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Twenty-five primates on brink of extinction, study says | Reuters

(Reuters) – Twenty-five species of humans’ closest living relatives – apes, monkeys and lemurs – need urgent protection from extinction, a report by international conservation groups said on Monday. Many of the primates, from the Ecuadorean brown-headed spider monkey to the eastern black-crested gibbon in China and Vietnam, are under threat from human destruction of forests, from hunting and from ...

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ENN Original news: 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. In a statement, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said the new body will be backed by the army, the federal police and the Brazilian Environment Institution (IBAMA). The force will be charged with permanent surveillance of the Amazon. For ...

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Democrats and U.S. Labor Delusional About Latin America | Counterpunch

Diatribes and Curious Silences by ALBERTO C. RUIZ The Democrats just put out their platform on Latin America, and it demonstrates only the loosest connection to reality. Thus, while praising the “vibrant democracies in countries from Mexico to Brazil and Costa Rica to Chile,” as well as “historic peaceful transfers of power in places like El Salvador and Uruguay,” the ...

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Amazon deforestation falls again | guardian.co.uk

Data from satellite images shows 23% reduction in deforestation from August 2011 to July 2012 against the previous year by Adam Vaughan Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has fallen again in the past 12 months, according to preliminary data published by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. The reduction follows the passing of Brazil’s Forest Code in April, which green ...

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Déjà Vu at Rio+20 | The Nation

by Mark Hertsgaard The past twenty years demonstrate that appealing mainly to the conscience of world leaders does not work. Instead one must change those leaders’ political calculations—making them as afraid of an aroused public as they are of the narrow interests behind the status quo. There are various ways to do that, from voting politicians out of office to ...

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The Failure of Rio+20 is a Wake-Up Call for People Power | STWR

Following the ‘hoax summit’ and failure of political leadership at Rio+20, it is clear that the responsibility for change rests with ordinary, engaged citizens to forge a united and informed world public opinion that is stronger than any government or vested interest, writes Adam Parsons. Almost a week since the Rio+20 Earth Summit ended, civil society is coming to terms ...

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David Suzuki on Rio+20, ‘Green Economy’ & Why Planet’s Survival Requires Undoing Its Economic Model | DemocracyNow!

As the Rio+20 Earth Summit — the largest U.N. conference ever — ends in disappointment, we’re joined by the leading Canadian scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki. As host of the long-running CBC program, “The Nature of Things,” seen in more than 40 countries, Suzuki has helped educate millions about the rich biodiversity of the planet and the threats it ...

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