Borneo natives take anti-dams campaign to Europe

NGO delegation from Sarawak visits Switzerland and Norway to meet government officials and European energy corporations’ headquarters – ABB and Norconsult to be held accountable for their Malaysia business

ZURICH, Switzerland / OSLO, Norway, May 14, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Malaysian natives have just arrived in Europe to confront European companies and the public with the human rights abuses and environmental destruction taking place in Sarawak, Malaysia.… More…

Parents: What Will Your Teen Do This Summer – Text From the Couch or Travel Abroad?

Walking_Tree_Travel_logoDENVER, Colorado, May 12, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– U.S. high school students who are nearing the end of school in May can still create an unforgettable experience this summer by traveling overseas, rather than spend the time texting their friends from the living room couch.… More…

Panel Report Says There’s No Proven Need for the Site C Dam

Governments must abandon plans to build Site C, says Wilderness Committee

WILDERNESSCOMMITTEE_LOGOVANCOUVER, BC, Canada, May 8, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Today’s release of the joint federal-provincial environmental assessment report on the Site C dam states that there is no demonstrated need for the project, and that the project poses a “significant adverse effect” on traditional uses of the land by First Nations, some of which “cannot be mitigated.”

In its 471-page report, the Joint Review Panel made 50 recommendations and many conclusions about the risks and impacts associated with the $8-billion megaproject.… More…

Manulife shareholders witness Taib family protest

Sarawak campaigners rally in Toronto, speak at shareholder assembly to protest against the Canadian finance giant’s deals with Politically Exposed Foreign Persons (PEFPs) from Malaysia
 
TORONTO, Canada, May 1, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– The top management and close to 200 shareholders of Manulife Financial, the Canadian insurance and finance services provider, have today witnessed a protest against the company’s deals with the family of Malaysian politician-cum-businessman, Taib Mahmud.… More…

Teen Summer Travel Abroad Programs Create Global Citizens

Walking_Tree_Travel_logoDENVER, Colorado, April 30, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– In honor of April, National Volunteer Month, Walking Tree Travel, a Denver, Colorado–based company whose mission is to inspire young people to become global citizens, will be taking teens abroad this summer on community service programs in Latin America, South Africa, Europe and Asia.… More…

EXCLUSIVE: Manulife Financial under fire over loans to Malaysian potentate’s family

Canadian insurance giant arranged CAN$ 146 million in mortgages for a real estate group with links to Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Extremely high annual interest rates alarm observers over money-laundering compliance.
 
TORONTO, Canada, April 30, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Donald A.… More…

Kinship Conservation Fellows Announces 18 Conservation Leaders Chosen for 2014 Cohort

Conservation leaders based in 10 countries will gather in Bellingham, Washington, USA for a month-long fellowship exploring market-based approaches to environmental issues.

kinshiplogoCHICAGO, Illinois, April 29, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Kinship Conservation Fellows today announced the selection of their twelfth cohort of Fellows.… More…

Scientists present alternative to Sarawak’s mega-dams

A new study from the University of California, Berkeley shows how Sarawak’s future lies with small-scale, local energy solutions rather than with risky and expensive large-scale hydropower. The scientists are presenting their findings tomorrow at the ASEAN Renewable Energy Week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.More…

Asheville Green Drinks Celebrates its 500th Event, a remarkable achievement in community collaboration

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina, April 22, 2014 –/WORLD-WIRE/– Western North Carolina is home the world’s hardest working sustainability networking and education event and on the 23th of April, 2014 it will celebrate the 500th iteration of Asheville Green Drinks – quite a feat for a small town nestled in bosom of the Appalachian Mountains.… More…

Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical

Just in time for this week’s ASEAN Renewable Energy Week, new scientific results have questioned the economic viability of large dams. Calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund show that the Malaysian Bakun Dam scores even worse than the average large dam.More…