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UN seals historic treaty to protect threatened ecosystems

via Terra Daily | Sun October 31, 2010
A historic global treaty to protect the world's forests, coral reefs and other threatened ecosystems within 10 years was sealed at a UN summit on Saturday.

Organic wines are taking off

via Connexion | Tue October 26, 2010
FRANCE - Supermarket and cave shelves can contain a baffling array of wines from around France and it is understandable if you just head for the bottle with the gold medal sticker from the Salon de Paris. However...

EPA: Blowing Big Coal’s Top on Mountaintop Coal Mining

Story contains video via Triple Pundit | Tue October 19, 2010
If it were ever possible or even realistic to put the words Appalachia and victory in the same sentence, this might be one of those rare times: the Environmental Protection Agency‘s Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin has recommended the withdrawal of the mining permit for the nation’s largest proposed mountaintop removal coal mine site, the Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia.

Wal-Mart to boost buying from small and local farms

via Reuters | Sun October 17, 2010
Wal-Mart Stores Inc is planning to double the sales of fresh produce from local farms in its U.S. stores by the end of 2015, part of a strategy to revamp its global produce supply chain.

French towns swap rubbish trucks for horse-drawn carts

via The Guardian | Sun October 03, 2010
Perpignan is one of 60 French towns that have struck upon a cheaper and greener way to collect household waste – ditching the dustbin lorry in favour of a horse and cart

Iran, regional nations sign accord to tackle sand storms

via Terra Daily | Thu September 30, 2010
Iran, Iraq, Syria, Qatar and Turkey have inked an accord in Tehran aimed at tackling the problem of sand storms within the next five years, local media reported on Thursday.

Banks Seek Distance from Mountaintop Removal Mining Practices

via New York Times | Tue September 21, 2010
Blasting off mountaintops to reach coal in Appalachia or churning out millions of tons of carbon dioxide to extract oil from sand in Alberta are among environmentalists’ biggest industrial irritants. But they are also legal and lucrative. For a growing number of banks, however, that does not seem to matter.

Consumers Choosing Drinks with Greener Packaging

via Green Biz | Mon September 13, 2010
Recyclable and recycled content are the most important environmental attributes consumers look for in beverage packaging, and many have changed what types of packaging they buy based on environmental impacts, says a new survey.

Sunny Delight Achieves Zero Waste in U.S.

via Sustainable Life Media | Tue September 07, 2010
Sunny Delight Beverages Company’s recently released 2009 Sustainability Report outlines the company’s accomplishments over the past year, the most significant being the achievement of their Zero Waste to Landfill Goal by all U.S. and Spanish manufacturing plants more than 3 years ahead of schedule.

Mexico City bans free plastic bags

via BBC | Thu August 19, 2010
Mexico - A new law has come into effect in Mexico City giving the authorities the power to fine shops which give away free plastic bags to their customers.

Cleanup of Superfund Site Completed in Morris County, New Jersey

via ENN | Sun August 15, 2010
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has successfully completed the cleanup of a superfund site in Long Hill Township and Harding Township, Morris County, NJ.

New Zealand retracts plans to open up rare frog habitat to mining

via Digital Journal | Thu August 12, 2010
It was hoped for, but not certain until Tuesday when the government of New Zealand announced it was cancelling a controversial proposal to open up parts of conservation areas to mining.

Car Tires Fuel Green Shoe Revolution

Story contains video via CNN | Wed June 23, 2010
oleRebels is a game-changing shoe company in the heart of Addis Ababa, the ancient capital of Ethiopia. The business makes shoes from old rubber tires and tubes with each one hand cut into soles.

California to ban plastic bags

via Vancouver Sun | Fri June 11, 2010
California is to become the first US state to ban plastic bags in supermarkets in a move Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a "great victory for the environment."

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