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Sarawak, a state in Malaysian Borneo, aims to have 1 million hectares of industrial tree plantations by 2020 to offset declining timber production due to unsustainable forest management practices.

According to the June bulletin from the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Sarawak currently has 306,486 ha to tree plantations, meaning it needs to plant 90,000 hectares per year to meet its 2020 target. Currently 72 percent of the state”s plantations consist of online casino Acacia trees. Batai (12 percent), Eucalyptus (7 percent), and Kelampayan (6 percent) follow.

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Delegates from 46 different nations have come together and signed a legally binding agreement on forest management. Forest ministers from across Europe have gathered for a three day summit – the sixth Forest Europe conference – in Oslo to shape a resolution regarding the management of Europe’s forests, which is estimated to cover 50 percent of the land surface area.

The delegates also agreed to adopt a second resolution, one that would help shape forest policy over the next decade. Ministers also agreed on a plan to cut the rate of biodiversity loss within forest habitats by half, and moving towards an action plan to stop illegal logging.

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PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo on Thursday said it has committed $8 million grant to Water.org to help provide clean drinking water and sanitation programmes in India. The foundation and Water.org have expanded their partnership to scale WaterCredit, a market-driven model that will provide micro loans to families throughout the country, the company said in a statement.

This expansion will help enable approximately 800,000 people to access safe water by March 2016, it said, adding the commitment “is made possible by an $8 million grant – the largest contribution by the Foundation in its 50-year history.”

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The sellout crowd that turned out Friday to watch the Phillies win their home opener against the Houston Astros in Philadelphia was treated to a pre-game glimpse into the future.

No, not another National League East pennant, though anything is possible on opening day. Instead, minutes before the first pitch, fans were treated to the first “green” flyover as an Air Force F-15 fighter jet streaked over Citizens Bank Park powered in part by fuel made from plant oil.

One of the four jets from the 335th Fighter Squadron based in North Carolina flew on a blend of 50 percent traditional jet fuel and 50 percent synthetic biomass fuel made from camelina oil grown in Montana. Unlike ethanol, which is made from corn, camelina is a weed in the mustard family and not usually considered edible. It is also considered more fuel-efficient than ethanol.

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Green building is becoming so prevalent these days that it may not be enough to erect individual eco buildings anymore – the newest trend is entire eco-cities. Expected to be up and running in 2020, Tianjin Eco-City is one of these real-life sustainable communities, spanning 30 square kilometers and showcasing the hottest energy-saving technologies. Designed by Surbana Urban Planning Group, the city will have an advanced light rail transit system and varied eco-landscapes ranging from a sun-powered solarscape to a greenery-clad earthscape for its estimated 350,000 residents to enjoy.

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VANCOUVER – A huge tract of endangered grasslands in southern British Columbia will be preserved, after it was bought from private landowners by a non-profit conservation group.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada said the new Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area near Osoyoos, B.C., is home to more than 30 species at risk — including sage thrashers, an extremely threatened bird species with only a handful of breeding pairs remaining in Canada.

Biologists were also surprised to find canyon bats, a tiny species that has never before been recorded in this country.

“It weighs as much as a Hershey’s Kiss,” Barb Pryce, area director for the group, said Thursday as the group announced the new conservation area. “When people see it, I think they think it’s a moth.”
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A new strategy to co-ordinate links to offshore wind farms has been published which could reduce the cost of connections by up to £3.5 billion.

Energy regulator Ofgem and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have today published a report showing how more co-ordination in the development of offshore links and infrastructure can be achieved.

In tandem, Ofgem has launched a consultation on potential changes to the regulatory regime for offshore transmission assets to take some of this work forward.

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The controversial practice of fracking for shale gas has been an energy and economic boom for the U.S. But some countries look determined to avoid it and its potential environmental dangers.

Take France for instance. If you had to sum up president Francois Hollande’s position, it would be “over mon cadavre.” (My dead body in case you need a translation).

“As long as I am president, there will be no exploration for shale gas in France,” Hollande told French TV, as reported by the BBC.
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A campaign forfronted by Greenpeace has after 6 years finally led to a legislation that make producers financially liable for the products they produces after the products life-span.

India has long been a destination for the dumping of e-waste from developed countries but also has a rapidly growing domestic electronics industry, making national legislation that tackled both e-waste imports and domestically produced electronics the key aim of the campaign.

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By using a greenhouse gas as the basis for a new material, Mango Materials wants to create a new model of garment production that cleans up the atmosphere as it makes us new clothes.

To find out more visit:

https://www.fastcompany.com/40476430/the-shirt-of-the-future-is-made-from-polyester-thats-been-created-by-methane-eating-bacteria

Over the weekend more than 100 Shuar indigenous people, also known as Wampis, blockaded the Morona River in Peru in an effort to stop exploratory oil drilling by Canadian-owned Talisman Energy. The blockade in meant to prevent oil drilling in an area of the Peruvian Amazon known as Block 64, home to four indigenous tribes in total and the Pastaza River Wetland Complex, a Ramsar wetland site.

“We do not consider the oil company as a creator of jobs but instead as murderous, criminal and abusive. We do not want Talisman in the Wampis territory,” a statement from the Shuar reads pointing to Talisman Energy’s track record in Peru as well as alleged human rights abuses in Sudan during the nation’s civil war. The company sold off its Sudan holdings in 2003 after international criticism, while a lawsuit in the US against Talisman was thrown out due to sufficient admissible evidence. The US Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

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This month, Stonyfield Farm announced they will begin using PLA, a plant-based plastic, for all multipacks in the YoBaby, Yo Toddler, Yokids, B-Well, B-Healthy, Probiotic & O’Soy product lines. PLA (polylactic acid) is made from corn and will cut packaging GHG emissions by 48% and reduce their overall GHG emissions by 9%.

Although originally skeptical about using a plant-based material, Stonyfield did an intensive LCA analysis with Dr. Ronaly Geyer from UC Santa Barbara, that showed over the entire life cycle of the product, PLA is preferable to polystyrene. PLA can be made from a variety of sugary plants, including beets, sugar cane and tapioca. In the US, the only maker of PLA uses corn as its sugar source. New technologies are currently in development to make PLA from agricultural by-products or perennial plants that grow near prime agricultural land.

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