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To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs

China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs and beef up their powers to punish polluters as part of a campaign to reverse the damage done by three decades of unchecked expansion.

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California is first state to ban lead in hunting ammo

via USA Today | Thu October 24, 2013
In a move to protect wildlife and the environment, California on Friday became the first state to ban lead in hunting ammunition.

Gorillas to Be Protected with New Congo National Park

Story contains video via Live Science | Sat February 02, 2013
The Republic of Congo has declared a new national park that conservationists hope with protect a core population of western lowland gorillas, a critically endangered species, as well as other threatened species, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced.

Brazil says Amazon deforestation at record low

via AFP | Tue November 27, 2012
Deforestation of Brazil's Amazon has slowed for a fourth consecutive year to its lowest rate since authorities began monitoring the world's largest rainforest, officials said Tuesday.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary Saved From illegal Logging

via Earth Week | Fri August 24, 2012
Illegal logging in the forests of Mexico that are the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly has been virtually eliminated, according to a new study.

Southeast Asia’s largest lowland rainforest spared from new land concessions

via MongaBay | Mon August 06, 2012
Four economic land concessions have been cancelled in Cambodia's Prey Lang forest, known as the largest intact lowland forest in Southeast Asia, reports the Phnom Penh Post

Human Rights Court Rules in Favor of Community Over Ecuadorian Government

via Indian Country Today | Wed August 01, 2012
In a case that could have broad implications, the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, Ecuador, won a major battle on July 25, when the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Ecuadorian government had violated its rights to communal property and cultural identity.

Turkmenistan to plant huge forest in Aral Sea region

via Terra Daily | Wed August 01, 2012
Turkmenistan is allocating tens of millions of dollars to plant trees in a region neighbouring the stricken Aral Sea, state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan said Tuesday.

KFC-Indonesia suspends purchases from Asia Pulp & Paper due to deforestation

via Greenpeace UK | Mon July 16, 2012
While KFC bosses in Kentucky remain silent on whether it will cut forest destruction out of its supply chain globally, it looks like one country has gotten tired of waiting for headquarters to respond to the Greenpeace campaign.

10,000 sq mi of Congo rainforest declared World Heritage site

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon July 02, 2012
On Tuesday, the United Nations Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Sangha Tri-National Protected Area complex (TNS) as a World Heritage Site for its density and diversity of rainforest wildlife.

Ten African nations pledge to transform their economies to take nature into account

via MongaBay | Thu June 14, 2012
Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate 'natural capital' into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity—for example pollination, clean water, and carbon—is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development.

Global alliance aims to tackle forest crime

via BBC | Sat June 09, 2012
Interpol and the United Nations have joined forces to launch an initiative to tackle global forest crime.

Global deforestation alert tool developed from NASA satellite imagery launches

via MongaBay | Sat June 02, 2012
The global forest disturbance alert system is a new deforestation fighting tool which offers the potential to pinpoint areas that are being deforested on a quarterly basis.

Herp paradise preserved in Guatemala

via MongaBay | Tue May 29, 2012
Fifteen conservation groups have banded together to save around 2,400 hectares (6,000 acres) of primary rainforest in Guatemala, home to a dozen imperiled amphibians as well as the recently discovered Merendon palm pit viper (Bothriechis thalassinus).

KFC Australia stops using palm oil

via MongaBay | Thu May 24, 2012
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has stopped using palm oil for fast food sold in its Australian outlets, reports ABC News.

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