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Rio+20 Earth Summit: campaigners decry final document | guardian.co.uk

Amid doubt, disappointment and division, the world’s governments came together in Rio on Friday to declare “a pathway for a sustainable century”. At the close of the Rio+20 Earth Summit, heads of state and ministers from more than 190 nations signed off on a plan to set global sustainable development goals and other measures to strengthen global environmental management, tighten ...

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Analysis: Rio +20 – Epic Fail: TBIJ

Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa, the home of Christ the Redeemer, is the birthplace of the United Nations Earth Summit. So it seems appropriate that the giant beast of sustainable development negotiations should come here to die. And where New World Vultures smell the wounded and circle overhead. The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, known as the ...

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Diplomats agree on ‘weak’ text for Rio+20 summit | Reuters via AlertNet

Text fails to define ‘sustainable development goals’ Environmentalists criticize text, urge action on climate Decision on high seas governance postponed three years Big city mayors craft green strategy of their own By Nina Chestney and Valerie Volcovici RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19 (Reuters) – Diplomats from over 190 countries agreed on a draft text on green global development on Tuesday ...

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Rio+20 negotiators accused of strong-arm tactics | guardian.co.uk

Delegates considering blocking proposed text because of its lack of ambition and ‘aggressive’ tactics employed by Brazil by Jonathan Watts in Rio de Janeiro and Guardian reporters Brazilian negotiators have been accused of using strong-arm tactics at Rio+20 to secure a deal before heads of state start arriving for the Earth Summit later this week. The ghost of the Copenhagen ...

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Rio+20 Earth summit: Amazon deforestation – in pictures | guardian.co.uk

Although deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is down 80% since 2004, environmentalists fear recent changes to the forest code will lead to further destruction. About 20% of the rainforest has already been destroyed. Before this month’s Rio+20 Earth summit, the Brazilian Amazon, home to 60% of the world’s largest forest and 20% of the Earth’s oxygen, remains threatened by the ...

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Brazil’s blueprint for reforestation | The Guardian

The misty forests of Miguel Pereira, just two hours drive from Rio’s Copacabana beaches, show the scars of development. Over the past century, this part of the Atlantic forest has experienced three waves of development – logging, coffee plantations and cattle ranching – each of which ran down the environment a step further. By 2008, there was almost nothing left ...

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Amazon deforestation at record low, data shows | guardian.co.uk

Using satellite imagery, the institute said 6,418 sq km of Amazon forest was stripped in the 12 months before 31 July 2011 – the smallest area since annual measurements started in 1988. The data continues an encouraging trend. Since the peak deforestation year of 2004, the rates of clearance have fallen by almost 75%. “This reduction is impressive; it is ...

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Brazilian leader Rousseff’s pardon for illegal deforesters condemned | guardian.co.uk

Attack on president’s environmental credentials comes weeks before she is due to host Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro Jonathan Watts, Rio de Janeiro A coalition of Brazil’s leading conservation groups have condemned the country’s president Dilma Rousseff for pardoning illegal deforesters, weakening protection of the Amazon and rowing back on efforts to recover land that has been cleared of ...

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If President Rousseff passes the forest code, it won’t be only Brazil that suffers | Fernando Meirelles, The Guardian

Brazil has a proud record of protecting the environment, but a bill allowing deforestation would undermine the Rio+20 summit by Fernando Meirelles Never before has the survival of so much rainforest depended on one person. But that is where President Rousseff of Brazil finds herself. The Brazilian congress just passed a forest code that puts the Amazon and other forests ...

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U.S. Senate Considers Generous Deal for Israel | defensenews.com

TEL AVIV — Shared satellite intelligence, aerial refueling tankers, specialized munitions and surplus drawdown gear from Iraq are just a few of the perquisites for Israel laid out in legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate. Passed earlier this month by the House of Representatives, the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012 is now under review by the ...

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