News headlines in June 2012, page 4

  1. Setting Goals to Protect Half the Planet

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    The high seas, crucial regions of the world's oceans that are beyond national jurisdiction, account for 45 percent of the planet, but are today under severe threat from overfishing and pollution.

  2. Indigenous Message to Rio+20: Leave Everything Beneath Mother Earth

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Indigenous leaders from all over South America are making their way by foot, canoe and eventually on buses to be part of the Kari-Oca Caravan to Rio de Janeiro, to talk to world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.

  3. Defining Green Economy May Stymie Rio Summit

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    The thematic battle at the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Brazil next week will be primarily around the new concept of a 'green economy' - and how best to define it.

  4. Q&A: 'We All Have to Start Being City Changers'

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Building the cities of the future requires not only smarter planning but a profound shift toward greater equity and social justice, says Joan Clos, executive director of the U.N. Human Settlements Programme, or UN-HABITAT.

  5. Tension Around Possible Islamic State in Northern Mali

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Tuareg and Islamist rebel groups which seized control of northern Mali in March are trying to find common ground for the joint administration of the territory. Residents of the region fear that individual and collective freedoms will not be respected if such an alliance sets up an Islamic state.

  6. Health Warnings Loud and Clear on Cigarettes in Argentina

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    This month, Argentina will join the growing list of Latin American countries that compel tobacco companies to display health warnings about the dangers of smoking on cigarette packs, illustrated with graphic images.

  7. Desert Opera Finds New Meanings

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    The imposing stronghold is almost transparent, barely noticeable, in the pitch- black desert. On top of the stands, with a thousand kilowatts at his finger’s tip, Avi Yona Bueno turns the night into lights, revealing sets, sites, and sounds. 'I’m god,' smiles the lighting designer. 'I’m god to my children.'

  8. U.S.-Pakistan Talks on NATO Supply Lines Stopped

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    Six weeks of talks between Pakistan and the United States have been halted, a Defence Department official stated here on Monday.

  9. Biggest Economies Still Lagging on Renewables

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    On the eve of the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil, the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report Monday ranking the world's biggest countries on their use of renewable energy.

  10. RIO+20: Transforming Political Platitudes into Economic Realities

    Monday, June 11, 2012

    When world leaders endorse the final plan of action, titled 'The Future We Want, at the Rio+20 summit in Brazil next week, a lingering question may remain unanswered: how best can the United Nations transform political platitudes into economic realities?