fish and healthy oceans for future generations. But WCPFC is failing to meet the requirements of its own Convention – the goals and rules it took its members 10 years to agree on. Falling so short of the mark, a more apt name for the commission would be, We Create Pacific Fisheries Crises.

Will the WCPFC give our ocean friends need a healthy future?

The cost of failure

We’ve lost over 97% of the Pacific bluefin, but the management measures put in place to reverse their decline might, if we are very lucky, allow the stock to recover from the remaining 2.6% to about 6.4% in 10 years. Not very ambitious. The problem is with such a small population, it’s tougher for the bluefin to cope with things like disease, and the changes our oceans are already facing with climate change, like warming waters and changing chemistry. The fishery should be closed to give bluefin a fighting chance to recover. If you think you’ve heard this all before, you have – the same thing happened to Atlantic and Southern Ocean bluefin tunas. It seems some humans are not great at learning from mistakes. I imagine that the bluefin have something pretty serious to say about this!

And then there’s the bigeye, a close relative of bluefin and also much loved for expensive sashimi platters. We’ve fished out 84% of the region’s bigeye, both by taking out the big fish for the sashimi market, and by catching huge numbers of juveniles while hunting skipjack with Fish Aggregating Devices or FADs. The baby bigeye have the potential to grow into spectacular two-metre long fish that could feed half a suburban street, but they end up being thrown away, or squished into cans alongside baby yellowfin and skipjack.

A blue fin tuna hoisted off a Taiwanese longliner at the Dong Gang fishing port outside Koahsiung (2011).

The list goes on – striped marlin has been in a dire state since 1977 and there is still no management in place to allow the population to recover from the remaining 12%. Oceanic whitetip shark and silky shark populations have been devastated, and not enough data is available to assess other key shark species caught intentionally or by accident, by vessels hunting tuna and billfish. And with best-practice bycatch reduction measures still not in place, threatened albatrosses, petrels, and sea turtles continue to be caught and killed on longlines. Imagine the racket if we could hear all those animals complaining?

It’s not just marine life that is suffering. Too many vessels are allowed to offload their catches onto other carrier vessels at sea instead of returning to port. This transhipping facilitates human rights and labour abuses by allowing vessels to remain at sea for long periods with little or no oversight or ability for crew to report concerns. It’s an issue receiving increasing public scrutiny, but one WCPFC has not yet addressed.

A marlin hauled on board illegal fishing vessel Shuen De Ching No.888.

Similarly, the independent observers, tasked with verifying catches and fishing operations on board vessels, face considerable health and safety issues. WCPFC has addressed some concerns, but without the tools for observers to increase their safety (like a personal alarm and an independent device for communication), clear rules on who is responsible for observer safety, and transparency in reporting and dealing with incidents of bribery, harassment, and violence, there remain considerable risks to observers and this compromises the quality of data gathered by the observer programme. Observers might have a voice, but sometimes if they speak up too much, they risk being silenced themselves.

Getting back to basics

A longline fishing vessel passes through choppy waters in the Pacific Ocean.

WCPFC needs to up its game. Of course it’s not easy, but lives and livelihoods are at risk. It’s a vast ocean region to manage, with multiple species targeted with multiple fishing methods by many boats, from many countries, all with different needs and demands.  As a result, both the WCPFC rules and the work carried out by scientists and managers are increasingly sophisticated and complex. Unfortunately, the basic foundations required for successful management of fisheries are simply not in place.

WCPFC has not yet agreed the goals for keeping fish populations healthy, nor what actions must be taken when they are not, which is why year after year WCPFC meetings are spent arguing over ‘what could be done’ while the fish continue to disappear. There are too many boats chasing decreasing numbers of fish. It’s that simple. Scientists and managers cannot do their jobs of assessing stocks, and reviewing management measures and compliance, because they are not given all the information they need. The health and safety of both fishermen and independent observers on boats are at risk. And finally, even where there are good rules in place, there are few deterrents to ensure they are not broken!

Albacore tuna is stacked and weighed before being shipped for processing into canned tuna. 

So at this year’s WCPFC meeting, this is what Greenpeace will be calling for: reduce the number of boats, get the data, agree the rules, and enforce them. Be honest and transparent about it, and allow all interested parties to engage in the work.

Last year I was introduced to a fellow fisheries campaigner: “Cat works on tuna and has a long involvement with the WCPFC – you can tell by the brick marks on her forehead.” It made me stop and ask why I go on banging my head against the wall. Yes these meetings can be incredibly frustrating, and there are times when I wonder why we bother, but if we don’t go, there will be no change. If we don’t go, who will speak for the fish?

Dr Cat Dorey is the Science Advisor for Greenpeace's global Tuna Project, based in Sydney, Australia. She can often be found with her head underwater burbling at the fish.


