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Fisheries Commission Ignores Advice for Ending Overfishing

A five-day meeting on fisheries ended last week (6 December) amid complaints that big fishing nations have blocked efforts to curb tuna overfishing and ignored scientific advice.

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Nine priorities for a ‘greener’ Europe by 2020

“Finally!” - member states and the European Parliament will say when the Commission adopts, on 28 November, a proposal to guide EU environmental policy up to 2020.

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Australia outlaws illegally-logged wood from abroad

In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad. The new legislation makes it a criminal offense for Australian businesses to import timber from illegal operations.

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Brazil's Rousseff enacts forest law in blow to farm lobby

Brazil enacted a controversial law on Thursday meant to protect forests and force farmers to replant trees on scattered swathes of illegally cleared land totaling an area roughly the size of Italy.

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Brazil forms special environmental security force to combat spike in deforestation

Brazil will set up a special environmental security force in an effort to stem rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, reports AFP. Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2012/1011-brazil-environmental-security-force.html#ZdYiRbBRGXXbSR4R.99

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Draft law stresses govt role in environmental protection

Officials will be subject to administrative punishment if they fabricate environmental statistics or refuse to release information that should be made public, according to a draft amendment of the Environmental Protection Law.

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Countries adopt Manila declaration to strengthen protection of global marine environment

Representatives from 65 countries have agreed to step up efforts to protect the world’s oceans from land-based activities, while underlining the central role played by the marine environment in a transition to a low carbon, resource-efficient green economy.

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India opposes UN panel’s ‘back door’ for green caps

NEW DELHI: A high-profile panel of the United Nation Secretary General (UNSG) on Global Sustainability has recommended that the world adopt sustainable development targets. The move has been opposed by India and several other developing countries as…

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California city bans bullfrogs to safeguard native species

Santa Cruz, California has become the first city in the U.S. to ban the importation, sale, release, and possession of the American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana).

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Biodiversity: Poland referred to court

The European Commission decided, on 26 January, to refer Poland to the EU Court of Justice for failing to fulfil its obligations to protect biodiversity and conserve "old" vegetable seed varieties.

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Biodiversity Authority, KLDB question Kudumbasree move for export of Malabari goats

A proposal mooted by the Kudumbasree Mission to ship 300 live goats of a native breed to Australia has run into rough weather, with the National Biodiversity Authority calling for a report from the Kerala State Biodiversity Board and an NGO voicing concern over the violation of the biodiversity ...

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Brazil’s Forest Law debate heats up

Brazil’s politicians, NGOs and public have been voicing more criticisms about the proposed relaxing of the country’s Forest Law. Here’s a summary of recent developments…

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Peru president signs indigenous consultation law

LIMA — Peru's President Ollanta Humala signed into law a measure requiring that indigenous people be consulted before any mining, timber or petroleum projects are begun on their traditional lands.

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South Africa: Stop Looting Our National Treasures - Molewa

Pretoria — Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has urged South Africans to work with law enforcement agencies and game park authorities to stop the "looting" of rhinos, which she described as a national treasure.

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Councils 'to have final say' on greenfield sites under planning proposals

Planning minister Greg Clark says local communities are the best judges of what is important in their area

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Delhi créé un tribunal entièrement dédié aux questions environnementales

Le 19 octobre, l’Inde est devenue le troisième pays au monde à disposer d’une juridiction exclusivement dédiée à l’environnement. Il s’agit du National Green Tribunal (NGT). Le ministre de l’environnement voit dans cet événement un tournant dans la politique de son pays.

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Madagascar: Political Crisis Places Biodiversity at Risk

Vast portions of Madagascar's unique biodiversity could be lost - possibly forever, and at incalculable cost to ordinary Malagasy and the world - by the continued suspension of environmental funding in response to an ongoing political crisis, says a new report by the US Agency for International ...

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Politics and water conservation

The city made great strides with its watering ordinance, but it's about to be undone. In June 2009, an ordinance limiting lawn and garden watering with sprinklers to two days a week took effect in Los Angeles. Citywide water consumption dropped by more than 20%.

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If Madagascar's biodiversity is to be saved, international community must step up

The international community's boycott of environmental aid to Madagascar is imperiling the island's unique and endangered wildlife, according to a new report commissioned by the US Agency for International Development's (USAID) Bureau of Africa.

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Sustainability watchdog will be axed to meet public sector spending cuts

Plans to scrap the commission come as the agency announces tens of millions of pounds of savings from green improvements.

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