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Sea Shepherd offers to help protect Coral Sea marine reserve


Monday, 25 June 2012 13:29

One of the most proactive marine conservation body is offering to help patrol and protect Australia's new Coral Sea marine reserve. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) says it can contribute expert know-how, ships and resources to help preserve the world's largest marine reserve.

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Empire State Building saves $2.4million in energy bills


Monday, 25 June 2012 12:44

America's famous Empire State Building has cut its energy usage by $2.4million (£1.5million) more than expected in under a year through a pioneeirng retrofit project. The extra five percent energy saving over the first-year energy-efficiency guarantee has saved 4,000 metric tons of carbon, which would take 750 acres of pine forests to offset.

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Rio+20 outcome and summary


Monday, 25 June 2012 11:18

Twenty years on from the ringing declaration of intent of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the empty conference pavillions of Riocentro Convention Centre - vacated yesterday by the 19,000 delegates to its successor, Rio+20 - now echo to a more depressing sound. A dismal patter of disappointment and frustration has rained down on the efforts of 190 nations to breathe life into the notion of sustainable development:

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Bridging the greenhouse-gas emissions gap at Rio+20


Friday, 22 June 2012 08:09

With Rio+20 taking place this week, everyone should be ready for many sparky and sparkling arguments. To get nations working on sustainable energy and development, there is no better organisation than Ecofys. Since 1984 they have built up bases in many countries and experts to define the status quo on most technologies available. They have proposed 21 major initiatives to get the planet rolling.

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RIO+20: "Backsliding" on women's rights


Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:26

Population growth and women’s right to choose when to have children could become hot issues again. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, has warned against “backsliding” in the draft outcome document being negotiated at the Rio+20 conference, which opens on 20 June. The new text might not recognize the advances made in ensuring that women have reproductive rights alongside other major multilateral agreements on development and the environment.

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