The U.N. surprises everyone with a breakthrough deal to slow deforestation

June 11, 2015, grist.org | “A surprise deal emerged from U.N. climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, this week: Diplomats managed to reach a key agreement to compensate developing nations that agree to preserve their forests. And environmental and civil society groups had generally nice things to say about the deal.”

It’s not often that happy, unexpected news emerges from climate negotiations, but that’s exactly what happened at a meeting in Germany this week.
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North American scientists call for end to tar sands mining

June 10, 2015, www.theguardian.com | “More than 100 leading US and Canadian scientists called for a halt on future mining of the tar sands, saying extraction of the carbon-heavy fuel was incompatible with fighting climate change.  In a letter published on Wednesday, the researchers said tar sands crude should be relegated to a fuel of last resort, because it causes so much more carbon pollution than conventional oil.”

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More than 100 US and Canadian scientists publish letter saying tar sands crude should be relegated to fuel of last resort, because it causes so much pollution
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Organic farming is financially-sustainable worldwide, study finds

June 10, 2015, www.csmonitor.com | “A recently published meta-analysis of 44 scientific studies shows that organic farming is not only environmentally sustainable, but also financially competitive when compared to conventional farming. Organic sales grew 170 percent to US$63 billion from 2002 to 2011 worldwide, but the analysis’s authors note that organic agriculture currently occupies only 1 percent of global cropland. The good news is that there is room for organic agriculture to continue to spread, and the authors predict that profitability of organic farming will continue to outpace conventional models.”

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Organic agriculture occupies just 1 percent of cropland across the world. While organic sales continue to grow, a study has found that organic farming is…
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IKEA Pledges $1.13 Billion to Help Slow Climate Change

June 4, 2015, www.nbcnews.com | “IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, pledged on Thursday to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change, in a new sign of companies upstaging governments on the issue.  The investments will be ‘win, win, win. It’s good for customers, good for the climate and good for IKEA too’, Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall told Reuters in an interview.”

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The world’s biggest furniture retailer pledged to spend 1 billion euros on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change.
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Indonesian Paper Firm April to Halt Deforestation

June 3, 2015, www.wsj.com | “Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd., under pressure from environmental groups and banks after a tepid start with a sustainability plan last year, unveiled a promise Wednesday to halt deforestation that was welcomed by the pulp-and-paper company’s biggest critics.”

Indonesian pulp-and-paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Ltd., under pressure from environmental groups and banks after a tepid start with a sustainability plan last year, promised to halt deforestation.
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Pulp and Paper Giant APRIL Ends Deforestation

June 2, 2015, greenpeaceblogs.org | “Today Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper producer agreed to turn off the bulldozers and protect the forest and high carbon peatlands and begin respecting the rights of local communities. This is a major breakthrough and we commend APRIL and parent company the Royal Golden Eagle Group for taking this step.”

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Indonesia’s second largest pulp & paper company, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) announces end to deforestation.
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Sri Lanka’s New President Puts Immediate Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides

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May 25, 2015, sustainablepulse.com | “Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena announced Friday that the import of the World’s most used herbicide glyphosate will be banned with immediate effect. The release of already imported stocks has also been stopped.”

Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena announced Friday that the imports of the World’s most used herbicide glyphosate will be banned with…
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China’s reduction in CO2 emissions in just four months totals the entire greenhouse gases emitted by the UK over the same period

May 17, 2015, www.independent.co.uk | “China has dramatically cut its carbon dioxide emissions since the beginning of the year, with its reduction equalling the UK’s total emissions for the same period.  The huge decline in China’s emissions can be attributed to the country’s falling coal consumption, which decreased last year for the first time this century.”

Brazilian Ranchers Aren’t Cutting Down As Much Forest Anymore

May 12, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “Pressure from environmental groups and federal prosecutors is helping break the link between cattle ranching and deforestation in the Amazon, according to a new study.  Agreements with Brazil’s largest slaughterhouses have “dramatically” reduced deforestation by ranchers, research published Tuesday in Conservation Letters found.”

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Breaking the cycle of deforestation in the Amazon is critical to fighting climate change.
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German states call for ban on household pesticide

May 12, 2015, www.euractiv.com | “Germany’s state consumer protection ministers are calling for an EU-wide ban on the leading global pesticide Glyphosate, after it was categorised as carcinogenic by the WHO. However, the federal government sees no need for action. EurActiv Germany reports.”

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Germany’s state consumer protection ministers are calling for an EU-wide ban on the leading global pesticide Glyphosat, after it was categorised as carcinogenic by the WHO. However, the federal government sees no need for action. EurActiv…
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