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Sydney, Vancouver mayors vow to fight climate change despite Trump

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Cities around the world can combat climate change without national government support, the mayors of Sydney and Vancouver said on Wednesday, amid fears that a Donald Trump U.S. presidency could undermine efforts to limit global warming.
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WWF celebrates a champion of inclusive sustainable development

WWF has presented the 2016 Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award to Irina Bokova for her significant contributions to conservation. 

Throughout her distinguished career of service to the international community, Irina Bokova has been a consistent and steadfast champion of environmental conservation, responsible business conduct, indigenous and women's rights, climate action, and advancing sustainable development for poverty alleviation. As UNESCO Director General, Bokova has bolstered the agency's efforts to conserve some of the most unique and inspirational natural ecosystems upon which the well-being of humanity depends.
 
All life on Earth depends on a healthy planet. Healthy natural World Heritage sites contribute to poverty reduction, help alleviate food insecurity, combat climate change, and restore and promote the sustainable use of ecosystems. Bokova has championed the protection of these sites and the importance of investing in their future to achieve the sustainable agenda and improve livelihoods.
 
"Irina leads the way and shows us that protecting natural areas and ecosystems is not anti-development and that it's long-term, robust and sustainable development that benefits people and natural systems. We are not going to develop a just and prosperous future, nor defeat poverty and improve health, in a weakened or destroyed natural environment," said Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International.
 
 "I am delighted to receive this award. Natural heritage is a force for peace and it is also a driver of development and innovation. Conservation of our environment helps create jobs, promote gender equality, and eradicates poverty," Bokova  says. "There is no need to choose between heritage and growth, between beautiful landscapes and decent livelihoods – with the right skills and stronger capacities, we can harness the potential of heritage to create millions of jobs, giving also a sense of dignity, inclusion and pride. By protecting natural resources, rivers and parks, we can unleash extraordinary renewable energy source for all," said Bokova upon receiving the award.
 
Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 2009. She is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead the Organization. Earlier in her career she held several positions in the Government of Bulgaria. As Member of Parliament in the 1990s and early 2000s, she advocated for Bulgaria's membership in EU and NATO and participated in the drafting of Bulgaria's new Constitution. As Director-General of UNESCO, Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, protection of cultural heritage and scientific cooperation for sustainable development. Throughout her mandate she has been a consistent and steadfast champion of environment conservation, ocean protection, indigenous rights and climate action.
 
The Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award was created in 1970 and is presented annually by WWF for outstanding service to the environment. This year's award was presented by The Duke of Edinburgh during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.
 
 

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Where is the hope?

I’m not sure we can win with logic. 

How do we reverse species loss, climate change, toxins, general overshoot of Earth’s generous habitats? We have the science, but humanity at the large scale does not appear to have the political will. We live in a pre-ecological political world, and public discourse seems corrupted by the mad clinging to those pre-ecological models of development and economics. 

The ecology headlines this year feel disturbing — 2/3 of mammals doomed; drought in Kenya, Mozambique, US, Sri Lanka; dry rivers and water wars; Zika virus spray killing bee colonies; methane releases higher than predicted; meteorologists forced to rewrite climate predictions, for the worse; Great Barrier Reef collapsing; and American soldiers serving as a security force for oil pipeline at Standing Rock, arresting indigenous grandmothers and journalists.

Over the decades, we’ve been able to report some good news: Rivers cleaned up (partially), ozone recovering (slowly, with some side effects), a whale sanctuary (sort of), a dumping ban (that gets ignored); and today: tiger populations increasing in Asia; a mangrove saved in Madagascar; salmon returning to Elwha River in the US, after dams removed; and new agriculture regulations in Brazil that may preserve portions of Mato Grosso forest.

Meanwhile, we lose millions of hectares of forest every year, species loss accelerates, and toxins accumulate. 

I’m an upbeat person. I’m willing to push, and push again, against the impossible, and still keep a sense of humour, most of the time. Even so, sometimes I contemplate: Where is the Hope?

In geopolitical politics? I have my doubts. The global political process appears too corrupted, too distracted, too pre-ecological, too superficial, and too slow to actually address and solve our deeper ecological dilemma. 

In climate conferences? After 30 years of climate conferences, we have the Paris agreement that does not mention fossil fuels or the need to leave them in the ground. The deal does not bind any nation to emission pledges, and - in any case- those pledges no longer appear sufficient to hold temperature increases below 3°C. When we add accelerating methane releases … well, one could be excused for feeling despair. This is where I begin to doubt we’ll win with logic. So, where is the hope?

Time’s First Breath © Lisa Gibbons

The long emergency

History shows that transforming social structures can be painfully slow. The work helps one practice patience, which may be a good place to start finding hope. In patience. In staying calm, in feeling the world slowly and carefully. 

