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International Update Volume 42, Issue 6

WORLD BANK PRESIDENT CALLS FOR INCREASED OCEAN PROTECTION

The World Bank launched the Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other groups, to protect oceans. The partnership aims to raise $1.5 billion in five years, and proposed targets for the Global Partnership for Oceans include rebuilding at least half of the world's fishing stocks. "The facts don't lie . . . we are not doing enough, we are not accomplishing enough, and the oceans continue to get sick and die," said World Bank president Robert Zoellick. Zoellick said that marine protected areas should be more than doubled.

FOREST FIRES DAMAGE INDIA'S FOREST COVER

India

Forest fires have contributed to a large reduction in India's forest cover since 2009, with the heaviest losses occurring in Andrha Pradesh. The state reported a maximum forest cover loss of 281 square kilometer and a decrease across all states and territories totaling 867 square kilometers. Some of the damage is due to logging, and the state center in Andrha Pradesh blamed the Naxals, a militant Communist group, for felling trees. However, much of the damage is due to widespread fires.

EU EXPERTS FAIL TO AGREE ON PROPOSAL TO CALL OIL SANDS "DIRTY"

Canada, EU

A European Union committee of technical experts failed to agree to a proposal to label oil sands fuel as more polluting than other fuel sources. The committee, which met last week, was tasked with determining whether oil sands should be labeled as "dirty" under the Fuel Quality Directive, which is designed to cut the carbon intensity of transport fuels by 6 percent by 2020. Such a label would make oil sands more costly to import, a measure Canada has called unjustified and discriminatory. Canada made it clear it would take trade action if the proposal went ahead.