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Festival Updates My Premiere: CRUDE

Festival Updates My Premiere: CRUDE

Director Joe Berlinger’s CRUDE, a film participating in the 2009 Sundance Film Festival about the environmental degradation of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

Climate Hopes and Fears at Poznan

Climate Hopes and Fears at Poznan

POZNAN, Poland, December 5, 2008 (ENS) – For the first time, a solar-powered car has traveled around the world, arriving at the UN climate conference in Poznan Thursday with the United Nations’ top climate official Yvo de Boer onboard for the last few meters to mark the historic moment. The solar taxi pulls up in…

Climate Change Could Destroy Vast Forests, Report Warns

Climate Change Could Destroy Vast Forests, Report Warns

BOGOR, Indonesia, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – Without immediate concerted action by governments, climate change could have a devastating effect on the world’s forests and the nearly one billion people who depend on them for their livelihoods, warned forest scientists in a report to be released next week at the UN climate conference in Poland.…

Governor Schwarzenegger Convenes Governors' Global Climate Summit

Governor Schwarzenegger Convenes Governors' Global Climate Summit

LOS ANGELES, California, November 18, 2008 (ENS) – In Los Angeles today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger welcomed hundreds of attendees from more than 50 states, provinces and countries to the Governors’ Global Climate Summit. At the end of their two-day meeting, participants are expected to sign a declaration outlining their plans for turning climate goals into…

Brazilian Government Largest Illegal Logger in the Amazon

Brazilian Government Largest Illegal Logger in the Amazon

BRASILIA, Brazil, September 30, 2008 (ENS) – A Brazilian government agency that provides land to settlers is the largest illegal logger in the Amazon rainforest and could face criminal prosecution, Environment Minister Carlos Minc said Monday. Minc blamed Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform, or Incra, for occupying the top six places on a new…

Cargill Breaks Ground for Soy-Plastics Plant in Chicago

Cargill Breaks Ground for Soy-Plastics Plant in Chicago

CHICAGO, Illinois, July 9, 2008 (ENS) – Food and agricultural giant Cargill Tuesday broke ground on a $22 million factory in Chicago to produce plant-based plastics. These polyols can replace petroleum-based chemicals usually used in polyurethane products, such as flexible foam cushioning for furniture, bedding and automotive products. The privately held, $71 billion Minneapolis-based company…

Brazil Protects Vast New Areas of Amazon Rainforest

Brazil Protects Vast New Areas of Amazon Rainforest

BRASILIA, Brazil, June 6, 2008 (ENS) – Brazil commemorated World Environment Day yesterday by signing into existence four new protected areas, three of them in the Amazon rainforest. Following a speech in observance of the special day, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed the documents authorizing the three new protected areas in the Amazon,…

Brazil's Activist Environment Secretary Resigns

Brazil's Activist Environment Secretary Resigns

BRASILIA, Brazil, May 15, 2008 (ENS) – She rose from a rubber tapper’s family to become Brazil’s Secretary of the Environment for the past five years, but Amazon rainforest defender Marina Silva resigned on Tuesday, citing “the difficulties I have been facing to pursue the federal environmental agenda.” Silva said she would go back to…

Forest Protection Is Climate Protection, GLOBE Forum Told

Forest Protection Is Climate Protection, GLOBE Forum Told

BRASILIA, Brazil, February 24, 2008 (ENS) – To combat global warming, the rich countries must create a fund to conserve the Amazon rainforest, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva told 100 parliamentarians from around the world Thursday in Brasilia. At the meeting, senior executives of 20 of the world’s largest forestry companies announced that…

Biofuels to Power the Future

Biofuels to Power the Future

With the launch of The Green [www.sundance.tv] television programming tonight on the Sundance Channel concentrating on green fuels, we thought we’d take a minute to dig a little deeper into fuels that aren’t as harmful to the planet as gasoline and diesel. Biofuels, like biodiesel, ethanol and even straight or waste vegetable oil that we…