Bangkok breakthroughs gives Cites a bigger stick

BBC: Amidst the great celebrations of a historic moment in the history of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), when regulations on the trading of several shark species were upheld, one man stood looking a little forlorn. For Shingo Ota, the spokesman for Japan's negotiating team in the conference hall, the debate and the result made it an unhappy day. "It was not so pleasant to listen to all the clapping and sometimes screaming on the floor," he told me. The upgrading......

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