New Forest Map Of The World – A Standard For Monitoring And Analyzing Forests

November 19, 2013 – New high-resolution and high-precision map shows the dramatic changes in the forest cover on Earth, caused by logging, forest fires, insects and other damaging factors. The map shows the change in forest extent from the period of 2000 to 2012. Globally, 2.3 million square kilometers of forest were lost during 12 years and only 0.8 million square kilometers of new forest were gained. The total loss of 1.5 million square kilometers of forest equals the surface of the whole State of Alaska! The maps are a…

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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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The Coca-Cola Company and WWF announce new environmental goals

WWF logo

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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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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Disaster Risk Reduction discussed at the World’s Leading Gathering of Stakeholders in Geneva this week

Healthy ecosystems and wise environmental management can protect people from disasters

Geneva / May 19, 2013 – The fourth session of the world’s foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations – The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction – is taking place from May 19-23 in Geneva, Switzerland. This conference aims to build the momentum of prior meetings into a sustained effort from all actors (governments, NGOs, international agencies and organizations, academic and technical institutions and the private sector) to take shared responsibility in reducing risks and reinforcing human resilience. IUCN…

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Fisheries deal fails to bridge gap with ambitious European Parliament

Industrial fisheries of Orange roughy. Emptying a mesh full of Orange roughy into a trawler.

Brussels, Belgium, 15 May: After pulling yet another all-nighter, fisheries ministers unfortunately remained predictable with little effort being made to meet the European Parliament half way on their ambitious proposal to save fisheries in Europe. “The devil is in the detail as they say, but in this case it’s the lack of detail, as fisheries ministers decided on a legally neutral text with few binding timelines and concrete measures. If implemented it would enable them to continue badly managing our oceans and ruining our fish stocks for yet another decade.”…

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Civil society, citizens, children, fishermen and politicians urge Fisheries Ministers to “get on board and end overfishing!” WWF analyses it will take more than 100 years to end overfishing!

Brussels, Belgium / May 14, 2013 – Cvil society, citizens, children, fishermen and politicians met in front of the Council building in Brussels yesterday, where Fisheries Ministers are havinf a two-day meeting, to urge them to put an end to 30 years of ocean mismanagement and “get on board to end overfishing!” The reason for concern is a deadlock in political negotiations: the European Parliament endorsed a far-reaching overhaul of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) by 507 to 137 votes in February, whilst the Council on the other hand, has…

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New study shows importance of IUCN’s Red List of Ecosystems

This mountain pool is an example of a lentic ecosystem.

May 9, 2013 – A new global standard in assessing environmental risk, the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems, has been trialled on 20 ecosystems spanning six continents and three oceans. The development of this new risk assessment method is seen as a major scientific breakthrough for consistent environmental reporting. “By knowing which ecosystems are tracking well and which ones are in trouble, governments, industries and local communities will be well-positioned to make smart investment decisions for sustainable environmental management,” says David Keith, leader of the study, published in the Public Library…

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Keystone XL pipeline to be approved

Syncrude's Mildred Lake mine site and plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta

WASHINGTON, March 01, 2013 – The Obama administration today took the next potential step toward approval of the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, despite the heavy toll the pipeline and its oil will take on the climate crisis, wildlife and the environment. Some 50,000 people protested outside the White House last month in opposition to the pipeline. Today’s announcement came in the form of a supplemental environmental impact statement on Keystone XL. “If President Obama is serious about confronting the deepening climate crisis, he needs to take Keystone XL off the…

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Shell calls off Arctic drilling for 2013, decision only a pause

Kulluk aground on the southeast side of Sitkalidak Island on 1 January 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg

ANCHORAGE, Alaska/ February 28, 2013 — Shell Oil announced yesterday that it will not drill for oil in the Arctic off Alaska this year. The oil giant had planned to drill several exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Several setbacks, including the grounding of its Kulluk drilling rig, failure of its oil spill response containment dome and the Coast Guard’s discovery of numerous safety violations on its Noble Discoverer drilling rig, prompted Shell to delay its plans. “Although Shell calls this simply a ‘pause’ in its plans for…

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