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INDIAN OCEAN TUNA COMMISSION SETS NEW RULES TO AVERT STOCK COLLAPSE
02/13/2023
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53
Update Issue
5

On February 5, members of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission agreed to adopt new fishing rules to conserve tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean. The new measures will increase the monitoring of fish-aggregating devices (FADs), require all FADs to be registered, and restrict the number of fishing aids permitted for each vessel starting in 2024 (Guardian).

EU AGREES TO BACK GLOBAL LOSS AND DAMAGE FUND FOR CLIMATE DISASTERS
11/21/2022
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52
Update Issue
33

In the final days of the COP27 summit, the European Union (EU) announced that it would back the establishment of a loss and damage fund. This fund, a core demand and top agenda item for many developing countries, would provide financing to help those countries respond to and recover from climate disasters (Reuters). It also marks a divergence from most climate funding to date, which has been directed at mitigation measures.

EUROPE PROPOSES EMERGENCY PLAN TO REDUCE NATURAL GAS CONSUMPTION
07/25/2022
Update Volume
52
Update Issue
21

Last Wednesday, the European Union’s (EU’s) executive branch announced an emergency plan to reduce natural gas consumption in preparation for energy shortages this winter and shifting the bloc away from dependence on Russian energy (Reuters). The plan demands that between August 1 and March 31 each EU country must ration gas and decrease consumption by 15% (New York Times).

EU TO HOLD COMPANIES ACCOUNTABLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENT
03/07/2022
Update Volume
52
Update Issue
7

The European Commission proposed a law at the end of February that would hold companies in the European Union (EU) accountable for environmental and human rights violations throughout their supply chains. The Corporate Due Diligence law will be discussed and modified by the EU Parliament and 27 Member governments over the next year. The draft released in February would apply to about 13,000 EU companies, those with more than 500 employees and annual revenue above approximately $170 million.

EU AGREES TO IMPROVE CLIMATE EMISSIONS GOAL BUT DELAYS SPECIFIC TARGET
10/19/2020
Update Volume
50
Update Issue
30

On October 15, European Union (EU) leaders agreed that they should move to increase their climate emissions reduction goal but have yet to commit to a specific target. Currently, the EU has pledged to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050, with an interim goal of cutting emissions by 40% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2030.