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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...
UNESCO Publishes First Status Report on Ocean Sciences and Research

UNESCO Publishes First Status Report on Ocean Sciences and Research

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Ocean sciences are led by a small number of industrialized countries even though its research and management should be a global priority. This is one among the many findings of the First Global Ocean Science Report, compiled by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. The Global Ocean Science Report: The Current Status of Ocean Science around the World, was presented at the United Nations in New York on 8 June, World Ocean Day, as part of the United Nations' Ocean Conference taking place until 9 June 2017. The Report advocates increased investment into research and calls for greater international scientific cooperation. "The publication marks a turning point in that it is the first such tool developed to help inform countries' and stakeholders' decisions and investmen...
UNCTAD Proposes Eliminating Harmful Fisheries Subsidies at UN

UNCTAD Proposes Eliminating Harmful Fisheries Subsidies at UN

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Why are fishery subsidies so harmful to our Planet? Because they create a devastating domino effect that negatively impacts the environment and the world's most vulnerable people. Fishing subsidies are estimated to be as high as $35 billion worldwide, of which about $20 billion are estimated to be directly contributing to overfishing. The share of fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels continues to decline, falling from 90 percent in 1974 to 69 percent in 2013. Subsidies from wealthy governments encourage overfishing is perhaps also contributing to illegal and unregulated fishing. This is also creating food insecurity, unemployment and poverty for vulnerable people who rely on fish as their primary source of nourishment and livelihood. The United Nations Conference...
UNESCO Notifies Best Practices for Preserving Underwater Heritage

UNESCO Notifies Best Practices for Preserving Underwater Heritage

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recently decided to establish a Register of best practices for the safeguarding of underwater cultural heritage. The decision was followed by an invitation by the Conference of States Parties for countries to provide best practice examples for projects that ensure the lasting protection of underwater archaeological sites or remains, the sustainable management of sites, notable efforts to give the public access to such vestiges, or the inclusion of local communities in underwater heritage management. It needs to be noted here that The Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage was adopted in 2001. It aims to help save ancient shipwrecks, sunken cities, decorated grottos and any other un...
Applications Open for Green Alley Awards 2017 Focusing on Ireland

Applications Open for Green Alley Awards 2017 Focusing on Ireland

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The Green Alley Award is given once a year to entrepreneurs and start-ups of the circular economy, organized by a network of partners in the Circular Economy and European entrepreneurial scene. Green Alley, the initiator, has been working with Seedmatch, Germany’s crowdfunding pioneer, since 2014. As a strict European Union (EU) waste package is being negotiated in Brussels, Green Alley is looking for solutions which can implement the potential provisions. For the fourth time, green start-ups and young entrepreneurs are invited to apply for the Green Alley Award, Europe’s founder's prize for the circular economy. The Green Alley Award is looking not only for business models relating to resource conservation, the circular economy, and recycling, but also for innovations in handlin
Proposed Cuts in US Will Jeopardize Fight to End Climate Change

Proposed Cuts in US Will Jeopardize Fight to End Climate Change

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The Trump Administration's recent proposals of significant cuts to funding earmarked for the environment, including the budgets for climate change, pollution clean-ups, and energy efficiency programs have become an increasing concern for all thinking individuals and companies in the US and the world. The current plans would dismantle former President Obama's Clean Power Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal burning power plants, along with defunding climate research and partnerships. The proposed budget reductions include a $2.6 billion cut for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2018, as well as a loss of $330 million in hazardous waste clean-up initiatives. Iain Milnes of Power Knot, along with other scientists, environmental advocates, and green entreprene...
314 Action Advocates BASIC Ahead of the Climate March in US

314 Action Advocates BASIC Ahead of the Climate March in US

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The Science of Climate Change, among other scientific facts, have suddenly come under tremendous questioning in the recently formed Trump Government in the United States. The situation has reached to such an extent that some States in the US are even considering legislation which would exempt the study of evolution and climate science in classrooms. In response to such regressive actions, 314 Action has emerged as a US based non-profit organization which has garnered national attention for their efforts to recruit scientists to counter the government's "War on Science." 314 Action has just launched a national school board elections campaign, Boards Advocating Science In Curricula (BASIC), to elect pro-science school board members as six state legislatures (OK, FL, TX, IN, AL, ID) ar...
Fuel Efficient Cars in Nepal

Fuel Efficient Cars in Nepal

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Tata Motors is a leading global automobile manufacturer with a portfolio that covers a wide range of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. There are numerous service centers located all over Nepal providing best services. Explore the collection of brand new cars including Tata Bolt, Indica e-Xeta, Indica CR4, Indigo eCS, Tatat Zest and select the one that best suits your requirements. The best part about these is that they are the best fuel efficient cars, and therefore the best mileage cars! So here's what you need to see before you buy Sedan cars in Nepal. Tiago (It’s #Fantastico) features includes: Designed to fit your dynamic lifestyle The Zippy Car with innovative and fresh design Next Generation ConnectNext Infotainment System Tata Bolt Features in
200 Dogs Rescued from Dog Meat Farm in South Korea

200 Dogs Rescued from Dog Meat Farm in South Korea

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Rescuers with Humane Society International (HSI ) recently transported 200 dogs saved from a South Korean dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea, to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This is the sixth dog meat farm closure managed by HSI, with a total of 770 dogs rescued since January 2015 as part of the organization’s campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea and across Asia. The dogs will be taken to animal shelters participating in The Humane Society of the United States’ Emergency Placement Partner program, where they will be placed for adoption as family pets in loving homes. The shelters are located in Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma and Ohio, among other states. The dog meat operation is located in Gangwon province of South Korea, which is significant beca