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[1THING] Blog: Archive for February, 2017

[ A recap of Scott Pruitt’s first week at the EPA – and the news isn’t good ]

Pruitt's words and actions as the new EPA administrator send a clear signal.

     
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[ The infrastructure opportunity nobody is talking about – yet ]

With so much urgent work to choose from, here's why coastal restoration should be at the top of the list.

     
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[ March is The Global Environment Facility Month ]

The Global Environment Facility

We frequently say going green will only work when it helps save the “green” – as in cash. The GEF is uniquely positioned in that space where financial investments are made to help the environment.

 

About The GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a catalyst for action on the environment. Through its strategic investments, the GEF works with partners to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues.

  • A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP of 18 agencies — including United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, national entities and international NGOs — working with 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues. The GEF has a large network of civil society organizations, works closely with the private sector around the world, and receives continuous inputs from an independent evaluation office and a world-class scientific panel.
  • A FINANCIAL MECHANISM for 5 major international environmental conventions: the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • AN INNOVATOR AND CATALYST that supports multi-stakeholder alliances to preserve threatened ecosystems on land and in the oceans, build greener cities, boost food security and promote clean energy for a more prosperous, climate-resilient world; leveraging $5.2 in additional financing for every $1 invested.

 

Achievements

Over the past 25 years, the GEF has supported a range of notable achievements:

  • Creation of more than 3,300 protected areas covering 860 million hectares, an area larger than Brazil.
  • Conservation-friendly management of more than 352 million hectares of productive landscapes and seascapes
  • 790 climate change mitigation projects contributing to 2.7 billion tons of GHG emission reductions.
  • Sustainable management of 34 transboundary river basins in 73 countries.
  • Improved cooperation and governance of one-third of the world’s large marine ecosystems.
  • Sound management and disposal of  200,000 tons of highly toxic Persistent Organic Pollutants.
  • Climate change adaptation to reduce the vulnerability of more than 15 million people in 130 countries.

 

The Future

  • Environmental threats are growing on a global scale. Although the GEF has had a huge impact in addressing these threats, it recognizes the need for a more comprehensive vision.
  • The 2020 Strategy positions the GEF as a champion of the global environment. It sets out a blueprint for tackling the root causes of environmental degradation through core projects and innovative pilots, while delivering cost-effective, high-impact results. To do all this, the GEF will mobilize local and global stakeholders — from national and local governments to the private sector to civil society, including indigenous peoples and research institutions.

 

Get more information at https://www.thegef.org

 

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[ Fact Sheet: New Mexico rejects state takeover of America’s public lands ]

Feb 25, 2017

These lands are Our Wild. Let’s keep them public.

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[ Wilderness Society honors Roxanne Quimby with Robert Marshall Award for conservation leadership ]

Michael Reinemer

The Robert Marshall Award is The Wilderness Society’s highest honor presented to a private citizen who has devoted long-term service and had a notable influence on conservation and the fostering of an American land ethic. 

The award to Ms. Quimby reads:

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[ Trump promises a renaissance for coal – but these clean energy numbers tell a different story ]

The president is not just ignoring market realities when touting coal, he’s also overlooking the biggest economic opportunity in decades.

     
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[ Trump expected to sign away public lands to coal leasing, unraveling Obama’s reforms ]

Just over a month into his presidency, President Trump is expected to roll back Obama-era reforms aimed at ending coal company sweetheart deals and decreasing pollution from dirty coal production associated with the federal coal program.

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[ We stand with those who suffer the unintended consequences of oil and gas booms ]

Anastasia Greene

The Wilderness Society joined the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and over 118 Tribal Nations to stand up for those who will bear the

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[ Oil industry’s allies in Congress set sights on Alaska’s Arctic Refuge ]

Emboldened by Donald Trump’s election, the Republican-controlled Congress has again set its sights on opening Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. The threat to the refuge’s fragile coastal plain is greater than it has been in more than a decade.

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[ These environmental and legal hurdles could take down Trump’s wall ]

The Department of Homeland Security has sweeping power to push through the border wall, but legal challenges could be strong.

     
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