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  • 'Crisis proves that the current growth model is not viable', says economist Tim Jackson

    For a world in economic crisis that is obsessively searching for a way to reestablish and accelerate growth, the economist Tim Jackson defends exactly the opposite: the drastic reduction of consumption and an end to what he calls the "productivity fetish."

    Published on 06/20/2012 - 10h43

  • Summit begins today with 190 countries, minus the rich ones

    Today president Dilma Rousseff officially takes charge of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The summit includes representatives from190 countries, although the heads of state from the more wealthy part of the planet will not be in attendance.

    Published on 06/20/2012 - 10h43

  • Agreement looks to decrease pollution in cities by 2030

    The C-4 network that includes 59 major cities in the world, announced the plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by the year 2030. The agreement speaks only of a "potential reduction."

    Published on 06/20/2012 - 10h42

  • Deforestation in Amazon drops as protected areas increase

    Brazil has seen a decrease in the rate of deforestation of the Amazon in recent years, after reaching its peak in 2004. The area of forest being burned has also gone down during this period. At the same time, there has been an increase in the area of land that has environmentally protected status, and air pollution is increasing at a slower pace.

    Published on 06/19/2012 - 15h32

  • Brazil sets aside R$ 2 billion for projects in sustainability innovation

    The federal government will devote R$2 billion to finance sustainable innovation projects in companies through a publicity campaign that was launched on Monday by the minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Marco Antonio Raupp at Rio+20, the U.N. conference on sustainable development that will go until June 22.

    Published on 06/19/2012 - 15h31

  • The EU sees the final text from Brazil as weak

    The negotiations surrounding the final document of Rio+20 came to a close Monday afternoon with Brazil trying to bypass the European Union's resistance to accepting a text that it considers to be weak and unequal on the issue of eradicating poverty.

    Published on 06/18/2012 - 15h32

  • Tour takes visitors to see "toxic" companies

    The charter bus pulled out of the Largo da Carioca station in the middle of Rio, full of militant environmentalists. The group wasn't headed off to the one of the addresses scattered around the city hosting Rio+20 events, but rather to the indigent neighborhood of Santa Cruz, beside Sepetiba Bay, in the eastern part of the city. Objective: to participate in a different kind of tour, to Rio+Toxic.

    Published on 06/16/2012 - 13h23

  • People's Summit begins with words from Raoni and criticism of the U.N.

    The People's Summit began on Thursday with cars snaking down the bike lanes of Aterro do Flamengo, a speech from the indigenous chief Raoni, criticism of Rio+20 and its proposal of a green economy.

    Published on 06/16/2012 - 13h23

  • Brazil wants to export 'green" social programs

    The Brazilian government will use Rio+20 to encourage the world to adopt policies of conditional cash transfers "married" to environmental protection.

    Published on 06/16/2012 - 13h19

  • Petrobras plan increases investment in dirty energy

    In the middle of Rio+20, the U.N. conference whose objectives include finding ways to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere, Petrobras announced a business plan yesterday that increases investment in fossil fuels (oil and gas) and reduces the investment in biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel).

    Published on 06/15/2012 - 12h27