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Low Carbon Growth in Brazil

Brasilia — Brazil could reduce its gross greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by up to 37 percent between 2010 and 2030, while at the same time maintaining the development goals set out by the government for that period, without negatively affecting growth or jobs, says a new World Bank study of low carbon development scenarios in Brazil. This would be the equivalent to taking all of the world’s cars out of circulation for three years. The study was launched on June 17, in Brazil’s capital Brasilia, during a seminar attended by several ministries and research centers.

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May Global Temperature is Warmest on Record

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for May, March-May (Northern Hemisphere spring-Southern Hemisphere autumn), and the period January-May, according to NOAA. Worldwide average land surface temperature for May and March-May was the warmest on record while the global ocean surface temperatures for both May and March-May were second warmest on record, behind 1998.

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Mysterious Clouds Produced When Aircraft Inadvertently Cause Rain Or Snow

Boulder (UCAR) —As turboprop and jet aircraft climb or descend under certain atmospheric conditions, they can inadvertently seed mid-level clouds and cause narrow bands of snow or rain to develop and fall to the ground, new research finds. Through this seeding process, they leave behind odd-shaped holes or channels in the clouds, which have long fascinated the public.

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BP Oil Spill Damage to Louisiana Wetlands and Wildlife

Washington, D.C. – A powerful new video featuring the popular song, “Over the Rainbow”, as Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) coastal scientist Angelina Freeman examines the damage to Louisiana wetlands and wildlife from the BP oil disaster, is now posted on YouTube. The video’s narrative track is the performance of “Over the rainbow” that ended the first season finale of the Fox hit TV show, Glee. Produced by Environmental Defense Fund, the video concludes with a link to www.edf.org/cleanenergy that enables viewers to e-mail their U.S. senators “to urge them to learn from this unprecedented disaster and to wisely . . . → Read More: BP Oil Spill Damage to Louisiana Wetlands and Wildlife

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Sustainable Habitat: Wetlands Loss Endangers Birds on African-Eurasian Flyway

The Hague, The Netherlands – One-third of the critical wetlands that migratory waterbirds need when traveling between Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia are entirely unprotected, according to the first survey using a new online information tool. As a result, 42 percent of these waterbird species are in decline, bird experts warn.

The online tool was unveiled at an International Waterbird Conservation Symposium taking place in The Hague to mark the 15th anniversary of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement, AEWA. The international wildlife treaty aims to conserve migratory waterbirds which use the African-Eurasian Flyway.

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Greenpeace Africa Enables Solar Powered World Cup Viewing Area

Jericho, South Africa – Greenpeace Africa kicked off this Thangkollo ya Solar (Solar Kick Off) project to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy sources in South Africa. “What the Jericho project shows is that South Africa doesn’t have to rely on outdated methods to literally empower its people. The country has some of the best renewable energy sources in the world in the form of sun and wind,” said Nkopane Maphiri, Greenpeace Africa’s climate campaigner.

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Swiss Retailer Migros Lodges Complaint Against Malaysian Palm Oil Group

Zurich, Switzerland – Following the disclosure of the Malaysian IOI Group’s irresponsible dealing with native land rights and its involvement in illegal and fraudulent rainforest clearances on Borneo, Switzerland’s largest supermarket chain, Migros, has announced it will lodge a formal complaint against IOI, its principal palm oil supplier. IOI received jungle clearance for a new oil palm plantation on lands of the Kayan community of Long Teran Kanan in the Tinjar river region of Sarawak, Malaysia (November 2009). In March 2010, a Malaysian court declared the land leases used by IOI as “null and void” as they had . . . → Read More: Swiss Retailer Migros Lodges Complaint Against Malaysian Palm Oil Group

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Climate Change Talks: Bolivian Ambassador Objects Negotiating Text for New Climate Deal

At a Headquarters press conference, Bolivian Ambassador Pablo Solon strongly objected to a negotiating text for a new climate deal given during working sessions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany, earlier this month.

Mr. Solon, who leads his country’s climate change negotiations, noted that final texts produced by the Chair of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on long-cooperative action absolutely did not reflect the submissions of his country. He added that other suggestions from developing countries were also ignored, saying many of them had been “completely erased”.

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Indian Environment Ministry introduces "Green Book on Pollution Control"

In this volume, an effort has been made to compile the Acts and Rules concerning protection and improvement of environment being implemented by the Environment Ministry/ Departments as well as the Pollution Control Boards or the Pollution Control Committees at the Central, State and Union Territory levels. The current volume is the sixth edition of such a compilation of Acts and Rules by the Central Pollution Control Board.

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BHEL: Reducing GHG Emissions Through Nanotechnology

Research and development is in top gear at public sector major Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) in its endeavour to become an all-inclusive engineering enterprise. BHEL is setting up a dedicated facility, the Centre for Nano Technology, at its Corporate R&D centre in Hyderabad. There are 100-odd companies in the public and private domain and there are 50 universities which can harness the potential of this technology. Application with immediate impact could be seen in the areas of drug delivery to treat tumour or cancer, solar energy, display technologies, opto-electronic devices and semiconductor devices in nanoelectronics.

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