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Good morning, this is Michelle, and we're looking ahead to next week, when climate will be on the UN Security Council’s radar, though not all countries are comfortable with this.

In other climate news, conservationists are throwing out their excel sheets and turning to artificial intelligence. Plus, the UN chief uses war language to describe how we’ve been destroying nature.

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Michelle Langrand, Geneva

19.02.2021


Climate news


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Scene labeling applied to a Madagascar landscape. (Wildme)

🐯🔍 AI spy an endangered species. As ecosystems continue to degrade at alarming rates, conservationists need to scale-up their efforts in order to keep up. But efforts remain small scale and underfunded. Artificial intelligence is offering some creative solutions to bridge that gap.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🇺🇳 2021, the year of climate security? Until now, climate change has been mainly seen as a development policy issue. But some countries would like to see it addressed by a high profile body such as the UN Security Council. With the US recommitting to climate action and China pledging carbon neutrality by 2060, who knows, the stars may align.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

🕊️ Make peace with nature. Our unsustainable ways are destroying the planet and we’re waging war against nature, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has said, launching a report that lays out the connections between the three self-inflicted planetary crises: biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution. The report does offer a silver lining, ensuring that we have the capacity and resources to win the fight.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening


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Students protest in New Dehli on Tuesday. (Keystone/AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Students in India have taken to the streets calling for climate activist Disha Ravi’s release. The activist from Fridays for Future was detained on Saturday, accused of spreading misinformation after distributing on social media a document explaining why farmers have been massively protesting for over two months. Farmers are demanding the repeal of a set of laws they claim will put them at the mercy of powerful corporations. Despite their demands not being related to the environment, the critical situation in which India’s agricultural system finds itself is partly linked to climate change, as explained in this article from Le Monde Diplomatique.

Hindustan Times (EN)

Next on the agenda


📌 22-23 February | UN Environment Assembly. States convene virtually to discuss global environmental challenges and set the roadmap for the next few years.

UNEP (EN)

📌 23 and 25 February | Hydrogen Transition Summit. Two days to explore the role of clean hydrogen as a key driver of the transition to net-zero.

Climate Action (EN)

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