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International Update Volume 42, Issue 24

AUSTRALIA'S LARGEST FISHING VESSEL GETS INCREASED QUOTA; PROCESS CALLED INTO QUESTION

Australia

Approval of a significant increase in fishing quota for an Australian super trawler was called into question last week after a record of proceedings showed that a proponent of the fishing venture was allowed to outline the plan.

ARGENTINA CONVICTS CHEMICAL SPRAYERS IN LANDMARK CASE

Argentina

A court in Argentina convicted two people of illegally spraying chemicals near residential areas in the first case of its kind in the country. The case was widely followed in Argentina, where agrochemical use is widespread and the economy is heavily dependent on farming. The court in Cordoba found two farmers guilty of violating regulations that ban the use of farming chemicals near homes after a campaign by local residents who said the use of the chemicals had harmed their health.

UN GREEN CLIMATE FUND HOLDS FIRST MEETING

The leaders of a new United Nations fund tasked with channeling billions of dollars meant to assist developing nations with climate change met for the first time in Geneva last week. Once in place, the Green Climate Fund will manage money promised by developed countries, which is currently at around $10 billion dollars a year and will rise to $100 billion in 2020. Funds will help countries deal with floods, droughts, heatwaves, and rising sea levels.