LEAKED: Secret Trade Document Reveals Weak Environmental Standards

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The veil has finally been lifted from the controversial environment chapter of what could be the largest free trade pact in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. Last fall, 24 environmental organizations sent  a letter to the U.S.

Stalemate: U.S. and Japan Fail to Advance Trade Talks

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President Obama recently wrapped up a meeting in Tokyo with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, where the leaders once again failed to make a breakthrough on their deadlock in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP). Photo: WikiLeaks.

Pacific Rim Trade Talks May Become Even More Secretive

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Between August 23 and 30, trade negotiators from these 12 nations will meet behind closed doors in Brunei to further hash out the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. A number of North American environmental organizations have already weighed in , calling on U.S.

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Astonishing Facts About Wetlands


The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that wetlands are vital in the life cycle, whether for breeding, laying eggs or as a food source and habitat of two thirds of fish worldwide, including shellfish, commercially harvested in the United States [11].

A Clean Environment Is Not For Trade

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This week, more than 120 Members of Congress sent a clear message to the United States Trade Representative: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact must have a robust, fully enforceable environment chapter that addresses the core conservation challenges of the region. The May 10th Agreement set minimum standards for all environment chapters of U.S. It wasn’t enforceable, and it didn’t obligate the TPP countries to uphold commitments in environmental treaties.

6 Things Mike Froman Must Do As the Next U.S. Trade Representative

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For example, the Trans-Pacific Partnership – potentially the largest free trade agreement ever – has been under negotiation for over three years and may conclude as early as this October. Strengthen environmental rules in trade agreements.

UNU-IAS Reports and Policy Briefs

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Willis Biofuel production and use in Africa have been linked to numerous environmental and socio-economic impacts. In order to answer this question, ITTO and UNU-IAS started a partnership to analyze and present lessons from these projects.