Spurred by Earthjustice, EPA Issues Limits for Deadly Soot

June 15, 2012, earthjustice.org | “Just two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was dithering on a proposal to strengthen protections against an air pollutant that causes tens of thousands of avoidable deaths every year.  Enter Earthjustice attorney, Paul Cort, who on behalf of citizen groups asked a federal judge to order the EPA to get moving.”

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Spurred by Earthjustice, EPA Issues Limits for Deadly Soot
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Just two weeks ago, the Environmental Protection Agency was dithering on a proposal to strengthen protections against an air pollutant that causes tens of thousands of avoidable deaths every year. Enter Earthjustice attorney, Paul Cort, who on behalf of citizen groups asked …”
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Bolivia Gives Legal Rights To The Earth

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May 30, 2012, | worldtruth.tv | “Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature.  Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people.”

 

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Bolivia Gives Legal Rights To The Earth
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Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature. Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world,…”

G-8 Leaders Endorse New Plan To Combat Short-Term Climate Pollutants

May 22, 2012, thinkprogress.org | “During this weekend’s G-8 summit hosted by President Obama at Camp David, leaders from the Group of Eight nations endorsed a new plan to combat “short-lived climate polluters,” with a focus on methane, black carbon, and hydroflurocarbons (HFCs).”

” “short-lived climate pollutants,” = methane, black carbon, and hydroflurocarbons (HFCs)
G-8 Leaders Endorse New Plan To Combat Short-Term Climate Pollutants
by Jeffrey Cavanagh During this weekend’s G-8 summit hosted by President Obama at Camp David, leaders from the Group of Eight nations endorsed a new plan to combat “short-lived climate polluters,” with a focus on methane, black carbon, and hydroflurocarbons (HFCs). According to the Camp David Declar…”

1/2 Million People Sign Petition to G-8 Summit Leaders to Stop Climate Change

May 16, 2012, www.avaaz.org | “This weekend, leaders of the 8 most powerful countries in the world are meeting at Camp David, and a half million of us want them to put stopping climate change at the top of their agenda.”

“~ This weekend, leaders of the 8 most powerful countries in the world are meeting at Camp David, and a half million of us want them to put stopping climate change at the top of their agenda.
1/2 MILLION PEOPLE sign petition to G-8 Summit Leaders to Stop Climate Change
www.avaaz.org
It’s a new plan to save the planet – end $1 trillion a year payments to polluters and stop runaway climate change. President Obama wants action on this and is chairing a meeting of key leaders in 3 days where it could be agreed upon. Call on President Obama to seize this historic chance!”
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    • Tania Stevens “sad to think it is only 1/2 million people – when you think there are 300 million people in the USA alone – should be the whole planet!”
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Mexico passes climate-change law

20 April 2012, www.nature.com | “The Mexican legislature passed one of the strongest national climate-change laws so far on 19 April. Mexico, which ranks 11th in the world for both the size of its economy and its level of carbon emissions, joins the United Kingdom in having legally binding emissions goals aimed at stemming the effects of climate change.”

“~ C02 to be cut by 30% below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50% below 2000 levels by 2050.
~ 35% of the country’s electricity from renewable sources by 2024
Mexico passes strong climate-change law
www.nature.com”
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5 Pieces of Good News From Planet Earth

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April 20, 2012, www.motherjones.com | “Most news from nature is depressing—species extinctions, changing climate, dying oceans. Yet it’s not all bad… though we might never know it, since positive news is underreported. I wrote about this tendency in my latest MoJo print piece about my old friend Enriqueta Velarde and her work to save an island and a whole ecosystem called Can One Incredibly Stubborn Person Save a Species?”

5 Pieces of Good News From Planet Earth
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A lot of people are working overtime to save endangered species and ecosystems. We don’t hear enough about them.
  • COMMENTS:
    GoodNews FortheEarth ~ great article, with reference to the need to publicize good news!
    read it and check these out:
    1) Huge Drop in PCB Levels in Norwegian Polar Bears
    2) Amur Cats Get Their Own 650,000 acre National Park
    3) Half Billion Dollars Funds Most Ambitious Conservation Programs Ever
    4) Right Whales Return to New Zealand
    5) Arabian Oryx Returns from Extinction

Mountain Countries United in Face of Climate Change

April 8, 2012, www.worldnature.org | “The governments of 30 mountainous countries from China to Peru met in Nepal in early April 2012 to collectively address climate change and create an alliance dedicated to sharing knowledge on the subject.”

“Mountain Countries United in Face of Climate Change | WNO – WORLD NATURE ORGANIZATION
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The governments of 30 mountainous countries from China to Peru met in Nepal in early April 2012 to collectively address climate change and create an alliance dedicated to sharing knowledge on the subject. Mountain countries are home to half of the world’s biodiversity and fresh water, and the 30 cou…”

GE cultivation bans in Europe

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Austria: Ban on cultivation of Monsanto’s maize MON 810, MON  863 and T25
Notified in June 1999, initially under Article 16 of Directive 90/220/EEC, and subsequently maintained in February 2004 under Article 23 of Directive 2001/18/EC;

France: Ban on cultivation of Monsanto’s maize MON 810.
Notified in February  2008, under Article 23 of Directive 2001/18/EC; and under EU Regulation 1829/2003

Germany: in April 2009 the agriculture Minister, Ms. Aigner, announced a ban on cultivation and sale of MON 810

 

“~ GMOs now BANNED in many nations throughout EUROPE:
Compromise legislation is being debated this afternoon, see live webcast here: http://video.consilium.europa.eu/ These nations include: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Switzerland — plus many regions within other nations, as can be found by clicking on country names in the left hand column of this page from 2010 http://www.gmo-free-regions.org/gmo-free-regions/bans.html
National Bans of GMOs in Europe
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Austria: Ban on cultivation of Monsantos maize MON 810, MON 863 and T25Notified in June 1999, initially under Article 16 of Directive 90/220/EEC, and subsequently maintained in February 2004 under Article 23 of Directive 2001/18/EC;
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Denmark aims to get 50% of all electricity from wind power

 

March 26, 2012, apps.facebook.com/theguardian | “The Danish government has stepped up its green energy and carbon reduction targets for 2020.  It also aims to supply 35% of its total energy from renewables, with half of its electricity delivered by wind farms. The agreement also covers advances in renewable heat, smart grids, and biogas among other green technologies.”

“The country plans to get 50% of electricity from wind by 2020 and 100% of its energy from renewables by 2050.
Denmark aims to get 50% of all electricity from wind power
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The country aims to supply 35% of its total energy from renewables by 2020 and 100% by 2050″
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Belize enacts moratorium on rosewood

Illegally harvested rosewood from the Sarstoon Temash National Park in Belize. Photo by: Anisario Cal.

March 20, 2012, www.news.mongabay.com | “The Belizean Government has banned the harvesting and export of rosewood with immediate effect, in response to the widespread clearing of the hardwood species for the Asian market.”

“Belize enacts moratorium on rosewood
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The Belizean Government has banned the harvesting and export of rosewood with immediate effect, in response to the widespread clearing of the hardwood species for the Asian market. A government statement released on Friday, March 16th claimed the moratorium was necessary”
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