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By Bruce Jones Early Tuesday morning, 1,000 or so advanced delegates at Rio+20 earth summit (formally, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) laid down their pens and shut off their laptops. At noon, Brazil's foreign minister, Antonio Patriota, gaveled through the Outcome Documen...
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by Fiona Harvey Like The Great Gatsby, this summit failed to measure up to the challenge of a new world, preferring to recreate the failures of the past, "And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once ...
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By Roli Mahajan "We are here to articulate and build our vision of a sustainable future," Karuna Rana, 24, one of Rio+20's youth speakers, said in addressing the gathering's opening plenary. But that wasn't quite how youth saw the sustainable development summit turning out as it finished Friday. ...
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By Mikhael Gorbachev, Jane Goodall, Parker Liautaud, Jamie Oliver and Philippe Cousteau Jr. Mikhael Gorbachev - Green Cross International founding president and the last leader of the Soviet Union. The future is not predetermined. It depends on what we do today. In the face of every great cha...
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What's with the name?The official title is the 'United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development'. The '+20' is because the conference is being held on the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Rio earth summit, a huge event which was attended by more than 100 world leaders, including then US president G...
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By Leon Kaye Aruba’s government, led by Prime Minister Mike Eman, announced this afternoon at the Rio+20 Conference that the country is partnering with the Carbon War Room (CWR) to transition to an energy portfolio of 100 percent renewables. CWR, one of Richard Branson’s many sustainability initiat...
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By Bryan Walsh First the bad news: the planet is in peril. On June 6, an international team of scientists published a study in the journal Nature warning that because of human activity, Earth is reaching a potentially catastrophic tipping point. Humans have already radically altered 43% of the pla...
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  The WWF’s Living Planet Report (LPR) is the world’s leading science-based analysis on the health of the Earth and the impact of human activity. The ninth biennial publication released in May, reviews the cumulative pressures humans are putting on the planet and the conseq...
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By JENNY BARCHFIELD The earth's environmental systems "are being pushed towards their biophysical limits," beyond which loom sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes, the United Nations Environment Program warned Wednesday. In a 525-page report on the health of the planet, the age...
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By COSIMA MARRINER When Prince Charles boasted of his environmentally friendly lifestyle recently, it didn't come across quite the way he intended. His preference for wearing extra clothes rather than turning up the palace heating, his efforts to recycle old bathroom curtains into cushion covers, a...
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At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the fut...
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by Hannah Griffiths Official support for marketising nature to stop its destruction means the practical action at Rio+20 will be at People's summit The 1992 Rio Earth summit established "sustainable development" firmly in the global political lexicon – even though the term meant, and continues to ...
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by Elischia Fludd In the big lead up to Rio+20, the community concerned about sustainable development is all a-buzz. There is talk of PrepCom, side-events and dialogues at the Rio+20 conference. Despite all the momentum, critics note that the level of civil society input lacks luster. There must be...
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  The largest-ever United Nations conference, a summit billed as a historic opportunity to build a greener future, appears to be going up in smoke. U.S. President Barack Obama likely won't be there, and the leaders of Britain and Germany have bowed out. The entire European Parliament delega...
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  More than one billion people will call for the protection of our planet today as they gather around the world to celebrate Earth Day. Their mission: to raise support for a more sustainable future as climate change continues to wreak havoc across the globe. Frustrated by the lack of "green" ...
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Green Ambassadors event hosted by Environmental Charter High School Students (Lawndale) 28, April, 2012- Environmental Charter High School Green Ambassadors students are hosting a water event at Alondra Park from 1:00pm -3:00pm on April 28, 2012 to raise awareness of the water crisis happening arou...
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    People in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge failed to turn their lights out Saturday during the annual Earth Hour challenge to reduce electricity consumption.     Although both municipalities scored above the provincial average of 1.67 per cent drop, neither matched last year...
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One of the more bizarre aspects of the Obama Administration’s reactions to developments in the Middle East is its refusal to talk about human rights. For reasons that are obscure, it has developed the neologism “universal rights.” The term “human rights” has a long and distinguished history and is ...
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As a global movement we all agree Fair Trade aims to Empower disadvantaged producers and their communities. Our shared principles reflect business practices which are free from exploitation and based on respect for universal human rights, women's rights, child rights, minority and migrant rights, ri...
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Recycle Hawai'i has donated 25 "Earth Patriot" CD's to Earth Protect new members. The reward givaway begins December 1, 2011. Earth Patriot is performed by Kumanu and addresses global environmental and social issues. Kumanu is a 13 piece vibrant global fusion group that consists of musicians, voca...
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