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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
SustainableBusiness.com
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
E&ENews
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.
Letter to the Editor: Nome Nugget
by Shawna LarsonNome Nugget
March 15th, 2012
Thank you for publishing the article, “Polar Code talks stalled in IMO Subcommittee meeting” in last week’s edition. The suspended discussion on the environmental portion of the Polar Code has great implications for people living in coastal Alaska.
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.
Environmental, Native Groups Challenge Shell Arctic Air Permit
by Dan JolingAnchorage Daily News
February 23rd, 2012
Environmental and Alaska Native groups will try to keep Shell Oil out of Arctic waters this summer by appealing an air quality permit that was granted by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Clean Energy Gets a Boost in Golden State
by Lori AbbottPublic News Service
January 18th, 2012
SACRAMENTO, CA – Clean energy is getting a boost in the Golden State today, as Gov. Jerry Brown unveils a new agreement to boost clean-energy jobs.
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.