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UNESCO Launches Andean Glacier and Water Atlas During COP 24

UNESCO Launches Andean Glacier and Water Atlas During COP 24

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Glacial melt-water is a critical resource for millions of people around the world. It is equally important in Northern India as it is in many other parts of the world. One place which relies heavily on the glacial melt-water is the Andean highlands of Bolivia, Chile and Peru. Glacial melt-water comprises about 61% of water supply in La Paz (Bolivia) and 67% in Huaraz (Peru). During a drought year, this proportion can reach 85% in La Paz and 91% in Huaraz. If current trends continue, some of the lower-altitude glaciers of the tropical Andes could lose between 78 and 97% of their volume by the end of the century, reducing the region's available freshwater resources. This alarming analysis is from the Andean Glacier and Water Atlas that has been launched by UNESCO and the Norwegian GRI...
How the UK is Moving Towards a Green Future

How the UK is Moving Towards a Green Future

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In the United Kingdom, it is clear that the Government is encouraging the acceleration towards being one of the world's most eco-friendly countries. To help it achieve its goal, UK has recently launched a document titled: Clean Growth Strategy to push the UK towards a lower-carbon future. Created by the country's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Clean Growth Strategy is a comprehensive account of how the United Kingdom will amend its everyday processes — both domestically and commercially — to hit its eco-friendly target. Here, we've brought together the essential points that show how the strategy's key features will change UK's homes and businesses. The Clean Growth Strategy: what does it mean for the UK? For several years, the UK has tried t
A Map of the World That Could Save Your Life!

A Map of the World That Could Save Your Life!

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We live in an interconnected world today where within a matter of a few hours, an infectious disease can spread around across the globe. This calls for all human beings to prepared and alert so any kind of impending epidemic can be safely avoided. With the resolve to save human lives, Vital Strategies has developed a website, PreventEpidemics.org to clearly display each country’s ability to find, stop and prevent epidemics, and to empower people who want to make their community safer. PreventEpidemics is the world’s first website to provide an overall score for a country's ability to find, stop and prevent diseases. It also allows the user to keep up to date with news of disease outbreak in all parts of the world through a map based interface. Funded by philanthropic organizat
Cancer Causing TCE Tap Water Threatens the Health of 14 Million Americans

Cancer Causing TCE Tap Water Threatens the Health of 14 Million Americans

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A recent analysis of water supply in United States by the Environmental Working Group has found that tap water supplies to more than 14 million Americans is contaminated with a cancer-causing industrial solvent TCE. TCE or trichloroethylene is linked to liver and kidney damage, and to cancers like leukemia. It has also been linked to birth defects, though the EWG fears that the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will attempt to downplay important evidence that TCE exposure causes heart defects in developing fetuses. The analysis is published in a Report which is co-authored by Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., EWG’s senior science advisor, and Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., and highlights the detection of TCE across the U.S. and the health effects of exposure through drinking water. Under th
UNESCO to Conduct Major Stocktaking of Climate Change Impact on Oceans

UNESCO to Conduct Major Stocktaking of Climate Change Impact on Oceans

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Leading researchers from more than 50 countries will share the latest science concerning climate change impacts on ocean ecosystems at the 4th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans at Washington D.C., USA between 4th and 8th June, 2018. Co-organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this International Symposium, takes place every three to four years. Recognizing the ocean's valuable contributions to people’s livelihoods and health, the Symposium this year will provide a unique forum for scientists and experts to shar
Intersolar Award Nomination for African Village Project by Trojan Battery

Intersolar Award Nomination for African Village Project by Trojan Battery

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Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany. Since being founded 27 years ago, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry. Part of the Intersolar annual event are the Smarter E Awards, which pay tribute to innovations in two categories. The Smart Renewable Energy category honors outstanding, innovative business models and pioneering solutions in the area of sector coupling, while the Outstanding Projects category recognizes projects undertaken in the areas of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation. The Smarter E Awards this
Sea Shepherd Releases Suppressed Australian Govt Whaling Footage

Sea Shepherd Releases Suppressed Australian Govt Whaling Footage

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Sea Shepherd, an international non-profit marine conservation movement working to defend, conserve and protect the worlds oceans and marine wildlife, recently released a five years old suppressed footage that it claims the Australian government did not want their own people to see for fear of upsetting relations between Australia and Japan. "The Australian Government has suppressed this footage for years,” said Jeff Hansen, Managing Director of Sea Shepherd Australia. “The main reason given was that the images of this horrific slaughter would harm diplomatic relationships with Japan. The Australian Government has chosen to side with the poachers instead of defending the whales of the Southern Ocean." "This footage shows the bloody brutality, cruelty and senseless killing of such
European Investment Bank Commits to Support Small Island Nations

European Investment Bank Commits to Support Small Island Nations

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. At the United Nations Oceans Conference held recently, the European Investment Bank confirmed support for investment around the world that strengthens conservation and enables more sustainable use of oceans and marine resources. This includes responding to the needs of Small Island Developing States to reduce vulnerability to a changing climate and supporting schemes that reduce pollution and contribute to development of a sustainable blue economy. Addressing world leaders and representatives of civil society, business, academia and science at the United N...
New York Bans Use of Elephants for Entertainment

New York Bans Use of Elephants for Entertainment

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A Bill that bans the use of elephants in circuses and other forms of entertainment is headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature following passage in both houses of the New York State legislature. The "Elephant Protection Act," originated and lobbied by students of the Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic and supported by The Humane Society of the United States, cites the "physical and psychological harm due to the living conditions and treatment to which [elephants] are subjected." Students of Pace's Environmental Policy Clinic devoted their spring semester to assuring passage of the legislation which would make New York the first state in USA to institute such a ban. They maintain that the methods used to train elephants have a direct impact on the survival of the sp...
UNESCO to Meet to Designate New Biosphere Reserves

UNESCO to Meet to Designate New Biosphere Reserves

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Members of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme will convene to designate new biosphere reserves during the annual meeting at United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s Headquarters in Paris, France from 12 to 15 June, 2017. Biosphere reserves are areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Managed in concertation with local communities, they test ways to reconcile the conservation of biodiversity with economic development and the sustainable use of resources. The International Coordination Council this year will examine proposals to add 28 new biosphere reserves to the network and extensions to existing sites. The Proposals have been received from 22 countries: Benin, Costa Rica, De...

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