Trump Blasted at UN Ocean Conference: U.S. 'Main Threat to Mother Earth'
He called the U.S. one of the world's "main polluters" and said Trump's decision is akin to "denying science, turning your backs on multilateralism and attempting to deny a future to upcoming generations."
This "has made [the U.S.] the main threat to mother Earth and life itself," Morales said.
The remarks were made Monday at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City, where leaders and representatives from about 200 countries will devise ways to reverse the decline in oceanic health.
Other world leaders also seemed to criticize Trump's actions at the weeklong international conference.
Micronesia President Peter Christian emphasized that nations must work together to achieve the goals set out by the Paris agreement.
"While some may continue to deny man's culpability for the damaging effects of climate change on islands and islanders ... no man, no island, no village and no nation can deny that trash in our oceans is of man's own doing," Christian said. "And for this, man must clean up his mess."
UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned governments that unless they overcome short-term territorial and resource interests, the oceans will continue to deteriorate.
"Improving the health of our oceans is a test for multilateralism, and we cannot afford to fail," Guterres said. "We must jointly address the problems of governance that have held us back."
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that 64 high-income nations have joined an effort to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine fairly, prioritizing the most vulnerable citizens, as Science reported. The program is called the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or Covax, and it is a joint effort led by the WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
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Toxins in water produced by cyanobacteria was likely responsible for more than 300 elephant deaths in Botswana this year, the country's wildlife department announced on Monday.
How Did Cyanobacteria Poison the Elephants?<p>Cyanobacteria are microscopic organisms common in water and sometimes found in soil. Some cyanobacteria produce neurotoxins.</p><p>The cyanobacteria "was growing in pans" or watering holes, the principal veterinary officer of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Mmadi Reuben, told reporters.</p><p>Reuben said the deaths had "stopped towards the end of June 2020, coinciding with the drying of pans."</p><p>"However we have many questions still to be answered such as why the elephants only and why that area only? We have a number of hypotheses we are investigating," added Reuben.</p><p>Similar elephant deaths have also been recorded in neighboring Zimbabwe.</p>
Climate Change to Blame?<p>Not all cyanobacteria are toxic but scientists say varieties dangerous to humans and animals are occurring more frequently as climate change drives up global temperatures.</p><p>Southern Africa's temperatures are rising at twice the global average, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.</p>
Elephant Paradise?<p>Africa's overall elephant population is declining due to poaching. But Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent's elephants, has seen numbers grow to around 130,000.</p><p>Botswana's government said it was continuing studies into the occurrence of the deadly bacteria. In the winter, elephants hydrate themselves mainly by eating roots and bark, especially of the baobab tree.</p>
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