Poaching has been intermittently addressed by the UN Security Council as part of the conflicts and broad human rights abuses cited. However, is poaching and the illegal trade the motivation rather than just the means?
More than 140 countries meeting in Geneva last month signed off on a pact to curb the release of toxic mercury around the world by giant coal-burning power plants as well as 13 million poor artisanal gold miners.
As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.
Next year at the Earth Summit, countries and companies have a chance to build upon momentum by committing to deeper actions to spur renewable energy deployment. This is an important opportunity that shouldn't be missed.
As thousands of people marched on the COP-16 climate summit to condemn the false solutions and backroom deals being pushed in the negotiations, solidarity actions unfolded in over 100 cities around the world.
As we recently reported in Science magazine, biodiversity has continued to decline over the past four decades. This is largely due to increased pressures resulting from human population economic growth.
This year, the UN is launching a new public web site that records the carbon footprint of just about every UN agency. The first step in solving a problem is figuring out its true scope and being transparent about it.