Securing an ambitious new global pact to protect nature at a U.N. summit later this year will require stronger political leadership from host nation China, officials and observers warn.
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Pledges will fall short of their goal unless biodiversity-rich Southeast Asian nations get behind the ambitious proposal, environmentalists have warned.
Agreement on the text of a new global treaty to safeguard plants, animals and ecosystems may not be reached without in-person talks, officials and observers have said.
A bold policy reset amid the crisis has helped the country achieve four straight years of declines in deforestation.
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to pass an equality law ahead of the games.
The loss in 2020 of 4.2 million hectares of primary forest — intact areas of old-growth trees — equaled the size of the Netherlands.
Currently battling its worst floods in more than half a century, the country has failed to adapt fast enough to growing threats while climate change has become "a partisan political issue."
The spread of the virus weakened environmental regulations, cut funding for protection work and forced city migrants back to rural areas.
Australia is seen as a regional laggard on climate by some green groups, who cite pledges for zero emissions by midcentury made by China, Japan and South Korea.
The archipelago is already suffering the impacts of rising global temperatures, with its cities and coastal areas hit by regular flooding and rising sea levels.