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Tuesday, September 30, 2014   4:46 GMT



U.S. to Create National Plan on Responsible Business Practices
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 30 Sep (IPS) - The United States will begin developing a national action plan on responsible business practices, following on several years of related advocacy from civil society.
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Zero Nuclear Weapons
A Never-Ending Journey Ahead
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 27 Sep (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?
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Championing Ocean Conservation Or Paying Lip Service to the Seas?
Christopher Pala
WASHINGTON, 27 Sep (IPS) - President Barack Obama this week extended the no-fishing areas around three remote pacific islands, eliciting praise from some, and disappointment from those who fear the move did not go far enough towards helping depleted species of fish recover.
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Obama Mandates Climate Resilience in All U.S. Development Projects
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 24 Sep (IPS) - All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
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"No Planet B"
Marchers Demand Swift Action on Climate Change
Roger Hamilton-Martin, Gloria Schiavi
NEW YORK, 22 Sep (IPS) - On Sunday, Sep. 21, at least 300,000 people filled the streets of New York City ahead of the U.N. General Assembly and special one-day Climate Summit Sep. 23 to protest the ongoing lack of political will to cut global CO2 emissions and kick-start a greener economy. They came by bus and bike and train. They came with their kids -- some in strollers, others old enough to proudly carry signs. By afternoon, it had become clear that the march in New York was the biggest climate-change gathering in history. Protesters also turned out in more than 150 other cities around the world.
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U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 20 Aug (IPS) - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.
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Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?
Lowana Veal
REYKJAVIK, 18 Aug (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.
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Protecting America's Underwater Serengeti
Christopher Pala
WASHINGTON, 15 Aug (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to more than double the worlds no-fishing areas to protect what some call Americas underwater Serengeti, a series of California-sized swaths of Pacific Ocean where 1,000-pound marlin cruise by 30-foot-wide manta rays around underwater mountains filled with rare or unique species.
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U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Aug (IPS) - Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmars timber sector for one year.
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Africa Activists Urge Obama to Act on Extractive Industries Law
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 5 Aug (IPS) - As the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit got underway here Monday, anti-corruption activists urged President Barack Obama to prod a key U.S. agency to issue long-awaited regulations requiring oil, gas, and mining companies to publish all payments they make in countries where they operate.
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