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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.

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.

This week, a shark sanctuary the size of Australia has been established

via BBC | Thu December 13, 2012
The Cook Islands has approved a shark sanctuary in its waters, making for the largest such sanctuary in the world.

New Water Treatment Process Could Help Bring Dead Zones Back to Life

via Triple Pundit | Tue October 09, 2012
Employing a new tertiary wastewater treatment process reduced levels of phosphorous and trace pollutants in urban wastewater effluent below EPA safe levels, researchers from Veolia Water, Kruger and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee found.

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.

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.

Venezuela Ends Shark Finning, Creates Protected Area

Tue June 26, 2012
Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters including the banning of shark fishing in 3,730 square kilometers (1,440 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea.

Maldives creates world’s biggest marine reserve

via Maldives | Thu June 21, 2012
The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives announced at the Rio+20 summit it would create the world’s biggest marine reserve to protect its fisheries and biodiversity.

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.

Australia to create world’s largest marine reserve

Story contains video via BBC | Wed June 13, 2012
Australia says it will create the world's largest network of marine parks ahead of the Rio+20 summit. The reserves will cover 3.1 million sq km of ocean, including the Coral Sea.

Toronto joins growing list of municipalities to ban plastic bags

via Toronto Sun | Thu June 07, 2012
What started off as a debate to get rid of an unpopular five-cent fee for a plastic bag has ended up with the largest outright ban on plastic bags in North America.

Hawaii first state to ban plastic bags at checkout

via MSNBC | Thu May 17, 2012
By now, it’s hardly news when a city bans plastic bags at checkout counters -- but an entire state? That’s happened in Hawaii, where Honolulu County has joined the state’s three other counties to give Hawaii a first-in-the-nation title.

California public to vote on GMO Label Act after 1 million signatures

Story contains video via Digital Journal | Fri May 04, 2012
The grassroots petition in California to mandate the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods has garnered almost double the amount of signatures needed to place the issue on the state ballot for the November 2012 election.

Whole Foods to Stop Selling Overfished Species

via Triple Pundit | Sat April 07, 2012
Whole Foods Market found a way to commemorate Earth Day: it will no longer sell wild-caught fish with a “red-rating,” meaning a species is overfished, in its seafood departments, starting this Earth Day (April 22).

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