Audi reveals it’s DEKRA certificate for carbon footprint

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

First premium automobile manufacturer with corporate carbon footprint calculated in detail and certified April 15, 2014 / Ingolstadt – The Audi Group has calculated its corporate carbon footprint and is the first premium automobile manufacturer to be certified according to the international standard ISO 14064. For this purpose, the Group made a detailed assessment of emissions in all automobile lifecycle phases. Experts of DEKRA Certification GmbH and DEKRA Certification Inc. reviewed and confirmed the basic data sources and calculations. With the corporate carbon footprint, Audi is making its company-wide greenhouse-gas…

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Students Who Learn About Environment and Community Empowerment Awarded $500,000 in Lexus Eco Challenge

2013 - 2014 Lexus Eco Challenge Winner - Pinelands Regional High School Pinelands Regional High School developed a press to make flammable briquettes as an alternative to deforestation.

TORRANCE, Calif., / Feb. 25, 2014 – It’s a win, win situation! Communities become a better place, and students, teachers and schools have the chance to share $500,000 in scholarships and grants through the Lexus Eco Challenge. This year, the $30,000 Grand Prize winners are the Pinelands Eco Scienteers from Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, and the E.T. Electrical Team from Byron Center, Michigan. The Lexus Eco Challenge is an educational program and contest that inspires and empowers young people to learn about the environment and take action to improve…

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ENI Oil Spill Pollutes Niger Delta

Nigeria oil spill

YENAGOA, Nigeria, December 5, 2013 – A large oil spill in the ENI’s Brass terminal has spread through the landscape of the oil-rich Niger Delta region, local residents and the company said on December 2, according to news agencies. The oil facility is run by ENI, Italy’s biggest oil company. ENI said the cause of the spill was not yet determined. “During loading operations on a tanker on November 27, an oil spill in the sea was seen. Operations were immediately suspended and resumed only after it was verified that…

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Tacoma shoreline master program gains Ecology approval

Tacoma Shoreline Master Program - The Narrows

OLYMPIA / October 14, 2013 – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has approved Tacoma’s updated shoreline master program. Tacoma’s program will guide future development along approximately 46 miles of shoreline including Commencement Bay, the Tacoma Narrows and portions of the Puyallup River, Hylebos Creek and Wapato Lake. Sally Toteff, director of Ecology’s southwest region, said: “Through Tacoma’s updated master program the city can now truly achieve its vision for the shorelines of Tacoma. Our shorelines make Washington a great place to live. Tacoma’s master program will help protect the…

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Shocking – smugglers disguised elephant ivory into chocolate in China

Elephant tusks disguised as chocolate © WWF

China / August 15, 2013 – Custom officials in Macao, China grew suspicious last week when they saw 15 boxes of unusually heavy chocolate in a set of luggage. Further investigation brought a staggering find: After soaking in warm water, the chocolate melted away to reveal 583 elephant tusks. Between September and December of 2012, more than 90 ivory seals, known as name chops, were found concealed in chocolate packaging and recovered from South Africa to Taiwan. In another recent seizure, Hong Kong customs officials found 1,148 ivory tusks disguised…

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The Coca-Cola Company and WWF announce new environmental goals

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Partnership and Company set ambitious global Water, Climate, Packaging and Agriculture performance goals ATLANTA, July 9, 2013 – The Coca-Cola Company and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are working to advance the Coca-Cola system’s sustainability stewardship with the announcement today of new, bold global environmental goals and an expanded global partnership. These ambitious goals, which complement other Coca-Cola well-being and community commitments, focus on sustainable management of water, energy, and packaging use as well as sustainable sourcing of agricultural ingredients through 2020. Building on the initial successes of their nearly decade-long…

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World’s top dolphin scientists urge NZ government to act now or Maui’s will be extinct in 20 years

A Maui's dolphin leaps from the water along the western coastline of New Zealand's North Island. © WWF-New Zealand

Auckland / July 4, 2013 – Some of the world’s leading whale, dolphin and porpoise scientists have expressed their ‘extreme concern’ about the survival of New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphin, urging the government to take immediate action to ensure ‘full protection of Maui’s in all areas throughout their habitat’. The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) acknowledged in its 2013 report that Maui’s will decline to just 10 adult breeding females in six years and become functionally extinct in less than 20 years —unless their full range is protected…

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Five new natural wonders declared UNESCO World Heritage sites

Mount Etna, Italy.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21 June 2013 — Namib Sand Sea in Namibia, Xinjiang Tianshan in China, Tajik National Park in Tajikistan, Mount Etna in Italy and El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve in Mexico have been declared World Heritage sites, following expert recommendations of IUCN. In addition, the World Heritage Committee approved the extension of Mount Kenya National Park to include the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, also following IUCN’s recommendation. “From vast deserts in Namibia and Mexico to high mountain ranges in China…

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