Tuesday - August 22, 2017
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The Regional Forest Agreement: a Manifest Failure
HOBART, Australia, Aug. 21 -- The Wilderness Society-Australia issued the following news release:

Objective analysis of the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) demonstrates it has been a spectacular failure, raising questions over the value of its extension for a further 20 years, The Wilderness Society says.

The RFA has enshrined an exemption of logging from federal environment laws and failed on its stated objectives to give security to industry, as well as deliver sustainable forestry and a secure reserve system. Industry has collapsed, FSC certification is still unachievable and the Hodgman Government ... Show Full Article

Reporters Committee Suing Justice Dept., FBI for Records of Documentary Filmmaker Impersonations
ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 21 -- The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press issued the following news release:

On Monday, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the agency failed to act on a Freedom of Information request for records about the FBI's impersonation of documentary filmmakers.

The complaint stems from a request under the Freedom of Information Act filed in April for records of the FBI's policies and practices concerning the impersonation of documentary filmmakers and/or documentary ... Show Full Article

New Study Finds Soil Carbon Losses Nearly Equal to Total Emissions From Deforestation
FALMOUTH, Mass., Aug. 21 -- Woods Hole Research Center issued the following news release:

The first effort to spatially quantify global soil carbon loss revealed that agriculture has removed 133 billion tons of carbon from the top 2 meters of soil, with the rate of loss increasing dramatically in the past 200 years. Those soil carbon losses are nearly equal to total carbon emissions due to forest clearing.

The study was published this week in PNAS, and was led by Dr. Jonathan Sanderman of the Woods Hole Research Center and Tom Hengl of the soil data organization ISRIC.

"The spread of agriculture ... Show Full Article

New SFI Board Members Come Together to Enhance Community, Brand Owner and Youth Engagement
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Sustainable Forestry Initiative issued the following news release:

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI) welcomed two new officers and one new member to its Board of Directors: Mark Rodgers as Board Chair, Guy Gleysteen as Vice Chair, and Laura Downey as a new member in the social chamber. These new members will play a key role as SFI continues to enhance the sustainability of well-managed forests and the communities that depend on them across the U.S. and Canada.

"Mark brings experience as a community leader and builder, Guy works as a senior executive overseeing ... Show Full Article

CAIR-Florida Condemns Racist Slur Painted on Home of Citrus County Family
MIAMI, Aug. 21 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release:

The Council on American-Islamic Relations - Florida (CAIR-Florida), the state's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today condemned hate vandalism targeting the home of an African-American family in Citrus County, Fla.

Dayna and James White's home was vandalized with a spray-painted racist slur in large red letters that was discovered in the morning hours of Friday, August 19.

SEE: Racist slur painted on home of Citrus County family (http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-citrus-hernando/racist-slur-painted-on-home-of-citrus-county-family)

CAIR-Florida's ... Show Full Article

Boston Residents Rally for Protection of Marine Monuments Threatened by Trump Administration
BOSTON, Aug. 21 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release:

Today, Boston residents joined with multiple advocacy groups to stress threats to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument. The event came just days before Zinke's final monument recommendations--which is putting marine and public lands monuments on the chopping block. Recently, Zinke signaled threats to land and cultural sites in other states and is considering revamping a plan for oil extraction off of coasts. Today's attendees were a part of over 2.7 million who offered public comment on the review--98% ... Show Full Article

ANSI Announces 2017 Legal Issues Forum: Patent Policies, Licensing Assurances
NEW YORK, Aug. 21 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release:

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will hold its annual Legal Issues Forum with the 2017 theme Patent Policies and Licensing Assurances, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at the FHI 360 Conference Center, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. The event is part of World Standards Week (WSW), a series of meetings and celebrations hosted annually by ANSI, coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system.

The event will explore patent policies ... Show Full Article