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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.

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.

French move boosts shark sanctuaries

via Terra Daily | Sun December 09, 2012
Green campaigners on Friday hailed a decision by France that they said would create the world's biggest shark sanctuary.

Canada introduces new rules to curb future vehicle emissions

via CTV | Wed November 28, 2012
OTTAWA -- On the eve of global climate talks that will put Canada's contentious policies under the microscope, Ottawa has introduced its next set of rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

Australia outlaws illegally-logged wood from abroad

via MongaBay | Mon November 26, 2012
In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad.

Tokelau islands shift to 100% solar energy

via BBC | Mon November 12, 2012
Tokelau has become the first territory able to meet all its electricity needs with solar power, officials say.

Victories for Marriage Equality and First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

via DCist | Wed November 07, 2012
Before last night, voters in more than 30 consecutive statewide elections across the United States approved bans on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, three states broke the trend—with a fourth still counting its votes—in what some advocates and organizations are calling the most successful election for gay rights ever.

New opportunity for rapid treatment of malaria

via Imperial College London | Wed October 31, 2012
Researchers have identified a new means to eradicate malaria infections by rapidly killing the blood-borne Plasmodium parasites that cause the disease.

EU on track to exceed Kyoto emissions goal

via Terra Daily | Mon October 29, 2012
The European Union is on track to not only meet but exceed greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an analysis indicated this week.

Costa Rica’s Shark Finning Ban Signed By President Chinchilla

via Huffington Post | Thu October 18, 2012
Costa Rica passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, before the fish are thrown back into the ocean to die.

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

via BBC | Mon October 15, 2012
The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country's largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Jaguar conservation gets a boost in North and Central America

via MongaBay | Sun September 30, 2012
Jaguar conservation has received a huge boost in the past few months both in Latin America and in the U.S. An historic agreement singed between the world's leading wild cat conservation organization Panthera and the government of Costa Rica in addition to a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposal bring renewed hope to the efforts to revive the iconic jaguar in its current habitat and return the cats to the American Southwest.

Vancouver council makes ‘historic’ move toward shark fin ban

via Vancouver Sun | Mon September 24, 2012
The City of Vancouver, BC will work with neighbouring municipalities to develop a ban on the sale of shark-fin products, mayor and council agreed Tuesday.

Canada will no longer oppose global fight against asbestos

via Canadian Cancer Society | Fri September 14, 2012
The days of Canadian asbestos exports appear to be numbered, and anti-asbestos activists couldn’t be happier.

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