Green News For The Weekend Volume 291

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Well, the world didn’t end on 12-12-12 so maybe it will be on the 21st. In the meantime, check out these important green news reads…

Virtually unnoticed, however, even by their own membership, the world’s biggest wildlife conservation groups have agreed to exactly such a scenario, only in reverse. Led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF, still known as the World Wildlife Fund in the United States), many of the biggest conservation nonprofits including Conservation International and the Nature Conservancy have already agreed to a series of global bargains with international agribusiness. In exchange for vague promises of habitat protection, sustainability, and social justice, these conservation groups are offering to greenwash industrial commodity agriculture.

If you buy fish in New York City, particularly from a small market or restaurant, there’s a pretty good chance it won’t be the fish it claims to be. An ocean conservation group announced today that three in five retail outlets it visited, including 100 percent of sushi restaurants, were selling mislabeled fish.

Monsanto could get everything it wants for Christmas, unless we convince legislators this week to strip both the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5973) and the Farm Bill of dangerous riders that would give the biotech industry unprecedented power and immunity from not only an already-weakened review process, but also from federal law.

If Christmas feels a bit flat this year, perhaps we should be blaming Peter Wothers. The Cambridge University chemist is calling for a ban on helium balloons, claiming we should not be wasting such a precious gas on the party decorations.

A Texas judge has temporarily halted work on part of the Keystone XL, TransCanada’s tar sands pipeline, the Associated Press reports on Tuesday, representing a victorious, small step in the battle to stop the flow of the bitumen through the lone star state.

And on that positive not, have a great weekend everyone!

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