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Nov 14, 2010

APEC leaders set to back free trade plans

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific leaders were set on Sunday to embrace plans for balanced growth and free trade in the world’s fastest growing economic region, but signs of discord resurfaced over how best to ensure global recovery.

A vague agreement two days earlier among G20 advanced and emerging countries gave little sense of a united approach to preventing further economic crises, the threat of which was underscored by the likelihood that Ireland will have to seek emergency funding because of debt concerns.

Nov 14, 2010

APEC leaders set to back growth, free trade plans

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific leaders were
set on Sunday to embrace plans for balanced growth and free trade
in the world’s fastest growing economic region, but signs of
discord resurfaced over how best to ensure global recovery.

A vague agreement two days earlier among G20 advanced and
emerging countries gave little sense of a united approach to
preventing further economic crises, the threat of which was
underscored by the likelihood that Ireland will have to seek
emergency funding because of debt concerns.

Nov 13, 2010

Japan and China leaders aim to cool tensions

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – The leaders of China and Japan sought to ease months of tensions on Saturday, while Beijing gave Japan reassurances over worries about a drying-up of rare earth exports and a dispute over gas fields.

Strains between Asia’s two biggest economies have been on the boil since September when Japan detained a Chinese skipper whose fishing boat collided with its patrol vessels off disputed islands. The skipper was later released and sent home, but the diplomatic tensions have festered.

Nov 13, 2010

Asia-Pacific leaders seek amity as Obama warns on exports

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific leaders begin talks on Saturday on freeing up trade in the region, a day after a sometimes rancorous G20 summit came up with vague commitments to keep a fragile global economic recovery on track.

Underscoring those rifts, U.S. President Barack Obama pressed home his message that countries with big surpluses — which include China and Japan — should stop relying on exports for their growth.

Oct 29, 2010

Nations agree historic deal to save nature

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – Delegates from nearly 200 nations agreed on Friday to a sweeping plan to stem the loss of species by setting new 2020 targets to ensure greater protection of nature and enshrine the benefits it gives mankind.

Environment ministers from around the globe also agreed on rules for sharing the benefits from genetic resources from nature between governments and companies, a key trade and intellectual property issue that could be worth billions of dollars in new funds for developing nations.

Oct 29, 2010

U.N. meeting to protect nature split on targets

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – Environment ministers from around the world tried to wrap up on Friday a U.N. meeting to preserve nature but remained split on targets to fight losses in animal and plant species that support livelihoods and economies.

Delegates from nearly 200 countries have gathered in Nagoya, Japan, for a two-week meeting to map out goals to protect oceans, forests and rivers, as the world faces the worst extinction rate since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago.

Oct 28, 2010

Cities under pressure to balance trees and skyscrapers

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – The fight against the destruction of nature can start in cities, even as urban centers around the world face the challenge of accommodating more people, skyscrapers and transport systems.

While green groups at a U.N. environment meeting in Japan focused on the need to save rainforests and oceans, mayors at the talks said conserving nature in cities was equally vital.

Oct 28, 2010

World Bank launches scheme to green government accounts

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – The World Bank on Thursday launched a program to help nations put a value on nature just like GDP in a bid to stop the destruction of forests, wetlands and reefs that underpin businesses and economies.

The five-year pilot project backed by India, Mexico and other nations aims to embed nature into national accounts to draw in the full benefits of the services such as coastal protection from mangroves or watersheds for rivers that feed cities and crops.

Oct 28, 2010

World Bank launches scheme to green govt accounts

NAGOYA, Japan, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The World Bank on
Thursday launched a programme to help nations put a value on
nature just like GDP in a bid to stop the destruction of
forests, wetlands and reefs that underpin businesses and
economies.

The five-year pilot project backed by India, Mexico and
other nations aims to embed nature into national accounts to
draw in the full benefits of the services such as coastal
protection from mangroves or watersheds for rivers that feed
cities and crops.

Oct 27, 2010

U.N. talks to save nature zero in on historic deal

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – Ministers from around the world began on Wednesday a final push for a U.N. deal to protect nature, as the World Bank urged them to value the benefits of forests, oceans and rivers on economies and human welfare.

Senior officials from nearly 200 countries have gathered in Nagoya, Japan, to set new goals for 2020 to fight animal and plant extinctions after they missed a goal for a “significant reduction” in losses of biological diversity by 2010.

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