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Get heavy fuel oil out of the Arctic, say environmental, Indigenous reps
Nunatsiaq News
October 25th, 2016
"The International Maritime Organization must begin the immediate phase-out of heavy fuel oils from Arctic waters"
Arctic has to be heard:' Inuit to make first address to world shipping group
by Bob WeberCity News
October 23rd, 2016
A delegation of Arctic aboriginals that includes Canadian Inuit will use its first appearance before the group that regulates global shipping to argue that it shouldn’t be its last.
Why we need to get the world’s dirtiest fuel out of Arctic waters
by Dr. Sian PriorArctic Now
October 20th, 2016
The Arctic's maritime history is littered with tales of ships crushed or trapped by ice, or of vessels disappeared without trace.
Why the Arctic Is Central to the Earth’s Climate System
by Hannah HoagArctic Deeply
October 20th, 2016
The Arctic’s snow, ice and permafrost help moderate the global climate. Rafe Pomerance explains how focusing on the Arctic and deep investments in R&D could help set the planet on the right course.
Battle lines drawn for fiery MEPC (International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee) 70th gathering
by Sam ChambersSplash 24/7
October 20th, 2016
The battle lines have been drawn for what is expected to be a fierce fight at next week’s 70th meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC).
Arctic Indigenous leaders to push for permanent voice in world maritime body
by Levon SevuntsRadio Canada International
October 20th, 2016
A coalition of environmental groups is calling for a permanent voice for Arctic Indigenous communities at the world body that regulates the global maritime industry.
NGOs Again Urge IMO to Ban HFO Use in Arctic Waters
Ship & Bunker
October 19th, 2016
With the 70th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 70) set to take place next week, green groups are once again calling for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to ban the use of HFO in Arctic water.
Obama and Nordic leaders pledge Arctic cooperation
by Yereth RosenAlaska Dispatch News
May 13th, 2016
President Obama and the leaders of the five Nordic nations declared on Friday that they have common interests in protecting the rapidly changing Arctic.
The US-led Arctic Council is still trying to get Americans to care about the Arctic
by Yereth RosenArctic Newswire
May 8th, 2016
When the United States took over chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council a year ago, officials articulated some lofty goals under a theme of “One Arctic.”
Ban use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic by ships: environmental groups
by Levon Sevunts, Radio Canada InternationalEye on the Arctic
April 20th, 2016
A coalition of international environmental groups is calling on the International Maritime Organization to prohibit the use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters.
Environmental Group calls for Arctic HFO Ban
April 18th, 2016
Pacific Environment is calling on the International Maritime Organization to prohibit the use of heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters at its MEPC meeting which takes place this week.
A code to grow on
by Kevin McGwinThe Arctic Journal
April 18th, 2016
Advocates of the Polar Code say it is a good start. Critics would rather see a more complete set of maritime rules for the Arctic.
Obama, Trudeau further some Arctic goals but miss others
by Bob WeberThe Canadian Press
March 10th, 2016
Obama, Trudeau further some Arctic goals but miss others.Experts say this was a missed chance to ban heavy fuel oil in Arctic waters.
Will they or won’t they ban bunker fuel use in Arctic
by Marc MontgomeryRadio Canada International
February 3rd, 2016
The Arctic Council has been meeting this week in Stockholm, and one of the issues under discussion is the use of “heavy fuel oil” (HFO) by ships plying Arctic waters. As the U.S is the current chair of the Arctic Council, representatives from 15 international environmental groups has sent a letter to addressed to David Balton of the U.S State Department.
Environmental groups want Arctic Council support for ban on heavy fuel oil
by Bob WeberThe Canadian Press
January 31st, 2016
Environmental groups want the eight countries that ring the North Pole to take a stand on banning the use of heavy fuel oil, considered one of the greatest threats to the Arctic ecosystem.
Arctic oil: A signal for us to move on to alternatives
by Kevin HarunThe Seattle Times
October 5th, 2015
After spending $7 billion drilling offshore of Alaska’s Arctic coast, Shell hit a dry hole and announced they were pulling out of arctic exploration for the foreseeable future.
My Turn: Sailing Arctic Seas in the Oval Office
by Kevin HarunJuneau Empire
August 24th, 2015
With a friendly “Hi, everybody,” President Barack Obama kicks off his video invitation to his upcoming, late August trip to Alaska.
