Head of Brazil’s Environmental Protection Agency Says It Is Not His Job to Protect the Environment

July 15, 2011 by  
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Photo: CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture / cc As the President of Brazil’s environmental protection agency IBAMA , which oversees regulation of the world’s largest rainforest, Curt Trennepohl has a very important position — the only problem is, he says that protecting for the environment isn’t part of it. In an interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes” , when asked if his job was to guard th… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Compact Forest Dwelling In "Les Maisons Sylvestres" by Matali Crasset

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Photo: Lucas Fréchin From treehouses to micro-houses , we’re well aware of the simple pleasures of living on a smaller ecological footprint — especially out in beautiful sylvan surroundings like Le Vent des Forêts in the Meuse region of France. In creating idyllic dwellings for a 5,000 hectare forest overseen by six villages, which hosts artists for summer residencies as well as showcasing c… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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France Launches €10 Billion Offshore Wind Project (1,200 Turbines & 10,000 Jobs!)

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Photo: Flickr , CC Harvesting the Wind The French government of Nicolas Sarkozy has launched a €10 billion ($14.26 billion) tender to build about 1,200 wind turbines in 5 different offshore wind farms. The goal is to diversify France’s energy generation (they are very reliant on nuclear, which accounts for about 80% of their electricity generation) with renewable sources and to have 23% of France’s energy come from renewable sources by 2020. The wind farms will be located off France’s coast on the North and West and sh… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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More Than Half of Tuna Species Facing Extinction, But Over-Fishing Them is Too Profitable to Stop

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Photo: Flickr , CC Sh.. Just Got Real As we’ve written about previously , tuna’s in trouble, and it’s not just limited to one species and/or one geographical region. A new study conducted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and published in the prestigious journal Science found that 5 out of the 8 tu… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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House of Reps Passes Amendment Banning Implementation of 2007 Light Bulb Efficiency Improvement Law

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Photo credit: James Bowe via Flickr/CC BY Sigh. After rejecting a measure that would have fast-tracked the repeal of a law signed by George W. Bush to tighten up efficiency requirements for light bulbs, the House of Reps passed an amendment that would prohibit spending to enforce those standards.

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Flying From Frankfurt to Hamburg, With or Without Biofuels, Hard to Justify on Environmental Grounds

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photo: Marcus Bölt / Creative Commons Today is the day! As I reported last week Germany airline Lufthansa has now begun using biofuels on about one-third of its flights from Frankfurt to Hamburg . The fuel is supplied by Finland’s Neste Oil and until now, apart from officially not containing palm oil (phew!), the… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Stephen Colbert Takes on Fracking

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Photo: Screengrab from Comedy Central It’s sort of surprising that Stephen Colbert’s caricature of a Foxy uber-conservative pundit has lasted this long — he gets a remarkable amount of mileage out of his now-famous persona. Sure, his satiric character’s participation in real-life politics has upped the stakes. But regular old bits like this remind us all why he’s still going strong: I never have, and probably never will again, see such a comprehensive, hilarious takedown of fracking. Watch:… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Climate Scientists to Sneak Data-Collecting Robots into Pirate-Infested Waters

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Photo courtesy of CSIRO Huge swaths of the Indian Ocean are considered extremely dangerous, thanks to a still-ascendant rate of attacks by Somali pirates in those waters. 61% of all attacks on the open ocean occur in those waters. And that presents climate scientists looking to obtain a comprehensive picture of global ocean temperatures with a major problem. So, they’ve devised a plan: With the help of the U.S. and Australian Navies, they’ll launch 19… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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