We may also take comfort in the historical record, that society can change. When actual change occurs, when institutions transform, it can feel rapid, but the great campaigns for racial, religious, or gender equality, have required generations, and still remain unresolved around the world. Nevertheless, we know: Society can change. 

We feel a ticking clock with our ecological dilemma, and this too can invoke despair. We hear that we only have 5 years, or, we only have a decade, or we have to change before 2050, or by tomorrow. And yet, nature works over millions of years, millions of generations, shrugs off disasters, and ultimately finds a new homeostasis.

I don’t look for hope in the belief that humanity will solve our ecological crises in my lifetime, or even in my children’s or grandchildren’s lifetimes. Nature is long. Stock plays and pipelines are short. 

The wealthy world lives a lifestyle enabled by a massive energy and materials flow to them, dependent upon colonization, exploitation, resource extraction, a trail of toxins, and a political landscape of warlords and tin-pot dictators, overseen by imperialists giants. Globalized, neoliberal capitalism is dead. We are not going to grow ourselves out of this with market forces, invisible hands, and slicker machines. Nature’s rent has come due. Like wolves, who overshoot the food supply in their watershed, our grandeur does not save us.

The logic tells us this, the science and data tell us, our most rigorous researchers keep telling us, and even a few global institutions are beginning to acknowledge the ecological evidence, while mainstream public discourse drowns science and logic in a flood of pettiness and self-promotion. 

Somehow, unpretentious human communities may, once again, have to do all the heavy lifting themselves, locally, with the talents they process and whatever resources they can protect. I find hope in simple people, living by simple means, working together, and restoring their habitats. 

James Kunstler gives us the term “long emergency” to help grasp the timespan in which both ecological an social change actually occur.

The Messenger © Lisa Gibbons

Waking up in the wild world 

I find hope in artists, who shake up the mainstream culture. Artists play an essential role in social transformation, giving voice to the the deeper feelings – Rouget de Lisle’s La Marseillaise among French revolutionaries, Marcus Garvey and the international Pan-African civil rights movement, Franca Rame in the anti-facist movement in Italy, El General’s O Leader! inspiring a democracy movement in Tunisian, or the Yes Men staging mock-corporate street theatre. Much loved Canadian poet Leonard Cohen passed away recently. His song from 1988, “Everybody Knows” warned us: 

"Everybody knows that the boat is leaking

Everybody knows that the captain lied”  

The artists don’t have to explain things. They seize the opportunity and cut to the heart of events directly.

Rachel Carson worked as a scientist, but her great gifts to humanity came through her powers of language and storytelling. In 1965, she wrote in The Sense of Wonder ”A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.” She spoke, of course, about the wild world, including the wildness inside ourselves that reminds us we are natural beings, related to all others, to the “four-legged, winged, and finned,” as our indigenous relatives remind us. 

“It is a wholesome and necessary thing,” Carson wrote, “for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.” 

Primarily, this is where I look for hope. I find hope in the wildness that is left in the world, and the wildness left in the human heart. The untamed instincts of of life and love. I find hope in the endless dance of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria, even in the workings of life, hydrogen bonds, nutrients, minerals, sugars, and proteins, in sunlight transformed into life. I find hope in the magic of this and in the creativity of natural evolution. 

Ebb and Flow © Lisa Gibbons

The hope one might find in the natural world is long, not the transient hope of an easy life or a political victory. It is the hope of a long miracle that outlives individuals, societies, and even species and habitats. 

In the human realm, I find little hope with big institutions, governments, corporations, global economics, or conferences. I don’t find much hope in the idea that humankind will “manage” the ecosystem. That feels like short-sighted hubris “The ‘control of nature’ is a phrase conceived in arrogance,” Rachel Carson reminded us fifty years ago, “born of the Neanderthal age of biology.”

Our job, I believe is to manage ourselves, our own appetites, fears, and insecurities. Most of this cannot be organized on a global scale. An enduring humanity will likely move past the arrogance of globalized management and return to social structures built around place and community, around modesty and common decency.

I believe we need to localize, re-commit to, restore, and protect the ecosystems in which we live.  The scattered peoples, who have lost connection to the Earth, will, once again, become indigenous eventually. I find hope in communities that have committed to a landscape, and care for it, in outcasts and simple people, disenfranchised, yet persevering and courageous. 

“He took satisfaction in the feeling of his own littleness,” Yasunari Kawabata wrote in Palm-of-the-Hand Stories. “He even sympathized with the thought that the human species, together with the various kinds of minerals and plants, was no more than a small pillar that helped support a single vast organism adrift in the cosmos — and with the thought that it was no more precious than the other animals and plants.” 

I take hope in that sort of modesty, in people who can do the work without calling attention to themselves, or angling for personal benefits. 

I notice that many young couples wait to have children, have fewer children, or adopt the homeless. These are sane responses to human sprawl, and they give me hope.

