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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.

Limits Approved for Genetically Modified Crops in Kauai, Hawaii

via New York Times | Wed October 16, 2013
Legislators on the island of Kauai in Hawaii have approved a bill that would restrict the use of pesticides by companies developing genetically modified crops there.

EU to ban pesticides in bee scare

via BBC | Mon April 29, 2013
The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.

Six million turn out for global garbage clean-up

via Terra Daily | Fri January 11, 2013
More than six million volunteers from 96 countries collected an unprecedented 100,000 tonnes of garbage last year as part of a global, web-driven clean-up campaign, cyber-environmentalists said Friday.

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

via ENS | Thu December 20, 2012
Switzerland’s Parliament has approved a motion banning single-use plastic shopping bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament Thursday voted to forbid the distribution of the plastic bags. The next step is for the government to implement the ban.

Johnson & Johnson Announces a Ban on Harmful Chemicals in Products

via Triple Pundit | Mon August 20, 2012
Johnson & Johnson made the landmark announcement this week that it would ban harmful chemicals from their products.

Madagascar Gets Biggest Lemur Park

Story contains video via Live Science | Fri August 17, 2012
Good news for lemurs: Officials in Madagascar have created the island's biggest protected wildlife park. Named Makira Natural Park, the area is larger than the state of than the state of Rhode Island, and it provides a habitat for the highest diversity of lemurs on the planet, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced.

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

Company Designs Bottle From Great Pacific Garbage Patch Debris

via Wired | Sat August 04, 2012
Somewhere in the vicinity of Hawaii, a huge mass of plastic debris floats in the Pacific. And that’s just a fraction of the waste that’s bobbing around out there. Compared to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” one plastic soap bottle may not seem like much. But if that one bottle is mass produced by soap-maker Method, it could turn out to make a big difference.

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.

Quebecers cut plastic bag use in half

via CBC | Tue July 24, 2012
Quebecers cut their plastic bag use by more than half in three years, Environment Minister Pierre Arcand said on Monday.

Scientists Develop Method to Reduce Farmers’ Use of Nitrogen Fertilizer

via Terra Daily | Mon July 23, 2012
Scientist at Michigan State University are putting the finishing touches on a program that would pay farmers to apply less nitrogen fertilizer in a way that doesn't jeopardize yields.

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.

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