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Rio+20 could create momentum for a global transformation


Thursday, 21 June 2012 14:45

The United Nations (UN) summit Rio+20, being held this week in Brazil, will be an opportunity to secure political and economic commitments for sustainable development and to address new and emerging challenges, says Carlos Nobre in an editorial published 14 June in Science.

Photo credit: Dimitri Castrique. www.sxc.hu

RIO+20: The "landscape approach"


Thursday, 21 June 2012 13:27

A new and awkward term is doing the rounds at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is "landscape science/ agriculture/ approach", which now embraces "eco-agriculture", "forest landscape restoration", "territorial development", "model forests", "foodsheds", "participatory watershed management", "community-based natural resource management", "biological corridors", and many other connected concepts.

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RIO+20: Battles won and lost


Thursday, 21 June 2012 09:10

The adoption of the controversial concept of a “green economy“ was to have been the big story out of Rio+20, the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Photo credit: Stenio Felix. www.sxc.hu

An end to premium prices for ethical coffee?


Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:16

The wellbeing of coffee growers makes business sense for big brands like Kenco, as well as niche ones.

Photo credit: Sandy Gin. www.sxc.hu

Mars beats two-year certified sustainable cocoa sourcing goals


Tuesday, 19 June 2012 12:38

Chocolate giant Mars says it will exceed its initial targets of sourcing certified sustainable cocoa. It met its 2011 goal of buying 10% of its cocoa from certified sustainable sellers. Now, it says it will beat its second-year 20% target and is set to buy almost 90,000 metric tons of certified cocoa this year.

Photo credit: Andrzej Pobiedziński. www.sxc.hu