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BRAZIL DEPLOYS TROOPS TO AMAZON AS DEFORESTATION REACHES RECORD HIGHS

Brazil

On May 11, Brazil deployed 3,800 troops to protect the Amazon rainforest as deforestation surged ahead of the high season for forest fires.

AUSTRALIA INVESTS $190 MILLION INTO HYDROGEN FOR GREEN ECONOMIC BOOST

Australia

On May 3, the Australian government announced the creation of a $190 million fund to develop hydrogen technology.

RECORD EMISSIONS DECLINE SETS UP HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY FOR RENEWABLES

Global carbon emissions are projected to fall by 8 percent this year, the largest decline in emissions ever recorded, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) on April 30 (New York Times).

EUROPEAN LEADERS CALL FOR GREEN DEAL MEASURES IN PANDEMIC RECOVERY

EU

European leaders have called for green investments in their coronavirus recovery plans, citing the need for clean air and a circular economy to rebuild resilience. On April 15, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reaffirmed strong support for the European Green Deal, which aims for zero carbon emissions in the European Union (EU) bloc by 2050.

LOCKDOWN HALTS TOURISM REVENUE TO WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN AFRICA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

Africa, Thailand

As borders closed this past month in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, Africa’s $39 billion tourism industry and the conservation projects that rely on its revenues have come to a sudden halt.

U.N. POSTPONES 2020 CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Japan, United Kingdom

On April 1, the United Nations announced it would postpone this year’s climate change conference to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic (UNFCCC). The talks, originally to be held November 9-20 in Glasgow, mark the five-year deadline for countries to update their national climate targets according to the Paris Agreement of 2015.

ISOLATION MEASURES FOR CORONAVIRUS CLEAR AIR POLLUTION IN CHINA, ITALY

China, Italy, South Korea, United States

Recent social isolation and travel restriction measures imposed by countries including China and Italy have led to a significant decline in air pollution. Lockdown measures affecting 35 million people in China began in January.

AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE SURVIVORS WAIT FOR RELIEF AS LAST FIRES EXTINGUISH

Australia

On March 2, Australian officials announced that there were no longer any active bushfires in the state of New South Wales for the first time in 240 days.

U.K. COURT BLOCKS HEATHROW AIRPORT EXPANSION OVER CLIMATE IMPACTS

United Kingdom

On February 27, Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled against an $18 billion proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport, stating policymakers had failed to consider the U.K.’s climate change commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement when designing the project (AP News, Reuters,

LOCUST SWARMS SPREAD TO SOUTH SUDAN, THREATEN FOOD SECURITY OF MILLIONS

Africa, Tanzania

Locust swarms across Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Tanzania, and Uganda have now entered South Sudan, threatening crops and livelihoods of 25 million people. The locust outbreak in Kenya is the worst the country has faced in 70 years, while Somalia and Ethiopia are experiencing their worst swarms in 25 years.