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Oct 26, 2010

Forestry takes centre-stage at U.N. talks on nature

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – Delegates at a global U.N. meeting to preserve natural resources were on Tuesday trying to agree on ways to deploy about $4 billion in cash to help developing nations save tropical forests.

The talks in the Japanese city of Nagoya are aimed at setting new 2020 targets to protect plant and animal species, a protocol to share genetic resources between countries and companies and more funding to protect nature, especially forests.

Oct 22, 2010

U.N. talks on nature inch forward but rifts remain

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – A U.N. meeting to set targets to fight rising animal and plant extinctions inched on Friday toward agreement, but rich and poor countries remained split over details of a new framework on genetic resources.

Envoys from nearly 200 countries are meeting in Nagoya, Japan, from Oct 18-29 to set new goals to preserve nature’s riches after they failed to meet a goal for a “significant reduction” in losses of biological diversity by 2010.

Oct 21, 2010

U.N. urged to freeze climate geo-engineering projects

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – The United Nations should impose a moratorium on “geo-engineering” projects such as artificial volcanoes and vast cloud-seeding schemes to fight climate change, green groups say, fearing they could harm nature and mankind.

The risks were too great because the impacts of manipulating nature on a vast scale were not fully known, the groups said at a major U.N. meeting in Japan aimed at combating increasing losses of plant and animal species.

Oct 20, 2010

U.N. study highlights price of nature to mankind

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – Governments and businesses need an overhaul of policies and strategies to respond to the rapid loss of nature’s riches, worth trillions of dollars but long taken for granted, a U.N.-backed study said on Wednesday.

Damage to natural capital including forests, wetlands and grasslands is valued at $2-4.5 trillion annually, the United Nations estimates, but the figure is not included in economic data such as GDP, nor in corporate accounts.

Oct 19, 2010

Brazil calls for fairer share from genetic resources

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – Brazil will not sign up to new global targets to protect nature without agreement on a U.N. pact that would give developing nations a fairer share of profits from their genetic resources, a top envoy said on Tuesday.

Delegates from nearly 200 countries are gathered in Nagoya, Japan, for a two-week U.N. meeting to fight rapid losses in plant and animal species from the destruction of forests, rivers and reefs that are vital to livelihoods and economies.

Oct 18, 2010

World needs urgent action to stop species loss: U.N.

NAGOYA, Japan (Reuters) – The world cannot afford to allow nature’s riches to disappear, the United Nations said on Monday at the start of a major meeting to combat losses in animal and plant species that underpin livelihoods and economies.

The United Nations says the world is facing the worst extinction rate since the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago, a crisis that needs to be addressed by governments, businesses and communities.

Oct 15, 2010

Saving nature, economies at stake in Japan U.N., talks

SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) – Envoys from around the world meet in Japan from Monday to try to combat the destruction of nature and to value properly the services of forests, coral reefs and oceans that underpin livelihoods and economic growth.

The United Nations says natural resources, or natural capital, are being lost at an alarming rate and urgent steps need to be taken to combat the destruction of plant and animal species that ensure mankind’s survival.

Oct 6, 2010

U.N. must not rush genetic resources protocol: lobby

TOKYO (Reuters) – The world should not rush to reach agreement on a United Nations protocol that could have a huge impact on businesses by setting rules for access to genetic resources and discoveries, a Japanese lobby said on Wednesday.

Negotiators from over 190 countries will gather in Nagoya, Japan, from Oct 18-29 to try to finalize an outline that would affect how and when companies and researchers can use genes from plants or animals that originate in developing countries.

Oct 5, 2010

Japan vows on climate bill, biodiversity goal

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s environment minister said on Tuesday he aimed to pass a climate bill soon and forge ahead with plans to launch an emissions trading scheme but gave few clues on how to win help from opposition parties in a divided parliament.

Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto also said a U.N. meeting in Japan this month must agree on a global target to protect the diversity of plants and animals after failure to reach a goal set in 2002 of a “significant reduction” in losses by 2010.

Oct 4, 2010

Japan PM rival to be charged, clouding comeback

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese ruling party powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa will be charged over a funding scandal, a judicial panel said on Monday, clouding his chances of making another grab at power after having just lost a party leadership vote.

Some experts have said that the 68-year-old, who favours spending to stimulate the economy, could be biding his time to stage a political comeback if Prime Minister Naoto Kan flounders with policy deadlock in a divided parliament.

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