Farmer-writer Wendell Berry wrote years ago in Leavings, “Hope must not depend on feeling good;” and he suggests one looks for hope “on the ground under your feet.”  

When I feel despair, I go back to this ground. I feel fortunate to live in a region that still supports some wildness. I walked in the woods last week with an adult friend and some school children from our neighbourhood. We wandered down to a small waterfall that empties into the Salish Sea that reaches beyond to the wide Pacific Ocean. There along the shoreline lay hundreds of Chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta), who had spawned and perished. Eagles had gathered in the trees to feed. Other, still living salmon worked their way, exhausted, against the current. I watched one fish, facing the current, struggling, beating her tired fins, advancing by a few centimeters over many minutes. This vision serves as my model. Pushing, never giving up, for life.

As great Bohemian poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: “Again and again some people in the crowd wake up. They have no ground in the crowd and they emerge according to much broader laws. They carry strange customs with them and demand room for bold gestures. The future speaks ruthlessly through them.”

Rex Weyler is an author, journalist and co-founder of Greenpeace International.

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 References: 

 Pre-ecological politics: Kurt Cobb, Resilience

 Pace of Ozone recovery: Science Daily

 Methane releases higher than predicted: Nature, and summary in The Guardian  

 Zika virus spray killing bee colonies: The Guardian

 Species decline: WWF and CBC

 Lisa Gibbons art: lisagibbonsart.com

 


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Four ways our forests must be part of the climate conversation

On a warming planet, forests hold the key to stopping climate change.

Forest landscapes and agricultural areas can absorb emissions like a sponge. They take carbon dioxide from the air through photosynthesis, and store it in wood and in the soils. Discussions about action against climate change has focused on rebuilding our energy infrastructure towards a 100% renewable energy future. But this is only one way to limit temperature rise to the 1.5° agreed by the climate change body of the the UN, the UNFCCC. The remainder of the solution lies in our forest and plant life.

Carpathian Forest in Romania, 20 Aug, 2016

We are moving ahead with building a 100% renewable future, but it will take time. If we end deforestation, forest degradation and the associated release of CO2 into the atmosphere we will start to counter human-made emissions (REDD+) by 2020. To help nature remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in peat, soils and in living trees and plants, we also need to massively increase the restoration of millions of hectares of degraded forest lands, and increase the carbon storage in agricultural soils through effective land management. If we get this right, the land and forest sector can help reduce the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and pass on a climate safe for future generations.

Intact Forest Landscapes in Russia, 13 Sep, 2016

Here’s how it looks in numbers: 350 parts per million (ppm) is roughly the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere we have traditionally been used to. The industrial age has now brought us to above 400 ppm.  If we continue on this path we could see a frightening 450 ppm or more by 2050, with catastrophic consequences.

So, it's not just a about urgently reducing emissions. We need to actually remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to assure a habitable planet. We have to do this without pursuing false solutions, like bioenergy or carbon capture and storage.   

'We Will Move Ahead' projection at COP22 in Marrakech, 17 Nov, 2016.

The conference in Marrakech barely addressed the forest and land solutions in the official negotiations. However, the awareness for the role of land-use and forests is gaining momentum. Many side events were devoted to forests and landscapes. Scientists made it clear that considered action with greater ambition is needed in this sector. Many political and business leaders and civil society organisations shared the lessons learned from pilot projects on the ground. The Brazilian Soy Moratorium -- the result of a concerted Greenpeace campaign connected to soy related deforestation in the Amazon -- was mentioned as one way forward for public/private cooperation on deforestation-free supply chains.

Forest landscapes and agricultural areas are crucial for removing more CO2 from the atmosphere in order to achieve the 1.5° target of the Paris agreement and to allow us to adapt to climate change, promote sustainable development goals and protect biodiversity. These four points must be included in the discussion if we’re serious about tackling climate change:

  • The forest and land sector needs comprehensive, transparent and independant accounting rules for their CO2 emissions and removal, facilitating a halt in deforestation and restoring forests and other natural carbon sinks.

  • Developing countries need additional support from the Green Climate Fund and other voluntary bilateral donors for the forest and land sector and not through emission offset schemes.

  • Countries national contributions (NDCs) must step up their forests and land-use targets, which are inadequate in developing countries and virtually non-existent in developed countries.

  • Indigenous Peoples territories and community rights must be recognised and secured as they are the best guardians against deforestation and forest degradation.

