In case you missed it: 4 big stories from our world

Indo-Chinese tigers, pictured above in Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia. (© Conservation International/photo by Haroldo Castro) Editor’s note: News about conservation and the environment is made every day, but some of it can fly under the radar. In a recurring feature , Human Nature shares four stories from the past week that you should know about. 1. Animals’ popularity ‘a disadvantage’ The story: A study found that popular…

International Climate Talks: A Three-Legged Marathon

Rebecca Chacko at the climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Chacko) It’s clear to anyone following the ongoing climate change discussions that the pursuit of a global climate agreement amounts to a marathon, not a sprint. But this is not your ordinary marathon — it’s more like a three-legged race, except instead of two people joined at the knee, you’ve got 194 countries all tied together. You can imagine,…

For Climate Change Action, a Key Opportunity in Cancun

Last year around this time, all eyes were on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Copenhagen, as the international community attempted to create a comprehensive, legally binding global climate change agreement and to determine the next phase of emissions targets under the Kyoto Protocol. Doing so would have been an unprecedented example of international coordination; unfortunately, the nations of the…

In the news: 6 steps to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

A group of penguins stands before an iceberg in Antarctica. (© Antrey) Ahead of the G20 summit of world leaders next week in Hamburg, Germany, a group of prominent climate advocates and researchers led by Christiana Figueres have outlined what the world must do in the next three years to stay ahead of a climate crisis. Figueres, a Lui-Walton Distinguished Fellow at Conservation International (CI) and the former head of the U.N. Framework…

In case you missed it: 3 recent ‘gifts’ to the environment

China takes steps to cut emissions. (© Kyle Obermann) Editor’s note: News about conservation and the environment is made every day, but some of it can fly under the radar. In this series , Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know. China kicks off emissions trading market On Tuesday, China revealed its plans to create the world’s largest financial market devoted to reducing emissions contributing to climate…

Armed with nature, Philippines to boost defenses against stronger storms

Recently planted mangroves near Concepcion, a town in the Philippines hard-hit by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. (© Conservation International/photo by Tim Noviello) Two years ago, just before the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and displacing millions more. The storm’s effects rippled around the world, providing a sobering backdrop to the Warsaw talks, amid growing scientific…

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