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New IPCC Assessment Outlines Challenges of Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C


Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on October 8th.

The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC was approved by the IPCC on October 6th in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. "With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report...

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Audubon Warns Interior's Industry-Friendly Plans Put Sage-Grouse at Risk

Sage Grouse

On December 6, 2018, the Department of the Interior announced its decision to replace the landmark 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse conservation agreement with a new set of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans that more heavily favor oil and gas development.

"A fractured approach to sagebrush conservation will not work. The best chance to protect sage-grouse and more than 350 other species is through a landscape-wide conservation strategy, which is what we achieved in 2015," said Brian Rutledge, director of Audubon's Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative.

"Out West we know a deal is a deal. To have plans that took years of work...

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Harvard University's Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the Trump Administration's environmental rollbacks.  Click here to learn more.


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RNRF Congress on Ocean Policy

Rajan Kotru

RNRF’s Congress on Ocean Policy was held December 6 at the National Union Building in Washington, D.C. PowerPoint presentations have been posted at the Congress website (click here).

The report of the Congress is in production. The list of delegate affiliations follows:

American Fisheries Society
American Geosciences Institute
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Landscape Architects

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

Congressional Research Service
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Delaware Department of Resources and Environmental Control
Duke University
Ecological Society of America
European Union Delegation to the U.S.
Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Geological Society of America
George Mason University
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Joint Ocean Commission Initiative
Latham & Watkins, LLP
Meridian Institute
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ocean Conservancy

Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman's Associations
Pew Charitable Trusts

UN Food and Agriculture Organization
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
University of Delaware
University of Maryland

University of Virginia
US Geological Survey

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RNRF Welcomes Program Associate      Stephen Yaeger

Stephen Yaeger
Stephen Yaeger

Stephen Yaeger is RNRF’s new Program Associate. Stephen earned his B.S. from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. He gained a foundation in environmental policy through classes on natural resource issues, environmental law, and relevant disciplines. While at Georgetown, he interned for a year at The Mountain Institute. Stephen is from Dallas, Texas.

As the Program Associate, Stephen will be part of a three-person staff responsible for developing, planning, and implementing RNRF programs. His responsibilities will include providing editorial support for the Renewable Resources Journal and assisting in production of reports of RNRF congresses; planning and implementing meetings, workshops, and round tables; and contributing news and policy analysis to the Blog and website.

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