Arctic Ocean and Wildlife Warrant Special International Protection
by Alex Levinson and Kevin HarunAlaska Dispatch News
May 29th, 2015
Imagine traveling seas beset by hurricane force winds, extreme waves, poorly charted waters, and long seasons of darkness. Where calls for help may not be readily answered.
Polar Code approval is timely for busy Bering Strait
by Yereth RosenAlaska Dispatch News
May 25th, 2015
The Bering Strait, the narrow chokepoint between the Pacific and Arctic Oceans, has been a watery crossroads for millennia. Skin boats paddled by indigenous residents were followed by commercial whaling ships, which were followed in the 20th century by vessels supporting the newcomers who mined for gold and drilled for oil.
Full Polar Code in place, but gaps remain
by Kevin McGwinThe Arctic Journal
May 15th, 2015
Environmental requirements for sailing in polar waters approved by a UN body today are being welcomed by conservation groups as a good initial step to limiting the impact of increased traffic in the Arctic and Antarctic, even as a key environmental demand was left out.
United Nations OKs new shipping code to protect Arctic waters
by Carey RestinoThe Bristol Bay Times
May 15th, 2015
The United Nations this week approved the Polar Code, a set of rules agreed upon after years of negotiation that will govern ships traveling through the world's Arctic waters.
IMO completes Polar Code, regulating Arctic and Antarctic shipping
by Yereth RosenAlaska Dispatch News
May 15th, 2015
Starting in 2017, it will be illegal for shippers to dump oil, oily waste or noxious materials into Arctic or Antarctic waters.
U.N. Agency Adopts Polar Code to Prevent Sea Pollution
by Costas ParisThe Wall Street Journal
May 15th, 2015
LONDON—The United Nations agency tasked with regulating the world’s oceans adopted new rules on Friday aimed at preventing sea pollution from ships sailing through the ice-chocked waters of the Arctic and around Antarctica.
Polar Code still leaves significant gaps, experts say
by Bob WeberThe Canadian Press
May 13th, 2015
The fragile and increasingly ice-free waters of the Arctic are expected to benefit from tougher environmental rules likely to be passed this week when an international body holds a final vote on northern shipping regulations.
Congress is trying to squash one of the few examples of American leadership on climate
by David RobertsGrist
November 20th, 2014
Since sweeping the midterms, Republicans in Congress have giddily discussed their plans to crush Obama’s climate change agenda. Most of the focus has been on EPA, particularly its carbon rules for power plants.
Ban Ships from Using Heavy Fuel Oil in Polar Waters, Environmental Group Urges
by James BrewerAll About Shipping
October 30th, 2014
A marine transport emergency in the northerly Atlantic has highlighted the difficulty of responding to potential shipping casualties in Arctic waters, the campaign group Pacific Environment has warned.
U.S. Coast Guard Searching for Canadian Barge Adrift off Alaska
by Bob WeberThe Canadian Press
October 24th, 2014
A U.S. Coast Guard plane is searching for a Canadian barge that has been drifting in heavy seas for days off the coast of Alaska
Ex-Im Bank Inspector General Investigating Financing of 4,000 MW Coal Project in India
by Ari NatterBloomberg BNA
October 21st, 2014
The Inspector General of the U.S. Export Import Bank is investigating the bank's financing of a 4,000 megawatt coal-fired power plant that environmentalists say is associated with “catastrophic” human rights, labor and environmental violations.
Environmental Rules for High Arctic Seas Considered in Vote
by The Canadian Press and Bob Weber, The Canadian PressNews 1130
October 15th, 2014
High Arctic waters could be a step closer to receiving their first environmental protections this week as representatives from more than 100 countries take a preliminary vote on rules for safe, clean shipping in the region.
Polar Code: Editor’s Briefing | The Slow Boat Comes In
by Kevin McGwinThe Arctic Journal
October 14th, 2014
The International Maritime Organization hopes it can pass the Polar Code next month. Environmental groups are upset it does not give heavy fuel the cold shoulder
Anniversary of a Milestone Northwest Passage Voyage Highlights Call for Arctic HFO Ban
by Kevin HarunShip & Bunker
September 24th, 2014
This month marks an interesting anniversary for the Arctic Ocean, especially in light of ongoing international rulemaking to regulate accelerating Arctic shipping.
