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Governments Review Issues to Top World Environment Agenda Ahead of First-Ever UN Environment Assembly

News from UNEP - 22. July 2014 - 16:02
Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP gather in Nairobi ahead of the first session of the world's preeminent environmental meeting.

How to stop climate change making food less nutritious?

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: eco-business.com - Climate change threatens to make crops less nutritious, bringing bad news for Africa's food systems which are already under significant stress.

Climate models accurately predicted global warming when reflecting natural ocean cycles

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: Guardian - A new study shows that when synchronized with El Niño/La Niña cycles, climate models accurately predict global surface warming

The G20 has the muscle to fight climate change (by Ross Garnaut)

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
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NHL outlines plan to fight climate change

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: The Hill - Climate change is impacting the next generation of hockey players directly, according to a report released Monday by the National Hockey League.

Report: Sunday shows give climate change more air time

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: The Hill - Sunday shows have given climate change issues more air time in the first half of 2014 than in the last four years combined, according to a new analysis.

Giving up beef will reduce carbon footprint more than cars, says expert

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: Guardian - Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken

Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: Natonal Geographic - For perspective on how climate change is affecting lakes, those of us here in the U.S. can just look across the pond, where scientists and the agencies involved in meeting the European Union’s Water Framework Directive have amassed an impressive body of research on the topic.

Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: NY Times - So much soot belched from the old power plant here that Mike Zeleny would personally warn the neighbors.

Climate change is far from the only cause of a rapid rise in disasters

New from UNFCCC - 22. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: Guardian - The world's population has nearly doubled in four decades, putting more people and property in harm's way

Summary of OWG-13 | 14-18 July 2014 | New York, US

News from IISD - 22. July 2014 - 10:52
IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) has covered the Thirteenth session of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from 14-18 July 2014, from UN Headquarters in New York, United States of America. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/sdgs-owg13/

OEWG 34 Summary | 14-18 July 2014 | Paris, France

News from IISD - 22. July 2014 - 3:00
IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) has produced a briefing note of the Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Management and a summary and analysis of the Thirty-fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 34) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. 11-12 and 14-18 July 2014. UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters, Paris, France.

Tuna commission fails Pacific Bluefin test

News from WWF - 22. July 2014 - 2:00
Lima, Peru - WWF will urge a suspension of the Pacific Bluefin tuna fishery, if fishing nations fail to set binding catch limits in line with scientific recommendations this year.

WWF's hardening stance follows an inconclusive annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) which deferred discussions on bluefin tuna quotas to October. Catch reductions of at least 50 per cent and a drastic reduction in the take of juveniles will also need to be implemented by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Samoa in December in order to secure the future of the fishery.

"It is extremely disappointing that five days of negotiations by the 21 country members of the IATTC have produced so little in the way of tangible fishery outcomes," said Pablo Guerrero, Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Coordinator for WWF's Smart Fishing Initiative. "According to the scientists the breeding stock of Pacific Bluefin Tuna are at only 4 per cent of original levels and 90 percent of the current catch are juveniles yet to breed."

At the just concluded meeting, major fishing countries Japan, Korea, Mexico and the US did not agree on conservation measures and delayed decisions until October, when the parties will meet again to negotiate the quota for 2015. WWF is seeking a reduction from 5000 to 2750 metric tons.

For tuna generally where purse seine fishery capacity levels are a third more than levels set out in the IAATC's 2005 Plan for Management of Regional Capacity, the commission was also unable to agree on a reduction plan to meet the capacity limits. The alternative, said Guerrero, was to expand the size and duration of fishery closures to maintain healthy tuna stocks in the face of the overcapacity and this should be of great concern to the fisheries sector.

The IATTC also failed to adopt conservation measures to reduce fishing mortality of silky sharks in order to rebuild stocks. Sharks are species of slow growth and late maturity which are captured by various fleets in the Pacific. Japan and Korea objected to proposals to totally prohibit the removal of shark fins at sea and to require that sharks be landed with their fins naturally attached, citing economic reasons like quality deteriorations and capacity

A positive outcome of the meeting was the approval of mandatory IMO (International Maritime Organization) numbers for all purse seiners and long liners greater than 20m in length operating in the Convention area to monitor and control existing fishing capacity. WWF is very pleased that the IATTC voted for the evaluation of target and limit reference points for the North Pacific albacore, which will permit scientist to assess the impacts of strategies and management options for this fishery.

Note to editors
[1] The IATTC is responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and other marine resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The members of the IATTC are: Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, France, Guatemala, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Chinese Taipei, United States, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

More information:
•Pablo Guerrero, Eastern Pacific Ocean Tuna Coordinator – WWF Smart Fishing Initiative pablo.guerrero@wwf.org.ec , Cel+593 9 99204171



 

Margareta Wahlstrom: how to write a UN climate deal

New from UNFCCC - 21. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: RTCC - Another UN climate deal is set for sign-off in March 2015 – and no one’s fighting about it. How is this possible?

The heat is on — and we must act to keep our cool

New from UNFCCC - 21. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: London Evening Standard -

Op-Ed: Sustainable Development and Agriculture in the Caribbean

New from UNFCCC - 21. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: Caribbean Journal -

India Doubles Tax On Coal To Fund Clean Energy, Environmental Projects

New from UNFCCC - 21. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: Cleantechnica - 22,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022, a dedicated national-level program for promoting wind energy generation, implementation of the world’s largest solar power projects (with capacity of up to 4,000 MW), covering canals with solar panels, implementing dedicated transmission corridors for distributing electricity from renewable energy projects, and cleaning one of the largest rivers in India.

Mark Ruffalo feels right at home bringing renewable energy message to NASCAR crowd

New from UNFCCC - 21. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: AP - Ruffalo and Stanford professor Mark Jacobson helped create the organization in 2011 to advocate for the transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy. NASCAR has stepped up its environmental efforts over the years, and Ruffalo said he found a receptive audience at the race

Himalayan geothermal potential untapped

New from UNFCCC - 21. July 2014 - 15:59
Source: SciDev.net - Thousands of megawatts of geothermal energy remain locked up in the Himalayas because of environmental considerations and lack of investment in research, say international geologists.

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