In Morocco, world’s nations reaffirm commitment to climate change action

Moroccan vlllage in the Dades Valley. The latest round of U.N. climate talks recently concluded in Marrakech. (© Mauro Pezzotta) For the past two weeks, the world has come together here in Morocco to begin the urgent task of making last year’s Paris climate agreement a reality. Paris was an historic achievement, as 193 countries from all corners of the globe recognized the severe threat posed by climate change and agreed to act as never before….

Historic airline emissions agreement could be good news for forests

Aerial view of a forest in Guatemala. (© Robin Moore/iLCP) Last week, 191 nations agreed on a plan to offset emissions from international air travel, committing to carbon-neutral growth starting in 2020. The resolution may prove to be a major boost to forest conservation efforts as airlines seek carbon-absorbing projects to complement their efforts to increase fuel efficiency and sustainable alternative fuel sources. The decision of the U.N….

Why indigenous rights matter

Kayapó woman in the village of Ayukre in the Brazilian Amazon. (© Cristina Mittermeier) Editor’s note: The attention given to indigenous peoples in global policy processes such as the Paris Agreement reflects a growing acknowledgment of their knowledge, their rights and their crucial roles in helping to protect some of the world’s most important places for biodiversity. But while the importance of indigenous rights is considered a given by…

How climate change affects women differently — and what we can do about it

Maasai women singing in Kenya. In three Maasai villages in Tanzania, CI Indigenous Fellow Martha Ntoipo is researching and educating communities about the importance of traditional knowledge to biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. (© Marc Samsom/Flickr Creative Commons) Editor’s Note: Tuesday, Dec. 8, is “ Gender Day ” at the U.N. climate negotiations in Paris, with events, meetings and exhibitions focused on the role of…

On Climate Change, Cancun Agreements Show a Pathway Forward

In 2007 on the island of Bali in Indonesia, governments from around the world agreed to start negotiating an agreement for long-term action to address climate change. Three years and 15 negotiation sessions later, in a conference room in Cancun, Mexico early Saturday morning, 193 countries (all members of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, except for Bolivia) made a historic series of decisions. The Cancun Agreements represent a…

On anniversary of Trump’s Paris withdrawal, 3 reasons for hope

French President Emmanuel Macron, pictured above, has championed Paris’s commitment to climate solutions. (© Flickr Creative Commons/European Union 2018 – European Parliament) A year ago today, U.S. President Donald Trump signaled his intent to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement. Yet global climate commitments are stronger than ever. How is that? Trump’s decision has spurred much more climate action than what would…

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