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Fashion Industry Considers Biodiversity When Sourcing Materials

It is commonly known among conservation biologists that biodiversity -- or the totality and variability of genes, species and ecosystems of a region -- is integral for optimum health and sustainability of a region. Though it is a term that is arguably clunkier than "sustainability" -- biodiversity is slowly becoming a topic of interest within the sphere of sourcing and design.

Stylelist
Monday, March 12, 2012

US Banks Risk Public Health and Climate by Financing Coal

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

RAN and Sierra Club Detail the “Filthy Five” Banks in third annual “Coal Finance Report Card”

EPA Underestimates Emissions from Palm Oil Biofuels, Public Comment Deadline Tomorrow

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Thursday, April 26th - Scientific and environmental groups summarized their comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed finding that palm oil should not qualify for inclusion in the EPA’s Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).  While the organizations agreed with the EPA’s conclusion not to include palm oil, they argued that EPA’s analysis actually underestimates the greenhouse gas emissions of palm oil and the serious environmental problems that palm cultivation creates.

Rainforest Action Network Sets Record Straight on Cargill and Tripa Forest Controversy

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (4.24.2012)—Yesterday, agribusiness giant Cargill responded with misleading statements to a report recently released by Rainforest Action Network (RAN).  RAN’s report, Truth and Consequences: Palm Oil Plantations Push Unique Orangutan Population to Brink of Extinction, points out that Cargill has no safeguards on its global palm oil supply chain, and that without such safeguards Cargill cannot ensure it is not contributing to egregious violations like the one underway in Tripa peat forest of Indonesia.

TELECONFERENCE ADVISORY: EPA Underestimates Emissions From Palm Oil Biofuels

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CONTACT:

            Deborah Lapidus, lapidus@climateadvisers.com, 703-967-5741

            Alexandra Stark, stark@climateadvisers.com, 202-328-5086

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Over 1000 to Protest Bank of America at Shareholder Meeting

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Kerul Dyer, 415.866.0005

San Francisco—A thousand-plus people representing the diversity of the 99 percent will converge in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 9 to protest Bank of America policies that are bankrupting our economy and destroying our environment at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.  Rainforest Action Network, the New Bottom Line, the Pushback Network and a growing number of other national organizations will coordinate with local grassroots efforts for the non-violent mass mobilization.

Brazil Issues Criminal Charges Against Chevron

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Today Rainforest Action Network activists traveled to Chevron’s headquarters in San Ramon to issue an arrest warrant for Chevron CEO John Watson for international environmental and human rights crimes. The action came the day that Brazilian prosecutors filed criminal charges against Chevron executives after the company’s drilling operations caused an offshore oil spill that dumped thousands of gallons of oil into a fragile marine ecosystem.

Big Food Must Go: Why We Need to Radically Change the Way We Eat

"Occupying the food system" has emerged as a rallying cry as activists and movements across the country, from Willie Nelson to more than 60 Occupy groups are turning up the heat on "big food" in nationwide actions today. Across the US, online and offline, thousands will be protesting icons of corporate control over food such as Monsanto and Cargill, and literally occupying vacant lots and tilling long-ignored soils in a mass-scale rejuvenation of community-led food production.

AlterNet
Sunday, February 26, 2012

Occupy food supply plans protests

Cargill said it was aware that its operations had been targeted and that appropriate precautions were being taken to prevent business disruptions. Attempts to reach Monsanto for comment were unsuccessful.

Unlike Occupy Wall Street, mainstream news outlets haven’t picked up on Occupy our Food Supply. Media coverage so far has been primarily limited to activist blogs and it is unclear how much, if any, impact the groups will have.

Agri-pulse
Monday, February 27, 2012

Dr. Vandana Shiva: Occupy our food supply!

We must Occupy Our Food Supply because corporations are destroying our seed and soil, our water and land, our climate, and biodiversity. Forty percent of the greenhouse gases that are destabilizing the climate right now come from corporate industrial agriculture. Seventy percent of water is wasted for industrial agriculture. Seventy-five percent of biodiversity has been lost due to industrial monocultures.

Grist
Monday, February 27, 2012