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Good morning, this is Michelle, bringing you the latest on climate news from international Geneva. Today, we examine Geneva’s climate action strategy fresh from the oven.

Ahead of the UN’s “decade on ecosystem restoration”, we look at why healing our planet makes economic sense. We also worry as a chemical cargo ship sinking off the coast of Sri Lanka threatens to cause one of its worst beach pollution disasters in history.

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Michelle Langrand


Climate & environment news

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Solar panels are installed on the Geneva Stadium’s roof top in 2019. (Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi)

📗 Ambitious climate plans. The canton of Geneva plans to decarbonise by 2050 by tackling its most polluting sectors: energy, mobility and consumption. In order to achieve this, it has set bold targets such as cutting emissions by 60 per cent within the next decade. Augustin Fragnière from the University of Lausanne, helps us unpack where it hits the mark and where it’s a miss.

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💵🌲 Big bucks in restoring ecosystems. The latest report from the UN Environment Programme shows promising links between the restoration of ecosystems and economic growth. Ahead of the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the authors urge for more spending to reverse the degradation of nature.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here's what else is happening

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Sri Lanka Navy personnel clearing the beach from debris that washed ashore from the wreckage, in the beach of Negombo, northwest of Colombo. (Keystone/EPA/Chamila Karunarathne)

🚢 Disaster on the horizon. A sinking chemical cargo ship off the coast of Sri Lanka has the authorities bracing for the worst as they prepare for a potential oil spill. The container caught fire a couple of weeks ago and has already caused environmental damage, with plastic pellets and other hazardous waste washing up on the beach. The disaster, which could devastate marine life, comes the week before World Oceans Day, on which occasion UN secretary general Antonio Guterres will stress “that many of the benefits that the global ocean provides to humankind are being undermined by our own actions”.

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Next on the agenda

📌 7 June | Nature-based solutions and ecosystems restoration. Leaders from international organisations in Geneva discuss the benefits of healthy ecosystems and what can be done to reverse the damage that has already been done.


📌 8 June | World Oceans Day screening of Silent Fish. To celebrate World Oceans Day, a documentary depicting the lives of fishermen as they struggle to get by due to failing EU policies, will be shown online followed by a discussion with experts.


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