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May 2012

Leading US Companies Contradict Own Actions on Climate Science 31 May 12

Half of Reviewed Companies Misrepresented Climate Science Despite Publicly Expressing Concerns. Many of US’s leading companies have taken contradictory actions when it comes to climate change science while pumping a tremendous amount of resources into influencing the discussion, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

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University of Greenwich named UK’s ’greenest university ever’ 30 May 12

With a record 145 universities participating in this year’s People & Planet Green League ranking and 46 receiving First Class degrees, it is clear student campaigning to green the UK higher education sector is making serious inroads. Source: People & Planet

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RAW- Kickstarting a food and farming revolution 30 May 12

One of the most critical questions of our generation is how to feed our growing population at a time of vast sustainability challenges. Compassionin World Farming’s newest campaign, RAW, explores how we can achieve this in a humane sustainable way. Factory farming is the world’s predominant model of livestock farming – it’s how we rear and slaughter two thirds of our farm animals, currently around 65 billion, every year. But it’s not fit for the future.

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Europe can grow by unleashing a Low Carbon Economy 30 May 12

Voters in Greece, France and the United Kingdom have sent a clear signal in the past month that they want governments to give priority to jobs and opportunities as well as reducing deficits and debt. Lord Nicholas Stern argues that unleashing the low-carbon economy could achieve these goals. Framed by credible and stable policies, the European Union could then unlock private sector investment and usher in a period of investment, growth and opportunity, to the benefit of all.

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New Masterclass Hones in on Sustainable Cosmetic Ingredients - Organic Monitor 24 May 12

The growing use of sustainable ingredients in cosmetic products is the focus of the next Natural Cosmetics Masterclass, taking place in Paris on June 27th. Dwindling petrochemical supply and rising raw material prices are pushing chemical companies towards plant-based feedstock as a sustainable source. However, cosmetic ingredients from agricultural raw materials are giving rise to new formulation issues.

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Conference-Local Towns, Local Food Conference - Strengthening Local Economies 24 May 12

The event will examine the role and revival of towns as local food centres and how creating a strong local food web (the connections between people who produce sell and buy locally-sourced food in a local area food) can: 20th June, Leeds. Organised by Sustain and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

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Run-up to Rio bad time for U-turn on forest protection 23 May 12

Humanity is now using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide, according to WWF’s recently released 2012 Living Planet Report. The consequences are seen in ongoing deforestation, increasing water scarcity, rising carbon emissions and crashing fish stocks. They can also be seen starkly in the Living Planet Index, a measure of the changes in the planet’s biodiversity, which shows a decline of 28 per cent since 1970.

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Bees at risk from chemicals increase 23 May 12

Pesticide use rose by 6.5% between 2005 and 2010, increasing the risk to bee populations, according to new research launched today by Friends of the Earth. The report, ’The Decline of England’s Bees’ was carried out by leading bee experts at the University of Reading as part of the environment charity’s latest campaign, The Bee Cause.

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Organic September – discover why organic food is naturally different 22 May 12

Europe’s biggest celebration of all things organic will be taking place throughout September, brought to you by the Soil Association – the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use. Watch out for events up and down the country on organic farms, in shops, schools, and restaurants and on a high street near you.

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On track for Rio+20? How are global companies responding to sustainability? 22 May 12

UK and continental European companies are outstripping their US and Asian counterparts, according to a EIRIS’ latest report. The German sportswear manufacturer Puma is named a global leader in EIRIS’ Sustainability Ratings report with British drugs company GlaxoSmithKline and the Dutch electronics company Philips also scoring highly.

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Green MP slams ‘expensive bias’ towards nuclear, gas and big energy players; calls for focus on smaller generators and community schemes 22 May 12

The Government will today publish its draft energy bill, with proposals for a reform of the electricity market aimed at unlocking the billions of pounds of investment needed in low carbon infrastructure over the next 10 years.

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Palestinian farmers ordered to uproot 1,400 olive trees by Israeli Civil Administration 22 May 12

The Fairtrade Foundation has expressed outrage and shock at the news that Israel has ordered nine Palestinian olive farmers of Deir Istiya, Salfit on the West Bank to uproot 1,400 olive trees in Wadi Qana area by 1 May 2012.

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Organic and natural solutions for snail and slug control 22 May 12

Snails and slugs are the bane of organic gardeners, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuces and other tasty leaves can be destroyed in one night-and their is nothing more disheartening than seeing the heads of tray seedlings fall victim to the nocturnal slippery slimes. Without the use of expensive poisons there is no simple solutions, here are a few ideas that organic gardeners can try and hopefully find the right combination that works for you.

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Increase in cancers and fertility problems may be caused by household chemicals and pharmaceuticals 19 May 12

Chemicals which disrupt the hormone system – also known as ’endocrine disrupting chemicals’ (EDCs) – may be a contributing factor behind the significant increases in cancers, diabetes and obesity, falling fertility, and an increased number of neurological development problems in both humans and animals, according to a review of recent scientific literature commissioned by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETS 14 May 12

Earlier this month Brazilian pulp and paper giant Suzano Papel e Celulose gained approval for the world’s most advanced trial of genetically modified (GM) trees to meet the global demands of biomass energy expansion

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Caroline Lucas Opens Door to New Green Party Leaders 14 May 12

In September 2012, Caroline Lucas MP will reach the end of her second term as national Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, and has announced today that she will not be seeking re-election for another two-year term, in order to broaden opportunities for the range of talent in the Party and to raise the profiles of others aspiring to election.

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Arms Trade Treaty long overdue, as new research shows billions spent on illicit weapons deals by states under embargo 07 May 12

More than $2.2bn worth of arms and ammunition have been imported since 2000 to countries operating under arms embargoes, according to new figures released today by international humanitarian agency Oxfam.

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Apple, Amazon, Microsoft choose dirty energy to power growing cloud 04 May 12

The current explosion in cloud computing offered by major IT companies is driving significant new demand for dirty energy like coal and nuclear power, according to a new report from Greenpeace International. The report, "How Clean is Your Cloud?" shows a growing split within the tech industry between companies that are taking steps to power their clouds with clean energy, like Google, Yahoo and Facebook, and companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft who lag behind by choosing to build their growing fleets of data centres to be powered by coal and nuclear energy.

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Urgent appeal for Baba Jan, prisoner of climate change 03 May 12

Last year, after devastating floods swept the Atta Abad Lakes region of Pakistan, police opened fire on a demonstration of people demanding compensation. Two people were killed. Baba Jan. a federal committee member of the Labour Party Pakistan (LPP), was among the first to raise the issue of Atta Abad Lake flood victims, writes Ian Angus, editor of Climate and Capitalism

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Soil Association Organic Food Awards 2012 03 May 12

The Soil Association Organic Food Awards, now in their 24th year, are the most prestigious and widely respected in the organic sector. Please give a hand to promote the best quality organic food and drink by nominating your favourite product.

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Paraben-Free Cosmetic Formulations Gaining Popularity 03 May 12

New alternative preservation systems for cosmetic products are gaining popularity. In its new Technical Insights report, Organic Monitor finds the move to new alternative preservative systems is driven by high consumer demand for natural & organic cosmetics as well as the growing trend of formulators avoiding parabens.

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