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Thousands of Chinese Ships Trawl the World, So How Can We Stop Overfishing? – November 15, 2016

The UN has pledge to ensure healthy, productive oceans, but demand for fish has never been higher

When I was in Senegal in 2003, the few Chinese vessels fishing along the coast from Mauritania to Liberia were unseaworthy rust-buckets, existing off what licenses they could cadge.

Then in the past five years shining new trawlers appeared on the horizon, churned out by subsidized Chinese shipyards, earning their owners handsome subsidies if they travel outside China, where they run on subsidized fuel and exploit subsidized freight rates to get their frozen cargo back home. There seem to be unlimited funds available to buy licenses to fish in ways that are far from transparent — and which have long been exploited by other Far East fleets and… more

by: The Guardian

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Paris Climate Deal Thrown into Uncertainty by US Election Result – November 9, 2016

Many fear Donald Trump will reverse the ambitious course set by Barack Obama and withdraw the US from the accord

Just days after the historic Paris agreement officially came into force, climate denier Donald Trump’s victory has thrown the global deal into uncertainty and raised fears that the US will reverse the ambitious environmental course charted under Barack Obama.

photo of coal plantphoto by Pembina InstituteAn oil sands facility in Canada. Environmental groups are worried about what a Trump presidency means for international climate action.

International environmental groups meeting at the UN climate talks in Morocco said it would be a catastrophe if Trump acted on his pledge to withdraw the US from the deal, which took 20 years to… more

by: The Guardian

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Army Corp of Engineers Ordered Police to Arrest Standing Rock Water Protectors – November 3, 2016

Police deployed pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets in 'standoff with protestors'

The US army corps of engineers ordered North Dakota police to arrest Native American protesters and destroy a bridge that activists built over a creek at the center of the increasingly tense Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations.

Woman in headdress holding up a fistPhoto by Sara Lefleur-VetterPaddlers arrive at the shore on the edge of the Standing Rock Reservation in September. On Wednesday, police deploted pepper spray and teargas on water protectors on the banks of Cantepata Creek.

The Morton County sheriff’s office announced on Wednesday that police were in a “standoff with protesters on the banks of the Cantapeta Creek” while activists said they… more

by: The Guardian

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Global Deal Reached to Limit Hydrofluorocarbons, Potent Greenhouse Gases – October 18, 2016

Agreement on HFCs could bring ‘largest temperature reduction ever achieved by single agreement’

A global deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in the battle to combat climate change is a “monumental step forward”, John Kerry, the US secretary of state, has said.

photo of air conditioning units in Hong KongPhoto by Niall Kennedy/a>Air conditioning units mounted on a Hong Kong building. HFC use has soared in the past decade as  rapidly growing countries have widely adopted air conditioning in their homes, offices, and cars.

The agreement, announced on Saturday morning after all-night negotiations in Kigali, Rwanda, caps and reduces the use of HFCs — a key contributor to greenhouse gases… more

by: The Guardian

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Is Using Less Water the Secret to Cutting Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions? – October 12, 2016

California, which uses 20 percent of its electricity in supplying water, just passed a law to collect emissions data from water utilities

When most of us think of slowing global warming, we think of reducing car exhaust and power plant emissions — limiting activities that involve combusting fossil fuels. But we rarely draw the connection between the production of energy and another important resource: water.

photo of California IrrigationPhoto by TimhallA new California law establishes a greehouse gas emissions registry for water utilities, shifting the state's climate change focus from fossil fuels to water.

Yet in California, 20 percent of the state’s electricity and 30 percent of the natural gas that isn’t used by power plants goes to the water… more

by: The Guardian

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