Australian news, and some related international items

No jobs on a dead planet: summit, The Age, Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer, June 23, 2012 –  World leaders and business chiefs have accepted there are no jobs on a dead planet, at the end of a three-day environment summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will play a key role in driving reforms agreed to by more than 190 nations at the Rio+20 conference, which comes 20 years after the original Earth Summit which invented the term “sustainable development”….. On the sidelines of the summit, Ms
Gillard attended the signing of a $US315 million ($A314 million) deal
between Pacific Hydro and Brazilian mining giant Vale to provide wind
The final summit statement called for a new economic indicator that
goes beyond the seven-decade-old term gross domestic product (GDP) and
for governments to require businesses to report on their environmental
and social “footprints”.

National Australia Bank joined with dozens of banks from around the
world to sign a declaration pledging to include social and
environmental costs in their decisions.

UN environment chief Achim Steiner said all leaders had agreed the
shift to a “green economy” is essential….. Australian Conservation
Foundation boss Don Henry said he was frustrated leaders did not sign
up to timetables for action.

But he said Australia was leading the world on climate change and
ocean protection.

June 23, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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