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December 17, 2011

Brazil judge says work can resume at Amazon dam

Judge Carlos Castro said the company behind the Belo Monte had shown that local fishing will not be impeded during construction, and the natural flow of the Xingu river will not be affected.

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15 December 2011

Climate change drops off 'hot topic' list

This year's British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey comes complete with gloomy

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05 December 2011

UN forest protection scheme heading in wrong direction

“The outcome on REDD safeguards is a step backwards from what was agreed in Cancun last year, which itself was far short of what could have been agreed in Copenhagen. The provisions for safeguards in forest conservation are being shredded”, says Raja Jarrah, CARE’s Senior Advisor on REDD.

"This is bad news for millions of indigenous people and local communities whose livelihoods depend on forests.”

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November 30, 2011

Code of Conduct for working with Indigenous and Local Communities

Research related to tropical rainforests involves field-based data collection. Much of this information gathering takes place in territories occupied by indigenous and other forest-based communities.

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Dec 13, 2011

Contradictory Goals in Agriculture

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 13, 2011 (IPS) - Brazil aims to meet its climate change targets in agriculture by stimulating techniques that have been proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – but which may increase the use of toxic agrochemicals, activists say.

Direct seeding, restoration of grasslands, crop-livestock-forest integration, biological nitrogen fixation, commercial reforestation, and biogas production from animal waste are practices that can be financed by a soft credit line available since August.

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6 December 2011

Forest programme to benefit millions

A 10-year, $233-million plan to help a billion people around the world whose livelihoods depend on trees and forests, was announced on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban on Sunday.

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December 6, 2011

Forests cannot be sustained if people are hungry

Agriculture will most likely be included in future negotiations on global warming, experts said at the U.N. climate change talks in Durban, which may help address one of the top drivers of deforestation amid a spike in demand for farmland.

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Amazonian indigenous peoples against REDD

Peruvian indigenous organizations along with the Forest Peoples Program, an international non-profit that defends the rights of native forest-dwelling peoples, said in a recent report that carbon emission reduction programs tied to the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD, a United Nations-led program, are hurting indigenous rights.

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£20m funding now available for rural business

Valuable funding for rural business has recently become available and it appears not many people are aware of it yet.

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November 24, 2011

Clean Food, via Clean Fuel

The secret that “food vs fuel” proponents don’t want you to think about?

Not all food is created equal. Dirty food, made using dirty process, makes a dirty world. And then there’s clean food.


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by Dr. Radut