New Zealand announced it will create a new refugee visa for Pacific Islanders displaced by rising seas. The nation says it is preparing for the possibility of a larger evacuation of island residents in the future as a result of ongoing climate change.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has reversed the ban on elephant parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia, saying it will help fund conservation. Critics argue allowing wealthy big-game hunters to kill would confuse efforts to curb illegal poaching.
Port officials and exporters say current pipelines, ports, and shipping lanes will be unable to handle further growth. Since the export ban was lifted less than two years ago, shipments are hitting a record of 2 million barrels a day.
A Swedish funded initiative hopes to include indigenous voices in the worldwide environmental discussion. The goal is to use the intimate environmental knowledge held by indigenous groups to create more effective climate policy worldwide.
After half a century of conservation efforts, scientists are seeing long-term growth in some populations of the globe’s seven species of sea turtles.
Finding paths of progress toward a greener planet shouldn't be left to governments alone, businesses play a key role in developing new technologies, says executive director of UN Environment.