On Our Radar: Back in Rio, 20 Years Later

In a demonstration timed to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, people formed a human banner that says "Rivers for Life" in Portuguese on a beach in Rio de Janeiro.Associated PressIn a demonstration timed to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, people formed a human banner that said “Rivers for Life” in Portuguese on a beach in Rio de Janeiro.

More than 50,000 people and representatives of more than 120 countries gather in Rio de Janeiro for the opening of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development. Topics include the destruction of the rain forest, vanishing coral reefs, land grabs, the need for food security, clean water, the role of women in food production, safe drinking water, energy access, clogged transit systems, jobs and sustainable development as a way of fighting poverty. The conference marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. [The Miami Herald]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature adds the purring Caquetá titi monkey of Colombia, identified only three decades ago, and more than 1,900 other animals and plants to its “red list” of endangered species. [Scientific American]

As the Senate prepares to vote on a resolution proposed by an Oklahoma Republican to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency’s mercury and air toxics standards, an environmental group calculates utilities’ coal-fired emissions and lobbying expenditures. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

A woman in Tulsa, Okla., who grew an edible and medicinal garden with over 100 plant varieties sues the city after municipal workers mow all the plants down. City inspectors charged that the plants were too tall. [Treehugger]

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Posted on June 21, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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