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Montreal Protocol advances HFC phase-down discussions
PARIS: After a five-day preparatory meeting in Paris, Parties to the Montreal Protocol failed to finalise a formal negotiation process for discussions on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) but agreed to hold an additional meeting prior to the Dubai Meeting of the Parties, which takes place in early November.
Support for tackling HFCs under the Ozone Convention has grown since the first amendment proposals were tabled in 2009. Four proposals were submitted to the 36th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), sparking unprecedented formal discussions in the plenary of the meeting while a second track ‘informal’ process took place to agree a mandate for a contact group to take negotiations forward.
Pakistan emerged as the only country blocking progress by the end of the five-day meeting, refusing to allow reference to the amendment proposals in the negotiated mandate even after proponents agreed to first address issues of importance to the countries that have up to now opposed phasing down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol.
A successful negotiation process in Dubai, which precedes the Paris Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), could breathe air into the Paris climate negotiations and set a heavyweight precedent for an effective global climate treaty.
“Given that the vast majority of Parties to the Montreal Protocol support these proposals amendment, it’s extremely frustrating that after another week of discussions we are yet to start formal negotiations,” said Clare Perry, EIA Climate Campaign team leader.
“Time is running out and substantial political efforts need to be made to clear the path towards a rapid global agreement on HFCs.”
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Bangladesh discovers only 100 tigers in famed Sundarbans
Bangladesh has only about 100 tigers living in the world's largest mangrove forest, far fewer of the endangered animals than previously thought, following a recent survey, a top forestry official said Monday.
Some 440 tigers were recorded during the previous census conducted in 2004 in the World Heritage-listed Sundarbans, one of the world's last remaining habitats for the big cats.
But experts said better methodology was the reason for the huge drop in the numbers, saying hidden cameras used this time around, rather than pug marks, gave a much more accurate figure.
Tapan Kumar Dey, the government's wildlife conservator, said analysis of camera footage from the year-long survey that ended in April found numbers ranged between 83 and 130, giving an average of 106.
"So plus or minus we have around 106 tigers in our parts of the Sundarbans. It's a more accurate figure," Dey told AFP of the survey, which has not yet been publicly released.
About 74 tigers have previously been counted on the Indian side of the Sundarbans, which makes up nearly 40 percent of the forest straddling both countries over 10,000 square kilometres (3,860 square miles).
Full story at uk.news.yahoo.com/bangladesh-discovers-only-100-tigers-famed-sundarbans-050137655.html#RDdJVmA
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16 hours ago ·