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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...
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...