Watch: What 750 billion trees can do about climate change

 

Jannes Stoppel is a Forest Campaigner with Greenpeace Germany


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Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The largest all-female expedition to Antarctica, comprising 76 scientists, is due to set sail from Argentina on Friday in a quest to promote women in science and highlight the impact of climate change on the planet.
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Climate change 'threatens Thai fight against illegal fishing'

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (Reuters) - Climate change threatens to undermine Thailand's efforts to combat illegal fishing and avoid a potential European Union ban on exports by the multi-billion dollar seafood industry, environmental groups say.
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Using Open Government for Climate Action

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More company climate votes ahead, as Trump may loosen energy rules

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French PM urges taxes on imports from countries snubbing climate pact

PARIS (Reuters) - Europe should impose tariffs on imports from countries that do not implement a global agreement for fighting climate change, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an opinion piece published on Wednesday.
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Stand for Indigenous rights – and for the planet

For centuries, Indigenous Peoples have been fighting to protect their lands and secure their rights in the face of colonisation, environmental destruction and violence. Today – with looming global environmental crises like climate change – Indigenous communities continue to lead the world in protecting the Earth. While Indigenous Peoples represent about 6% of the world’s population, their traditional lands hold about 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity.

Yet Indigenous communities are often those first and most impacted by environmental destruction. Again and again, governments and companies put profit above Indigenous Peoples’ rights. When Indigenous Peoples stand up for their rights and their traditional lands, those in power often go to great lengths to suppress them – from legal maneuvers, to violence, to assassination.

Just this past Sunday, militarised police forces in the United States injured over 300 people standing up to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline on the traditional lands of the Standing Rock Sioux. Last year, 185 environmental activists were killed globally, and of those, 40% were Indigenous.

Fighting for Indigenous rights and fighting for the planet are often one and the same. Here are four ways to stand with Indigenous communities in urgent, important struggles across the Americas.

 

Water Protectors and the Dakota Access Pipeline

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies – known as water protectors – have been working to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the United States.

The pipeline was approved without consultation from the tribe – even though it would carry nearly 500,000 barrels of crude oil a day across Sioux ancestral lands and under the Missouri River. It poses direct threat to the rights and safety of the Standing Rock Sioux, who live less than a mile downstream.

Thousands have joined the peaceful resistance at Standing Rock – but law enforcement has reacted with extreme aggression: teargas, rubber bullets, concussion grenades. Across the United States and around the world, from New Zealand to Laos, people are demanding that the US government stop the violence – and stop the pipeline.

TAKE ACTION: Send a message to President Obama now to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, and learn more about directly supporting the water protector camps.

You can also call banks financing the pipeline to tell them to withdraw their investments – and consider switching banks if you are a customer of a bank funding the pipeline. One major bank has already withdrawn investment from the pipeline after facing public criticism.

The People of Clyde River and seismic blasting

In just one week, the people of Clyde River – an Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic – are going to the Supreme Court of Canada to fight for their rights, their culture and their livelihoods. 

The Canadian government failed to properly consult with the Clyde River community, as required by law, before giving permits to fossil fuel companies for oil exploration in the area. The way companies would look for oil is called seismic blasting – a practice so destructive it could injure whales and other marine life that the community depends on. Without these animals, the people of Clyde River would lose a vital part of their culture and their food security.

“Save our Arctic home”

"We are fighting for our children." Tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to support Clyde River and stop seismic blasting! >> http://bit.ly/2bxWN6c #ArcticHome

Posted by Save The Arctic on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

TAKE ACTION: Send Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a noise complaint and a message in support of Indigenous rights. And if you're in Canada, join the rally outside the Supreme Court in Ottawa next week.

Justice for Berta Caceres and the Lenca People in Honduras

Berta Cáceres Flores was a Honduran Indigenous rights and environmental activist who led a courageous movement to defend Indigenous lands and communities. One of her biggest battles was to stop the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project – a dam that threatens a sacred river for the Lenca Indigenous People in Honduras.

But her life was cut short. On 2 March, 2016, intruders broke into her house and shot her to death. In the words of her son: “She was killed for defending life, for safeguarding our common goods and those of nature, which are sacred.” Several weeks later, another member of the organization she founded was also killed. While the Honduran government arrested several people for her murder, those who called for her assassination have yet to be exposed and brought to justice. Other leaders in her organisation in Honduras continue to be attacked

Recently, several international lawyers launched an independent investigation into her murder. But we cannot let the spotlight on the violence facing Indigenous and environmental activists in Honduras fade, nor can we allow the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project to move forward.

TAKE ACTION: Demand justice for Berta, for the truth of her murder to be exposed, and for the halt of the Agua Zarca dam project.

The Munduruku People of the Amazon and devastating dams

The Munduruku people of the Brazilian Amazon have been fighting to have their traditional lands officially recognized for decades, and at the end of his month, the Brazilian government could finally decide their case.

Timing is critical. Right now, the government is planning a series of dams that would flood portions of the Amazon rainforest and threaten their way of life. As one Mundurku chief expressed: “The river is our blood.” If the Munduruku People win recognition of their territory, the government will need to get their permission before the dams can move forward.

