Nearly 200 governments meeting in Bonn have now agreed a ‘road map’ to protect the world’s wildlife from pollution and climate change. The dropping of a project to artificially boost carbon-absorbing algae in the sea, while not knowing what it could do to marine life, was key to a breakthrough.
“There is lots to do,” said Germany’s Environment Minister, and conference host, Sigmar Gabriel. “But I think we can say that the debate on the protection of flora and fauna is back on the international political agenda, and that’s what we wanted.”
But as delegates were celebrating the end of negotiations inside, outside Greenpeace insisted developments were taking too long when whole species were being wiped out at great speed —three an hour it claims — exacerbated by the lack of progress in protecting the lungs of the earth, the forests.