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How Brazil participated in the UN environmental conference held in Rio de Janeiro, June 2012
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Brazil was "desperate" according to Greenpeace

Brazil was "desperate" according to Greenpeace | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Brazil apparently used "strong-arm" negotiating tactics to ensure that some sort of signed document would emerge from the conference. Given that it is the largest UN conference in history, it is the least a host could do.


RIO - The "failure" of the Rio +20 can not be attributed exclusively to Brazil or the United Nations. But a "desperate" Brazil determined  "to have a document at any cost" put the conference on the path of "the least common denominator" in the opinion of South African Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International.


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At the end of the day, there is always a place for a nice caipirinha

At the end of the day, there is always a place for a nice caipirinha | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

"The most important of Rio+20 are the people who came to the conference. It's fantastic what they're doing here. All united for a better future," Tetra Tanizaki said between sips of caipirinha, showing pictures he had taken at all the events he had attended.

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Environmentalists protest closing presentation on deforestation in Brazil's Rio+20

Environmentalists protest closing presentation on deforestation in Brazil's Rio+20 | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

The meeting was attended by foreign ministers of the environmental area and was meant to show the country's experience in reducing the deforestation. But the discussions were interrupted by a group of environmentalists holding signs against the Forest Code and protesting the government's actions in the area, including the release of large works, such as Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant.

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Dispatches from Rio - The Legal Environment

Dispatches from Rio - The Legal Environment | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Expectations could not be lower, as this Christian Science Monitor article makes clear. The biggest shift since the earlier gathering may be the end of a presumption that international tools like treaties should be a central focus of efforts to drive environmental progress. Two of the treaties finalized in Rio 20 years ago — one aimed at conserving biological diversity, the other at curbing emissions of greenhouse gases — are widely viewed as failures.

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Eurozone crisis and US presidential race 'damaged Rio+20 prospects'

Eurozone crisis and US presidential race 'damaged Rio+20 prospects' | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

The former Norwegian prime minister lamented the absence of Barack Obama, David Cameron and many other leaders from the follow-up Rio+20 conference currently taking place in Brazil, but said they faced circumstances that are very different from those of the 1992 summit.


"The absences are not good and they don't look good. One explanation is the terrible difficulties in Europe. The Europeans would normally feel like they should be here," she told the Guardian. "The financial and economic problems that some countries face don't make it easier for them to agree on things that they would have agreed to before 2008."


In the US, she saw a worrying decline in political support for environmental issues.

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Similaridades entre o Congresso Nacional e a Rio + 20 | Humor Político

Similaridades entre o Congresso Nacional e a Rio + 20 | Humor Político | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

What do the Brazilian Congress and Rio+20 have in common? Unstainability.


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Rio+20: fim de um modelo?

Rio+20: fim de um modelo? | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it
Enquanto todos esperam — com ceticismo — que seja batido o martelo sobre o documento final da Rio+20, chamo a atenção para um ponto importante que pouco tem sido discutido: a questão urbana. A versão que está circulando do texto final da Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre Desenvolvimento Sustentável agregou um pouco mais de conteúdo sobre esta questão em comparação com o texto base, que tocava no tema apenas em um ponto, enunciando, de forma genérica, “a necessidade de integrar a política de desenvolvimento urbano sustentável como componente fundamental de uma política nacional de desenvolvimento sustentável.”
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“O PIB é uma métrica burra e cega”, afirma Eduardo Gianneti

“O PIB é uma métrica burra e cega”, afirma Eduardo Gianneti | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it
Para economista é preciso encontrar uma nova medida de calcular a riqueza e o desenvolvimento que inclua o cuidado com o meio ambiente e o bem-estar humano...
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Brazil Defends Decision of Holding the Rio +20 This Year Despite Global Crisis

Brazil Defends Decision of Holding the Rio +20 This Year Despite Global Crisis | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it
"The traffic on the roads along the bay was jammed up all over the place. Some lanes were not moving at all. I just hope that the sacrifice that Cariocas are making is worthwhile; I mean, I hope something good comes out of Rio+20. You know, a document with concrete commitments that the heads of state will sign," he said.
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Tour of Rio’s Favelas Shows Hope and Ingenuity

Tour of Rio’s Favelas Shows Hope and Ingenuity | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Rio de Janeiro may be the Marvelous City, known for glittering beaches, bronzed bodies, and an ebullient Carnaval, but it is also known for its favelas—lower class neighborhoods that are densely populated and are often described as slums or shantytowns. Those terms are a bit misleading, however, because some of the residences in favelas can be solidly built, with security gates, balconies, and fine tiles. Many residents have satellite TV, and there are small churches, dentist offices, and a thriving local economy.


Favelas hug many of the verdant hillsides that ring Rio, and they are home to about 20% of the city’s 6.5 million inhabitants. A number of Rio+20 events are being held in favelas to try to recognize their importance in the city, and a march of favela residents is planned for today to make their voices heard.

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Ditch the “green economy”

Ditch the “green economy” | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Developing countries do have good reason to worry that market-based mechanisms will leave them worse off than they are now. The UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD), one of its more ambitious climate programs, has sought to limit deforestation by putting a value on forests and helping developing countries realize that value through carbon offset programs. It’s been difficult to implement, however, requiring detailed plans for maintaining and monitoring the forests that are supposed to be staying intact.


