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Sweden plans “green” labels for food
Sweden is to become the first country to put certified “climate-friendly” labels on food products, New Scientist reports. To earn a label under the voluntary scheme, companies must prove they have reduced their greenhouse-gas emissions. The hope is that the tags will prompt consumers to buy greener products, although there are concerns that some companies may engage in “greenwashing”.
Exxon making a biofuel investment
The oil giant Exxon Mobil said it will make its first major investment – US$600 million -- in biofuels, joining the California-based biotech company Synthetic Genomics to develop transportation fuels from algae, the Associated Press reported. “This is not going to be easy, and there are no guarantees of success,” said Emil Jacobs, a vice president at Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering Company.
Trees get barcodes in tracking scheme
Plastic tags containing barcodes, like those on supermarket groceries, are being nailed to trees in tropical rain forests across south-east Asia, Africa and South America in an effort to confront illegal logging, corruption and global warming, Reuters reported. Barcodes already have been nailed to one million trees to help countries keep track of their timber reserves.
World Bank warns on tiger farming
Experimenting with tiger farming is too risky and could drive wild tigers further toward extinction, according to the World Bank. “Extinction is irreversible, so prudence and precaution suggest that the risks of legalised farming are too great a gamble for the world to take,” a bank official, Keshav Varma, told the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) standing committee.