Already, one mega-dam project on Munduruku land was cancelled this year after more than a million people around the world stood in solidarity with them. We must keep our attention on the Brazilian government to make sure Munduruku rights are honoured.

TAKE ACTION: Add your name to stand with the Munduruku people as they seek the rights to protect their traditional lands. Make sure the Brazilian government knows the world is watching.

These are just a handful of the many, many fights for Indigenous rights happening around the world right now. A green and peaceful world is only possible when Indigenous Peoples’ cultures, lands and waters are respected, whether in Canada or Brazil, the US or Honduras.

Please take action right now to stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities around the world.

Dawn Bickett is the content editor for the Americas at Greenpeace USA


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Trump says keeping 'open mind' on climate change: New York Times

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Under Trump shadow, climate talks set 2018 deadline to agree rules

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - Nearly 200 nations agreed around midnight on Friday to work out the rules for a landmark 2015 global deal to tackle climate change within two years in a new sign of international support for a pact opposed by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
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Pacific island poet marshals youth against climate threats

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To help protect her low-lying island home from climate change, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is building an unusual army.
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The world unites, vulnerable countries inspire – but there’s hard work ahead

I have attended countless UN Climate conferences during the past two decades, but Marrakech will be among the more memorable, and not just because there was a sense of renewed determination here in the face of the election of Donald Trump.

Two things inspired me today. Standing with hundreds – from the Moroccan Minister of the Environment to grassroots activists fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground – around our giant #WeWillMoveAhead banners. It was hot, but I felt a sense of connection and determination through this moment of shared solidarity. Thanks to all of you who sent your #WeWillMoveAhead messages. Keep them coming.

The second inspiration today was 47 countries at the forefront of climate change committing to a 100% renewable future. That is the kind of vision and leadership we would want from everyone. The Climate Vulnerable Forum is setting the pace here and we will be their supporters and allies all the way so that their Marrakech Vision is turned into reality on the ground.

Indeed, there is much hard work to do when we get home. The mood here was positive and determined. But the news is not good. 2016 will be – once again – the hottest year on record. And while global climate pollution is no longer rising quickly, it urgently needs to come down. Coal plants have to close very soon – and there need to be just transition plans developed for all workers affected.

Still, the transformation of the electricity sector is now unstoppable. Not only the 47 vulnerable countries are committed to it. We are also seeing cities, islands, states and businesses delivering 100% renewable electricity on the ground. But that is only the start. To prevent dangerous climate change we need to transform also the transport sector and urban planning, switch to agro-ecology and protect our forests and oceans. Indeed, we need to transform the way we live and share our resources more fairly.

There is much work to do. But what we can learn from the electricity sector is that one of our founders, Bob Hunter, was right when he said that “big change looks impossible when you start  and inevitable when you finish.” I remember how people looked at me strangely when I said that a 100% renewable world is possible. Those days are over. The renewable energy revolution is now a reality. We need to replicate the success we are having on electricity in other sectors.

Inspired by the solidarity I felt today, I know we can do it. So let's. Together. 

Jennifer Morgan is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International


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African Nations Poised to Rapidly Accelerate Landscape Restoration

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How Do New 2050 Climate Strategies from Canada, Mexico and the US Stack Up?

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Global climate change accord seen slowed, not halted, by Trump

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's plan to quit a landmark 2015 accord to fight climate change is likely to dent rather than derail the pact, with almost 200 governments defiantly saying this week that a trend towards cleaner energy is irreversible.
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Paris Agreement passes first stress test at COP22

MARRAKECH, Morocco  –   In response to the close of COP22, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF International's Climate & Energy Practice, issued the following statement:
 
"The UN climate talks continue to be filled with twists and turns, but they have delivered what they needed to this week – putting substance behind the promise of the Paris Agreement so it can be fully implemented. The Marrakech work has not been the most glamorous, but it's a key step in the chain reaction needed to roll out the agreement.
 
"Countries' commitment to the Paris Agreement also passed its first stress test this week with the US election results. Unequivocally, they restated that they are in this for the long haul. 
 
"The reality is that the world is moving ahead on this issue. This irreversible momentum will only build as market signals and commitments across all sectors of society continue pouring in.
 
"Already, 111 countries have ratified the Agreement – underscoring its historic importance. Nations also began submitting their long-term roadmaps for decarbonisation.
 
"But there's still work to do. The emissions gap continues to grow between what science tells us is needed to protect the planet from the worst impacts of climate change and the goals governments set in Paris. Urgently reducing emissions and preparing for the climate change impacts that are already affecting us is essential for the world's future prosperity, safety and security.
 
"In Marrakech, countries agreed to take stock of progress in two years and make every effort to come back with more ambitious targets and plans before 2020 to ensure we work quickly to close the widening emissions gap. This is a critical outcome this week that further solidified progress on the Paris Agreement.
 
