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Climate Change News Digest for 12/7/22

This digest provides a selection of recent news articles relating to climate change and other environmental issues. Click on the title to read the full article from its original source.


Who wants what at the COP15 biodiversity summit?

By Multiple Authors (Carbon Brief)

What is COP15? The Convention on Biological Diversity, or CBD, is an international treaty, along with two other multilateral agreements: the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). As with those conventions, the CBD is governed by a Conference of the Parties, or COP. The main objectives of the CBD are:

  • The conservation of biological diversity.

  • The sustainable use of its components.

  • The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits of genetic resources.

Nearly 20,000 delegates from across the world will be in Montreal, 12/7-18, for COP15. Countries aim to agree on a major new set of rules for stemming and reversing nature loss called the “post-2020 global biodiversity framework” (GBF) – often referred to colloquially as the “Paris Agreement for nature”. To date, 196 countries have ratified the CBD and are thus parties to the convention. The US is the only UN member state not to have ratified the treaty – although it still has a presence at COPs.


The Guardian view on biodiversity collapse: the crisis humanity can no longer ignore

By Editorial (The Guardian)

A million animal and plant species are perilously close to extinction. Their fate and ours are intimately connected. Wild animal populations are declining annually by about 2.5% as a result of habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, climate change, overfishing and overhunting. Since 1970, overall numbers are down by 69%. Livestock and the human beings who farm them now account for 96% of all the mammals on Earth.


Humans v nature: our long and destructive journey to the age of extinction

By Phoebe Weston (The Guardian)

The story of the damage done to the world’s biodiversity is a tale of decline spanning thousands of years. Can the world seize its chance to change the narrative?


The five biggest threats to our natural world … and how we can stop them

By Patrick Greenfield and Phoebe Weston (The Guardian)

From destructive land use to invasive species, scientists have identified the main drivers of biodiversity loss – so that countries can collectively act to tackle them


Queensland’s Indigenous women rangers given Earthshot prize for protecting Great Barrier Reef

By Donna Lu (The Guardian)

The group was awarded $1.8m and praised as an ‘inspiring women led program’ using First Nations knowledge to protect land and sea


About the Digest: Articles included here are selected from several organizations which consolidate climate change related news from many sources around the world. These organizations include Carbon Brief and Inside Climate News.

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