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Bolivia Set to Pass Historic ‘Law of Mother Earth’ Which Will Grant Nature Equal Rights

via PV Pulse | Tue May 24, 2011
With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth, which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans.

World’s first five country protected area to conserve “Europe’s Amazon”

via AFP | Sat March 26, 2011
Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia today signed a historic declaration to establish a trans-boundary UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to protect their shared nature and wildlife along the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers, 'Europe’s Amazon'.

Oil exploration on hold in Virunga National Park—for now

via Mongabay | Sat March 19, 2011
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has suspended oil exploration in Africa's oldest national park, Virunga, until a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is conducted. The move ends oil companies, Soco and Dominion's plans to explore for oil in blocs within the park that were awarded to the companies last year.

McDonald’s Sets Long-Term Sustainable Beef, Coffee Plans

via Green Biz | Sat March 12, 2011
McDonald's has laid out a plans to move to more sustainable meat, coffee and packaging.

Mitsubishi and Walmart agree to clean up fish sourcing practices

via Mongbay | Thu March 10, 2011
Two big players in seafood today announced that they are changing the way their fish are caught. Mitsubishi, which owns the UK's most popular brand for tuna in a tin, Princes, and Walmart, which owns Asda, have agreed to stop buying from fishermen who use purse seines fishing in conjunction with fish aggregating devices (FADs) by 2014.

Costco Steps Up Sustainable Seafood Policy

via Triple Pundit | Fri March 04, 2011
In a “stunning win for the oceans,” Costco recently stepped up its Sustainable Seafood policies. Improving on voluntary changes announced last August, Costco issued its Seafood and Sustainability Report agreeing to stop selling 12 red-listed varieties of fish.

Brazil judge blocks Amazon Belo Monte dam

via BBC | Sat February 26, 2011
A Brazilian judge has blocked plans to build a huge hydro-electric dam in the Amazon rainforest because of environmental concerns.

Islamic Leaders Preach Conservation in Sumatra, Indonesia

via ENN | Thu February 24, 2011
Do religious texts mandate respect for the earth and other species? Some Islamic leaders in Sumatra believe the Koran does.

Peru moves to shut down illegal gold miners in Amazon

via BBC | Sun February 20, 2011
Peru has sent the security forces to destroy river dredgers used by illegal gold miners in the country's south-eastern Amazon region of Madre de Dios.

Obama pushes effort to protect public lands

via CNN | Fri February 18, 2011
President Barack Obama called Wednesday for a series of steps to help Americans conserve and get in touch with nature, including full funding of the $900 million Land and Water Conservation Fund for only the third time in its existence.

Oyster Bed Restoration Among First Since Oil Spill

via ABC News | Mon January 24, 2011
Volunteers from across the country are rebuilding oyster reefs along the Gulf of Mexico's delicate shoreline, hoping to revive oyster beds under assault for decades from overharvesting, coastal development, pollution, and most recently the BP oil spill.

Plastic bag ban begins on Kauai and Maui, fee discussed for rest of state

via Hawaii Health Guide | Sat January 15, 2011
In Hawaii, Maui and Kauai County are the official forerunners in banning single use plastic bags that easily find their way into water streams, ocean currents and the stomachs of birds and fish.

Huge Coral Reefs Discovered off Puerto Rico

via Live Science | Wed January 12, 2011
A new discovery of thriving coral reefs off the coast of Puerto Rico may offer hope for other shallower reefs.

Past decade ‘best for UK rivers’

via BBC | Sat January 01, 2011
The last decade has been the best for UK rivers since the Industrial Revolution, according to the Environment Agency.

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