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Japan’s Inaction on Illegal Ivory Exports Jeopardizes Imminent Chinese Ban, Report Says – December 20, 2017

Monitoring network Traffic calls for Japanese government to act quickly to end smuggling

Japan’s failure to prevent illegal ivory exports could undermine China’s forthcoming ban on its domestic ivory trade, conservation groups have warned.

photo of ivoryPhoto by USFWS Mountain-Prairie, FlickrChina's plans to end its domestic ivory trade at the end of the year. But a new report warns that Japan's inaction on illegal ivory exports could threaten this effort. 

Inaction by Japan’s government has allowed the smuggling of large quantities of undocumented ivory overseas, mainly to China, according to a report released in Tokyo on Wednesday by the wildlife trade monitoring network more

by: The Guardian

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Climate Change Is the Story You Missed in 2017, and the Media Is to Blame – December 8, 2017

Some of Trump’s tweets have generated more national coverage than devastating disasters

Which story did you hear more about this year — how climate change makes disasters like hurricanes worse, or how Donald Trump threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans?

 photo of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef/US Coast Guard A Coast Guard member deployed to Borinquen, Puerto Rico delivers water in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. President Trump's response to the hurricane garnered more press than the link between climate change and extreme weather events.

If you answered the latter, you have plenty of company. Academic Jennifer Good more

by: The Guardian

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Historic Sites on US East Coast Threatened by Sea Level Rise – November 30, 2017

By the end of the century the White House, early colonial settlements and other historic places could be inundated

Large tracts of America’s east coast heritage are at risk from being wiped out by sea level rise, with the rising oceans set to threaten more than 13,000 archaeological and historic sites, according to new research.

Lincoln MemorialPhoto by Michael Ciarleglio Researchers found that sea level rise could force the relocation of the White House and Lincoln Memorial (pictured above) in Washington DC and inundation of historic touchstones such as the Kennedy Space Center and St Augustine, Florida, which lays claim to being the oldest city in the US.

Even a modest increase in sea level will imperil much of the south-eastern US’s… more

by: The Guardian

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Black Friday Indeed, Our Relentless Consumption is Trashing the Planet – November 24, 2017

Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying Earth

Everyone wants everything – how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, insectageddon: all are driven by rising consumption. The promise of private luxury for everyone cannot be met: neither the physical nor the ecological space exists.

black friday shoppersPhoto by Diariocritico de Venezuela /Flickr Every Friday is… more

by: The Guardian

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Bonn Climate Summit Makes Progress But Leaves Much To Do – November 17, 2017

UN negotiations lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, though difficult decisions lay ahead

The world’s nations were confident they were making important progress in turning continued political commitment into real world action, as the global climate change summit in Bonn was drawing to a close on Friday.

The UN talks were tasked with the vital, if unglamorous, task of converting the unprecedented global agreement sealed in Paris in 2015 from a symbolic moment into a set of rules by which nations can combine to defeat global warming. Currently, the world is on track for at least 3C of global warming — a catastrophic outcome that would lead to severe impacts around the world.


by: The Guardian

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