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"Participation is ranked 3rd (out of 97) and is well supported across all organisational types. Given the prominence of this concept, turning it into meaningful initiatives and outcomes in the Rio process will be vital." Rio+20: Analysis of Zero Draft Submissions, January 2012 [1]

Henderson Waves, Singapore

The Greening of Singapore, 14 January [2]

Cheser Zoo, England

Jane Goodall Institute: Saving Trees and Chimpanzees While Improving Health, 1/11/12 [3] topic

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Rio 2012 - Zero draft of the outcome document published, January 2012 [4]

Sunset at the rowing pond

World cities say: 'Hear us!', New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg champions a major role for cities at Rio+20, Jan. 03 [5]
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References

  1. stakeholderforum.org, p.6, January 2012
  2. singaporesojourn.blogspot.com, 14 January 2012
  3. janegoodall.org, 1/11/12
  4. uncsd2012.org, January 2012
  5. charlotteobserver.com, Jan. 03, 2012




2009

  • USA pledged to contribute $275m to a forest protection fund in 2010, 19 November [1] topic
  • California Energy Commission approves the nation's first energy efficiency standards for televisions. November 18 [2] place, topic
  • Big power companies can now be sued in federal courts for their pollution following an historic ruling by a New York appeal court, September 25 [3] topic, topic
  • California decree requires electricity companies to generate a third of their power from renewable sources by 2020, September 12 [4] topic
  • Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar launches the Department of the Interior’s first-ever coordinated strategy to address current and future impacts of climate change on America’s land, H2O, ocean, fish, wildlife, and cultural resources, September 14 [5] Under the framework, A new Climate Change Response Council, will amongst other things, work to improve the sharing and communication of climate change impact science, including through www.data.gov. topic, topic
  • Milestone at world's largest cleanup site: Hanford nuclear basin removed, September 13 [6] topic
  • Government shuts off water to California farms in controversial effort to help threatened species, August 13, 2009 [8]
  • Obama administration okays major mountaintop removal coal project in West Virginia, August 12 [9]
  • Dr. James Hansen and Daryl Hannah arrested in protest on mountaintop removal, June 23 [11] topic
  • Mayor Newsom announces innovative new tool to access San Francisco city services with a 'Tweet', June 2 [12] topic
  • White House announces Open Government Website, Initiative, May 21 [14] topic
  • 60 percent of Americans live in areas where air is dirty enough to endanger lives, April 29 [15]
  • USA Environmental Protection Agency finds greenhouse gases pose threat to public health or welfare, April 17 [17] Additional impacts of climate change include, but are not limited to:
  • USA overall emissions during 2007 increased by 1.4 percent from the previous year, April 15 [18] Overall emissions have grown by 17.2 percent from 1990 to 2007. topic
  • A solar deal to put mirrors in the Mojave, February 11 [23] place
  • IPCC chairman challenges Obama to further cut USA emission targets, January 16 [24] Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: "President-elect Obama's goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 falls short of the response needed by world leaders to meet the challenge of reducing emissions to levels that will actually spare us the worst effects of climate change." topic
  • White House plans open government, January 22 [25] topic

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References

  1. Greenpeace, 19 November 2009
  2. California Energy Commission, November 18, 2009
  3. off-grid.net, September 25, 2009
  4. off-grid.net, September 12, 2009
  5. U.S. Department of the Interior, September 14, 2009
  6. wikinews, September 13, 2009
  7. TechCrunch, August 19, 2009
  8. wikinews, August 13, 2009
  9. Yale Environment 360, August 12, 2009
  10. California Resources Agency, August 3, 2009
  11. Rainforest Action Network, June 23, 2009
  12. Mayor's Home Page, June 2, 2009
  13. Dot Earth blog, May 21, 2009
  14. The White House, May 21, 2009
  15. New American Lung Association, April 29, 2009
  16. Worldwatch Institute, April 20, 2009
  17. Environmental Protection Agency , April 17, 2009
  18. Environmental Protection Agency, April 15, 2009
  19. TerraChoice, April 15, 2009
  20. Hantz Farms, April 2, 2009
  21. BBC News, February 28 2009
  22. The Guardian, February 26
  23. Dot Earth Blog NYTimes.com, February 11
  24. Worldwatch Institute, January 16, 2009
  25. BBC news, technology, January 22

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