"While parties work to finalise the Paris Agreement "fine print" by the next major political moment in 2018, more needs to be done in the next few years to clarify consistency of national targets. In addition, there are still gaps in finance and adaptation, despite some announcements here on financing for adaptation and capacity building. We expect to see developed countries up their game significantly on finance and other support beyond current projections, and are very encouraged to see China and other countries stepping up their south-south cooperation.
 
"This work was bolstered by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a group of around 50 countries that committed to reviewing and improving their current emissions-cutting goals in 2018 and shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050 or before.
 
"Here in Marrakech the negotiations kick-started a critical discussion about the rules for implementing the agreement and accelerating climate action. It set the path for the next sets of negotiations to complete those rules and raise ambition, paving the way to tighten national commitments, improve preparedness at home and provide financial support in line with science and equity.
 
"Over the coming years, we expect to see the trends of falling costs for renewables and scaled action by all actors – private sector, cities, investors, and by governments all over the world – continue to accelerate the inevitable shift to low carbon, climate-resilient development."

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UN talks tangle over cash to ease climate pain for poor

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Marrakesh climate talks may not deliver the substantial boost in international funding poorer countries need to cope with worsening floods, droughts, storms and rising seas brought by climate change, negotiators and development agencies fear.
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Trump pullout from climate deal would make odd couple with Nicaragua

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Britain ratifies Paris climate agreement

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Germany to hold 2017 climate talks with Fiji as host: source

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Kerry warns of climate threat at talks overshadowed by Trump

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We will win – despite Trump

I am hopeful and determined today. The first ever truly global agreement to fight climate change, the Paris Agreement, is having its first ever formal meeting. I have been working towards this moment for decades. This is no normal diplomatic affair. Few expected this first meeting to happen in this year. But here we are. The world has ratified the Paris Agreement at record speed. The cynics who claimed that the world would fail to unite against the threat of climate change were proven wrong. The world is coming together to address the biggest threat we face.

This gives me hope. Indeed, it is remarkable to what degree these global climate negotiations are now about good news. Over the past many years these negotiations were about raising the alarm. I remember clearly the fire alarm that Greenpeace rang at the negotiations in 2000. It was deafening!

But now, with every new step, I meet someone who is already building a better, renewable world. I hear of the host country Morocco shifting its electricity system to 52% renewable by 2030. I learn from my Greenpeace Mediterranean colleagues about the women of Tahala taking the lead in that transformation. Thanks to solar power, schools, mosques and the women's club in Tahala, a remote village, now have reliable, free electricity.

I learn that Brazil is refusing a $1 billion subsidy for coal. I hear about renewable energy in China providing jobs and opportunities even in an old coal town

These stories show that the energy revolution is delivering for people and planet alike. It is now unstoppable. We will be the generation that ends fossil fuels - and we will work hard to do so in a just manner while defending workers rights.

Of course, the election of Donald Trump, who is personally invested in fossil fuels, hangs like a dark cloud over sunny Marrakech. But country after country is making it crystal clear here that they will continue to act on climate change, no matter what the US does. Germany's environment minister said that Europe will make up for any emission reductions the US fails to make. Countries here know that climate action is in their interest. That the consequences of climate change are already happening now. They do not want to pay the price of more droughts or more ferocious hurricanes.

Greenpeace USA is preparing to fight hard for people and climate under president-elect Trump – and I know many states, cities, businesses and citizens will continue to advance climate action (also) in the US. So despite the dark cloud, there is a ray of light. The tide of history has turned. Climate action is happening. By continuing to fight for it we will ensure that it is here to stay – and we will win.

Please join in and support us!

Jennifer Morgan is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International 


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Radical energy shift needed to meet 1.5C global warming target: IEA

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France, U.N. tell Trump action on climate change unstoppable

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Trump as President: Here’s how we get through this

I never thought I’d have to write this. The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, has been devastating. He’s spent months threatening immigrants, women, people of colour, Muslims and the differently-abled community, among many others. This election will be hard news to process for a long time.

There are many people around the United States today who are terrified for their safety and their future. Our hearts go out to you. Our first priority is to reinforce and re-commit ourselves to protecting and loving one another. Now, more than ever, we need to be here for each other. 

And we will continue to work with you and our many partners to fight for a country and a world where everyone feels respected, valued and safe.

Hillary Clinton’s loss does not erase the value of the progressive movement in the US.

Current figures show that she actually won the popular vote. This means that almost 50 million Americans, and perhaps many more who either couldn’t or didn’t vote, believed in something better. Fear may have won this election, but hope, action and perseverance can overcome.

So I want to make a promise to you: Greenpeace USA is not going anywhere, and we are committed to continue building a movement that fights for environmental, social, racial and economic justice. We are going to get through this — together. 

