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Ecuador rejects vote on Amazon oil drilling

Ecuador has rejected a petition for a referendum on whether the Yasuni National Park in the Amazon should be opened to further oil exploration.

Uruguay marijuana legalisation: Details unveile

The Uruguayan authorities have revealed how marijuana will be produced and sold legally in the country.

Climate efforts falling short

Delivering the latest stark news about climate change a UN panel warned that governments are not doing enough to avert profound risks. But the experts found a silver lining: Not only is there still time to head off the worst, but the political will to do so seems to be rising around the world.

Globalization still favors the rich

Reading between the lines of a just-released optimistic report on global flows of goods, services and finance by the McKinsey Global Institute, one can conclude that the developed world is benefiting more from globalization than the developing one. Emerging economies, however, are working doggedly to reverse that trend.

What Now for Whales?

Last week the Fisheries Agency of Japan announced that it would not be sending its fleet to the Antarctic for the 2014-15 season, following Monday’s finding by the International Court of Justice that, despite Japan’s claims to the contrary, its Antarctic whaling was “not for purposes of scientific research,” and should be halted with “immediate effect.”


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