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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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Far From Home


As a young girl, Elizabeth Brabec [a member of the American Society for Landscape Architects] knew her mother’s garden was different. Where the neighbors grew lettuce and carrots and cucumbers in neat rows, her family’s garden featured mounded beds of currants, gooseberries, and celeriac interspersed with fruit and nut-bearing trees. Everything was mixed together. Brabec didn’t understand the reason for the difference until she visited the Czech Republic decades later. Every garden looked like her mother’s...

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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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Trigg Talley, Director of State Department's Office of Global Change, Speaks to RNRF Round Table on Public Policy

TalleyTrigg Talley, director of the U.S. State Department's Office of Global Change, hosted the RNRF Washington Round Table on Public Policy on October 10. He spoke about his current work at the Office of Global Change.
       Trigg Talley

Among other climate-related diplomatic duties, the Office of Global Change leads U.S. government negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and leads U.S. participation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Talley outlined the U.S.’s recent history of climate treaty involvement, from the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Agreement.

The Pew Charitable Trusts Project on
Deep Seabed Mining Described at
RNRF Round Table


           Conn Nugent               Winnie Roberts

Conn Nugent, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ seabed mining project, hosted the RNRF Washington Round Table on Public Policy on September 6. He spoke about current preparations for international deep seabed mining and Pew’s work to advance responsible seabed mining regulatory frameworks. Pew seabed mining project officer Winnie Roberts also contributed to the round table with professional insights about the technological and regulatory issues. Representatives from Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund-US, American Fisheries Society, Oceana, Geological Society of America and American Water Resources Association participated in discussions.

There is no current mining activity on the deep seafloor anywhere in international waters. Historically, deep sea mining offered more risk than reward for potential operators, but as technology advances, extraction on land becomes more costly, and certain rare earth minerals become more critical to modern technology, deep sea mining approaches inevitability.

Waters outside of the 200 nautical mile band of a country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are broadly governed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is the treaty organization within UNCLOS that regulates seabed and mineral activity in these international waters. The ISA will write rules that will govern the exploitation of the seabed, including how revenues from resource extraction will be shared. UNCLOS language refers to the seabed, ocean floor, and subsoil of international waters as the “common heritage of mankind,” but there is significant contention among nations as to how these resources should be shared. (to continue click here)

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Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement: What's Next?

October 29 in Washington, D.C.
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2018 Congress on Ocean Policy on December 6, in Washington, D.C.
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