And the program assumes that developing countries can leave their resources in place in order to make up for the economy-driving consumption of richer countries. La Via Campesina, a left-leaning group that’s one of the main organizers of farmers at Rio+20, puts the problem like this: “They say that these are systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by deforestation and degradation of the forests, but they are being used to impose, for a ridiculous price, management plans that deny families and rural communities access to their own lands, forests, and water sources.”

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WWF pledge to stop gold mining in protected areas and indigenous land in the Amazon

WWF pledge to stop gold mining in protected areas and indigenous land in the Amazon | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Gold mining is considered the most damaging extractive sector and there is a growing social pressure to tackle. Nowadays, it is estimated that at least 100 tons of mercury are released annually into the environment by small-scale gold mining in South America, polluting water resources and ecosystems. It is also important to understand and face health and social problems related to the activity.


"We are very worried about the question of artesanal gold mining in indigenous areas" said COICA's coordinator for International Cooperation, Juan Carlos Jintiach. "They prevent us from protecting biodiversity, our culture and our way of life. Illegal mining brings with it other sweeping social questions like prostitution, loss of identity and environmental desruction. This is an issue that needs to be taken seriously and addressed persistently with proper respect for the rights of indigenous peoples", he concluded.

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Rio Shutters Monster Landfill Ahead of Rio+20

Rio Shutters Monster Landfill Ahead of Rio+20 | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

“Rio de Janeiro will not tolerate any more violence against the environment, like this environmental crime that the city has committed for so long,” Mayor Eduardo Paes said Sunday as he announced the closure of the dump.


The site is being transformed into a biogas plant that will convert the greenhouse gas methane from the rotting trash into fuel. The transition is expected to reduce carbon emissions in the region by 1.4 million metric tons a year, according to FirmGreen, the US company exporting the conversion technology for the project.

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"If everyone is equally dissatisfied, it's because it is the result of compromise"

"If everyone is equally dissatisfied, it's because it is the result of compromise" | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Environmentalists were especially critical. Jim Leape, head of the World Wildlife Fund, said the document was “pathetic” and that if agreed upon, "the last year of negotiations has been a colossal waste of time.”


There were, however, positive outcomes. Some pointed to the Rio+20 side events as a success, bringing together members of non-profits, the private sector, and government. Known as the C40, nearly 60 of the world’s largest cities formed a pact to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 248 million tons through 2020. A number of corporations made pledges to become more sustainable, ranging from Microsoft’s goal to become carbon-neutral by 2013 to Dupont’s $10 billion R&D investment to increase global food supply and reduce waste.


In addition, the proposed Rio+20 declaration does not include the creation of a World Environment Organization, which would have been a “giant step backwards” and could have undermined existing institutions like the UN Environmental Program (UNEP), wrote environmental expert Stanley Johnson. In fact, the resolution gives more power to the UNEP, calling for increased support and financial resources. Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota defended the final document, saying, "If everyone is equally dissatisfied, it's because it is the result of compromise. Given the difficulty we were facing…we did accomplish a lot."

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Japanese delegation takes a wrong turn and ends up in a Rio favela.

Japanese delegation takes a wrong turn and ends up in a Rio favela. | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Just to demonstrate how seriously the Brazilians are treating domestic security concerned during a Mega-Event...


According to the Military Police, the delegation of Japanese attending the Rio+20 summit went to visit a water treatment plant of the State Company for Water and Sewage (Cedae) when two cars took a wrong turn and entered a favela. One of the vehicles immediately turned around and got the attention of Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) and a helicopter from Air and Sea Grouping (GAM).

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An Earth Summit Draws on Oil, Mining and Utility Largess

An Earth Summit Draws on Oil, Mining and Utility Largess | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Some of this is financed by millions of dollars in financial support from Brazil’s largest energy, extraction and petroleum corporations. Those include businesses like the mining giant Vale, voted the “worst company of the year” in the 2012 Public Eye Awards, and Eletrobras, the state electricity company, a partner with Vale in developing the Belo Monte dam project on the Xingu River.

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Rio+20: the Earth Summit diaries, Thursday 21 June

Rio+20: the Earth Summit diaries, Thursday 21 June | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

The future that we want has commitment and action, not just promises. It has the urgency needed to reverse the social, environmental and economic crisis, not postpone it. It has cooperation and is in tune with civil society and its aspirations, and not just the comfortable position of governments.


None of these can be found in the 283 paragraphs of the official document that will be the legacy of this Conference. The document entitled The Future We Want is mediocre and falls far short of the spirit and the advances made over the years since Rio-92. It even falls far short of the importance and urgency of the issues addressed. Fragile and generic agendas for future negotiations do not guarantee results.

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Rio+20 People’s Summit Gives Voice To Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes

Rio+20 People’s Summit Gives Voice To Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

"The Awa's forest is being illegally cut for timber," Firth said in his appeal. "When the loggers see them, they kill them ... At any other time in history, that's where it would end: another people wiped off the face of the earth forever. But we're going to make sure the world doesn't let that happen."


