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International Update Volume 48, Issue 33

IUCN DOWNLISTS MOUNTAIN GORILLA FROM CRITICALLY ENDANGERED LIST

On November 15, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) downlisted the Central African mountain gorilla from its critically endangered species list to its endangered species list. The mountain gorilla population has risen to 1,000 from 680 in 2008, prompting the reclassification. Liz Williamson, a primate specialist for IUCN, however cautioned that the species is still in danger and that conservation efforts should continue.

SPAIN CONSIDERS GAS VEHICLE BAN TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE

Spain

The Spanish government is considering a ban on the sale of gas and diesel cars as one of its measures to tackle climate change. The possible ban is part of a proposal the government released on November 13 that sets forth plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 37% by 2030 and convert the national energy grid to 100% renewable sources by 2050. For the full story, see https://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2018/11/14/stories/1060106117.

FRANCE PLANS TO ADDRESS GLOBAL DEFORESTATION

France

On November 14, France announced plans to address deforestation around the world. It is proposing 17 measures aimed at halting deforestation caused by imports of nonsustainable forest and agricultural products by 2030. Measures include financial aid to encourage developing countries to respect non-deforestation criteria, the creation of a "zero deforestation" label for consumers, and a push for European policy on imports that pose a risk to forests. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-environment/france-sets-out-pla....