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After damning research, France proposes banning pesticide linked to bee collapse

via MongaBay | Tue June 05, 2012
Following research linking neonicotinoid pesticides to the decline in bee populations, France has announced it plans to ban Cruiser OSR, an insecticide produced by Sygenta.

Global deforestation alert tool developed from NASA satellite imagery launches

via MongaBay | Sat June 02, 2012
The global forest disturbance alert system is a new deforestation fighting tool which offers the potential to pinpoint areas that are being deforested on a quarterly basis.

A small human rights victory as Egypt’s state of emergency ends

via Egypt Independent | Thu May 31, 2012
In place for 31 years, a state of emergency that gives broad and unchecked powers to Egypt’s police force will end at the stroke of midnight today.

Peru Aims To End Child Labour

via BBC | Wed May 30, 2012
President Ollanta Humala recently promised that he would fight for the complete eradication of child labour.

Egyptians vote in landmark presidential election

Story contains video via BBC | Wed May 23, 2012
Egyptians are voting in the first free presidential election in their history, made possible by last year's Arab Spring uprising.

Malawi’s president vows to repeal gay ban

via Detroit Free Press | Sat May 19, 2012
President Joyce Banda declared Friday she wants to repeal Malawi's laws against homosexual acts, going against a trend in Africa in which gays are being increasingly singled out for prosecution.

Obama says same-sex couples should be able to marry

via BBC | Wed May 09, 2012
US President Barack Obama has ended months of hedging on the issue of gay marriage by saying he thinks same-sex couples should be able to wed. He has become the first sitting US president to back gay marriage.

South Korea adopts greenhouse gas regulations

via | Sat May 05, 2012
Building on an ambitious effort to scale up green investments and reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, South Korea this week became the first Asian nation to formally adopt a cap-and-trade programme for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

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.

Peru is latest developing nation to adopt climate change initiative

via Chicago Tribune | Sat April 28, 2012
Peru became the latest developing country to enact a domestic climate change initiative in the absence of a binding global pact, adopting a resolution on Thursday to lower carbon emissions in its fast-growing economy.

State of Himalayan Glaciers Less Alarming Than Feared

via University of Zurich | Thu April 26, 2012
Several hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia depend, to varying degrees, on the freshwater reservoirs of the Himalayan glaciers. Consequently, it is important to detect the potential impact of climate changes on the Himalayan glaciers at an early stage.

Obama announces sanctions for tech used in human rights abuses in Iran and Syria

via Washington Post | Mon April 23, 2012
President Obama issued an executive order Monday that allows U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, including cellphone tracking and Internet monitoring, to help carry out grave human rights abuses.

Mexico becomes 2nd country in the world to pass national climate-change law

via | Sun April 22, 2012
As the Kyoto Protocol winds down without a strong replacement, countries are implementing their own strategies to reduce global warming.

US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

via BBC | Wed April 18, 2012
The US will make a profit from bailing out the nation's banks and carmakers at the height of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department has said.

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