New Zealand Grants a River the Rights of Personhood

September 16, 2012, www.treehugger.com | “From the dawn of history, and in cultures throughout the world, humans have been prone to imbue Earth’s life-giving rivers with qualities of life itself — a fitting tribute, no doubt, to the wellsprings upon which our past (and present) civilizations so heavily rely. But while modern thought has come to regard these essential waterways more clinically over the centuries, that might all be changing once again.  Meet the Whanganui. You might call it a river, but in the eyes of the law, it has the standings of a person.”

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Meet the Whanganui. You might call it a river, but in the eyes of the law, it has the standings of a person.
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Norway pays Brazil $1B to fulfill pledge for curbing deforestation

September 16, 2015, news.mongabay.com | “The Norwegian government has fulfilled its billion dollar commitment to Brazil for the South American country’s success in reducing deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.  In a statement issued Wednesday, Norway announced it would complete payment to Brazil’s Amazon Fund by the end of the year. Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft commended Brazil’s progress and said it has become a model for efforts to combat climate change.”

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Norway Pays Brazil $1 Billion to Reward Brazil for Reducing Deforestation Norway ponies up $1 billion to fulfill pledge to Brazil for success in reducing deforestation. The money has been paid in the Brazilian Amazon Fund. news.mongabay.com

Reduced deforestation in Brazil saves thousands of lives

September 16, 2015, news.mongabay.com | “Brazil’s rate of deforestation has declined dramatically over the past decade, an undeniable boon for wildlife, forest-dependent communities and the global climate.Now researchers at the University of Leeds have concluded that Brazil’s efforts to reduce deforestation have also saved lives — as many as 1,700 every year, attributable to improved air quality.”

AIR QUALITY has improved because of the reduction in Brazilian deforestation levels over the past decade, preventing thousands of deaths each year, according…
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The Leap Manifesto isn’t radical. It’s a way out of Canada’s head-in-the-sand politics

September 15, 2025, www.theguardian.com | “Every political class considers themselves inclusive, diverse, open-minded. But present ideas that stray outside the boundaries of sanctioned debate, imposed by power and a patrolling press, and watch how quickly they stoop to bullying. Consider the response to the Leap Manifesto, a declaration released this week by an unprecedented coalition of Canadian authors, artists, national leaders and activists in the midst of a federal election. It lays out a vision – bolder than anything on offer from political parties – to transition the country off fossil fuels while simultaneously improving the lives of most Canadians. Climate change is presented not just as an existential crisis but an opportunity – indeed, imperative – to make the political and economic system more just and fair.”

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The Leap Manifesto isn’t radical. It’s a way out of Canada’s head-in-the-sand politics | Martin…
A powerful movement in Canada, animated by a compelling and positive vision for the climate and economy, can force the hand of whichever government comes to…
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Millions Of Shade Balls Help Combat Evaporation In Los Angeles Reservoirs

September 14, 2015, blog.therainforestsite.com | “The City of Los Angeles has released 96 million black plastic balls into its reservoirs in an effort to protect the remaining potable water during one of the worst droughts on record. The polyethylene balls, which are 4 inches in diameter, float on the surface of the water and cast shade below, reducing losses from evaporation. According to the Washington Post, the project is expected to reduce water loss by around 300 million gallons a year.”

The City of Los Angeles has released 96 million black plastic balls into its reservoirs in an effort to protect the remaining potable water during one of the worst droughts…
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Should companies have to recover their plastic?

September 14, 2015, 5gyres.org | “5 Gyres sat with the president of ASIPLA, the Chilean version of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the company Cambiaso, the largest plastic bag recycler in South America to hear how they want to frame the National Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bill. We heard familiar arguments about waste management and recycling and opposition to product bans. The big questions is: is the role of brand manufacturers to get their stuff back.”

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HUGE NEWS! California microbead bill AB 888 has just passed the senate and will now go forward to become law! No more microbeads in CA! THANK YOU so much to all you guys for calling! Hurray!
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4 undeniable signs we’re making progress on climate change

September 10, 2015 www.edf.org | “Seven months ago, I made a strong statement that may have left some people shaking their heads. I said that we can turn the corner on climate change – end the centuries-long rise in greenhouse gas emissions and see them peak and begin to decline – in just five short years.  As it turns out, 2015 is shaping up to be a year of giant steps toward that goal.”

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The momentum is growing as top greenhouse gas emitters curb pollution, clean energy investments soar and world leaders demand change.
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Ten Carbon Majors Support Global Climate Deal

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September 7, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “Ten of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers support an international deal at this year’s UN climate conference, COP21, in Paris that will limit climate warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP.”

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Anglo American, BG Group, and BHP Billiton; as well as Italy’s Eni SpA, Russia’s Gazprom, Spain’s Repsol,…
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The California Assembly Passed a Bill Wednesday that Prompts the State’s Public Employee Pension Funds to Divest From Coal

September 3, 2015 | “The California Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that prompts the state’s public employee pension funds to divest from coal. The bill passed the Assemby with a vote of 43 to 27, and will require the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) — which combined are responsible for $476 billion in assets — to remove all holdings in companies that get at least half of their revenue from coal mining. The divestment would have to be completed by July 2017. If signed into law, the measure would be the first of its kind in the United States.”

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If signed into law, the measure would be the first of its kind in the country.
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End Mining Within 100 Feet of Streams

August 28, 2015, action.biologicaldiversity.org | “For decades legal loopholes have allowed coal companies to mine directly through streams, harming imperiled species like the Colorado pikeminnow and eastern hellbender salamander, and poisoning downstream waterways for people.  But at least the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement has proposed a new Stream Buffer Zone Rule that would restrict all mining within 100 feet of streams.”

A court victory in 2014 against exceptions made by George Bush in 2008 requires that a new strict rule be adopted.
For decades legal loopholes have allowed coal companies to mine directly through streams, harming…
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