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Iraqi "Green Belt" Fights Against Desertification

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June 10, 2012
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Trees as far as the eye can see are the weapons one Iraqi province is employing in the fight against desertification in a country where decades of conflict have exacted a terrible environmental toll.


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Thousands of Romanians Protest Against Mining Project

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AFP (Nov. 4, 2013) Thousands of Romanians take to the streets in the latest weekly demonstration to protest against a controversial Canadian gold mine project and against shale gas exploration.
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Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Patagonia Environmental Protection Versus Clean Energy

Deutsche Welle (Aug. 13, 2012) American conservationist Kristine Tompkins and her husband Douglas have bought 263,000 hectares of land from Argentinian farmers in order to create a national park. But Chile's energy sector wants to produce hydroelectricity on the same land. A consortium plans to build five dams and flood large areas of land to produce hydroelectric power. Kris and Doug Tompkins are battling against Chilean politicians and ranchers. In the past 20 years, the couple has created a total of 11 nature preserves in South America for about 250 million dollars. Selfless commitment or checkbook tourism?
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Environmental Research Sustainability in the Rainforest

Environmental Research Sustainability in the Rainforest

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 10, 2013) Can ecologically sound forestry be carried out in the tropics? Scientists from the Forest Stewardship Council say it can. They have developed criteria for the sustainable cultivation and trade in tropical timber. The FSC seal of certification is a visible sign of compliance with their principles. Companies that do business according to the standards of sustainable forestry can mark their products with it. Customers in Germany, for instance, can check to see what kind of wood they are buying, and trace its origin. But the seal has sparked debate. Various environmental protection organizations are strictly for or against it, with comments ranging from "exemplary" to "completely misguided." Tomorrow Today explains how the FSC's monitoring system works, and whether its seal can really be trusted.
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