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As Carbon Dioxide Grows, Tropical Trees Do Not

Scientists had assumed that trees would use increasing concentrations of CO2 to grow more but research shows that is not the case Trees are definitely our allies when it comes to taking in greenhouse gases and thus aiding in the fight against climate change. But new research suggests that forests might not be quite as [...]

Amyris Renewable Jet Fuel Receives Regulatory Approval in Brazil

Brazil Now Cleared for Flying With Locally-Produced, Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel as Study Indicates That Amyris’s Renewable Fuels Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Compared to Fossil Fuels Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil’s fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet [...]

Inside Beijing’s airpocalypse – a city made ‘almost uninhabitable’ by pollution

The 21 million inhabitants of China’s capital appear to be engaged in a city-wide rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet.  Only it’s not a rehearsal: the poisonous atmosphere is already here The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise [...]

Avaliação de risco em obras tem de incluir clima, alerta a ONU

A costarriquenha Christiana Figueres, a mais alta autoridade das Nações Unidas nas negociações sobre mudança do clima, acredita que a China é o país que mais está fazendo esforços no combate ao aquecimento global em comparação com EUA e União Europeia. “Entre EUA e União Europeia, quem está fazendo mais sacrifícios e está contribuindo mais [...]

Banks not yet living up to UN human rights principles, finds BankTrack

New research finds inadequate reporting on human rights impacts, and failure to establish mechanisms to allow complaints. As the world’s largest gathering on business and human rights takes place in Geneva, new research from BankTrack has found that global banks are making slow progress in implementing human rights standards, and are failing to live up [...]

Indonesia cracks down on deforestation in symbolic u-turn

Indonesia’s new president announces plans to protect rainforest and peatlands, signalling a new direction for country with worst rate of deforestation in the world Indonesia’s reforming new president is to crack down on the rampant deforestation and peatland destruction that has made the nation the world’s third largest emitter of climate-warming carbon dioxide. Joko Widodo [...]

Big corporates leading the way on climate change with carbon pricing

New CDP report shows 150 major companies already use an internal price on carbon and many more are calling for clear pricing to help regulate emissions The progressive corporate sector plans to make a major push at next week’s climate change summit in New York for the introduction of a meaningful global price for carbon, [...]

Brazil’s Silva, a lifelong environmentalist, courts big agriculture

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva, an icon of the green movement, is cozying up to old adversaries in the sugar and ethanol industry as she seeks to win over the powerful farm lobby ahead of next month’s election. Since entering the race in mid-August, Silva has picked a pro-agriculture congressman as her running mate, met [...]

Royal Bank of Scotland Rules Out Financing Major Coal Port Expansion

In yet another sign of major international banks’ growing unwillingness to fund coal terminal projects that threaten the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Royal Bank of Scotland last night joined Deutsche Bank and HSBC in publicly ruling out financing of the controversial Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen, Queensland. The terminal will export coal from the [...]

Chevron Management Hit with Protests on Five Continents over Environmental Abuses

In a global protest event spanning five continents, several communities affected by Chevron’s sloppy operational practices call on consumers and governments to not do business with oil giant until the company’s management team cleans up its act and implements new policies to better protect the environment. The communities – which include indigenous groups in Ecuador, [...]

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