Posted in Environment, Politics, tagged Amazon Rainforest, Australia, ban, deforestation, Environmental Investigation Agency, Europe, European Union, Greenpeace, illegal logging, Lacey Act, Sati Hassi, Sebastian Risso, timber, United States, wood, wood products on July 13, 2010 |
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Last week the European Union’s Parliament passed new legislation that will halt the entrance of illegal wood into European nations. This is a major victory for forests and wildlife around the world.
Currently it is estimated that 20% of Europe’s wood comes from illegally logged sources that contribute to deforestation, loss of species, global carbon emissions, and economic losses worldwide.
The new laws will help both businesses and individuals who buy products made from wood to ask questions about where the wood comes from and determine whether or not it has been acquired through legal channels. Wood is used to make a vast number of items we use on daily basis including furniture, paper, musical instruments, and flooring.
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Posted in Politics, tagged Anne Applebaum, China, Europe, European Union, foreign policy, international politics, Politics, President Barack Obama, superpowers, Tony Blair, United States on November 24, 2009 |
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Like Atlas, the U.S. must now either take the world upon its shoulders alone or drop the ball. I say let's drop the ball on most issues.
Anne Applebaum, who writes for Slate and The Washington Post, has just published an excellent column where she persuasively argues that “no one wants America to be the sole global superpower, but no one wants to share the load.”
She uses Obama’s recent trip to China and Europe’s election of a new president and foreign minister as her primary evidence that no one really wants to engage the major foreign policy issues the Obama administration cares about. In China’s case, Applebaum writes that Chinese officials claim they are still a “developing country” that needs time before partnering on foreign policy issues with the U.S such as the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, and North Korea and Iran’s nuclear weapon ambitions.
Europe’s case is a little more puzzling from a psychological and practical standpoint. (more…)
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