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Balancing public, private interests at UN climate fund

The United Nations climate fund, which is meeting for the first time this week, is being urged by civil society groups to grant a bigger voice to developing nations and to resist allowing the private sector to dominate management of Green Climate Fund projects. A paper published by two groups, Friends of the Earth U.S. and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, proposes how citizens of developing countries can effectively consent to or reject projects slated for their soil. AlertNet (8/23), Reuters (8/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story



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  • Yao Ming is trying to change ivory consumption habits
    Yao Ming, the former NBA star from China, says that he was left speechless after witnessing the slaughter of elephants in Kenya merely for their ivory tusks. "It was a harrowing experience I never want to repeat, but something that everyone thinking of buying ivory should see," he writes in a blog post as global ambassador for WildAid. "I firmly believe that Chinese consumers will have a change of heart once we understand the consequences, but it hasn't been covered widely enough in the media," he adds. The Guardian (London)/Environment blog (8/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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