Government of Canada Invests in a Community Environmental Project in Quebec

GHG emissions in Canada

QUÉBEC, Que. – February 14, 2013 – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Lévis—Bellechasse, on behalf of Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced funding from the EcoAction Community Funding Program for a new environmental project in Quebec. The Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique will receive $88,000 in federal funding to support action across Quebec to promote best practices regarding energy efficiency. “The EcoAction Community Funding Program shows that it is possible to mobilize resources and people to…

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Uganda unveils the world’s first Earth Hour Forest

Earth Hour 2013

Kampala, Uganda / Singapore: February 14, 2013 – Preparations across the globe kick off for Earth Hour 2013 with the creation of the world’s first Earth Hour Forest in the East African nation of Uganda, to fight against the 6,000 hectares of deforestation that occurs in the country every month. WWF Uganda identified close to 2,700 hectares of degraded land, and set a goal to fill it with at least 500,000 indigenous trees as part of their Earth Hour 2013 campaign. Earth Hour 2013 will take place at 8.30pm on…

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WWF urges Indonesian pulp producer APRIL to immediately stop pulping tropical forests

JAKARTA / February 12, 2013 – Following the announcement by Asia Pulp & Paper that it has stopped all clearance of Indonesian forests, WWF is now calling on its competitor Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) to stop pulping tropical rainforest. “APRIL is now the single largest converter of natural forest among Indonesia’s pulp producers,” said Nazir Foead, Conservation Director of WWF-Indonesia. “We urge the company to immediately change their unsustainable business model and stop draining our peat soils and converting our forests”. The Sumatran NGO coalition Eyes on the…

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Indonesian Fishing Communities find balance between Biodiversity & Development

The beach of Tanjung Gelam, Karimunjava National Park.

Co-management approach safeguards marine protected area in Indonesian Coral Triangle NEW YORK / February 7, 2013 — Fishing communities living on the islands of Indonesia’s Karimunjawa National Park have found an important balance, improving their social well-being while reducing their reliance on marine biodiversity, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Western Australia. Over the past 5 years, the Government of Indonesia has turned Karimunjawa National Park, a marine paradise of turquoise seas and mangrove-ringed islands in the Java Sea just south of Borneo, into a model…

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Bolivia designates world’s largest protected wetland

Trinidad, Bolivia / February 1, 2013 — To mark the annual World Wetlands Day, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has designated its largest site ever. At more than 6.9 million hectares, the Llanos de Moxos wetland is equivalent to the size of the Netherlands and Belgium together. The wetlands are prized for their rich natural diversity, as well as their cultural value. “WWF applauds the government of Bolivia for taking bold action to protect these vital ecosystems,” said Jim Leape, WWF International Director General. “The Amazon basin,…

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Greenland’s Ice Cores Analysis adds to Historical Record and may provide Glimpse into the Future of Climate

January 25, 2013 – The International North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) project results indicate that melting of Antarctic ice sheet may have contributed to sea level rise more than melting of the Greenland ice sheet some 100,000 years ago. A new study that provides surprising details on changes in Earth’s climate from more than 100,000 years ago indicates that the last interglacial (the period between “ice ages”) was warmer than previously thought and may be a good analog for future climate, as greenhouse gases increase in the atmosphere and…

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Coca-Cola and WWF announced new Arctic Home campaign to raise awareness and funds to support Polar Bear habitat

17 Jan 2013 – Coca‑Cola and WWF have joined forces to launch Arctic Home, a new project focused on raising awareness and funds to help conserve the home of the polar bear and create a positive future for the Arctic. Launching on 17th January, Arctic Home will use WWF’s extensive scientific network and conservation expertise along with Coca‑Cola’s marketing experience and resources to bring the plight of the polar bear closer to home for millions of consumers. The polar bear has been a long-standing icon across Coca‑Cola advertising for 90…

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Harper Government Announces Funding for Lake Simcoe and South Eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Projects

JACKSON’S POINT, Ont. — January 7, 2013 — Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister, announced that funding is available for clean-up projects through the Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund. The five-year $29 million fund aims torestore the ecological health of Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay and improve water quality for the residents and wildlife of the region. “Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay are important natural resources, vital sources of drinking water, and…

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EEA reviews new findings from 2012, the Year of Water

Copenhagen / Dec 27, 2012 – Europe needs to work harder to protect its water resources from increasing pressures. This was one of the messages that emerged during 2012, ‘European Year of Water’. The European Environment Agency (EEA) also presented important findings in many other areas, including air, climate, biodiversity and chemicals. What did we learn about water in 2012? Europe needs to redouble efforts to keep sufficient quantity and quality of fresh water to maintain  our ecosystems that sustain our society and economy, according to a series of reports published…

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EPA to remove mercury from bottom of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey

New York, N.Y. / December 19, 2012 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its plan to remove mercury contamination from the sediment of the Acid Brook Delta of Pompton Lake in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey to levels that meet stringent standards to protect people’s health and the environment. The plan will go into effect as a modification of a permit, which legally requires the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc. to fund and perform the work. Under the permit modification, the EPA will require DuPont to…

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