Manhattan Anniversary Spotlights Arctic Tanker Safety
by WENDY LAURSEN The Maritime Executive
September 17th, 2014
Forty-five years ago, just two months after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, another historic exploration milestone took place in Alaska. The icebreaking tanker SS Manhattan arrived at Barter Island on September, 18, 1969.
Zhao Zhong: Lessons from the Bottom Up
by John Haffner, Zhao ZhongPolicy Innovations
September 2nd, 2014
As a young boy growing up in Hefei in Anhui province in Southeast China, Zhao Zhong led an unassuming and bookish life indoors. From time to time, however, his grandmother took him away from his books and into the countryside, where he ran barefoot in the fields, and experienced the exhilarating open spaces of nature.
Advocating for Strong International Rules in the Arctic
by KTUUhttp://www.ktuu.com/news/news/coast-guard-polar-code/27799626
August 28th, 2014
As shipping becomes a bigger industry in the Arctic, Pacific Environment advocates for new international rules to keep the waters safe and environmentally sound.
Arctic: US Urged to Lead HFO Ban
by Ship & Bunker News TeamShip & Bunker
August 18th, 2014
US authorities should push for a ban on the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) in the Arctic, Kevin Harun, Arctic program director for the environmental group Pacific Environment, writes in an op-ed for industry news site Maritime Executive.
Polar Code: U.S. Should Lead HFO Ban
by Kevin HarunThe Maritime Executive
August 16th, 2014
Former U.S. Coast Guard commandant Admiral Robert Papp is visiting Alaska for the first time in his new capacity as the U.S. special representative for the Arctic. Admiral Papp was appointed last month by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
China’s Thirsty Coal Industry Guzzles Precious Water
by Hal BerntonThe Seattle Times
May 20th, 2014
Plants turning coal into gas, chemicals and electricity are sucking up vast amounts of water in a nation already struggling with serious shortages. That threatens many communities and could crimp the industry’s plans for expansion.
City Says Water Meets Safety Standards, But Residents Remain Cautious
by Austin RamzyThe New York Times
April 14th, 2014
Officials in the northwestern Chinese city of Lanzhou have declared that a faulty pipeline was repaired and that the water supply now meets safety standards, days after tests showed levels of a cancer-causing chemical more than 20 times national safety limits. The declaration on Sunday that the problem had been resolved has done little to ease residents’ fears, said Zhao Zhong, China program coordinator for Pacific Environment, a United States-based NGO.
Update: U.S. Government Suspends Consideration of Funding for Yamal LNG
by Doug NorlenThe Huffington Post
March 27th, 2014
On March 25, 2014, my Huffington Post blog, Will the U.S. Fund Russian Gas Exports? reported on the U.S. Government's consideration of funding for the enormous and environmentally harmful Yamal liquid natural gas (Yamal LNG) export project in the Russian Arctic. A day later, Daniel Reilly, a public relations official at the U.S. Government's Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) asked me to update the blog as the U.S. suspends consideration of funding for Yamal LNG.
Will the U.S. Fund Russian Gas Exports?
by Doug Norlen The Huffington Post
March 25th, 2014
President Obama and the European Union have now leveled sanctions against Russian and Crimean political figures and a bank, but not yet against other companies. As Rachel Maddow points out, with these sanctions, the United States and European Union fired the first economic shots in a larger escalation of sanctions that could be leveled at companies like Exxon and Rosneft -- which coincidentally have a massive joint venture underway that includes terribly harmful fossil fuel projects in Russia's environmentally sensitive Arctic region.
Energy Access and the True Cost of Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa
by Doug Norlen and Daniel M. Kammen Ph.D.The Huffington Post
February 20th, 2014
Last year President Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than two-thirds of the population is without electricity. In a parallel move, the House Foreign Affairs Committee leadership introduced the Electrify Africa Act to encourage access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Since then, there has been quite a bit of debate about how federal agencies can best provide support for sustainable energy access for the region.
Is Nuclear Power the Answer?
by Zhao ZhongThe New York Times
A group of prominent climate scientists wrote a public letter calling on environmental groups to embrace the need for a new generation of nuclear power plants as a way of addressing the problems of climate change. And a risk expert recently argued that fears of nuclear disasters far exceed the real hazards. Does it make sense to expand nuclear power for environmental reasons, or are there better alternatives?
