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How Belize Is Tipping the Scales for Sustainable Fishing Worldwide

Belize just redefined marine conservation, entrusting its fishermen with a nationwide system of multi-species fishing rights for all its coastal fishing waters. This landmark decision is a victory for communities on Belize’s Caribbean shore, allowing fishermen to create more food and jobs on land by replenishing more life and diversity … Read more »

Global Warming Threatens Organic Coffee

Global warming has created the worst outbreak of leaf-rust fungus in 30 years for organic coffee growers throughout Mexico, Central America and parts of South America, according to Bloomberg. Farmers can use chemicals to kill the fungus, though they risk losing their organic certification if they do. Humid conditions and … Read more »

Novelis Commissions Largest Recycling Center in Brazil

Novelis has announced that it will increase the annual capacity of its recycling complex at Pindamonhangaba, Brazil, from 200,000 to 390,000 metric tons when fully commissioned later this year. The investment in the recycling center supports the company’s long-term commitment to increasing the recycled content in its products to 80 … Read more »

Brazil Proposes Carbon Credits Swap

Brazil is trying to offset carbon emissions caused by the 2014 Soccer World Cup it is hosting in June by offering owners of United Nations-backed carbon credits to swap them for publicity during the games, according to Reuters. Carbon emissions generated by construction, travel and other activities related to hosting the … Read more »

Carbomap Completes Costa Rica Survey

Carbomap says the actual carbon content of a Costa Rican forest it surveyed is 22 percent higher than published values using traditional satellite methods of measuring forest carbon. The environmental survey company completed a three-dimensional carbon map of a forested region in Costa Rica to value the asset for trading. … Read more »

Walmart Reports on Sustainability Milestones

Walmart is ahead of its self-imposed pace to convert to renewable energy and cut energy use, by slashing energy consumption by 7.4 percent in the third quarter of 2013, more than double the 3 percent needed to be on track. That translates to annual savings of $250 million. The company reported this … Read more »

Standards & Certification Briefing: ANSI/ISEA Standard, Seattle Mariners, BAN

ANSI and the International Safety Equipment Association have released Standard ANSI/ISEA 125 – 2014 to address conformity of personal protection equipment.The conformity assessment system can be used by suppliers, specifiers, users and regulators. The Basel Action Network (BAN) has recognized the Seattle Mariners for responsible e-waste management and designated it an … Read more »

Chiquita Sustainability Report: New Refrigerated Containers Save $4m a Year

Chiquita Sustainability Report: New Refrigerated Containers Save $4m a Year

Chiquita Brands International has saved $4 million a year in operating costs and cut CO2 emissions by an annual 17,000 tons by acquiring or leasing over 7,000 new refrigerated containers to replace older models, according to the company’s 2009-2012 corporate social responsibility report. Since 2009, the agribusiness giant has engaged … Read more »

Diageo Sustainability Report: Beats Water Target Two Years Early

Diageo Sustainability Report: Beats Water Target Two Years Early

Diageo has improved water efficiency in its African operations by 32 percent since 2007, surpassing its target of 30 percent by 2015, according to the company’s latest sustainability and responsibility report. On a worldwide basis the alcoholic beverage maker also aims to improve water efficiency by 30 percent by 2015, … Read more »

MeadWestvaco Chooses American Tree Farm System, Root: 1 Wine Partners with American Forests

Packaging and packaging materials supplier MeadWestvaco Corporation has said it will give purchasing preference to certified wood supplies – specifically wood that is certified under the American Tree Farm System. The company currently certifies its forestlands under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and also seeks to purchase wood fiber from responsible … Read more »

3m Hectares in Amazon Rainforest Open to Big Oil

3m Hectares in Amazon Rainforest Open to Big Oil

Ecuador plans to auction off more than 3 million hectares of Amazonian rainforest to Chinese and other global oil companies, capping a four-nation tour last week to publicize the bidding contracts, The Guardian reports. The announcement from the Hydrocarbons Secretariat of Ecuador puts forward 13 largely unexplored oil blocks for … Read more »

US Grounds Fuel-Efficient Boeing Dreamliner

Battery-related fire risk has grounded Boeing’s fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner planes in a number of countries, with governments in the US, Japan, India and Europe all prohibiting flights using the aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday issued an order to US airlines to stop flying the lightweight passenger jets until … Read more »