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Q&A: EU to Focus on Small Farms for Long-Term Gains

Posted on 22 June 2012 by admin

Claudia Ciobanu interviews DACIAN CIOLOS, EU Commissioner for Agriculture

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 22 (TerraViva) The EU’s “agriculture minister” tells TerraViva that in Europe, the push for food security made at Rio+20 will be continued with a future European development policy centred on this issue. Continue Reading

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‘It Should be Named Planet Ocean, Not Planet Earth’

Posted on 22 June 2012 by admin

Manipadma Jena interviews WENDY-WATSON WRIGHT, executive secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

YEOSU, South Korea, Jun. 21 (TerraViva) Oceans, seas and coasts provide over 200 million jobs globally, while 4.3 billion people get 15 percent of their intake of animal protein from the seas. Travel and tourism, ports and energy production use oceans and seas to create jobs and economic and social benefits for millions of people.

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Epic Theatre in Rio, Says Greenpeace’s Naidoo

Posted on 21 June 2012 by admin

By Amantha Perera

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 21 (TerraViva) The outcome of Rio+20 was dismissed as a “complete failure” for its lack of specific targets and deadlines by Kumi Naidoo, the executive director of Greenpeace. Continue Reading

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Q&A: “Developing Countries Are Tough Competitors for the EU”

Posted on 21 June 2012 by admin

Claudia Ciobanu interviews KARL FALKENBERG, head EU negotiator at Rio+20

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 21 (TerraViva) The European Union considers the Rio+20 final document as imperfect, but a good starting point for further work. Continue Reading

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If Rio+20 Fails, We All Lose, Says General Assembly President

Posted on 20 June 2012 by admin

By Thalif Deen

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 20 (TerraViva) The president of the U.N.’s highest policy-making body is one of the strongest advocates of the Rio+20 summit – and is determined to work towards its eventual success. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Putting Science to Work for Small Farmers

Posted on 20 June 2012 by admin

Busani Bafana interviews FRANK RIJSBERMAN, CEO of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 20 (TerraViva) The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is putting science to work in boosting food production through a global research portfolio worth five billion dollars launched at the Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) earlier this week. Continue Reading

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Entrevista: “Apenas uma grande catástrofe nos forçará a mudar”

Posted on 19 June 2012 by admin

Julio Godoy entrevista JONATHAN BAILLIE, um importante biólogo britânico e membro da Zoological Society of London

RIO DE JANEIRO, 18 de junho (TerraViva) Não é mais novidade que o estado ambiental da Terra é catastrófico. Contudo, entender alguns números que descrevem esta catástrofe ainda provoca um choque – por exemplo, que 30% da biodiversidade desapareceu desde 1970, e que 60% desse declínio ocorreu nas áreas tropicais do planeta. Continue Reading

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Q&A: “Only a Major Catastrophe Will Force Us to Change”

Posted on 18 June 2012 by admin

Julio Godoy interviews JONATHAN BAILLIE, leading British biologist and member of the Zoological Society of London

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 18 (TerraViva) That the environmental state of the Earth is catastrophic is no longer news. But grasping some figures that describe this catastrophe still provokes a shock – for instance, that 30 percent of biodiversity has disappeared since 1970, and that 60 percent of this decline has taken place in the tropical areas of the planet. Continue Reading

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GLOBE, Keeping Governments’ Feet to the Fire

Posted on 17 June 2012 by admin

Busani Bafana interviews JOHN GUMMER, President of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 17 (TerraViva) If global leaders gathering next week for the Rio+20 conference are under immense pressure to deliver on the 1992 Earth Summit commitments, that pressure has just been doubled by parliaments taking out the environmental accountability whip. Continue Reading

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Q&A: Volunteer Spirit Alive in Rio

Posted on 13 June 2012 by admin

IPS U.N. Bureau Chief Thalif Deen Interviews FLAVIA PANSIERI, Executive Coordinator of UN Volunteers

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 (IPS/TerraViva) – When the Rio+20 summit gets underway in Brazil next week, the estimated 50,000 to 60,000 participants will not only include world leaders, government delegates and U.N. staffers but also a staggering array of activists from the far corners of the world. Continue Reading

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