Best of 2017: 5 questions you’ve wanted to ask about the Paris Agreement

The Eiffel Tower illuminated for the U.N. climate talks in 2015. (© Yann Caradec/Flickr Creative Commons) Editor’s note: As the end of 2017 approaches, Human Nature is revisiting some of our favorite stories of the year. To support crucial conservation work like this, consider making a donation to Conservation International. It’s been two years since the international community signed the Paris Climate Agreement, which included a strong…

Non-Timber Forest Product Harvest Smells Sweet in Venezuela

Community member Alexander collecting copaiba oil in the Caura River basin, Venezuela. Copaiba oil is a popular cosmetics ingredient. (© CI/photo by Eduard Niesten) Earlier this year, we posted a blog about CI’s partnership with Givaudan — the world’s largest fragrance and flavor company — supporting a conservation agreement with a Venezuelan community that harvests tonka beans, an important perfume ingredient. Recently CI’s Eduard Niesten…

For forests to combat climate change, 3 things we must do

Illegal deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia. The cutting and burning of tropical rainforest releases massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. (© Trond Larsen) A version of this post was originally published on Mongabay. All but the most cynical would agree that the long-awaited global climate change agreement reached at last month’s U.N. climate talks in Paris was an important step forward. As countries spend the next five…

The Bonn climate talks are over — what now?

For this woman and her family living on the island of Kiribati, on the coast of a former freshwater pond that is now flooded with sea water, high tides pose a serious problem. The impact of climate change on island nations was a key topic addressed at COP23. (© Ciril Jazbec) Editor’s note: The U.N. climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, concluded last week, to make progress on the implementation of the Paris Agreement to confront climate…

In case you missed it: 3 big stories from our world

Top stories in nature news: new hope for sustainable fisheries, key funding for U.N. climate efforts and deforestation’s growing carbon footprint. (© Polsin Junpangpen) Editor’s note: News about conservation and the environment is made every day, but some of it can fly under the radar. In a new feature, Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about. Tuna-fishing nations agree on plan to replenish severely…

Durban Agreement: Victory or Failure?

CI Durban delegation members Johnson Cerda, Jean-Philippe Palasi and Preeya Rampersaud in the final hours of COP 17. (Photo courtesy of Conservation International) This weekend concluded the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. Read other COP 17 posts. After two solid weeks of long days and even longer nights, the Durban climate talks reached their…

Halfway through Paris climate talks, this is where things stand

Le Grand Palais in Paris. The U.N. climate talks are currently underway in the city, which intend to produce a global climate change agreement by the end of the week. (© jean-marc/Flickr Creative Commons) Editor’s note: With the U.N. climate talks in Paris resuming today, we recap the signs of progress so far — and what still needs to be done. The second week of talks in Paris began Monday with much work remaining to whittle a final global…

Nature’s new ambassador: A conversation with Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres (left), executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, celebrates the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change in December, 2015 with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left); Laurent Fabius (second from right), minister for foreign affairs of France and president of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris; and François Hollande (right), president of France. (© UN…

The One Planet summit is over. Here’s what you need to know

French President Emanuel Macron addresses the One Planet summit. (© Jen Morris) The One Planet summit in Paris ended Tuesday with a spate of new commitments to combat climate change, despite — or perhaps because of — one notable absence. The summit, which sought to focus on meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, drew dozens of world leaders — but not U.S. President Donald Trump. In June, Trump announced that the United States…

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