Environmental diplomacy slams on the brakes

The international negotiations for a U.N. contract on the high seas (another large part of biodiversity management) should have started this week, but they are postponed.

The UK government is opposed to any decision to postpone the COP26 climate conference scheduled for November 9-20, but pressure is growing. The next major COP26 planning meeting is scheduled for Bonn in May, but Germany has a travel ban against non-EU citizens, and the following planning meeting is scheduled to take place in Italy. U.N. advisors Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss explain the case for the postponement of the COP26.

The climate group wrote openly about the current frustration in green circles. Although NGO staff are used to remote work, they have never “really believed in the power of the virtual world to achieve the same results as physical participation in intimate stakeholder meetings, diplomatic discussions or international events”.

It is possible that we all have a generational tendency in this discussion. Since digital city halls are replacing sit-in strikes and student strikes, it may simply be that a generation change started by Greta Thunberg is accelerating. Dana Fisher, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland who has been involved in social movements for 20 years, told POLITICO that young climate activists are well suited to the present because they are far less reliant on face-to-face meetings than previous generation activists. “They’re all just zooming in,” she said.

Deep down, most of us know that students prefer to be on the street and conference organizers prefer to stick to their plans. Regardless of the convenience and the small space required for a video meeting, the virtual connection does not correspond to the real connection.

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Lever sucks: Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell accused the Democrats this week of postponing coronavirus emergency relief legislation for insisting that environmental conditions and incentives be included. “Democrats don’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they can dust off the Green New Deal, ”McConnell said in the Senate before voting for some regulations, including money for fighting transit agencies and $ 1 billion to help airlines replace heavily polluting aircraft support. Here is the POLITICO guideline, who has special offers in the package and why they received them.

BIGGEST BROWN BANKS NAMED: A coalition of green NGOs released a ranking of brown banks (those that are invested in fossil fuels). The top 5 are all North American. “JPMorgan Chase was the first bank to exceed $ 269 billion in fossil funding to Paris in 2016-2019,” the report said. Next up are Wells Fargo ($ 197.91 billion) and Citi ($ 187.67 billion), Bank of America ($ 156.92 billion) and RBC ($ 140.68 billion). China supplies the banks that finance the most coal: ICBC and Bank of China. In terms of the guidelines listed, the 11 banks that have been most committed to avoiding fossil fuel funding are all from Europe, with Goldman Sachs in 12th place.

PLASTIC ROLL BACK? See supporters of plastic bags an opportunity in the pandemic. Almost every American becomes hand disinfectant of the Germaphobe. POLITICO received a copy of a letter that the Plastics Industry Association sent the U.S. Department of Health last week to request a ministerial statement confirming the idea that single-use plastics are the safest choice in the midst of the pandemic.

CORONAVIRUS AIR POLLUTION EFFECTS: This European Space Agency satellite image shows the drastic reduction in air pollution in France and Italy. Nitrogen pollution has dropped loudly new data by the European Environment Agency on Wednesday by up to 56 percent in the case of Madrid. In Paris, show local data Inclusion measures resulted in a 60 percent decrease. China could cause premature deaths due to air pollution fall by 50,000-100,000 During a continuing global recession, a study by the Oslo-based Center for International Climate Research estimated.

WATER AND SANITARY – BY NUMBER: Richard Connor, editor-in-chief of the U.N. World Water Development Report told POLITICO that its report found 2.2 billion people have no access to safely managed drinking water, while 4.2 billion (55 percent of the world population) have no securely managed sanitation.

GREEN THOUGHTS OF THE WEEK: The prevailing attitude of consumers in advanced economies that “I can have everything at least for now for the time being” will revert to seasonal food thinking, said Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence.

EU CARBON PRICE STARTS TO BREAKDOWN: The price for an emission permit fell to $ 16.22 on Monday from $ 28.06 a month earlier Refinitive, before recovering to $ 18.95 on Thursday. Ingvild Sørhus, senior EU carbon analyst at Refinitiv, said the drop in prices reminded her of a rapidly melting ice cream.

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