Challenges mount against federal funding for foreign LNG projects
by Jenny MandelEnvironment & Energy Publishing
October 8th, 2013
Environmentalists challenging U.S. government funding of a natural gas plant proposed for Australian waters near the Great Barrier Reef have expanded their legal case to encompass a second facility.
Great Barrier Reef fears: environment groups step up fight against gas projects
by Oliver MilmanThe Guardian
October 8th, 2013
Lawsuit aims to stop US government funding Curtis Island developments which could 'destroy this wonderful place'
Coal at Risk as Global Lenders Drop Financing on Climate
by Mark DrajemBloomberg Businessweek
August 6th, 2013
The world’s richest nations, moving to combat global warming, are cutting government support for new coal-burning power plants in developing countries, dealing a blow to the world’s dominant source of electricity.
Suit Objects to Loan That Helps Region's Coal Exports
by Robert McCabeThe Virginian-Pilot
August 1st, 2013
Environmental groups on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the U.S. government's backing of a loan that facilitates the export of some Appalachian coal through the ports of Hampton Roads and Baltimore.
Lawsuit seeks to stop federal loan guarantee for coal planned for export from Hampton Roads
by Tamara DietrichLos Angeles Times
August 1st, 2013
As a registered nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for more than 20 years, Lorraine Ortega has noticed more and more serious asthma patients who need treatment.
European Investment Bank Sets Restrictions On Coal Lending
July 31st, 2013
The EU's public financing arm, the European Investment Bank (EIB), has joined the World Bank in pledging to limit funding new coal-fired power plants.
US Bank Sued over Pollution from Coal Exports
Associated Press
July 31st, 2013
Environmental activists sued the federal government Wednesday over the exports of Appalachian coal to Europe and Asia, arguing it approved a $90 million loan guarantee to one company without considering the implications for air and water pollution along the transportation route.
Environmentalists Sue Export-Import Bank over Loan Guarantee to Domestic Coal Broker
by Max EhrenfreundThe Washington Post
July 31st, 2013
Above the harbor in Baltimore’s industrial Curtis Hill district is a one-acre urban farm. Jason Reed, a community organizer who works there, described the view. “I can look out over the harbor, and you can see the piles and piles of coal,” he said.
US Won't Fund a Massive Coal Plant in Vietnam
by Kate SheppardMother Jones
July 19th, 2013
On Thursday, the board of the US Export-Import Bank voted against backing a new coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. The 1,200 megawatt Thai Binh Two plant was the first test of one of the policy changes President Barack Obama laid out in his big climate speech last month.
Ex-Im Bank Halts Funding Review for Vietnam Coal Plant
by Mark DrajemBloomberg Businessweek
July 18th, 2013
The U.S. Export-Import Bank voted to stop consideration of financing for a coal power plant in Vietnam, the first such decision since President Barack Obama vowed to cut federal support for the projects.
Ex-Im Bank Won't Finance Vietnam Coal-Fired Power Plant
by Doug PalmerReuters
July 18th, 2013
The U.S. Export-Import Bank board of directors voted on Thursday not to proceed with the financing of U.S. exports to help build a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam, following a plea from U.S. environmental groups to stop the project.
The U.S. will stop financing coal plants abroad. That’s a huge shift.
by Brad PlumerThe Washington Post
June 27th, 2013
One of the more significant lines in President Obama’s climate-change speech this week got relatively scant notice. In a major policy shift, Obama said he would place sharp restrictions on U.S. government financing for new coal plants overseas.
Export Bank’s Aid to Coal Curbed Under Obama Overseas Pledge
by Mark DrajemBloomberg Businessweek
June 25th, 2013
President Barack Obama pledged to end U.S. government financing of overseas coal projects, a promise that could end millions of dollars in support for power plants in nations such as Vietnam and India.
California Settlement Protects Marine Life from Gulf Spill-type Dispersants
by Laurie WieglerExaminer.com
May 30th, 2013
It's too late for the corals and fish of the Gulf of Mexico, which are the country's largest experiment in how the highly toxic dispersant called Corexit affects them.
Activists and environmentalists are protecting the Land of the Leopard National Park from fires
Interfax Russia
April 16th, 2013
Environmentalists and volunteers developed a system to combat wild fires in protected forests in the southern Khasan district of Primorye, according to the environmental fund Phoenix.
