Tuesday , 25 November 2014

Author Archives: World-Wire

Urgent Action Needed to Save Sarawak’s Last Intact Forests


International body names Malaysian state “ground zero of deforestation“ KUCHING, MALAYSIA, November 24, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Last week, Adenan Satem, the new Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak in Borneo, stunned the world by summoning six of the world’s most powerful timber tycoons – the heads of Rimbunan Hijau, Samling, Shin Yang, WTK, KTS and Ta Ann – and ... Read More »

First Navy Trainer Completes Biofuel Flight at Patuxent River


  PATUXENT RIVER, MD, October 26, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Navy’s alternative energy program expanded Aug. 24 when a T-45 training aircraft completed a successful biofuel flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Md. The “Salty Dogs” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 flew the high-performance jet trainer on a biofuel mixture of petroleum-based JP-5 jet fuel and ... Read More »

Newmont Outlines Community Investment Programs for Conga Project in Peru


  DENVER, CO, November 5, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) today outlined a number of community investment programs – developed in conjunction with local communities – that have been implemented or are under development in the Conga project’s area of influence in Peru. The programs, which are in addition to the numerous social investments Yanacocha has made over the ... Read More »

Climate Policy Initiative Opens Rio Center Focused On Effective Green And Low-Carbon Development Policies In Brazil

  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, October 26, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/–Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), a global analysis and advisory organization that supports nations’ efforts towards green and low-carbon growth, today launched its center in Rio de Janeiro, affiliated with Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).  CPI Rio will examine low-carbon growth policies and programs in Brazil in areas such as ... Read More »

New book on Borneo governor’s eco-crimes to be launched in multi-city publicity blitz


New book on Borneo governor’s eco-crimes to be launched in multi-city publicity blitz Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia by Lukas Straumann to be released on 3 November 2014 – Author appearances scheduled for Yokohama, Ottawa, Vancouver, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Basel, Brussels and Geneva BASEL, SWITZERLAND / YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, October 21, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– On ... Read More »

Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan for Sarawak


40 organizations call on the President of the Asian Development Bank to withdraw a proposed loan to Sarawak Energy for a transmission line. MANILA, Philippines / SARAWAK, Malaysia, October 15, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Environmental and human rights groups from Malaysia and internationally are calling on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to shelve a proposal to loan up to US$45 million for ... Read More »

Decision to approve Site C dam will short-circuit BC’s future, says Wilderness Committee


VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, October 14, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Wilderness Committee reacted today to the news that the governments of both BC and Canada have granted environmental assessment approval to the Site C dam. “It’s a sad day today,” said Wilderness Committee National Campaign Director Joe Foy. “We will be paying for this terrible decision for a long time to ... Read More »

Toyota and Lexus Honor the Entertainment Industry’s Environmental Excellence at the 21st Annual Environmental Media Awards


TORRANCE, CA, October 13, 2011 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Toyota and Lexus are once again celebrating the entertainment industry’s environmental efforts as the presenting sponsors of the Environmental Media Awards on Saturday, Oct. 15.  In its 21st year, the annual event honors film and television productions that communicate environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways. This year’s honorees are actor and ... Read More »

Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Responds to the President’s Pacific Monument Expansion Decision

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HONOLULU, Hawaii, October 1, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council (WPRFMC) acknowledges that the President’s amended Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM) expansion plan reduces the economic toll the original plan would have taken on sustainable US Pacific Island fisheries. The announcement of the final plan comes after months of the WPRFMC expressing serious concern for ... Read More »

Galapagos Conservancy Announces Iconic Galapagos Giant Tortoise Lonesome George Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History

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WASHINGTON, DC, September 25, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Galapagos Conservancy announces that a panel presentation was hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City on September 18, 2014 to launch an exhibit honoring Lonesome George, the last known tortoise of his species from Pinta Island, Galapagos. Lonesome George became an international symbol of ever-increasing extinctions when he died ... Read More »

‘Don’t become complicit in human rights violations,’ power industry warned

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International power companies meeting in Kuala Lumpur this week have met with protests: indigenous peoples are asking them not to become involved in Malaysian dam building. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, September 10, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Indigenous peoples from all over Malaysia travelled to their capital city today to ask the international power industry, which is currently meeting in Kuala Lumpur, not to ... Read More »

Energy industry warned against investing in Sarawak

As international power companies meet in Kuala Lumpur for ASEAN Power Week, the Bruno Manser Fund has released a fact sheet for investors on the risks of doing business in Sarawak. BASEL, Switzerland / KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, September 8, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– International power companies have received a letter from the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) informing them of the financial, legal ... Read More »

US Composting Council Announces the 2015 International Compost Awareness Week Poster Contest – Call for Entries for Poster Design


BETHESDA, Maryland, September 7, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The US Composting Council (USCC) is seeking entries for the annual International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) poster contest, incorporating this year’s theme, Be Loyal to Your Soil — Compost! The contest runs September 1 through October 31, 2014 and is open to anyone who wishes to share their artistic interpretation of compost and its ... Read More »

New book to expose Malaysian ruler’s environmental crimes

Swiss author Lukas Straumann takes on Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud and his kleptocratic family – Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia to be published in November 2014 by Bergli Books – Pre-orders are now open at www.money-logging.org BASEL, Switzerland, September 3, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– An explosive new book by Swiss historian and campaigner Lukas Straumann is ... Read More »