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Rio+20, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Making it Happen

18 April 2011
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On 4 to 6 June 2012, the world’s nations will come together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development, to assess the progress and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development,...
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Japan crisis sparks review of Europe nuclear projects

17 March 2011
Areas affected by the quake in Japan.  Photo credit: USGS

Nuclear projects in Europe are being reviewed in light of the emergency in Japan, sparked by a massive earthquake and tsunami. The German and the Swiss governments have suspended decisions on their nuclear programmes, and the European Commission is holding a meeting of ministers and experts on Tuesday. A nuclear plant in Fukushima has...
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Oceans need advocacy, too

15 February 2011
http://greatpacificgarbagepatch.info/

TP The pressure on the oceans and ocean beds is increasing, but the general public still knows little of the interactions between human activities and the life of the oceans. Over exploitation, waste streams and persistent polluters determine humankind’s use of its maritime environment. Whereas the general awareness of environmental concerns is increasing worldwide,...
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Accelerated loss rates and a few success stories: 2011 is the International Year of Forests

21 January 2011
Accelerated loss rates and a few success stories: 2011 is the International Year of Forests

T.P. The status and the development of the world’s forest resources are the focus of attention of this year’s UN campaigns for raising awareness on sustainable development. While 2010 was dedicated to biodiversity, 2011 has been declared the International Year of Forests. Despite ongoing negative trends, the surface extent of the world’s forest resources...
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An unexpected success, Nagoya summit offers hope for future environment talks

14 December 2010
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It does not often happen that an international top-level environment conference receives positive comments and a broad welcome, even from environmental organizations. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) however, held in Nagoya from 18 to 29 October 2010, is generally considered a to be a decisive and even...
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New center in Korea Province includes ecological concerns

11 November 2010
Jesuits in Korea

The Jesuit Research Center for Advocacy and Solidarity is a newly founded institution by the Korea Province of the Society of Jesus to provide technical assistance to Jesuit social apostolates in Korea and organizations and movements with which they form coalitions or networks.
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ASEAN urged to take stronger stand on climate change

11 November 2010
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A coalition of major international environment groups has called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to take a stronger stand on climate change in the upcoming climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.
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European Bishops Ecology Pilgrimage

15 October 2010
"Water must be treated as a public good (Ecumenical Declaration on Water as a Human Right and a Public Good." Photo credit:  via flickr.com

Around fifty delegates from more than fifteen countries of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe set out on 1st September 2010 from the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary on a pilgrimage of hope for all creation to the Shrine of Mariazell in Austria, passing through Slovakia where we were welcomed by the Archbishop of Bratislava, Stanislav...
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‘Green’ Bishop Receives Alternative Nobel Prize

15 October 2010
Bishop Erwin Kräutler.  Photo credit:  Prelazia do Xingu, Altamira

A leading figure in Brazil’s environment movement, Erwin Kräutler, is one of the four winners of the Right Livelihood Award 2010, known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. The 71-year-old Catholic Bishop of Xingu in the Amazon region is honoured for “a lifetime of work for the human and environmental rights of indigenous peoples and...
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Faith and the Environment: European Parliament Conference on Caritas in Veritate

15 September 2010
Faith and the Environment: European Parliament Conference on Caritas in Veritate

Frank Turner participated in the conference in the European Parliament about the Encyclical "Caritas in Veritate" jointly organized by the European Popular Group and the Commission of the Bishops of European Union (COMECE). Taking up a point that has been raised indirectly today, but not discussed directly, I want to add a preliminary note about...
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