Biden administration commits millions of dollars to relocate Native tribes threatened by climate change
Biden administration commits millions of dollars to relocate Native tribes threatened by climate change“As all of you know, there are tribal communities that are at risk of being washed away, washed away by superstorms, rising sea levels and wildfires raging,” President Biden said at the White House on Wednesday, speaking at his administration’s first Tribal Nations Summit, with which the announcement was timed to coincide. “It’s devastating.
(Bloomberg) -- A global biodiversity summit put together by the United Nations got off to a bumpy start in Montreal on Tuesday, with organizers chastising delegates for failing to compromise on small changes needed to create a draft for environment ministers to debate next week. © Photographer: Andrej Ivanov/AFP/Getty Images People attend the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP15) Youth Summit at Quai Alexandra in the Old Port of Montreal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on December 6, 2022.
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COP15, as the summit is known, is the most important gathering on biodiversity in a decade. The goal is to create a Paris Agreement-style roadmap to protect enough of the world’s key ecosystems and slow climate change.
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President Joe Biden offered the strongest indication yet that Democrats will ditch Iowa as the kick-off to their presidential nominating process, saying the party should favor more diverse states and abandon time-intensive caucuses that he says freeze out working class voters. © Bloomberg US President Joe Biden speaks during the White House Tribal Nations Summit at the Department of the Interior in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022.
The two-week meeting started with a speech from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. “We are treating nature like a toilet, and ultimately, we are committing suicide by proxy,” he warned in his remarks, calling on delegates from nearly 200 nations to establish a framework “that beats back the biodiversity apocalypse by urgently tackling its drivers — land and sea-use change, over exploitation of species, climate change, pollution and invasive nonnative species.”
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As speeches marked the start of formal proceedings, there was squabbling on the sidelines. A push over the weekend to streamline diplomatic language in a draft agreement, by removing brackets around unsettled phrases, had come up short by by Monday night. The opening press conference on Tuesday morning came and went without progress.
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“Words that are being bandied about are actually very much similar. Let’s just settle on some of these things,” said Inger Andersen, executive director of the UN Environment Program. “Because when the gavel goes down, and the day is done, what will be remembered is not the complexity around a word. What will be remembered is the level of ambition, and the implementation, that followed.”
Decisions at COP15 must be made by consensus of all nations that signed on to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity nearly three decades ago. The US is one of the few nations not to have ratified the convention. The summit is hosted by China, even though it’s taking place in Canada because of pandemic restrictions.
One of the top goals of the summit is to lock down a commitment to protect 30% of the world’s land and seas by 2030. Support from the financial sector is key. A funding gap of $700 billion a year needs to be closed by 2030 and “trillions of dollars” of spending needs to include biodiversity goals, said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
Enlargement back on EU's agenda at Western Balkans summit
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The war in Ukraine has put the European Union's expansion at the top of the agenda as officials from the Western Balkans and EU leaders gather Tuesday for a summit intended to reinvigorate the whole enlargement process. The EU's executive commission has repeatedly promised Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia that they have futures within the bloc. But the progress of the six nations toward getting there stalled in recent years. The EU last admitted a new member — Croatia, which is also part of the Balkans — in 2013. Before that, Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007.
“We are really concerned that financing could be the issue that derail these negotiations at the end,” said Florian Titze, policy advisor and responsible for the financing negotiations at the World Wildlife Fund.
One big question mark is Brazil’s stance, according to people familiar with the talks. So far negotiators have seemed heavily guided by the vision of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro, especially on the Amazon rainforest, and it’s not clear to what extent the goals of President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be represented at COP15.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada will invest C$350 million ($256 million) in biodiversity around the world, and in his opening speech he asked every national leader to instruct their negotiators to commit to the “30 by 30” target.
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gas, "Summit for peace", weapons ... Volodymyr Zelensky urges G7 countries to support Ukraine .
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