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Biden summit buoys climate treaty hopes

Gas and coal-fired power plants at the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands (AN/Frans Berkelaar)

A two-day global climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden ended with leaders and companies pledging to decarbonize the world economy.

E.U. pitches new measures on ESG investing

Ireland's first wind-powered, sustainable public park in Dublin (AN/William Murphy)

The E.U. proposed new rules that would require publicly-listed and large private companies to report information on their environmental and social impacts.

Geneva ‘anticipator’ pushes science diplomacy

Geneva's Campus Biotech, part of Swiss Innovation Park and home to GESDA (AN/John Heilprin)

A new Swiss foundation unveiled sweeping plans that include establishing a global science court, an international organization and an international treaty.

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.

World leaders propose new pandemic treaty

A line for COVID-19 testing in New York City (AN/Hrag Vartanian)

Twenty five nations joined with the European Council and World Health Organization in making an “urgent call” for creation of an international pandemic treaty.

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.

Central banks lean into era of big data

The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany (AN/Dinu Dominic Manns)

Machine learning applications that use big data are increasingly helping central banks to conduct research and make decisions, according to a new BIS paper.

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.

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.