15th Biodiversity COP (2021-2022)

Artwork Montreal, Canada hosts a hybrid event, the 15th Biodiversity COP – cbd.int/meetings/COP-15 – December 5-17 with the theme “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.” Delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Hashtags: #COP15, #SBSTTA, #Post2020 The first part of the meetings took place virtually from October 11-15, 2021, with the …

Tren Maya = Maya Train

Logo Mexico – Tren Maya (Maya Train), the controversial, under-construction train service in the Yucatán Peninsula, is under scrutiny. Scheduled to be operational in December 2023, the 1,500km track will have sections open from Chetumal-Escárcega and Chetumal-Cancún.  Key Linkstren-maya.mxEl Tren y la Tierra (PDF)@[email protected] HeadlinesGovernor Mauricio Vila proposes to link Progreso with the Maya Train …

Ukraine 2022

Screenshot: Flight Aware (March 24, 2022) Rolling coverage of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Hashtags: #BlueandYellow #StandWithUkraine #WeStandWithUkraine HeadlinesEuropean Union grants candidate status to Ukraine and MoldovaUkraine and the problem of “futurelessness”100 days in, Russia’s war is now a brutal offensive in eastern UkraineSaving Ukraine’s cultural heritageWhy can’t the UN Security Council save Ukraine?How Putin’s …

Climate 2022

Photo: Eric Kilby, Nelchina Glacier (Some rights reserved) Headlines and features related to climate in 2022 QuotesCarbon dioxide is at levels our species has never experienced before—this is not new. We have known about this for half a century, and have failed to do anything meaningful about it. What’s it going to take for us …

Impact of COVID19 on Tourism

Photo: Ron Mader, Ferguson’s, Downtown Las Vegas (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on the impact of COVID19 on travel and tourism with a spotlight on upcoming events and webinars: HeadlinesCDC to lift COVID test requirement for international air travelersJapan to let in foreign tourists, but only if masked and accompanied by chaperoneJapan to reopen to foreign …

Australia Votes 2022

Photo: Denisbin, Eyre (Some rights reserved) Australia – federal elections will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 to elect members of the 47th Parliament. Voting is mandatory for citizens over 18. More than 17.2 million people – 96% of eligible voters – are enrolled for this election. All 151 seats in the lower house, …

Mexico USA Borderlands Links

Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library (Some rights reserved) What would locals like others know about the Mexico/USA Borderlands? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesThe Biden administration is ending a controversial border policyScoop: Ukrainians flock to U.S.-Mexico borderBorder Report: A Renewed Push for Cross-Border Transit – Voice of San DiegoThreats from QAnon conspiracists have …

May 12 is the International Day of Plant Health

Photo: Rojas de Cuauhtemoc (Some rights reserved) A legacy of the the 2020-2021 International Year of Plant Health and starting in 2022, May 12 is the International Day of Plant Health. Hashtag: #PlantHealthDay Key Linksfao.org/plant-health-dayInternational Day of Plant Health: Get Involved! (PDF)@FAO Press ReleasesPlant health summit aims to boost food security, safeguard human healthPress Release: …