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Environment: Shared resources, sole responsibility – Jerusalem Post

As Israel enters a new year, with significant renewable energy allocations signed in July and natural gas development churning at highspeed, The Jerusalem Post sat down on Wednesday with National Infrastructures Minister Dr. Uzi Landau, who is a …
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African Rainforest at Risk from Oil Palm Plantation

As global agricultural companies turn to Africa, a U.S. firm is planning a massive oil palm plantation in Cameroon that it says will benefit local villagers. But critics argue that the project would destroy some of the key remaining forests in the West African nation and threaten species-rich reserves.
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China’s Exclusive Food Supply

At a glance, it is clear this is no run-of-the-mill farm: A 6-foot spiked fence hems the meticulously planted vegetables and security guards control a cantilevered gate that glides open only to select cars.

“It is for officials only. They produce organic vegetables, peppers, onions, beans, cauliflowers, but they don’t sell to the public,” said Li Xiuqin, 68, a lifelong Shunyi village resident who lives directly across the street from the farm but has never been inside. “Ordinary people can’t go in there.”

Until May, a sign inside the gate identified the property as the Beijing Customs Administration Vegetable Base and Country Club. The placard was removed after a Chinese reporter sneaked inside and published a story about the farm producing organic food so clean the cucumbers could be eaten directly from the vine.

Elsewhere in the world, this might be something to boast about. Not in China. Organic gardening here is a hush-hush affair in which the cleanest, safest products are largely channeled to the rich and politically connected.
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US environment agency to delay greenhouse gas proposals – The Guardian

New greenhouse gas regulations for US power plants are unlikely to be proposed by the end of the month, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has admitted. The agency originally aimed at producing initial proposals by 30 …
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Fashawn Talks “The Ecology,” Working With 9th Wonder – HipHopDX.com

Brooklyn Bodega recently caught up with Fashawn to discuss his recently announced sophomore album The Ecology. The Fresno rapper said that this while he’s taken some time off since his acclaimed 2009 debut Boy Meets World to work on mixtapes and …
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Imperial Oil fined $195K for environmental crimes

Imperial Oil has agreed to pay a total of $195,000 for environmental violations at its facilities in Norman Wells, N.W.T.
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Security environment in the country uncertain: PM – Hindustan Times

Noting that the security environment in the country “continues to be uncertain”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said there were reports of cross-border camps for terrorists being reactivated. He said the recent terror attacks in Mumbai …
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Czech huge eco-tender may be fraudulent – Social Democrat expert

Prague – The “eco-tender” or a tender for the removal of old environmental damage amounts to an attempted fraud, Jan Mladek, shadow finance minister for the opposition Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), told journalists today.
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Yes, Rick Perry Really Is That Bad on the Environment | The Nation – Nation

It would be comforting for liberals to think that the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry, is not completely irredeemable. But if ever there was an issue on which Perry seems irredeemable, it would be the …
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