Dead pigs in Chinese river spark concerns
by Roseanne GerinAsia Pacific Defense Forum
March 14th, 2013
About 14,000 bloated or decaying pig carcasses dumped into the Huangpu River, Shanghai’s main waterway, were removed and disposed of in the latest environmental and agricultural event to strike China.
China's countrymen struggling with a 'sick' Mother Earth
by Tom PhillipsThe Telegraph
February 23rd, 2013
As toxic smog enveloped Beijing this year, one theme dominated China’s front-pages, writes Tom Phillips: air pollution.
The Year of the (Green) Dragon: China's Burgeoning Environmental Movement
by Amy WesterveltGood
December 30th, 2012
The most important environmental story coming out of China this year is not the treatment of workers at the iPad plant, or whatever journalistic ethics were compromised in the reporting of it, but the meteoric rise of grassroots environmental groups in the country.
$3 Billion US Court Challenge Over LNG
by Graham LloydThe Australian
December 15th, 2012
A US court has been asked to block $3 billion in funding for one of Australia's major coal seam gas export projects because of the threat it poses to dugongs, turtles and the Great Barrier Reef.
Enviros Fight U.S. Investment in LNG Plant
December 14th, 2012
Environmental groups in Australia are fighting back against the U.S. Export-Import Bank's $3 billion in financing to build a liquefied gas facility in Queensland that would drill as many as 10,000 gas wells using hydraulic fracturing.
U.S. Investment in Australian Gas Plant Faces Lawsuit
by Karen GulloBloomberg News
December 14th, 2012
The U.S. Export-Import Bank’s $3 billion in financing for a liquefied natural gas facility in Australia faces a legal challenge from conservation groups alleging the project threatens the Great Barrier Reef and marine life.
Enviros Target Ex-Im Bank Over $3B LNG Loans
by Liz HoffmanLaw 360
December 13th, 2012
New York - Three environmental groups sued the U.S. Export-Import Bank on Thursday, claiming it failed to perform rigorous environmental assessments before approving $2.95 billion in financing for an Australian liquefied natural gas project backed by ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy Ltd.
Protecting Russia's Last Siberian Tigers
by David BraunNational Geographic
November 25th, 2012
Earlier this year Rolex announced the five winners of the 2012 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, who are being honored in New Delhi, India, on November 27. This profile looks at the work of 2012 Laureate Sergei Bereznuk, director of the Phoenix Fund, a small environmental NGO in Russia.
American Environmental Expert's One-Day Investigation Tour along Xiangjiang River
by Guo Yan Hunan Gov
October 25th, 2012
Beautiful sunny Monday, September 9, 2012, Kristen McDonald, head of Pacific Environment's China Program, along with Hunan's non-government environmental protection volunteers conducted a field investigation of Hunan's mother river -- the Xiangjiang River.
In Asia Interviews TIME’s Hero, Chinese Environmentalist Zhao Zhong
by Alma FreemanIn Asia - The Asia Foundation
October 24th, 2012
TIME Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and prominent Chinese grassroots leader, Zhao Zhong, recently spoke at The Asia Foundation’s headquarters in San Francisco on working with governments and corporations to increase accountability in order to protect China’s rivers.
Keeping Gansu Green
by Ruth MorrisDeutsche Welle
October 8th, 2012
Gansu province in western China is poor, polluted and parched. After 29-year-old Zhao Zhong survived a serious climbing accident, he decided to dedicate himself to preserving Gansu.
Ex-Im Bank touts 18K U.S. jobs in $5B loan for Saudi petrochemical complex
by Saqib RahimE&ENews
September 28th, 2012
Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Co. are $5 billion closer to building a world-scale petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia, thanks to the U.S. government.
U.S. Environmentalists Visited Protected Territories of Gorniy Altai
by Elena KozlovaRIA Novosti
Gorno-Altaisk, RUSSIA — Ecologists representing the U.S. National Park Service visited the Altai Nature Preserve and a series of parks in Gorniy Altai to learn about their Altain colleagues’ experiences working with local residents to create new jobs.
