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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.
“We are very happy with the backing of the International Court. We had never expected such a strong ruling."
- Geert Vons, a representative of Sea Shepherd

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The World Becomes What You Teach

Story contains video via Humane Education | Mon March 31, 2014
Zoe’s TEDx talk “The World Becomes What You Teach” asks: What if schooling prepared us to solve the most pressing challenges of our time, for ourselves, other people, animals and the earth? What if we educated a generation of “solutionaries”?

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

via Planet Ark | Mon November 18, 2013
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.

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.

Nepal sees tiger population go up by 63% since 2009

via BBC | Wed July 31, 2013
The number of wild tigers living in Nepal has increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has shown.

Pope Francis: Gay People ‘Should Not Be Judged’

via Sky News | Wed July 31, 2013
He told reporters people should not be marginalised because of their sexual orientation - but he reaffirmed the Church's position that homosexual acts are a sin and said its opposition to gay marriage was clear.

Obama to launch major initiative to curb wildlife trafficking

via The Guardian | Wed July 10, 2013
Barack Obama launched a new initiative against wildlife trafficking on Monday, using his executive authority to take action against an illegal trade that is fuelling rebel wars and now threatens the survival of elephants and rhinoceroses.

South Korean airlines ban shark fin as cargo

via Times Live | Sat June 22, 2013
South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, said Thursday they had both decided to ban shark fin from their cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign against the Asian delicacy.

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.

New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

via BBC | Wed April 17, 2013
New Zealand's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

U.N. overwhelmingly approves global arms trade treaty

via Reuters | Wed April 03, 2013
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.

New wind power cheaper than coal or gas in Australia

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon February 11, 2013
Electricity supplied from a new wind farm is cheaper than that from a new gas or coal-fired power plant in Australia, reports a new analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Nations agree on legally binding mercury rules

via BBC | Sat January 19, 2013
More than 140 countries have agreed on a set of legally binding measures to curb mercury pollution, at UN talks.

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.

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