 

What can each of us do right now to make the world a more loving and just place? We have some ideas, and we'd love to hear from you too.

Posted by Greenpeace USA on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

 

There’s no question, Donald Trump’s climate denial is staggering.

Not only does he consider it a hoax, he wants to shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement, stop funding clean energy research and “drill, baby, drill.” But US election results don’t change the science or the reality of climate change, so we will need to double down on finding solutions both in the United Statesand with allies around the world.

The climate movement is a global one. We are a broad community bound by courage, action and optimism. If we join together, we can make our plans for a just transition to a renewable energy society possible even with a man who actively opposes progress for the human race in the White House.

If you feel like you want to start today — and I’ve been amazed by the number of people that have already asked how they can help — here are some ideas:

  • Check in on your neighbours and friends, ask how they are doing, how you can support them
  • Write up a list of what skills you can contribute to the movement
  • Help make the most of Obama’s presidency: Take action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  • Attend an organising training
  • Make a donation to an organisation or cause you care about
  • Get in touch with your local Greenpeace office or use Greenpeace’s Greenwire platform to find and connect with other activists in your community and organise with them (also great if you need to find support from like-minded people!)

Together, we are stronger than Donald Trump will ever be.

Annie Leonard is the Executive Director of Greenpeace USA

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Exclusive: Billionaire green activist Steyer vows to battle Trump, says money not an issue

BOSTON (Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer, who has spent more than $140 million on fighting climate change, said on Tuesday he will spend whatever it takes to fight President-elect Donald Trump's pro-drilling and anti-regulation agenda.
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Obama administration completes rule to curb methane from federal oil, gas production

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department finalized rules on Tuesday that would prevent leaks of potent methane emissions from oil and gas production of federal and tribal lands, one of the last major Obama administration rules that aim to address climate change.
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Sweltering 2016 to set heat record, stoked by man-made warming: WMO

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - The world is set to notch up a new heat record in 2016 after a sizzling 2015 as global warming stokes more floods and rising sea levels, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday at climate change talks overshadowed by Donald Trump's election win.
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Trump looking at fast ways to quit global climate deal: source

WASHINGTON/MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump is seeking quick ways to withdraw the United States from a global accord to combat climate change, a source on his transition team said, defying broad global backing for the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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U.S. to push ahead on climate pact before Trump takes over: Kerry

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Obama administration would do everything it could to implement a global agreement to combat climate change before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.
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Trump win threatens climate funds for poor, a key to Paris accord

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's policies are likely to make it harder for developing nations to obtain the growing finance they need to combat climate change, threatening one pillar of a 2015 international agreement to slow global warming.
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Trump's climate plan 'catastrophic': France's Royal

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - Donald Trump's plan to drop out of world cooperation on slowing climate change would be "absolutely catastrophic" and weaken the United States, France's environment minister said on Friday.
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Women’s Leadership: Critical to Securing the Paris Agreement; Essential to Fulfilling It

Women’s Leadership: Critical to Securing the Paris Agreement; Essential to Fulfilling ItAdd Comment|PrintWomen have been climate champions. Finding ways to empower them is crucial to scaling climate success. Photo by UK DFID/Flickr The Paris Agreement on climate change wouldn’t be what it is today without action from strong women from around the world. Christiana Figueres, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary during COP21 (and now WRI Board member), spent decades working towards an ambitious and...

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Canada PM says to stick to carbon price plan despite Trump win

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday indicated he would stick to plans for a national price on carbon despite the U.S. election win of Donald Trump, who opposes measures to fight climate change.
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Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are the World’s Secret Weapon in Curbing Climate Change

Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Are the World’s Secret Weapon in Curbing Climate ChangeAdd Comment|PrintBrazilian state of Acre. Photo by Gleilson Miranda/Wikimedia Commons The world’s Indigenous Peoples and communities are more important players in the battle against climate change than anyone ever knew. A new report from the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and WRI found that Indigenous Peoples and local communities manage at least 54,546...

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Trump could pull out of global climate accord in a year: lawyers

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could use legal short-cuts to pull out of a global agreement for fighting climate change within a year, keeping a campaign promise and by-passing a theoretical four-year wait, lawyers say.
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Trump win will not derail global climate effort, activists vow

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Grim-faced activists at U.N. climate negotiations in Morocco pledged on Wednesday that the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president would not derail global action to curb climate change and deal with its worsening consequences.
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Last five years were hottest on record, more signs heat is man-made: WMO

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Reuters) - The past five years were the hottest on record with mounting evidence that heat waves, floods and rising sea levels are stoked by man-made climate change, the United Nations weather agency said on Tuesday.
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Japan ratifies Paris Agreement after the pact enters into force

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Tuesday ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement to cut emissions and prevent climate change, four days after the global pact officially entered into force.
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