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Environment in Americas

  • Mandatory evacuation order in Florida

    UNITED STATES, 2017/09/09 St. Petersburg, Florida, has been voted to have the nicest white sandy beaches in the United States, and along with the rest of Florida, this thriving tourism destination on Tampa Bay is in for a nightmare at the same time as Hurricane Irma hits at category 3 or 4 strength. The massive hurricane that has been barreling through the Caribbean, is expected to run up the east coast of Florida, which would mean tropical storm conditions along the west coast on Sunday. However, the bay area remains just inside the cone of uncertainty.
  • Pray for my island. Irma is hitting Cuba hard !

    CUBA, 2017/09/09 Pray for my island. Irma is hitting Cuba hard. I’m very protective of Cuba.The place I was born in, the place I love most, and my country. I hope everyone stays safe. These are some of tweets seen online while Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain next devastating several Caribbean islands. Upgraded from category 4 to category 5 Irma has no regret hitting the Caribbean Country. Irma hit the Camaguey Archipelago late on Friday, threatening nearby coastal towns and villages.
  • Why electric vehicles are closer than they appear

    WORLD, 2017/08/22 Tesla may have attracted the lion's share of media coverage at the same time as it started rolling out the Model 3 this month, but the revolution in cars had by presently begun part the world's major automakers. The transition to electric vehicles is well underway, and market saturation could come much sooner. Here's why. We are in the early stages of a revolution in automobiles. The widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles and of driverless, or autonomous cars, is much closer on the horizon than it appears.
  • Sub-national diplomacy trumped on climate change

    UNITED STATES, 2017/07/10 In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, California Governor Jerry Brown chose an unusual form of turmoil — he went to China. He as well made a point of announcing the schedule would include discussions on linking California’s nascent carbon market to China’s emissions trading system, which currently covers several provinces and is due to be expanded country-wide by the end of 2017. For both China and the United States, this type of sub-national diplomacy broke new ground. By proposing to entirely bypass Washington to pursue California’s climate change goals, Governor Brown significantly raised the stakes for sub-national participation in China’s relationship with the outside world. From presently on for China, the United States and other nations, sub-national diplomacy is no substitute for the real thing. In most policy areas, the route to real action still runs through national capitals.
  • Peru’s Protected Area System: A Key Component Of Ecotourism

    PERU, 2017/07/08 Ranked as one of the ten most mega-diverse nations in the world, Peru has used its biodiversity as a tool to attract both foreign and domestic visitors. This has engendered a flourishing ecotourism sector, which has become largely dependent on the Andean country’s protected area system. Ecotourism interweaves aspects of environmental conservation, economic development, and cultural preservation. In practice, it can include educating visitors about biodiversity, raising cultural awareness, and generating financial benefits for nearby communities and conservation efforts.[i] Peru’s protected area system supports the fundamentals of ecotourism and has become a vehicle for the sector’s increased increase.
  • Dealing with the ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change

    WORLD, 2017/05/14 Scaling down our emissions and building resilience against climate change can only take us so far. Some negative impacts and damages are now unavoidable. The inevitable consequences of human-caused climate change have collectively come to be known as “loss and damage”. First emerging decades ago as a relatively obscure plea by small island states, loss and damage has now gained recognition as the third pillar of international climate policy, after mitigation and adaptation. But turning the concept of loss and damage into something more tangible for countries bearing the brunt of extreme weather or rising seas has proved more fractious.
  • Rio carnival stars environmental disaster

    BRAZIL, 2017/04/30 In 2015, the collapse of a dam at a mine in the Brazilian national of Minas Gerais caused environmental damage that was unprecedented in the country. Tonnes of mud with heavy metals — its volume originally estimated at some 25,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools — stretched over 800 kilometres and reached the Doce River ( “Doce” means “sweet” in Portuguese), one of the majority significant of Brazil’s major rivers. The disaster, which had irreversible negative effects on human health and the environment and marked the country's history, was revived this year in one of the majority significant spaces in Brazilian popular culture: the carnival of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Thermometer Rising—Climate Change and Canada’s Economic Future

    CANADA, 2017/03/06 It is my privilege to speak to you about the economic implications of climate change—one of the biggest challenges facing Canada and the world in the 21st century. Let me initial congratulate the Finance and Sustainability Initiative for your leadership in promoting responsible investment for sustainable development. Your work is vital to putting finance at the service of environmental sustainability—helping the private sector to identify the risks and opportunities inherent in climate change and green finance.
  • Building a Global Action Platform to Create Abundant Food, Health, and Prosperity—While Saving the Planet’s Ecology

    WORLD, 2016/06/11 The grand challenges of poverty, health, and economic prosperity can be solved. Indeed, it is possible to harness an emerging alliance of institutions, a growing knowledge base, technology platforms, and innovations to unleash an abundant and ecologically sustainable next for each person and for the earth. World Action Platform began with this bold vision in 2012. A lot of criticized this vision at the time, but today, our founding vision is gaining ground. Indeed, with the 2015 launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, this vision is being embraced actively by a growing network of corporations, universities, investors, governments, and NGOs around the world.
  • Great Barrier Reef, Reeling Under Extensive Coral Bleaching, Finds No Mention In Key UN Climate Report

    WORLD, 2016/05/28 The Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest living structure — contributes over $5 billion annually to the Australian economy, with tourism accounting for a huge chunk of the money generated. However, in recent years, climate change-induced ocean acidification has severely damaged the iconic structure, putting at risk not only the countless species that depend on it, but also the revenue stream that supports a significant portion of economic activity in Australia.