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Primary forest loss up 12% despite pandemic

Logging of West African old growth forests in Gabon (AN/David Stanley)

Old-growth tropical forest losses rose 12 percent in 2020 accelerated by commerce and climate-related factors, according to Global Forest Watch.

NATO ministers agree to climate strategy shift

Foreign ministers meeting at NATO's headquarters in Brussels (AN/NATO)

Foreign ministers to NATO agreed to elevate the importance of global warming and other major environmental threats in military planning and strategy.

Food waste could circle Earth sevenfold

Gulls flock on a garbage truck in Dorset, U.K., collecting food waste to convert to biogas and fertilizer (AN/Andrew Bone)

While one-in-10 people on the planet suffers chronic hunger, the world wastes about 17 percent of all the food that is produced each year, UNEP reported.

Analysis finds climate pledges ‘fall far short’

A collapsed block of permafrost along Drew Point, Alaska (AN/Benjamin Jones)

The world’s promised cuts in greenhouse gases come nowhere close to fulfilling the 2015 Paris Agreement, according to a new U.N. analysis.

U.S. welcomed back to Paris climate treaty

San Francisco's City Hall goes green in December 2020 to honor five years of the 2015 Paris Agreement (AN/Dana Brown)

French President Emmanuel Macron led a chorus of world leaders and advocates in celebrating the United States’ official return to the 2015 Paris Agreement.

UNEP plan seeks way out of nature crisis

A hiker on Romania's Ciucaș Peak (AN/David Marcu)

In a new major report, the U.N. Environment Program recommended a “scientific blueprint” for governments to tackle three environmental crises at once.

WWF says deep sea mining risks too high

A Mediterranean seabed near the Balearic Islands archipelago (AN/Andrey Arkhipov)

Allowing mining companies to tap deep sea deposits beneath international waters poses too many underwater risks, a global environmental group reported.

U.N. chief taps Bloomberg for key climate role

Michael Bloomberg at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit (AN/Nikki Ritcher)

Michael Bloomberg was reappointed to the role of U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres’ special envoy on climate ambition and solutions.

Poll finds wide agreement on ‘climate emergency’

A British climate strike at Bristol in September 2019 (AN/Sam Saunders)

A U.N. survey found 64 percent of 1.2 million people polled in 50 nations — all of them video gamers — called climate change a global emergency.

Summit marks U.S. re-entry to climate fight

John Kerry, the new U.S. presidential envoy, addresses the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (AN/CAS 2021)

A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.