Trump Officials Weaken Protections for Animals Near Extinction

The Trump administration is scaling back the US government’s latitude to protect species nearing extinction, as world scientists warn that a biodiversity crisis will soon put humanity at risk. More than 1,600 species are considered officially at risk in the US. A United Nations report this spring found humans are …

Oil Market Report: Economic Woes Hold Sway Over Geopolitics

While geopolitical tensions in the Middle East Gulf remain high, with US sanctions recently extended to more Iranian officials and a Chinese oil importer, as well as another tanker seizure, oil prices (Brent) have eased back from the most recent high of $67/bbl. Shipping operations are at normal levels, albeit …

UNDP and Samsung Unveil Global Goals Partnership

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced a new partnership to boost awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals today in New York. The new Global Goals app and accessories were unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Samsung Galaxy phones will …

IRENA and UN Climate Change Join Forces to Accelerate Renewables as Climate Solution

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) are jointly ramping up efforts to fight climate change by promoting the widespread adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy. The new strategic partnership builds on a long history of cooperation that aims to ensure a low-carbon climate-resilient world …

Australian Solar Could Power Singapore Within a Decade

When the 720 km power cable from Norway to the UK made landfall two years ago it was hailed as the longest in the world. Now a Singaporean renewable energy company has plans for an undersea power line five times longer. Sun Cable plans to generate electricity using solar power …

Why Forest Elephant Extinction Will Make Climate Change Much Worse

Forest elephant extinction would exacerbate climate change. That’s according to a new study in Nature Geoscience which links feeding by elephants with an increase in the amount of carbon that forests are able to store. The bad news is that African forest elephants – smaller and more vulnerable relatives of …