Groups Lash Out At U.S. Ex-Im Bank: Financing Coal In Great Barrier Reef Would ‘Make A Mockery’ Of The Bank
by Stephen LaceyThink Progress
August 3rd, 2012
Two separate environmental coalitions are criticizing the Obama Administration for its intent to support coal and natural gas export terminals near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
Lawsuit Launched Against Multi-Billion-Dollar U.S. Subsidy Of Fossil Fuel Projects In Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Common Dreams
August 2nd, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO--Three conservation groups initiated alegal challenge today to the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s nearly $3 billion in financing for two massive fossil-fuel facilities in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
NGOs seek Sakhalin compensation from Shell, UK banks
by Mark NichollsEnvironmental Finance
August 1st, 2012
Three environmental groups have called on UK banks Barclays, RBS and Standard Chartered to compensate Sakhalin residents for pollution caused by a large oil and gas project that they helped finance.
Green Dragon
by Mike IvesEarth Island Journal
June 4th, 2012
A suspicious and powerful government. Home to incredible biodiversity and the world’s biggest polluters. A citizenry struggling to define its notion of civil society. Despite these challenges, the environmental movement in China is gaining momentum.
Obama Boosts Coal Exports, Prompting Allies' Complaints
by Mark DrajemBusinessweek
May 31st, 2012
The U.S. government’s export lender backed $90 million in loans to boost overseas sale of coal, drawing criticism from environmental groups that say the Obama administration is ignoring coal’s risks to air and health.
San Francisco Bay Area Clean Energy Roadmap Would Slash Emissions, Push Zero Net Energy Buildings
by Justin GerdesForbes Magazine
March 14th, 2012
California is rightfully lauded for its world-leading energy policy. Yet I often hear from business and political leaders that the state could do much more. A new report published by Pacific Environment presents a vision for the San Francisco Bay Area in which available energy technologies and policy tools are fully implemented.
Shell Wants to Sail With a Record That is Totally Stale
by Subhankar BanerjeeClimate Story Tellers
March 5th, 2012
I’m an artist. I love art. I create art. I get upset when someone tries to denigrate the very meaning of art.
Polar Code talks stalled in IMO subcommittee meeting
by Diane HaeckerNome Nugget
March 1st, 2012
In a meeting room in London, far away from the polar regions, the German chairwoman of the International Maritime Organization’s sub committee on ship design and equipment shelved discussions of environmental rules as part of the Polar Code for a year, effectively pushing the completion of the code further into the future.
Hunt for Gas Hits Fragile Soil, and South Africans Fear Risks
by Ian UrbinaThe New York Times
December 30th, 2011
KAROO, South Africa — When a drought dried up their wells last year, hundreds of farmers and their families flocked to local fairgrounds here to pray for rain, and a call went out on the regional radio station imploring South Africans to donate bottled water.
Digital Media: Oil Companies Can't Stop a Spill in Arctic Sea Ice
September 14th, 2011
Politico Ad by United for America's Arctic Coalition
Pacific Environment Responds to New York Times story “Above the Law: Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent”
by David Gordon
September 12th, 2010
On Sunday, September 11th, the New York Times ran a front page story about recent accusations that the Russian environmental advocacy group and Pacific Environment partner Baikal Environmental Wave (BEW) was using pirated software.
Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent
by Clifford J. LevyThe New York Times
September 11th, 2010
IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here. They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away. Taken were files that chronicled a generation’s worth of efforts to protect the Siberian wilderness.
TIME Heroes of the Environment 2009, Zhao Zhong
by Austin RamzyTIME Magazine
September 22nd, 2009
Gansu province in northwestern China is a land of snowcapped peaks, crumbling hills and Silk Road oases. It's a harsh, beautiful place — and a fragile one.
TIME Heroes of the Environment 2008, Marina Rikhvanova
by Krista MahrTIME Magazine
September 24th, 2008
Four hundred miles (640 km) long and up to a mile (1.6 km) deep, Siberia's Lake Baikal is the world's largest body of fresh water. It contains over 1,500 unique animal and plant species and 20% of the planet's unfrozen freshwater reserves.
Condé Nast Traveler's 17th Annual Environmental Awards: Marina Rikhvanova
by Dorinda ElliotConde Nast Traveler
November 1st, 2006
Walking along the shore of Siberia's Lake Baikal, the oldest and deepest freshwater body in the world, I am musing over the lake's changing colors, from fluorescent turquoise to jade green to gray, when I suddenly realize that my guide, Marina Rikhvanova, is no longer with me.