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UN Secretary-General calls for more ambitious targets as G8 Summit ends


From UNEP L’Aquila (Italy), 10 July 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the G8 agreement on a long term goal to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, but says it is still not enough to reach a fair, effective climate agreement in Copenhagen Summit in December. Mr. Ban called for more […]

How to measure vulnerability to climate change?


From IRINNEWS JOHANNESBURG, 10 June 2009 (IRIN) – A complex but critical issue is being raised at the UN climate change talks in Bonn, Germany: finding a scale that determines how vulnerable developing countries are to climate change, which will help allocating funds to adapt fairly. Jan Kowalzig, of the UK-based development agency, Oxfam, told […]

International community calls for action against illegal logging in Madagascar


From WWF The international community and major conservation groups in Madagscar have issued a joint statement calling for action against dramatic increase in illegal logging on the island which is putting at risk one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots. Some protected  areas are being invaded by organized criminals cutting down valuable rosewood trees and […]

A few things I learned from a zucchini


From Natural Patriot By Emmett Duffy A few days ago, the little garden patch produced its first fruit (photo at right). It doesn’t like like much, I’ll admit, but every baby is beautiful to its parents. Well, to be truthful, some of the things advertised in the title I already knew, and others I learned […]

It is time…


:: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: From UNEP Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains New […]

Calls grow for action on stalled Amazon reserve proposals


From WWF 02 Jun 2009 Brasilia, Brazil – WWF and 33 other NGOs delivered a letter on Tuesday to Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva asking him to take decisive action to create new protected areas in the Amazon and Para regions. The letter followed a meeting earlier this month between top government officials […]

Climate change: Go on, guess | The Economist


Climate change: Go on, guess | The Economist Shared via AddThis

We need you!


:: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: From UNEP Monday 1 June 2009 – People around the world will unite for the planet on 5 June for World Environment Day 2009, with a strong call for environmental action just six months before the crucial United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen. […]

Genetically Modified rice, coming soon


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From Wikipedia Life is a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have self-sustaining biological processes (“alive,” “living”), from those which do not [1][2] —either because such functions have ceased (death), or else because they lack such functions and are classified as “inanimate.” In biology, “life” (cf. biota) is a quantitative and qualitative characteristic of all functioning […]