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Out with the Old, in with the Blue: What the Biden Administration means for U.S. involvement in future international climate negotiations

By Student Delegate Jessica Griswold  As U.S. poll workers vigorously counted presidential votes on the evening of November 4, 2020, the Trump administration secured its official withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Just one year ago, Trump’s withdrawal announcement left many … Continue reading

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SBSTA convenes Ocean Climate Dialogue

By Student Delegate Andrea Salazar The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), on December 2, convened a dialogue on Ocean and Climate Change to consider how to strengthen adaptation and mitigation actions. Although mention of COVID-19’s effects on … Continue reading

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Highlights from Oceans Action Day and World Fisheries Day

By Student Delegate Marissa Pizaña Two decades ago, small-scale fishers from across the world formed a global movement—protecting nature and their human rights. The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) continue to convey the message that “fishing communities are being hit … Continue reading

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Reef Rescuers raise 40,000 corals in nurseries

By Student Delegate Suhasini Ghosh  Coral reefs are a valuable part of the marine ecosystem. Local economies and thousands of marine species rely on coral reefs for survival. However, coral reefs are in danger of disappearing due to the rise in atmospheric … Continue reading

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Climate Smart Agriculture in Small Island Developing States

By Student Delegate Paige Beyer Small island developing states (SIDS) are often characterized by their size, remoteness, and bountiful marine resources. Highly dependent on fisheries for food, these island nations face agricultural limitations resulting in a heavy reliance on imports. … Continue reading

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Seaweed Sweeping Women contribute to Circular Economy in the Seychelles

By Student Delegate Andrea Salazar  Seaweed has become increasingly more problematic than promising in some parts of the world. Dense ½ meter mounds of seaweed have washed up on the beaches of Caribbean and Atlantic States. If this trend makes … Continue reading

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The Kids are (All)Right: How the Youth are Inspiring Change

By Student Delegate Paige Beyer  On August 20, 2018 Greta Thunberg skipped school. Alone, she sat outside the Swedish parliament for the entirety of the school day with a hand-painted sign: school strike for climate. What started as a singular … Continue reading

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Good Grammar: English as the Default in Climate Negotiations

By Student Delegate Lucas Waggoner  The legal world is a linguistic minefield. You can achieve success or lose everything over the placement of a single comma. Professionals are hired to twist and manipulate the language to achieve desired outcomes. This becomes … Continue reading

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Seabirds Could Lead Ocean Conservation Efforts Soaring

By Student Delegate Samantha Morrison  The  Seychelles  has  been successful  in  creating  a  network  of  protected  areas  and  reviving  endangered  avian  species. Continued research on seabird distributions and habitats could lead States like the Seychelles to have better-informed planning for … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Two Driving Forces that Make the World Go Round: Humanity and Nature.

By Student Delegate Marissa Pizaña The variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem: Biodiversity. Biodiversity—marine and land—around the world is rapidly degraded and destroyed, with grave and far-reaching implications for human well-being. When most … Continue reading

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