Moving as the appeal may be, Brazilian farm groups have little impetus to protect the indigenous population when the land is ideal for producing soy, beef and other agricultural products that have helped fuel rising fortunes and a growing middle class.


Sen. Katia Abreu, president of Brazil's National Agriculture and Livestock Federation, wrote in a recent opinion article for the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, that the tribes of the Amazon "don't need more physical space, but sanitation, education and an efficient health system."


"Who benefits from this? Not our country, which today enjoys the best and cheapest food in the world and boasts of being the globe's second-largest food exporter."

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Rio+20's 'green' economy is 'new colonialism': Bolivia

Rio+20's 'green' economy is 'new colonialism': Bolivia | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

The "green economy" promoted by the UN Rio+20 summit is "a new colonialism" which rich nations want to impose on developing countries, Bolivian President Evo Morales said Thursday.


In a speech to leaders attending the UN summit on sustainable development here, Morales also called on African countries to recover and nationalize their natural resources.


"Countries of the north are getting rich through a predatory orgy and are forcing countries of the south to be their poor rangers," the leftist leader said.


"They want to create intervention mechanisms to monitor and assess our national policies using environmental concerns as an excuse," he said.

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Gross Domestic Product is the crack-cocaine of economic indicators: Call For New Metrics At Rio+20

Gross Domestic Product is the crack-cocaine of economic indicators: Call For New Metrics At Rio+20 | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

Gross Domestic Product is the crack-cocaine of economic indicators. It’s a simple concept, it’s easy for politicians and the media to recite, and it fits in perfectly with society’s single-minded obsession with growth — no matter what the consequences.


It’s time to stop that addiction, say world leaders.


“GDP has always had its limitations. Progress needs to be defined in a way which accounts for the broader picture of human development,” said Helen Clark, administrator of the UN Development Program, speaking at a side event at the Rio+20 summit today.


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Brazil a model for slowing population growth

Brazil a model for slowing population growth | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

In the last decade, Brazil has undergone a family planning revolution. In 2000, the country’s birthrate was 2.4 children per woman, already dramatically down from decades past. Today it has dropped to 1.9 children, below replacement level and on a par with many developed countries.


That slowdown, built on making available better information and contraceptives, and on growing urbanisation, is increasingly looked at as a model by experts around the world trying to find ways to dampen population growth and consumption - both linked to accelerating climate change and resource scarcity.


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Terra-i: the most precise real-time deforestation tracker yet

Terra-i: the most precise real-time deforestation tracker yet | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

"As we approach Rio+20 where the world will define the targets that will guide us along the road to a more sustainable development, it is critical that we deploy the appropriate tools to carefully monitor and manage our landscapes," said Mulligan. "We need to ensure that we maintain enough farmland to feed the nine billion people to come, but we must also have protected natural landscapes that provide clean water, a stable climate, a refuge for biodiversity, and space for increasingly urbanised populations to experience and appreciate the wonders of nature."

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UN delegates eye Brazil's 'love' motels due to overcrowding and overcharging

UN delegates eye Brazil's 'love' motels due to overcrowding and overcharging | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

But these days, a good third of the clients are actually attending the Rio+20 Environmental Summit, because most of the city’s regular hotels are either overbooked or overcharging.


Luckily for the people staying here, they’re getting a good price… even a day rate, and that’s because the owners see a segment that has opportunities for growth.


“With the World Cup and the Olympics, the tendency will be for these people to use these quick turnover hotels even more,” says Sinless owner Antonio Cerqueira.

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Dancing on the Sand

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What's really a shame about Rio is that the belabored negotiations over the formal outcome document displaced time and attention from far more creative actions that could make a genuine difference. One of these is the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative -- a rare U.N. process that links energy and finance wings of government with private actors to drive investment in green technology that can be used not only in rich but also in developing countries. SE4ALL, as it's known, isn't going to stop climate change, but it can make a noticeable difference in real time and set precedents for how to mobilize joint action by the public and private sectors.


The United States and Brazil have a fantastic public/private initiative on green cities, using Rio (the city) as a test case. Brazil has genuine street-cred on these issues as a model for economic growth with sensible energy policy and a serious approach to social inequality (the component parts of "sustainable development," once you unpack the language). No less a political figure than Hillary Rodham Clinton has called on the United States to learn from Brazil's success.

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Mídias sociais: um "megafone" para a revolução verde

Mídias sociais: um "megafone" para a revolução verde | Rio+20 now | Scoop.it

"Apesar de ser inimaginável o mundo sem redes sociais, elas não são novidades. Há séculos, desenvolvemos linguagem e sabíamos que a única maneira de aumentar nossa capacidade de sobrevivência era transmitir informação e conhecimento para outras pessoas", afirma o diretor de negócios do Facebook América Latina, Leonardo Tristão, que falou ontem no Rio+Social, evento que discutiu o papel das mídias para gerar mudanças boas. "Formamos grupos, criamos alianças, transmitimos um conhecimento, espalhamos rumores e fofocas, mas o poder que as historias têm de moldar a sociedade é a grande diferença do que vivemos hoje".

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