As the Rio+20 Earth Summit heads into its final hours, there’s a sense of anti-climax and disillusionment among environmental campaigners, scientists and activists. Charlotte Smith of Oceans Inc reflects on missed opportunities and disappointing outcomes.
Oceans campaigners at the Rio+20 Earth Summit have welcomes a ruling that the supermarket giant Intermarché made false claims about sustainable seafood. The French advertising authority told Intermarché they must pull all the offending advertisements relating to deep sea fish.
Negotiations to get better protection for the world’s oceans may have faltered at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, but on the other side of town the so-called “People’s Summit” is showing the politicians how it should be done. Charlotte Smith of Oceans Inc reports…
Royalty and celebrities turn out for the premiere of “Planet Ocean”, the latest film from French director Yann Arthus-Betrand, in Rio de Janeiro, where heads of state are gathering for the climax of the Earth Summit. The filmmaker says he wants to change the way people look at the world’s oceans.
The final draft conference text on oceans delays action on protecting international waters – just as civil society groups vote it top priority in their session. The United States denies it blocked progress – the High Seas Alliance coalition issues a stern rebuke.
A triple-whammy of rising temperatures, increased acid levels and lack of oxygen is destroying the world’s oceans, according to scientists at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. Experts warn that small island states are being hit especially hard, with impacts on health, food and livelihoods.
As momentum builds at the Rio+20 Earth Summit, two leading oceans experts point the finger at US negotiators as the stumbling block for a new treaty, but praise Brazil for taking the lead.