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Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

Food Loss, Waste Protocol Under Development

A steering committee of global organizations is developing a protocol aimed at helping countries reduce food loss and waste, according to the World Resources Institute. Globally, about 24 percent of all the calories produced for human consumption don’t end up reaching human mouths, according to WRI analysis. As a result, … Read more »

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Banks Consider Natural Capital Risks

The Natural Capital Declaration — signed by the Rabobank Group, Pax World Management and about three dozen other financial institutions at last summer’s Rio+20 Earth Summit — has entered a new phase during which signatories will set about implementing the commitments laid out in the NCD. Four working groups, led … Read more »

GSi, Ecometrica Monitor Global Carbon Changes

GSi, Ecometrica Monitor Global Carbon Changes

Environmental accounting software developer Ecometrica has partnered with Global Surface Intelligence to launch GSi’s global forest monitoring service that the companies say will allow investors and supply chain managers to better react to environmental and market developments. Our Ecosystem (OE), Ecometrica’s interactive spatial data distribution system, uses satellite technology to … Read more »

Google Technology to Help Prevent Deforestation

Google, in partnership with the University of Maryland and the UN Environment Programme, has developed a tool to help prevent deforestation. Global Forest Watch 2.0, which will launch later this year, is an interactive, real-time, forest monitoring system. It uses satellite technology, data sharing and human networks around the world … Read more »

Global Mercury Emissions Treaty Adopted by 140 Nations

Global Mercury Emissions Treaty Adopted by 140 Nations

After four years of negotiation, more than 140 countries have adopted the first legally binding international agreement to control mercury emissions through a number of rules that place limits on power plants and industrial boilers as well as phase out products, such as batteries and thermometers, that use the toxic … Read more »

UN Calls on Businesses to Reduce Chemical Risks, Avoid a Million Deaths

Poisoning from industrial and agricultural chemicals is among the top five leading causes of death worldwide, contributing to more than one million deaths a year, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme, which calls for industry and government to take action to reduce risks to human health. … Read more »