International

December 6, 2021

Barbara Ward Lecture 2021: Outstanding Woman in Development

Join the International Institute for Environment and Development in person or online for a lecture by Rebeca Grynspan (pictured, left), the secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, to discuss "Costa Rica’s journey to global climate leadership – what can we learn from a good example?" 1:30 p.m. ET.

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"COP26: The Truth Behind The New Climate Change Denial"

"As world leaders met at the COP26 summit to debate how to tackle climate change, misleading claims and falsehoods about the climate spiralled on social media. ... We've looked at some of the most viral claims of the past year, and what the evidence really says."

Source: BBC News, 11/22/2021

"The Real Reason Gas Prices Are So High Right Now"

"It's not the Biden administration's energy policies nor Big Oil illegally manipulating prices."

"On Wednesday, amid a fresh surge in gas prices, the Biden administration announced that it had asked the FTC to investigate whether oil and gas companies were doing anything illegal to manipulate prices. Republicans have countered that it’s a cheap political stunt and blamed President Joe Biden’s energy policies.

Source: Earther, 11/22/2021

"A Power Struggle Over Cobalt Rattles the Clean Energy Revolution"

"The quest for Congo’s cobalt, which is vital for electric vehicles and the worldwide push against climate change, is caught in an international cycle of exploitation, greed and gamesmanship."

Source: NYTimes, 11/22/2021

Nations Fail To Agree On Antarctic Conservation For Fifth Straight Year

"Members of the multilateral body responsible for Antarctic marine conservation failed to agree on new measures to protect the Southern Ocean from overfishing. China and Russia blocked all proposals to establish new marine protected areas."

Source: Mongabay, 11/16/2021

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