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African Coastal Nations Exposed To Climate Crisis, Patagonia Nature Conservation & More-Weekly News

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1. The UN has unveiled a new plan to improve the air we share for Latin America and the Caribbean. A regional plan is set up to support the strengthening of integrated air quality management and reduce air pollution to protect health and the environment. This will help mitigate climate change and achieve the related Sustainable Development goals in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

2. During the Petersberg climate dialogue in Berlin, the Egyptian government severely curtailed environmental groups’ ability to carry out independent policy, advocacy, and field work essential to protecting the country’s natural environment. These restrictions violate the rights to freedom of assembly and association and threaten Egypt’s ability to uphold its environmental and climate action commitments.

3. The cost of living has risen making issues like hunger, poverty & climate change vulnerable. The cost has spiked by 25% from $176 trillion as per a report by WEF.

4. The pet songbird trade in Asia has already driven several species close to extinction, with birds targeted primarily for their beautiful voices. Now a study has revealed that particular colours of plumage put birds at greater risk of being taken from the wild and sold.

5. Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy could save the world as much as £10.2tn by 2050. Gas prices have soared on mounting concerns over energy supplies. But the researchers say that going green now makes economic sense because of the falling cost of renewables.

6. U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization warned that Africa’s islands and coastal states, home to 16 million people  will be heavily exposed to rising seas and will spend about $50 billion in damages by 2050.

7. Outdoor gear company Patagonia says “the earth is now our only shareholder” after transferring the company’s ownership from founder Yvon Chouinard and his family to two nonprofits established to fight climate change. In a letter posted on the 50-year-old company’s website, Chouinard said Patagonia would transfer 100% of its voting stock to the Patagonia Purpose Trust, created to uphold the values of the company long known for its environmental activism.

Pranjali Hasotkar

Pranjali Hasotkar (she/her) is an aspiring journalist with a relish for writing about pressing global issues and feminism. While she is not writing, she reads psychological thrillers.

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