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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Go outside and explore Nature!

Great Nature Project logo. Image © National Geographic

The National Geographic Society is urging everyone to go outside to explore nature, whether in their own backyard, a local park or anywhere that nature thrives! June 15, 2013 – From 21-29 September 2013, National Geographic invites the whole world to take part in the Great Nature Project, an unprecedented attempt to document and appreciate Earth’s biodiversity. Great Nature Project participants — anyone with a camera or camera phone — are asked to take photos of any plants, animals, or other living things they come across and share them with…

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EPA launches new voluntary program to help reduce harmful soot pollution

GHG emissions in Canada

WASHINGTON/ January 17, 2013 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a new voluntary clean air program, ‘PM Advance,’ to help communities continue to meet soot pollution standards, improve air quality and protect public health. PM Advance focuses on working with communities to develop strategies for reducing harmful fine particle emissions. Soot, also known as fine particle pollution (PM2.5), can penetrate deep into the lungs and has been linked to a wide range of serious health effects, including premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis…

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Ecology seeks public comments for proposed Long Beach wetland mitigation bank

Long Beach Peninsula

OLYMPIA / November 19 – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on a proposal to certify the establishment and operation of a privately owned, 76-acre wetland mitigation bank north of the city of Long Beach in Pacific County.  The public comment period for the proposed Long Beach Wetland Mitigation Bank is Friday, Nov. 16, through Monday Dec. 17, 2012. Long Beach Mitigation Bank of Longview, the company seeking to establish and operate the bank, will permanently protect the property through a conservation easement. The bank is…

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Heavy Oil Spill at Port Angeles. Clean up Operations in Progress.

Port Angeles, Olympia, November 7, 2012 – major fuel oil spil occurred in Port Angeles, WA early this morning. The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Spill Response Corp (MSRC), Global Diving & Salvage (Global) and private response companies are engaged in oil spil clean up operations. 840-gallon heavy fuel oil spil was reported at 3:20 a.m. It occurred after a fuel barge owned by Harley Marine Services was overfilled during fueling operations at the Tesoro Port Angeles Terminal in Port Angeles Harbor. Ecology and Coast Guard…

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Why all insects are needed

October 4, 2012 – Hard evidence of evolution: a five-year study shows that plants may quickly lose important traits through evolution soon after insects are removed from the environment Why We Need Insects–Even “Pesky” Ones At first blush, many people would probably love to get rid of insects, such as pesky mosquitoes, ants and roaches. But a new study indicates that getting rid of insects could trigger some unwelcome ecological consequences, such as the rapid loss of desired traits in plants, including their good taste and high yields. Specifically, the…

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Validation workshop for the Guidelines for Inland Wetland Development in Sub Saharan

A validation workshop for the “Guidelines for Inland Wetland Development in Sub Saharan” was run over from 13-14 September 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop was attended by 23 participants drawn internationally from FAO, the Ramsar Convention, Ministries in charge of Agriculture and Environment, Wetlands Experts, and Wetlands International.

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