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RNRF Meeting: Deep Seabed Mineral Mining and the U.S.

On May 29, 2019, the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) presented a meeting titled “Deep Seabed Mineral Mining and the U.S.: Diplomatic, Legal, and Environmental Aspects,” hosted by the American Geophysical Union in its newly renovated headquarters in Washington, D.C. Speakers were Greg O’Brien, U.S. Department of State; Kerry Kehoe, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

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U.S. Deviates from Climate Consensus at Arctic Council Meeting

The Arctic Council, a high-level intergovernmental forum comprised of the eight countries with territory in the Arctic Circle, ended its ministerial on May 14, 2019, without a joint declaration spelling out its priorities. This was because the United States objected to any mention of climate change or the Paris Climate Agreement. President Trump intends to…

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New UN Report Details Unprecedented Decline in Biodiversity

A new report released by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) gives a harrowing summary of the challenges to sustaining the Earth’s biodiversity. The most comprehensive assessment of its kind, this report estimates that one million species are threatened with extinction due to five factors (listed in descending order of impact):…

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AAAS Publisher Bill Moran Speaks on Open Access at RNRF Round Table

Bill Moran, publisher of the Science family of journals of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), hosted the Washington Round Table on Public Policy of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) on May 6, 2019. He spoke about issues and recent developments related to implementing Open Access to research published in scientific…

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UN Secretary-General to host Climate Summit in September 2019

The United Nations Secretary-General will host a summit on climate change on 23 September 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The purpose of the summit is twofold. First, it will mobilize political will to raise real ambition for the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals. Second, it will demonstrate transformative action in…

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Food that is good for you and the planet too

Our world is facing an unprecedented challenge By 2050 the world population is predicted to increase to almost ten billion people whom we must nourish on a planet of finite resources. It is well-documented that to do this we need to transform our global food system – from the way we farm and fish to…

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Deadly frog fungus has wiped out 90 species and threatens hundreds more

The Mossy Red-eyed Frog is among hundreds of species threatened with extinction at the hands of chytrid fungus. Jonathan Kolby/Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center It started off as an enigma. Biologists at field sites around the world reported that frogs had simply disappeared. Costa Rica, 1987: the golden toad, missing. Australia, 1979: the gastric brooding frog,…

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

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…

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