Friday, December 13, join a conference call on key takeaways from this year's U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid, Spain. Join us for insight into what this year's meetings mean for the future of climate action — from financial mechanisms to national climate policy implementation.

You'll hear from:

Deborah Charles (moderator), managing editor

Michael Igoe, senior reporter


For more insights leading up to the event, you can read Michael's latest story on the alignment of multilateral development banks with the Paris climate agreement, explore our multi-year climate funding analysis, and sign up for our COP25 wrapup newsletter. Can't join us live? Register anyway and we'll send you a copy of the event recording. You can submit your questions in advance by replying to


Humans are destroying wetlands three times faster than we are destroying tropical rainforests. Society often overlooks how wetlands purify water, sequester carbon, prevent floods and drought, shelter rare and transboundary migratory species, grow medicines and genetic plant material, and offer recreation, occupation, tourism, spiritual, and artistic opportunities. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance protects thousands of wetland sites internationally and forty sites in the United States. In this video we journey from coast to coast to tour the United States’ most exceptional wetlands.



Dr. Kamal Bawa, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts Boston, won this year’s Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Conservation administered by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) for his work in creating the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). Since Dr. Bawa founded ATREE twenty years ago, it has emerged as one of the world’s leading environmental think tanks. Announced on 19 November 2019, this UNESCO prize of $100,000 commends conservation and sustainable development activities. UNESCO traces its own history to 1945, when 44 countries gathered in London to create an organization that would embody a genuine culture of peace.” Integrating climate solutions into UNESCO's ongoing mission of peace will be increasingly essential.     According to the Times of India, ATREE’s focuses on providing interdisciplinary education to youths and building "a strong institutional framework to achieve environmental and social goals through research.” This is an environmental plus because environmental problem solving is multigenerational and boosting participation in conservation efforts can enhance process and outcomes, socially and biologically. From discovering a new species, to preserving UNESCO biospheres and reserves, ATREE and Dr. Kamal Bawa have made a global impact from Bengaluru.To learn more about Dr. Kamal Bawa: