A Celebration of  Major Environment-Saving Achievements of Each Individual Country

Countries in Alphabetical Order


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AFGHANISTAN FIGHTS TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT: Farkhunda Ateel has won the prestigious Equator Prize on behalf of her Rural Green Environment Organization, which works in the remote province of Badakhshan to restore ecosystems, create jobs to stop illegal logging, hunting and fishing as well as improve food security. Dec, 2016

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ENVIRONMENTAL TAX: The Albanian government in 2016 made every ship anchored in its ports pay an environmental tax to help prevent pollution in its waters. Nov, 2015

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• ALGERIA INTENDS TO DEVELOP SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES: In an effort to protect the country from overfishing, Algeria attends a workshop to learn more on how to develop sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. April, 2014

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ANDORRA, ALONG WITH OTHER PYRENEES COUNTRIES, HAS RECEIVED €3 MILLION FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO STUDY THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT: This small country will study temperature fluctuations caused by climate change and effects on the ecosystem of high mountain lakes and streams. May, 2016

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ANGOLA CRACKS DOWN ON CONSUMPTION OF BUSHMEAT: Angola has struggled to recover after a brutal civil war and people had little choice but to eat bushmeat, meat from wild animals such as elephant or giraffe. This environmental crisis has lead the government to step up its policing and conservation policies by confiscating ivory. June, 2016

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NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2014: This law enacted serious legal consequences for illegal hunting, fishing and polluting as well as establishing the Sustainable Island Resource Framework Fund that provides financial aid for research projects regarding sustainability and conservation of natural resources. April, 2015, 2014, 2014

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ARGENTINA’S DEFORESTATION INDUSTRY WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SUM TOTAL OF ZERO TREES LOSS: Argentina’s forests have long been in danger of being totally eliminated, but with new laws that will control and manage the deforestation industry, the rate of deforestation won’t outpace the natural growth of its forests. Sep, 2013

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• A RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN ARMENIA: Since, 2005, the Armenia Tree Project has educated thousands of schoolchildren on the importance of protecting the environment all over Armenia. The Project claims that planting trees is not enough, teaching respect, care, and understanding of nature is paramount.  Jan, 2016

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AUSTRALIAN ENTREPRENEUR CREATES PHONE APP TO PROMOTE MORE SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOR: Seb Berry has created a phone app that allows one to measure the small steps we individually take to live more sustainable lives. As consumers living in a world filled with many choices, this app allows one to record daily decisions and measure one’s progress over time. Feb, 2017, @HOME

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MAJORITY OF AUSTRIAN SUPERMARKETS HAVE STOPPED PROVIDING PLASTIC BAGS: Most of Austria’s shops and supermarkets have voluntarily stopped providing plastic bags to customers. One plastic bag takes one second to make, is used for about 20 minutes, and then takes 400 years to degrade naturally. Unfortunately environmentalists claim this is not enough, as this does not include plastic bags for fruits, vegetables and wrapping meat and fish. Jan, 2017

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• AZERBAIJAN BANS GMOs: No genetically modified organisms that are in tobacco, wine and food products can be imported or produced in this country. While debates on the danger of the genetically modified organisms are continuing around the world, this country has decided to protect its citizens from any potential hazards caused by GMOs. Dec, 2015

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BAHAMAS PROVIDES $1 MILLION FOR PROJECT TO MONITOR AIR QUALITY: The E-Nose System Project provides 24-hour air quality monitoring of the Freeport Industrial Park, where companies have been known not to comply with environmental standards. This WHO study aims to protect neighborhoods in close proximity to the Industrial Park as well as to deal appropriately with companies that fall short of meeting the required air quality standards, such emitting hazardous chemicals at the expense of the health and safety of people. April, 2017

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THIS PERSIAN GULF ISLAND COUNTRY LAUNCHES ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY: In an effort to restore depleted seagrass, Bahrain’s study is focused on the enhancement and replantation of seagrass in an effort to increase the biodiversity and stability in its country’s marine environment. Sep, 2016

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BANGLADESH FIRST COUNTRY TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS: In 2002, with plastic bags littering its cities, blocking sewage lines and drainage, the Ministry of Environment and Forest, MOEF, banned plastic bags, with punishments for production, import and marketing, as well as selling and distribution. 2017

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BARBADOS CONTINUES ITS FOCUS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Barbados government says it will continue with its climate change agenda including pushing the concept of renewable energy despite the new position taken by the United States. April, 2017

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BELARUS BECOMES GREENER WITH HELP FROM EU: Belarus has received numerous grants from the European Union to modernize its water-purification systems (€65m) and finance a new wind turbine farm and twenty smaller local green projects throughout Belarus (€12m). Dec, 2013

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BELGIAN SCIENTISTS TURN AIR POLLUTION INTO FUEL: In an effort to save the environment, Belgian scientists from the University of Antwerp and University of Leuven are developing a device that converts air pollution into hydrogen fuel. It relies on a process called ‘heterogeneous photocatalysis,’ which uses light and a special catalyst (typically a semiconductor) to trigger a chemical reaction. May, 2017
BELGIUM CONDEMNS POACHING FOR IVORY: Belgium joined other nations by crushing its ivory stockpile to send a message to the world that it no longer will tolerate the killing of elephants for ivory. Other benefits were that this event brought officials together to discuss other measures that need to be taken. April, 2014

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104 ACRES TO BE AN ECO-RESORT TO BE BUILT WITH FUNDS FROM LEONARDO DICAPRIO: The oscar-winning actor will build an eco-resort that will serve as a nursery for coral, indigenous plants and animals that will be monitored by scientists. April, 2015

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• BENIN’S FORESTS TO SERVE AS SUSTAINABLE FOOD SUPPLY: Benin has a cultural practice of protecting its sacred forests, while nutritional experts say that these forests can also provide a balanced diet such as the Baobab fruit, without disturbing the ecosystem. This is the first African country to enforce the conservation of its forests. July, 2015

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BHUTAN IS ONE OF THE MOST ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD: Bhutan is actually carbon-negative. Their total pollution is 2.2m tons of carbon dioxide, which is completely absorbed by their forests that can absorb over three times that amount. They are planning to utilize their numerous fast moving rivers for hydropower, capable of creating enough renewable energy for a city the size of New York. Please watch this inspirational TED Talk of the Bhutan Prime Minister. Feb, 2016
BHUTAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEGUN SUSTAINABILITY-BASED EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN SCHOOLS: The Green Schools for Green Bhutan program aims to integrate with its existing Gross National Happiness model, which is based on four pillars: equitable social development, cultural preservation, conservation of the environment, and promotion of good governance. Jan. 2013

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CHEFS COME TO BOLIVIA TO COOK WITH SUSTAINABLE INGREDIENTS FROM RAINFOREST: In Bolivia’s Madidi National Park, officials met with chefs that served plates with ingredients from the rainforest, such as camu camu (a fruit with 30 times the vitamin C of an orange) and majo (a fruit that can serve as an alternative to milk). The hope is to show locals the commercial potential of the rainforest while emphasizing sustainability. Aug, 2016

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FREE ENVIRONMENTAL LEGAL ADVICE: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Arhaus Center provides free legal advice for citizens focused on communicating their environmental concerns with the government. Jan, 2016

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BOTSWANA HAS SEVERE PENALTIES FOR POACHING ON PROTECTED LAND: Various laws in Botswana such as the Wildlife Conservation and National Parks Act of 1992 restricts any hunting on protected land and strictly controls trades of trophies, meats and eggs. This law protects animals and the lands that contain the majority of endangered animals in the country. Library of Congress

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LARGE PORTION OF AMAZON NOW PROTECTED: A 150 million acre portion of the Amazon, the size of the state of California, is now a combination of sustainable-use and strict protected areas. ARPA (Amazon Region Protected Areas) is considered one of the biggest conservation projects in the world and the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, was instrumental in facilitating this accomplishment. May, 2014

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• COMMITTED TO GREEN ECONOMY: Brunei’s government is launching a green building initiative, an environmental impact assessment and research to collect statistical data for the public to help them make informed decisions, all to create a greener economy with energy saving measures. Aug, 2015

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• WORLD BANK HELPS BULGARIA PROTECT ITS NATURE: World Bank will help Bulgaria protect and better manage its natural assets, such as agriculture, forestry, transport,  infrastructure, and water, with their findings assisting in creating the Bulgaria Climate Change National Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan. Sep, 2016

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• THIS WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY HAS RECEIVED MONETARY SUPPORT TO MONITOR FOREST SUSTAINABILITY: The Forest Investment Program has given $101,000 to Burkina Faso to not only monitor its forests, but to help conserve them from gold mining that has been destroying the country’s forests. April, 2015, Oct, 2013, Sep, 2011

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BURUNDI HELPING ITS MOST VULNERABLE: 31,000 households of farmers threatened by draught and plant disease caused by climate change are being helped by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, which has started distributing agricultural inputs. These inputs include bean and vegetable seeds, chemical fertilizers, sweet potato cuttings and, in some cases, hoes for the 2017 second growing season.. Feb, 2017

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CABO VERDE RECEIVES $4.6 MILLION FROM THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT FACILITY TO PROTECT AND CONSERVE BIODIVERSITY IN THE ISLANDS: This money will go to four out of the nine inhabited islands: Sal, Boavista, Santiago and Maio to help conserve the beautiful but endangered marine and land areas that contain a diverse fauna and flora. Aug, 2016

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LARGE SCALE ILLEGAL LOGGING STOPPED IN CAMBODIA: The Cambodian prime minister banned all timber exports to Vietnam and ordered the closing of border crossings to prevent timber smuggling. Aug, 2016

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UNIVERSITY TRAINS LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY: In this coastal town, Catholic University Institute of Buea, CUIB, is now focused on training its students to be leaders of sustainability in Cameroon. Most climate change issues here, such as the variability of rainfall, are the result of human activities of other nations. However, Cameroon is still focused on adjusting its practices, such as protecting its forests, to lessen the effects on its own country. Jan, 2014

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CANADA AND USA TO PROTECT NEARLY ALL OF AMERICA’S ARTIC OCEAN: Working with the United States, Canada Prime Minister Trudeau has committed to a five-year moratorium of the Artic Ocean (North of Canada) from the risk of drilling.  This will be reviewed/renewed every five years based on scientific assessment. Dec, 2016
RAINFOREST SAVED: Canada has banned logging across 85% of the rainforest in western Canada, supported by loggers, environmentalists, and local aboriginal tribes. Feb, 2016, @HOME

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC RECEIVES $1 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP PROTECT ITS FORESTS: In an effort to sustain the country’s forests, the UN and the World Bank has given funds to help reduce deforestation and uncontrolled logging, despite the fragile war-torn circumstances. Oct, 2016

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CHAD’S RIVER CLEANED: The Lake Chad Basin Commission is committed to preserving the resources of the Hadejia River, while protecting the environment and improving the well-being of people around Lake Chad. It recently completed the 42-kilometer dredging of the river, to improve flow of water and control flooding. As well, the Commission  is focused  on tree planting and the establishment of fish ponds. April, 2017

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• CHILE PLANS TO BE 60% CLEAN ENERGY BY 2035: With its dry air, the Atacama Desert is one of the most efficient places in the world to collect solar energy. The 500k solar panel Finis Terrae solar plant can generate 160-megawatts, enough for 200k homes. To create clean energy during the night hours, the country is building a $1.4B 700-foot tall solar thermal plant, surrounded by 10,000 giant rotating mirrors, which focus the sun’s rays on 1,000-degree molten salt in the tower by day and in turn drive steam turbines to make electricity by night. It’s essentially a giant, rechargeable battery. March, 2017
• BIGGEST PRIVATE LAND DONATION IN HISTORY MADE BY FORMER PATAGONIA CEO TO CHILEAN GOVERNMENT INCREASES NATIONAL PARKS BY 10 MILLION ACRES: Philanthropist Kristine Tompkins donated one million acres, matched by nine million acres by the government, to enlarge two national parks, Hornopirén and Corcovado. March, 2017

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CHINA HELPS AIR QUALITY BY CANCELING 104 NEW COAL PLANTS: These canceled projects amount to a whopping 120 gigawatts of capacity (equivalent to 1/3 of entire US coal fleet). To combat loss of jobs, the government plans to set aside $15.3 billion for areas ravaged by unemployment. Jan, 2017
• SHARK FINS BANNED BY AIR CHINA: Air China airlines has banned shark fin cargo, which is a large step toward stopping China’s appetite for this endangered species. Over 73 million sharks are killed each year, most are for this Chinese soup. Air China joins 35 other airlines and 17 global container shipping lines, including Chinese state-owned shipping giant China Cosco Shipping, in this ban. Jan, 2017
IVORY TRADE TO END IN 2017: China has joined the other largest importer of ivory, USA, to end all ivory commerce. This will save the lives of 20,000 African elephants each year going forward. Dec, 2016

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COLOMBIA PROPOSES TO PROTECT THE LARGEST AREA IN THE WORLD: Colombia is planning to protect a 333.6 million acre corridor, to be called the “Triple A,” because it will go from the Andes to the Amazon to the Atlantic. Brazil and Venezuela will also need to agree to this proposal. March, 2015

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CLIMATE CHANGE HEAVILY AFFECTS COMOROS: This African island nation hopes to get funding from the UN after the Paris Climate talks to obtain weather station units to help warn its people of severe weather changes that stem from climate change. Dec, 2015

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• CONGO HAS WORLD’S LARGEST CARBON-ABSORBING TROPICAL PEATLAND: Healthy peatlands remove carbon from the air. This 50,000 square kilometer swamp forest and peatland stores about 20 years of the fossil fuel emissions of the USA (a third of the world’s emissions) and it is thus imperative that it remain untouched. In order to protect it, the Congolese government is trying to make it a part of the protected Lac Télé community reserve. Jan, 2017

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COOK ISLANDS PARTNER WITH FRENCH POLYNESIA TO CREATE ADJACENT SHARK SANCTUARIES THAT SPAN OVER 2.5 MILLION SQUARE MILES: The Cook Islands has designated its own shark sanctuary that is roughly the size of Mexico, 756,000 miles. Dec, 2012

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 COSTA RICA USES ONLY RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR 75 DAYS in 2015 – A WORLD RECORD: Thanks to a heavy rainfall this year, its hydropower plants alone were able to generate enough electricity for the entire country. This country also has geothermal, solar, and wind energy resources available for its country’s use. March, 2015, @HOME

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• COTE D’IVOIRE SEEKS TO CONSERVE ITS ENVIRONMENT BY STOPPING ILLEGAL COCOA GROWERS: 99% of the Mont Peko National Park has been destroyed by illegal cocoa farmers, with cocoa from this country producing nearly 40% of the world supply. But, the government has come up with solutions to rehabilitate this park, by collaborating with the farmers and implementing new production techniques like grafting and agroforestry. Oct, 2015

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 SOAP RECYCLING PLANT EMPLOYS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: A plant which recycles partially used hotel soap in Solin, Croatia, employs people with disabilities and eliminates this waste produced by hotels. This project is a win-win for sustainability and reducing unemployment in innovative ways. March, 2016

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 USA’S WARMING RELATIONS TOWARDS CUBA SPURS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS: United States and Cuba are now working together to create laws and begin scientific studies in order to protect surrounding coral reefs and enforce sustainable agricultural practices, all in anticipation of a major influx of tourists to the island. March, 2016

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 CYPRUS WORKS WITH ISRAEL AND GREECE TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT: In an agreement, the three governments took on plans to combat pollution of the Mediterranean and manage water resources together. Dec, 2016

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 CZECH REPUBLIC FOCUSED ON AIR QUALITY: The Environment Ministry is focused on bettering its air quality through designating ‘low emission zones’ for cars by reducing traffic and replacing household boilers. Nov, 2014

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PARK RANGERS PROTECT GORILLAS AT ALL COSTS: Kahuzi-Biega Park is home to the critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas. With the help of the WWF, Park rangers are focused on preserving these mountainous forests and promoting tourism, realizing these magnificent animals could actually be the key to peace and economic development. Nov, 2016

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WATER TREATMENT PLANTS CREATE ENERGY: Presently, a typical European municipality uses 30-40% of its total electricity consumption on water treatment. The new Aarhus wastewater plant actually produces 90% more energy than it uses, creating an energy surplus. This technology can be used anywhere. May, 2016
HEATING – NO MORE FOSSIL FUEL BOILERS IN BUILDINGS: As of 2013, Denmark has banned the installation of new fossil fuel boilers in new buildings, and aims to replace coal with  boimass as a renewable energy source.  The country hopes to eliminate all fossil fuel use in electricity and heat by 2035. March, 2015
RENEWABLE ENERGY: As one of the world’s leaders in sustainability, Denmark’s wind farms were able for one day to generate 140% of its electricity needs, allowing it to export power to its neighboring countries. This indicates that renewable energy is clearly feasible. July, 2015

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DJIBOUTI PARTNERS WITH YALE UNIV TO STUDY CHANGE: For the first time, Djibouti has partnered with the Yale Climate & Energy Institute to study the effects of climate change in East Africa. Mar, 2015

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DOMINICAN GOVERNMENT BECOMES STRICTER REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL OFFENDERS: To offset the continuing problem of littering, the government is planning to impose new laws that will ban styrofoam and plastic bags and prosecute those who don’t throw away trash in the proper bins. Dec, 2015

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RADIOACTIVE WASTE SAFEGUARDED: The government has prioritized safe and secure treatment of all radioactive waste by creating a storage facility outside its capitol. Radioactive material is used for medical treatments, mining, agriculture and construction. The government’s first option is to give radioactive sources back to those who provided them. But some sources cannot be repatriated. The country has historical sources and donated sources, for example, that can not be returned to their original owners. 2017

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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS PROTECTED: Ecuador protects 95% of these islands from any human contact, including an enormous amount of birds, iguanas, sea lions, coral reefs, and a thriving marine life. The WWF plays a large part in helping to protect this unique habitat. June, 2010, @HOME

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EGYPT CUTS USE OF FOSSIL FUEL: By 2030, Egypt plans to cut fossil fuel use from 95% to 50% and increase its use of renewable energy to 30%. Cement plants, a major consumer of coal, will also need to abide by a strict environmental assessment plan, which urges them not to exceed certain CO2 emissions by using Carbon Credit Cards, or to do planting projects or renewable energy expansion as compensation. April, 2016

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GOVERNMENT BANS ALL MINING: After winning a World Bank arbitrated dispute with a Canadian gold mining company over a controversial contract, the government has taken the historic step to ban all mining. Despite the economic advantages of mining, this country has determined that more is at stake. “The environment belongs to all of us,” claimed lawmaker Johnny Wright Sol. April, 2017

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PROTECTING EQUATORIAL GUINEA’S FORESTS: For the first time ever, Equatorial Guinea joined the Global Environment Facility Project to conserve its forests by addressing illegal logging. April, 2012

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ERITREA FOCUSES ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: This government, seeing the degradation of its lands, is now focused on the environment, including creating 1,521 hectares of hillside terracing, 411,000 m3 check dams, 108,000 micro-basins; and (re) planted approximately 151.5 million seedlings. Jan, 2014

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ESTONIA BANS FREE HANDOUTS OF PLASTIC BAGS: Estonian stores are no longer allowed to provide plastic bags for free and must provide customers alternatives to plastic bags such as mesh bags. Dec, 2016

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• ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTING GREEN PRACTICES: Ethiopia is now focused on the conservation of its environment by educating farmers to reforest and rehabilitate their land. Since then, the wild animal population has increased, which has in turn attracted more tourists. Sep, 2016

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• EU ENERGY COMPANIES AGREE TO STOP BUILDING COAL PLANTS: Energy companies in nearly every European country, less two, have pledged to not build new coal-fired power plants by 2020. April, 2017

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• MICRONESIA FOCUSED ON MARINE PRESERVATION: Micronesia has joined the Micronesia Challenge that includes over 2000 Pacific islands with sustainable goals that include: protecting locations with the most biodiversity, training local conservation and community organizations, developing sound governmental sustainable policies, identifying and addressing invasive species and destructive fishing practices. The Nature Conservancy has pledged $3 million to help reach these goals. The hope is conserve at least 30% of near-shore marine resources and 20% of terrestrial resources by 2020.

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FIJI AIRWAYS COMMITTED TO CONSERVING THE ENVIRONMENT: For every take off by Fiji Airways, a new tree will be planted in Fiji in protected areas. This “Every Take Off, One Tree” initiative will plant approximately 2000 trees per year. March, 2017

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FINLAND SATISFIED WITH NEW BIOMASS SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA: Finland has figured out how to use its forest’s biomass (bio-fuels) as an energy source while producing zero-emissions. Dec. 2016

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PLASTIC BAN: France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates, cups, and utensils, to go into effect in 2020. Sep, 2016, @HOME

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY STUDY TO PROVIDE BASELINE DATA ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN FRENCH POLYNESIA: This study will provide awareness of climate change in the region as well as propose adaptive responses to major climate threats. July, 2010

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GABON RANKS HIGH IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IN AFRICA: Gabon is ranked 12th in environmental sustainability, only outranked by Scandinavian and South American countries. This is supported by its unspoiled lands, intact biodiversity, and water resources of high quality. Feb, 2017

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GAMBIA PROMOTES SUSTAINABLE TOURISM: In an effort to protect the environment while attracting tourists, EcoGambia strives to promote ecotourism by creating employment opportunities for youth and educating locals on sustainability while showing tourists Gambia’s natural landscapes in an eco-friendly way. 2016

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GEORGIA CREATES NEW 2017 ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS: The government is taking genuine steps to significantly reduce the damage caused by plastic bottles and other pollutants on the environment. Presently, recyclable plastics are not separated from trash, and the new laws will require plastic companies to comply with much stricter codes of conduct, all to reduce pollution from the business sector down to individual households.. Dec, 2015

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• GERMANY LEADS RENEWABLE ENERGY REVOLUTION OR ENERGIEWENDE: 27% of its energy comes from renewable sources and Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed that the country will shut off all its nuclear power plant reactors by 2022. Nov. 2015
GOVERNMENT USES ENERGY TAX TO BECOME ONE OF THE GREENEST COUNTRIES: Germany taxes fossil fuels much more than renewable energy, which has both reduced the total amount oil and gas its country has consumed and motivates companies and individuals to choose renewables going forward. They have also devised creative incentive programs for building green buildings, protecting the environment, and have created extensive bicycle trails as a green alternative mode of transportation. Sep, 2011, June, 2015

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• GHANA’S COLLEGE FOCUSED ON CLIMATE CHANGE:  The College of Science and Technology, CCST, is leading the effort to deal with the threat of climate change by introducing a two-year program in climate change and natural resources management targeted towards students who want to preserve the forests of Ghana. March, 2017

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NEW URBAN DEVELOPMENT WILL HELP ENVIRONMENT: The Elliniko Project in Athens aims to be the largest renewal project in Greece by upgrading its airport, creating a one km beach and it will also improve the area’s micro climate through the planting of new trees and creation of bodies of water. Aug, 2016

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GRENADIAN RESORT SERVES AS AN ECO-HAVEN: Blue Horizons Garden Resort in Grenada has been committed to sustainable practices since 2003. As an environmentally focused leader in the Caribbean Islands, this resort protects 27 indigenous species of birds on its lands. Dec, 2016

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• COMMUNITIES LEAD THE WAY IN RAINFOREST CONSERVATION: In the Maya Biosphere Reserve, which includes one-fifth of Guatemala, and is the most important tropical forest area north of the Amazon, it turns out that the best ways to protect the rainforest is to hand its management over to communities whose livelihoods depend on it. Local workers, like Marta Álvarez, check the quality of the palm fronds, which are carefully harvested from trees and used for floral arrangements abroad. This is in contrast to contractors, who have less interest in protecting this natural reserve. June, 2016

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GUINEA RECEIVES ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE RESOURCES: Over 14 villages in the northeast of Guinea will receive electricity from renewable resources, provided by the Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). The overall objective in much of Africa is to unleash an “Off-Grid Energy Revolution”, to provide up to 75 million households and businesses not covered by the power grid with modern, clean and affordable electricity using decentralised solar and hydro technologies. April, 2017, April, 2017

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CONSERVING GUINEA BISSAU’S BIODIVERSITY: In collaboration with the World Bank, Guinea Bissau established in 2005 the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas, which now has numerous accomplishments, including creating five national parks and one community reserve. Nov, 2015

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GUYUNA PLEDGES TO PROTECT JAGUARS AND ITS RAIN FORESTS WITH AN $8.5 MILLION FUND: This country pledges to protect it jaguars by using cameras and doing scientific research to promote the longtime conservation of jaguars in its country. For the first time, it will also focus on the conservation of its rain forests. July 2012, Jan 2013

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HAITI PROTECTS MARINE AREAS, BUT UN URGES HAITI TO DO MORE: Although Haiti has established protected marine areas to the south and north of its island, Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, studies indicate that deforestation is a major concern. One contributing factor is the felling of trees for charcoal production, which in 2012 was used in 92% of Haitian households for cooking. To sustain itself going forward, Haiti must focus on restoration of degraded farmland. June, 2016

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A DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, BUT NOW IMPROVING: Environmental activist Berta Cáceres was responsible for delaying the building of a dam on the Gualcarque River, which would have destroyed the local environment. This was a true David and Goliath story. Unfortunately, she was killed but her legacy continues and new environmental groups have continued to make strides in protecting Honduras’s environment. “Berta didn’t die, she multiplied.”  March, 2017

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HUNGARY’S HUNTER GUIDES AND PARK RANGERS HELP TO SAVE ENDANGERED ANIMALS: Informed hired guides and park rangers are now focused on reducing illegal hunting activities. As well, rangers have installed photo-traps that can detect hunters that are not permitted. Feb, 2014

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ICELAND SERVES AS AN EXAMPLE FOR TRANSITION FROM NON-RENEWABLE ENERGY TO RENEWABLE ENERGY: 9 out of 10 homes in Iceland are heated by geothermal energy and almost 100% of its energy comes renewable resources. Dec, 2015

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INDIA GIVES GANGES AND YAMUNA RIVERS LEGAL STATUS AS HUMAN: Becoming the second country after New Zealand to grant rivers human status, this legal status helps fight pollution of India’s most sacred rivers. Earlier this year, the government allocated $291 million to 20 projects under the Clean Ganga initiative. Most of the money will go towards building sewage treatment plants and upgrading infrastructure. March, 2017
• INDIA PLANTS 50 MILLION TREES IN 24 HOURS WITH 800K PEOPLE: Volunteers from Uttar Pradesh planted 80 different species of trees along roads, railways, and on public land breaking the Guinness World Record of 850k trees set by Pakistan in 2013. The saplings were raised on local nurseries. The effort is part of the commitment India made at the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015.  July, 2016, @HOME
$95 MILLION FOR CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS: The US and India have together launched two large financial projects that will bring energy-efficient appliances to rural communities in India. Nov, 2016

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• INDONESIA SINKS SCORES OF BOATS IN WAR ON ILLEGAL FISHING:  As a deterrent for perpetrators of illegal trawling, Indonesia recently destroyed 81 mostly foreign boats that had been caught illegally fishing in its waters, with a total of 300 since 2014, when President Joko Widodo launched a battle against the poaching of fish. March, 2017
• PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO STRENGTHENS EFFORTS IN FIGHTING THE EFFECTS OF BURNING OF PEATLANDS: The Indonesian President has set up the Peatlands Restoration Agency to restore 5 million acres of peatlands that have been damaged by fire to create palm oil plantations in a serious effort to stop the haze. The smoke has covered the entire country, angering its citizens and neighboring countries. Jan, 2016

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IRAQ WARS HAVE DECIMATED ITS ENVIRONMENT, CALLING FOR THE UN TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT CODE OF CONDUCT DURING MILITARY OPERATIONS: Warring parties in Iraq use the destruction of the environment and burning of oil wells as a measure of intimidation. The UN Environmental Programme, UNEP, has cited a number of international resolutions devoted to preserving the environment even during military conflicts, and noted that next year, it will be hosting an “Environment and Emergencies Forum.” Oct, 2016

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• IRAN AND FRANCE WORK TOGETHER TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT: These two countries signed a bilateral plan to focus on Iran’s energy efficiency, water management, fight against air pollution and the protection of biodiversity, with an emphasis on the former two. Sep, 2016
• SOLUTIONS TO IRANIAN DUST STORMS: Iranian Parliament granted $100 million to combat dust storms, caused by mismanagement of water and global climate change. The government has claimed that their work has helped to restore up to 70% of the water that was once found in the Hoveizeh wetlands. July, 2009

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DITCHING PEAT FOR WIND: Ireland is using wind turbines instead of peat to produce cleaner, more efficient energy. Peat produces 23% more carbon dioxide than coal, in comparison to wind energy, which has more than enough capability to provide for Ireland’s domestic energy demand by 2030, according to Ireland’s energy department. April, 2017
• IRELAND TO RECEIVE A €50 MILLION FUND TO BE INVESTED IN CREATING HEALTHIER FORESTS: Irish businessman Paul McMahon, head of SLM Agri-investment firm, plans to transform clear-fell plantations into more sustainable forests by introducing native broad-leaf species. Jan, 2016

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ISRAELI START-UP DRAWS POTABLE WATER FROM THE AIR WE BREATHE: Water Gen provides a cheap alternative solution to potable water by extracting water  from the air. This works especially well in humid, tropical countries like Vietnam where there is a severe drought. Vietnam and India are the first to use this technology, which can be as much as 20 times cheaper than existing systems. “Two-thirds of the world has drinking-water problems,” Executive Chairman Pasik said. “This is a humanitarian issue. We would like to maintain peace between people and save people’s lives. The project itself is priceless and is huge.” April, 2017
• WATER CONSERVATION: Israel is the world leader in water conservation. It has such an efficient infrastructure of water supply and conservation that it can now function without rain. Desalination plants, extreme rationing, low flow everything, and high public awareness are the key elements of its success. Feb. 2016

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SCULPTURE INSTALLED IN VENICE TO BRING AWARENESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: Artist Lorenzo Quinn created two giant white hands that appear to support one of Venice’s most important buildings, Palazzo Morosini Sagredo, as his way of raising awareness of the sinking city and its vulnerability to climate change.  “The hand holds so much power – the power to love, to hate, to create, to destroy,” Quinn said. May, 2017
• ITALIAN WOOL WILL NO LONGER POLLUTE THE ENVIRONMENT AS MUCH BY USING SHRIMP AS AN ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVE: Instead of using harsh chemicals and a lot of water that strains and pollutes the environment, the creation of Italian wool will use new technology with shrimp to bypass harmful chemicals. July, 2016

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CANCELLATION OF $1.5 BILLION TRANSHIPMENT PORT PROTECTS ENDANGERED IGUANA: The Jamaican government has opted to protect its Goat Islands by cancelling this lucrative project, citing the irreparable damage to this fragile iguana habitat, and because there are other cheaper, eco-friendly alternative locations for this planned port. Sep, 2016

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JAPANESE MONKS RECORDED CLIMATE FOR 700 YEARS: Monks who lived by Lake Suwa recorded changes in the ice since 1443, making it one of the most complete records of climate data ever, allowing for scientists to see how much the world has been affected by climate change. April, 2016
• JAPANESE GOVERNMENT PUTS ITS COMPANIES’ ENVIRONMENTAL RECORDS ONLINE: The Japanese government is creating a database in English and Japanese that reveals its companies environmental records, which includes corporations such as Toyota Motor and Sony. Aug, 2016

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GREEN SHOPPING MALL THE START OF ECO-FRIENDLY MOVEMENT: The Abdali Mall is the first mall to be built to strict “green” standards with water recycling, natural heating and cooling, and hundreds of solar panels. The country presenting spends an enormous 1/5 of its national budget on importing energy, so this mall sets an important precedent for businesses and future construction projects. July, 2016

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KAZAKHSTAN DEALING WITH NUCLEAR FALLOUT: When Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union, it was the testing site for nuclear weapons. Now, with $15 million from the United Nations, the government monitors the environmental health of these sites and the surrounding areas. As well, there are many programs to re-mediate the land and save the Aral Sea, once the world’s largest lake that has now lost 70% of its water. 2017

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• KENYA BANS PLASTIC BAGS: Kenya announces that it will become the second country in Africa to ban plastic bags.The ban was hailed by the United Nations Environment Programme as a breakthrough. “Our oceans are being turned into rubbish dumps,” says Erik Solheim, the head of the agency. Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mauritania and Malawi are among the countries that have adopted or announced such bans. March, 2017, March, 2017
LARGE SUGAR COMPANY PLEDGES TO STOP POLLUTING RIVER: Kenya’s government, with help from Israeli and German nonprofits, are now focused on recycling its water and cleaning its rivers, many of which flow into Africa’s largest body of water, Lake Victoria. Kibos Sugar is presently cleaning up its dumping practices, which have polluted Kenya’s rivers and reduced its fish population significantly. Feb, 2017

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• KIRIBATI IS PREPARED TO TRANSPLANT ITS ENTIRE POPULATION AS A RESULT OF CLIMATE CHANGE: The remote Pacific Island, which lies only six feet above sea level, has bought 6,000 acres on Fiji in preparation for the eventual flooding of its country. In an attempt to mitigate this devastating situation, the World Bank project in 2003 built sea walls and fresh water tanks to help the island adapt to the rising Pacific Ocean. July, 2016

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• ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION PROGRAM INITIATED TO CLEAN UP 1990 INVASION EFFECTS: The UN has allocated $3 billion to clean up crude oil spills that occurred during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait War. There is an estimated 60 million cubic meters of contaminated soil that needs to be remediated, including hundreds of oil lakes. Jan, 2011

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• KYRGYZSTAN WORKING TOWARDS IMPROVED AIR QUALITY: Working with the UNECE, Kyrgyzstan agreed that protocols on restricting heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants was feasible within current legislation and would also work to improve its air quality. This work encompasses numerous neighboring countries developed under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Conference)2016

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COMMERCIAL TIGER FARMS TO BE PHASED OUT: Lao has more than 200 commercial tiger farms with over 7000 tigers, whose parts are sold primarily to Chinese consumers. The government is focused on stopping this trade, which will help to protect the species from extinction. Sep, 2016

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LATVIA IS TOP BALTIC ENVIRONMENT-FOCUSED NATION: Despite inconsistencies in results regarding improved environmental protection, Latvia has drastically improved its air quality and cleanup from ecological damage that was a legacy of its history in the former Soviet Union. Despite these struggles, their environment-saving actions are far outpacing neighboring countries. Dec, 2014, July, 2016

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LEBANESE PROTEST TRASH: Lebanese are tired of trash piling up on the streets and have demanded the resignation of environmental minister Mohammed Machnouk. This grassroots uprising is a promising first step of social action necessary to change the ways of its government, which has not passed a budget since 2005, and has been without a president for more than two years. Sep, 2015, Aug, 2016

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• 14 MILLION PEOPLE IN LESOTHO WILL BENEFIT FROM WATER SECURITY PROJECT: The African Water Facility and the NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility are investing €3.5 million to create a water security plan that will offset recent unreliability of water resources and drought, which are a result of climate change. Water management is critical in Lesotho, as it will support economic growth and alleviate poverty. Feb, 2017

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LIBERIA BECOMES THE FIRST COUNTRY IN AFRICA TO STOP LOGGING: Norway will pay Liberia $150 million to stop deforestation by 2020. Some researchers have connected the current outbreak of Ebola with the widespread destruction of the forests, bringing people into contact with natural reservoirs of the virus. Sep, 2014

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LIBYA FREE FROM CHEMICAL WEAPONS: Gadhafi’s chemical stockpile that contained 25 metric tons of sulfur mustard, 1,400 metric tons of precursor chemicals, and 3,500 unfilled aerial bombs designed to deliver chemical weapons were destroyed in a facility 600 kilometers south of Tripoli. May, 2014

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LIECHTENSTEIN SCORES HIGH FOR SUSTAINABILITY: This country has created an sustainable development grading system for itself with 55 indicators. In 2016, 32 were evaluated positively, showing an improvement from the previous year. The government states, “Sustainable development is a development that can meet the needs of today’s generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” June, 2016,  2016

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• LITHUANIA AND UKRAINE COOPERATE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: These two countries signed an agreement to protect the environment and ensure the rational use of natural resources. Dec, 2016
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• LITHUANIA AND UKRAINE COOPERATE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION: These two countries signed an agreement to protect the environment and ensure the rational use of natural resources. Dec, 2016

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• LUXEMBOURG TO CUT GREENHOUSE GASES BY 40% BY 2030: In accordance with the Paris Agreement, 2015, Luxembourg’s goals are one of the most ambitious of all nations. The government is particularly focused on increase the efficiency of water management and the transport sector, which is responsible for 68% of its greenhouse gases. Oct, 2016

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• €100 MILLION DAM FACES CANCELLATION: Funding for the dam is expected to be scrapped after the Bern Convention declared that this project would put at risk critically endangered species, including the Balkan lynx. Oct, 2015

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• ENDANGERED LEMURS ARE NOW BEING STUDIED WITH ADVANCE 3D TRACKING SOFTWARE AIMED TO ASSIST IN THEIR SURVIVAL: George Washington University researchers created a new non-invasive facial recognition system, LemurFaceID, to track lemurs in Madagascar and study their behavior and habitat, in the hope of saving this endangered species. The plan is to use this software to study other endangered species as well. Feb, 2017

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• MALAWI WANTS TO CUT DOWN ON CARBON EMISSIONS: As one of the poorest countries, Malawi will sign the Paris Agreement only if it receives help from other rich nations. Deforestation is rampant as wood is the main source of energy (charcoal) and coal appears to be the next best solution. However, with international assistance, it has offered to reforest its hills, expand the use of clean cookstoves and this country also has a vast potential for solar energy. Nov, 2015

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• MALAYSIA ESTABLISHES ITS LARGEST MARINE PARK: After 13 years of negotiation and working with world partners including the WWF, Malaysia has created the Tun Mustapha Park, one million hectares (10k sq-km) of ocean that will protect coral reefs, mangrove, sea grass and productive fishing grounds. Local communities and fisherman will be able to continue to fish in a bid to ensure a “sustainable use of resources.” June, 2016

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THE MALDIVES BECOMES THE BIGGEST MARINE RESERVE IN THE WORLD: Maldive President Waheed now has banned the trade of sharks, fish and turtles as well as becoming a sanctuary for endangered fish that migrate here to escape overfishing. June, 2012

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MALI SAVED ITS ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION: With information about poaching and habitat destruction provided by Susan Canney’s Mali Elephant Project, local communities and conservationists decided to band together to protect endangered elephants from corruption, war, and a wide spread poaching crisis. First, they set aside an area of reserve pasture the size of Yellowstone NP and then recruited young volunteers to act as vigilance networks. April, 2014

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MALTA LAUNCHES NEW ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: In an effort to save land from development, the Maltese National party decided to write permanent provisions into their constitution to protect the environment. Doing this will remove environmental issues from political elections and protect the country from investors not interested in sustainability. Jan, 2017

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MARSHALL ISLANDS HAVE BECOME SOLARIZED: This country will soon have solar panels for all homes, schools, water pumps, and refrigeration. With 54% of the world’s raw tuna coming from from this and seven other small Pacific islands, the government is trying to create more renewable energy so that fish processing can be performed locally to stimulate its economy. Nov, 2013

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• PLANTING ACACIA TREES PROVIDES A GREEN SOLUTION IN MAURITANIA: With drought ever more present in this and neighboring African countries, the World Bank is now funding an effort to plant more Acacia trees, which is known for its drought-resistant qualities. In addition, it is the source of gum arabic, which used to be this country’s top export. This Great Green Wall Initiative will help restore degraded ecosystems and improve rural livelihoods while helping to stave off encroachment of the Sahara desert. July, 2016

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• PRESIDENT FOCUSES ON PROTECTING MAURITIUS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE: Citing more violent cyclones caused by climate change, this Indian Ocean island democratic nation is now focused on protecting its biodiversity and utilizing more renewable energy, such as solar, wind, and possibly ocean waves. Jan, 2016

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• MEXICAN CONSERVATION SUCCESSES PROTECTED BY LOCAL COMMUNITIES: The conservation of land in Mexico is being threatened by mining companies, but local communities like the town of Capulálpam has fought back through legal channels that has blocked any mining concessions and allowed for the continuation of protection of the town’s diverse flora and fauna. April, 2016
• MEXICO CALLS FOR LEGAL REFORMS IN ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME: By linking organized crime to illicit wildlife trafficking, authorities in Mexico seek to more effectively protect Latin American wildlife. Wiretaps, electronic surveillance and undercover operations, tools already used to combat organized crime, would thus also be implemented to stop this illegal trade. Oct, 2015

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• MONACO VOWS TO BE CARBON-NEUTRAL BY 2050: The government plans to be -50% in 2030, compared to 1990, and carbon neutral by 2050. In order to achieve these goals, the government has coordinated with 59 organizations to ensure the entire community will be involved. March, 2017

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• NOMADIC HERDERS ARE BANDING TOGETHER TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE: Mongolia has no national regulations on pastural land management, so Mongolian herders have banded together to form pasture user groups, PUGs, to increase household income, manage grazing schedules and rehabilitate valuable grasslands. Oct, 2016

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LOCALS SEEK TO STOP DAM CONSTRUCTION: A 14,000 signature petition to stop construction of four dams in Montenegro was submitted to the government in order to save the trout population and the fishing industry, which is an important source of sustenance for its citizens. April, 2010

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MOROCCO LEADS AFRICA IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND PLASTIC BAN: Morocco has pledged by 2030 to have 52% of its energy come from renewable sources and banned plastic bags in 2015. Nov, 2016

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MOZAMBIQUE BATTLES ILLEGAL LOGGING TO SAVE TROPICAL FORESTS: Through enforcement of environmental laws, a moratorium of logging permits until 2019, and intelligence gathering, the Mozambique government has been cracking down on illegal logging, reported to be 93% of all logging most of which is sold to China. This illegal trade amounts to a half a billion dollars a year. April, 2017

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PRINCESS BEGINS GREEN MOVEMENT: Myanmar’s Princess Thant Cin has begun an environmental movement  to fight deforestation and environmental degradation, such as teaching people the importance of bamboo and protecting it for the future. Presently, this country has the third-largest bamboo reserves globally. Jan, 2017

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NAMIBIA ENVIRONMENT MINISTRY TO PUNISH ILLEGAL SAND MINERS: Miners that extract sand are destroying the landscape, mahangu grain fields and grazing land. The government is now requiring miners to submit an environmental rehabilitation plan. Those found illegally sand mining without a permit will now face 25 years in jail or a $37,000 fine, or both. Jan, 2017

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NAURU’S FORMER PRESIDENT WARNS THE WORLD ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE: This small eight-square mile Pacific island nation has had an unfortunate history of phosphate mining, which has ruined most of the interior of the island, once a lush tropical rainforest. This has left citizens to live only along the coast line, which now faces three feet of rising sea level in the coming decades. Despite his focus on his own country, President Marcus Stephen warns the world that his country’s plight will be the same for others if climate change is not reversed soon.  This New York times opinion piece profiles a large voice coming from a small island. July, 2011

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NEPAL USES MICROHYDRO PROJECTS TO CHANGE WAY OF LIFE: Before the installation of microhydro projects, rural Nepalese didn’t have electricity, but now these projects provide new opportunities for business without greenhouse gas emissions and pollution of water. June, 2012

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DUTCH ACTIVISTS RAISE MONEY FOR FORCE GOVERNMENT TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION: A Dutch environmental organization, Friends of the Earth, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for new legal action aimed at forcing the Dutch government to do more to combat air pollution. Campaign leader Anne Knol says that “every day that we breathe polluted air is one too many.” May, 2017
• NETHERLANDS COMBINE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES WITH BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS: With around a fifth of the country under sea level, its government has created sustainable business practices such as Sustainable Tuesdays, when its companies come up with environment-saving initiatives during that day of the week. Sustainability issues are also integrated into its schools’ curriculum. Sep, 2013

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NEW ZEALAND RIVER LEGALLY RECOGNIZED AS A LIVING ENTITY: The New Zealand Parliament passed a bill that recognizes the Whanganui River as an entity with all the same rights as a human, something that the Maori people have been fighting for 160 years to achieve. This is the first river in the world to obtain this status. The government plans to contribute $30m to a fund that will be used to look after the river’s health. March, 2017
• NEW ZEALAND EPA REJECTS TWO BIDS FOR OFFSHORE MINING: The EPA rejected two bids from major companies that would have destroyed the seabed and biodiversity off the coast of New Zealand, a major victory for ocean conservation. Feb, 2015, June, 2014

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• HIGH HOPES FOR GIRAFFES IN NIGER: With giraffes being threatened by human development and drought, Niger’s environment ministry has partnered up with the Giraffe Conservation Fund  to create the Kouré Giraffe Reserve to protect the remaining 600 giraffes from poachers and promote ecotourism. To accomplish these goals, the reserve plans to train 18 tour guides. March, 2017

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• NIGERIA CLEANS UP LEAKED OIL: After residents of the Niger Delta region complained about petroleum leaking into water sources and land caused by oil companies, the Nigerian government has planned a massive multibillion-dollar cleanup of the land and water while creating sustainable job practices. March, 2016

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NIUE FIGHTS EFFECTS OF TOURISM: The small island nation receives training from the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme to combat the negative effects from tourism on the environment. Sep, 2016

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NORTH KOREA INVITES AMERICAN SCIENTISTS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CONSERVATION OF ENVIRONMENT: After the massive deforestation of the 1990s and its devastating effects, North Korean scientists asked for help from American scientists on solutions of conserving its environment. April, 2012, March, 2012

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NORWAY LEADS THE WORLD AND WILL BE CLIMATE NEUTRAL BY 2030: This country has put into action an accelerated program of CO2 cuts and carbon trading to reduce emissions from areas such as the country’s oil and gas industries, which are likely to be completely removed from Norwegian life in the near future. They plan to have cars running only on green energy by 2025. Feb, 2017
• BAN DEFORESTATION: Norway is now the first country committed to zero deforestation, which bans any product in its supply chain that contributes to the deforestation of worldwide rainforests through the government’s public procurement policy. June, 2016
HUGE DIVESTMENT OF STOCKS IN COAL: Norway’s  $890B government pension fund, one of the largest in the world, is divesting holdings of fossil fuel stocks as a way to show it focus on renewable energy. June, 2015

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OMAN ONE OF FIRST ARAB COUNTRIES FOCUSED ON THE ENVIRONMENT: The Sultan has been promoting the importance of preserving the environment for decades and has strict penalties for the re­lease of pollutants and discharge of effluents, both in the land and the maritime territory of Oman. In 2011, an annual “Clean Up Oman Day” was initiated, attracting over 15,000 volunteers. July, 2015

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• PAKISTAN OFFERED SOLUTIONS FOR ITS ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION:  At a three-day international conference, ‘Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development’, organised by Pakistan’s Mehran University of Engineering and Technology MUET, scholars from all over the world offered solutions to Pakistan’s pollution and energy crisis through recommendations of developing renewable energy sources and better management of water and waste. Nov, 2016

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PALAU’S CORALS KEY TO SAVING THE WORLD’S CORALS: In a virtual reality video, The Economist explains how Palau’s corals are thriving in acidic and unusually warm water that could show how other corals could survive climate change. March, 2017
PALAU HAS DECLARED ITS WATERS A “SHARK SANCTUARY”: In 2009, this Pacific island nation conducted a study, which found that one reef shark during its full life is worth $1.9 million to Palau in tourism revenue. Sold for consumption the shark is worth around $108.  Since then, it has declared whales, dolphins, and dugongs off-limits as well, making it one of the most progressive marine conservation nations in the world. May, 2011

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PREFERRING LOCAL SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES INSTEAD OF UN MONEY: The indigenous Panamanian Kuna tribe, who resides in the carbon-rich forests of the San Blas Archipelago, rejected funding from UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), wanting instead to maintain its subsistence farming and other sustainable practices that it has been doing for hundreds of years. REDD+ uses “carbon trading” as incentive for countries to become more sustainable, but this tribe finds this notion too complex . Sep, 2014

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• NEW RESEARCH PROJECT TO MAKE THE FOREST INDUSTRY MORE SUSTAINABLE: The project – Enhancing value added wood processing in Papua New Guinea – led by University of Melbourne will research how to make improvements to the local wood processing industry. A $1.1 million grant will help the government meet its goal to increase the proportion of onshore processing to 80% by 2030. March, 2014

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NGO TAKES ON TASK TO CONSERVE THE VANISHING ECOSYSTEMS OF PARAGUAY: Para la Tierra (PLT), the Paraguay-based NGO has engaged over 200 students and professors to help study its threatened lands and document the indigenous species, in an effort to bring attention to the precious ecosystem in its forests, wetlands and savannahs.  Outside of Paraguay’s protected areas, much of the land has now been converted to cattle ranches and soy plantations, some at a rate of 10% per year. Aug, 2013

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A SUSTAINABLE WATER SOURCE CREATEDPresident Pedro Pablo Kaczynski, founded NGO Agua Limpia in his country to give water in a sustainable, green way to those who desperately need it. Oct, 2016
HOSTED COP20, THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD MOVEMENT TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE: Peru is proud to have hosted the COP20 conference, which were the initial and critical meetings that lead to the COP21 meeting, at which 195 countries pledged to stop and reverse climate change. Nov, 2014

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PHILIPPINES ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY CANCELS 75 MININGS DEALS : The Philippines ordered these contracts canceled because the projects damage watersheds and cause siltation in coastal waters and farms. “You kill water, you kill life,” said Secretary Gina Lopez. The canceled deals include the $5.9 billion Tampakan copper-gold project in South Cotabato that was to use open-pit mining on land the size of 700 football fields.. Feb, 2017

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POLAND GETS SERIOUS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE: Poland offers to host the 2018 United Nations COP24 summit, an international conference that promotes action in tackling climate change. It is focused on emission neutrality using innovation and techniques of CO2 absorption by soil and forests. Nov, 2016

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RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR FOUR DAYS: Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days in a clean energy milestone. Energy needs were fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power. May, 2016

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CLEAN WATER AND ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE by 2025: The Republic of Moldova launches a national program to help bring clean water to impoverished areas of the country as well as create a protected environment. This include providing Ecosan toilets (waterless) and constructing wetlands, facilitating targeted trainings for urban and rural water operators and raising awareness on the importance of water, health and hygiene issues. Sep, 2016

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ROMANIAN VILLAGE BANS CANADA FROM ENVIRONMENT-DAMAGING GOLD MINING: Rosia Montana has designated itself as a “historic site of national interest” to stop Canada’s 15-year attempt to receive gold mining permits, which would have toppled four mountains and released cyanide into the surrounding waterways. Jan, 2016

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RUSSIA BANS GMOs: This country becomes the world’s largest GMO-free territory and creates a global platform for the development of organic agriculture. Sep, 2016

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WORLD MEETING BANS FLUOROCARBONS: Rwanda hosted a hugely successful 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, with 200 countries now phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFC’s, which are super-polluting, powerful greenhouse gases. Oct, 2016

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• PROGRAM TO FUND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND INITIATIVES: Projects sponsored by the UN Development Program and the Global Environment Facility are now cataloging these islands’ native flora, fauna and habitats in order to raise awareness of climate change and make recommendations as to how best to conserve its resources. March, 2017

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• GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO PRESERVATION OF MARIA ISLANDS, A BALANCE OF TOURISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT: The government and a developer are creating the “Pearl of the Caribbean,” a development that plans to balance the need for a strong tourism-based economy while studying and preserving the island’s pristine land and marine environments, which are the basis for why many visitors are attracted to this island. Saint Lucia Forestry Department Officer and others are still concerned that not enough has been considered to protect the already endangered wildlife. April, 2017, April, 2017

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HOW THE COUNTRY’S FIRST SUSTAINABILITY SCHOOL CAME TO BE: After a horrific hurricane in 2010, the island decided to create its first sustainability school, Richmond Vale Academy, which has become a center for learning about climate change. The school brings together local students as well as students from Europe, North America, South America, other parts of the Caribbean and Asia for programs of one, three or six months duration, in which they learn about global warming, its causes and consequences. March, 2017

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SAMOA ESTABLISHES A $57 MILLION PROJECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: This government project will manage flooding and enhance climate resilience of the Vasigano River catchment, thanks to the Green Climate Fund. Another $22 million will be shared by neighboring island countries to focus on renewable energy. Dec, 2016

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THIS SMALL WEST AFRICAN ARCHIPELAGO CONSERVES ITS RICH BIODIVERSITY: These islands are home to 27 endemic species, one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity in the world. In 2006, the government created two nature reserves, São Tomé Obô Natural Park and the Príncipe Natural Park,  representing 1/3 of its country’s total land, in order to protect these species from extinction and habitat loss. Dec, 2016

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS UNTIL 2019 TO GO GREEN: Saudi Arabia has introduced new air, water and noise pollution standards to preserve the environment. This is a big move toward sustainability. Among the present 170 projects underway, the biggest megaproject, the King Abdullah Economic City valued at $93 billion, will have all green buildings, helping to lower the region’s carbon emissions and improve public safety and health.” . May, 2014

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FIGHTING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH RELIGION: Senegalese Imam calls for protecting the environment through the teachings of Islam. Aug, 2015
STUDENTS CREATE APPS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: Senegalese students are creating free phone apps that includes fun quizzes and games so that users can enjoy learning about environmental issues. The app is called “Weer Weeldé,” which means “a healthy planet for a healthy life” and is an innovative way to engage the younger population. Aug, 2016

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SERBIA HAS TO PROTECT ITS ENVIRONMENT IN ORDER TO JOIN THE EU: Serbia has introduced a Green Fund to put money into clean-up efforts and environmental remediation in a bid to join the EU. If it can fulfill its mandate to spend €8m to clean its copper polluted Borska Reka River as well as other damage to its environment, it will receive an additional €2.5m environmental fund from the EU. May, 2016

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• SEYCHELLES TO PROTECT ITS CORALS: With climate change damaging its corals, Nature Seychelles, a non-profit org, grew 45,000 fragments of coral in underwater nurseries and then planted a degraded area in the special reserve of Cousin Island, covering the size of a football field. April, 2017

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• SIERRA LEONE USES DATA REVOLUTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: With the help of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, this country is now focused on the UN-define Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Its ambitious plan is collect data, analyze it and form policies in order to eradicate poverty and hunger, diversify its economy and ensure inclusive green growth that is beneficial to all Sierra Leoneans. July, 2016

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A 36% EMISSIONS REDUCTION BY 2030: In order to meet its Paris Agreement goals (2015), Singapore has promised to reduce its country’s emissions by 1-2% a year. It plans to work together with both the community and businesses to fulfill this pledge. July, 2016

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• KIA MOTORS SLOVAKIA WINS AWARD FOR MOST SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE COMPANY: To win this national award, Via Bona, Kia Motors Slovakia had to produce high quality environmentally-friendly cars, create good working conditions for its employees as well as help the local community, be fair to suppliers, and meet its tax duties towards the state. April, 2017

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• SLOVENIA DECLARED THE WORLD’S MOST SUSTAINABLE COUNTRY IN 2016: Its capital, Ljubljana, was declared Europe’s Greenest Capital in 2016 by the European Union. Slovenia achieved an eye-opening 96 out of 100 detailed sustainability indicators (think environment and climate, culture and authenticity, nature and biodiversity, among others). March, 2017

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STUDENTS FROM SOLOMON ISLANDS PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY: Students of the Australia-Pacific Technical College Honiara (APTC) proudly launched the Green Action Plan, which promotes awareness of environmental issues, including plans to clean up their local areas and create ‘green’ lunches that produces only biodegradable trash. April, 2017

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• SOMALIA WATER AND LAND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, SWALIM, FOCUSED ON WATER: In this arid and semi-arid country, SWALIM, supported by the UN, helps to bring potable and sustainable water practices to Somalians to ensure that future generations will be able to drink clean water. United Nations

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• DROUGHT FORCES THE NEED FOR DESALINATION PLANT: After South Africa experienced severe drought, Richards Bay and other coastal cities are creating an expensive desalination plant to meet the demand for fresh water. Another option that is 1/4 the electricity cost, is upgrading the water treatment plants, such as treating sewage water back to drinking water, and repairing leaky old water infrastructure where one quarter of the water is lost, but this appears at present to be opposed by certain local groups. Feb, 2017

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• PLANS FOR A SUSTAINABLE 2018 OLYMPICS GAMES: The city of Pyeongchang has outlined its sustainable goals for a green Olympics that include recycling infrastructure after the games, providing sustainable construction, strengthening cooperation networks, generating self-efficient renewable energy and minimizing carbon emissions, among other goals. April, 2017
• ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS AND 50% NUCLEAR POWER BY 2020: South Korea is focused on its Four Rivers Restoration Project, to restore its rivers and boost tourism. It is also focused on nuclear power, which now powers a significant part of its energy needs and it exports nuclear technology and knowhow to other countries. Feb, 2010

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SOUTH SUDANESE RECEIVE FUNDING FOR BASIC SANITATION FACILITIES:  The Japanese government has given this country $1.25 million to improve access to safe water and to promote hygiene practices through educational activities and construction of sanitation facilities.  So far, 10 new boreholes have been installed and 17 hand pumps have been rehabilitated in villages with poor access to safe water. Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan, Kiya Masahiko, said, “Access to clean, safe water and enhancement of hygiene at school not only helps pupils concentrate on studies and achieve higher goals but promotes health and development of an entire community.” April, 2017

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WIND ENERGY HAS PROVIDED THE MOST ENERGY OF ALL RESOURCES IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS: The country delivered over six terawatt hours of electricity from wind farms. Feb, 2013

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• SUSTAINABLE METHODS KEY TO SAVING SRI LANKA’S TEA INDUSTRY: Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea, famous for being the “finest and cleanest tea in the world for 150 years,” is now being grown in fluctuating weather systems that include prolonged droughts and higher variability of rainfall, compared to years past. Local farmers, like tea smallholder Samanudaya Kumara of Udahaupe Estate, have discovered that the shift to herbicide-free practices can increase profits by 60%. April, 2017

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PRIMARY SCHOOL REHABILITATED FOR 600 STUDENTS: With €2 million from the European Union, the Sudanese government has reopened a new primary school, which is a major accomplishment for this war torn country, and a major step toward educating the next generation. The government states, “This is concentrated effort between the local communities and national and international organizations. Education is the only path out from ignorance and towards advancement of mindsets, in short the road towards economic empowerment. This type of project, provides for and protects communities.” April, 2017

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SURINAME SHUTS DOWN ALL ALUMINUM MINING: After years of strip mining, leaving environmental scars in this small South American country, Alcoa Aluminum has negotiated a departure package with the government that includes reforesting the ruined areas. April, 2017

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SWAZILAND’S SMALL ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORITY FIGHTS BIG BUSINESS: The newly created Swaziland Environmental Authority is now equipped to enforce environmental laws. The Ngwenya Iron Ore Mine is a particular focus, as it has produced a tremendous amount of pollution and destruction to the environment. Jan, 2012

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SUSTAINABILITY LEADER: Sweden is considered the “One of the World’s Most Sustainable Country,” being a leader in organic agriculture, renewable energy, as well as per capita investment in green technology and sustainability research. 75% of Swedes recycle, with only 4% of garbage going to landfills. Sweden also imports trash to burn as a renewable energy source.  Nov, 2014
HUMANITARIAN SUPERPOWER: Since 2001, 650,000 asylum-seekers have made their way to Sweden. Despite this remarkable track record for accepting refugees, Sweden now faces a herculean task to integrate this new population into their society. Sep, 2016

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• SWITZERLAND CREATES NEW LAW TO STOP OVERFISHING: Switzerland has instituted a new ordinance that bans seafood from fisheries that don’t respect catch quotas or conservation laws. The European Union, of which Switzerland is not a member, has had a similar policy since 2010. Feb, 2017

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• ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS NOW REQUIRED: Tajikistan government now requires companies to perform environmental audits, including an assessment of their use of air and water, disposal of waste, and issues related to land contamination and remediation . Oct, 2015

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BANNING OF PLASTIC ALCOHOL SACHETS TO PROTECT YOUTH AND ENVIRONMENT: The Tanzanian government now bans the selling of alcohol in sachets because students and its citizens pollute the environment by throwing the non-biodegradable packaging onto roads and into the sewers or vacant lots after consumption. May, 2017March, 2017

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THAILAND IS A ROLE MODEL FOR CLEANING UP SMOG: Thailand has become a model for cleaning up heavy smog by imposing strict emission standards, including phasing out heavy polluters such as two-stroke motorcycles, asking Bhuddist city crematoriums to change from wood-burning pyres to more sophisticated electric incinerators, and cajoling oil companies to produce cleaner fuel. March, 2007

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TOGO CITY RECYCLES E-WASTE: Lomé start-up Woelab now upcycles old printers, computers and laptops into new products. They are also encouraging high-school students to get the most out of limited resources and promote a clean environment. Dec, 2016

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THIS PACIFIC ISLAND NATION RECEIVES PORTION OF $22 M FUND TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE: Tonga is highly dependent on subsistence agriculture, extremely vulnerable to natural hazards, and heavily reliant on donor aid. The Asian Development Bank has provided a $22 million grant for a multi-country renewable energy program . Dec, 2016,  April, 2016

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YOUTH RALLY TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE: The IAMoverment and New Fire Festival began in 2014 and attracts young environmental activists to think about ways they can live sustainably and save the environment. So far, each year attracts more people and volunteers.  Festival Founder Gerry Williams states, “Consumption is one of the biggest drivers of climate change. We have to alter our consumption habits. We hope that the festival will be an inspiring experience to all…that outside of the festival they will incorporate some of it into their lives.” April, 2017

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• TUNISIA BANS PLASTIC BAGS: In an effort to reduce plastic waste, shoppers will no longer be able to get single-use bags at supermarkets. These plastic bags have been banned by the government, making it the first Arab nation to take such a step. March, 2017
• TUNISIA JUST GOT SERIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT: Tunisian Minister of Affairs Riadh Mouakher announced the launch of a new Environmental Police Unit that would be dedicated only to breaches of environmental law and pollution. Sep, 2016

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TURKEY RAISES FINES FOR MARINE POLLUTION AFTER OIL SPILL: After a ship hit rocks and spilled 50 tons of oil in Western Turkey, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication has risen fines for marine pollution by 41 percent. April, 2017

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FOCUS ON CONSERVING THE CASPIAN SEA REGION: Turkmenistan’s government has produced projects to conserve and research the Caspian Sea’s biodiversity along with a special UN program to protect the sea’s ecological well-being. May, 2016

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PRIME MINISTER INTRODUCES GROUNDBREAKING UN RESOLUTION TO PROTECT CLIMATE CHANGE MIGRANTS: This small Pacific island nation’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga introduced international legislation to create legal protection for people displaced by the impacts of climate change, saying there was currently no international framework to protect their rights. May, 2016

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• YOUTH WANT TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT: Youth groups from Uganda spoke at the 2016 COP22 in Morocco, claiming climate negotiations are not going far enough to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade. Nov, 2016
UGANDA FIRST AFRICAN NATION TO BAN PLASTIC BAGS: Officials want Ugandans to instead use banana leaves, the traditional material for carrying goods. Environmentalists say discarded bags, which pile up on roadsides, wetlands, and unused land, spread disease and hurt wildlife. July, 2007

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• CHERNOBYL – FROM ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER TO RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCE: The Ukrainian government is considering transforming this nuclear wasteland into a solar farm, producing a third of the electricity that the stricken plant generated at its height 30 years ago. Solar is now cheaper than nuclear and this plan is feasible, despite the area being off limits to human habitation. July, 2016

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• FIRST SOLAR POWERED GAS STATION OPENS IN DUBAI: A government oil company in this country has opened its first gas station totally powered by solar energy. The 120 kilowatt-hour system provides 30 percent more energy than the station needs, so the excess power is directed back into the city’s electric grid. April, 2017 
• UAE TO SAVE $192 BILLION BY SWITCHING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY: Forecasts show that switching half of the country’s power needs to renewables by 2050 will generate savings that outweigh the costs of investment. In fact, as the UAE invests $150 billion into renewable power between now and 2050, it will save an additional $192 billion as it reduces its dependency on subsidized natural gas power. Solar energy is the main focus of this sunny country. March, 2017

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SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE ENERGY: Scotland joined an elite group of countries that provided for one day all of it country’s energy requirements with only renewable resources. They plan to use renewable energy exclusively, wind, hydro and solar, by 2020. The success of Scotland’s strategy can be seen at the Whitelee Wind Farm, where 215 wind turbines occupy 15 square miles. Oct, 2016

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MARYLAND BECOMES FIRST MAJOR LOCALITY TO BAN NONESSENTIAL COSMETIC PESTICIDES: The measure targets pesticides containing chemicals that may cause cancer and allows only compounds that are organically based or deemed to be of minimal risk under the 1996 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. It exempts agricultural land, gardens and golf courses. May, 2017
• MARYLAND POISED TO BUILD THE NATION’S LARGEST WIND FARM: There are a number of offshore wind farm proposals being considered in the Atlantic Ocean, which could provide renewable energy for up to 500,000 of the two million homes in this state. April, 2017
• WALMART KICKS OFF PROJECT GIGATON, REDUCING EMISSIONS BY ONE BILLION TONS OVER 15 YEARS: Walmart, the largest company in the world has partnered with numerous NGOs, such as the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, the Environmental Defense Fund, EDF, and The Nature Conservancy, TNC, to focus on its entire worldwide supply chain and reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by one billion tons. The hope is that this enormous contribution, equivalent to removing  211 million cars off the road, will encourage other like-companies to do the same. April, 2017
• SOLAR ENERGY IS NEARLY ONE HALF THE COST OF COAL: In an energy auction in Chile, solar producers offered to supply electricity at about half the cost of coal-fired plants. China now produces two-thirds of the world’s solar panels, with prices that have fallen more than 80% since 2008. “This is the beginning of a trend that will only accelerate. We’re talking about an infinite fuel source,” said Chilean energy minister Andrés Rebolledo.  March, 2017
MARYLAND BECOMES THIRD STATE TO BAN FRACKING: Following New York and Vermont, Maryland has determined that despite reduced emissions from burning natural gas (extracted from fracking), it is concerned about the potential for water contamination, greenhouse-gas emissions and earthquakes. March, 2017, March, 2017
THE WEST’S LARGEST COAL-FIRED PLANT TO CLOSE DOWN:  The Navajo Generating Station outside of Page, Arizona will be closed by 2019, decades earlier than expected. This plant was third on a 2014 Environmental Protection Agency’s list of major carbon-emitting facilities. Record-low natural gas prices has made it more expensive to produce electricity at the facility than to purchase it from cheaper sources. Feb, 2017
USA AND CANADA TO PROTECT NEARLY ALL OF AMERICA’S ARTIC OCEAN: Working with Canada, US has saved 115 million acres of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas (North of Alaska) from the risk of drilling. Dec, 2016
EMISSIONS REDUCTION: As the world’s sixth largest economy, California law SB32 requires polluters to pay for the emissions they produce. If this policy continues to work without disrupting the economy, others states and countries are expected to follow. Sep, 2015, @HOME
URBAN BIKE SHARE: New York and others cities now have bike share programs with 100s of locations to offer its citizens an easy alternative to using cars. @HOME
PRESIDENT OBAMA DESIGNATES LARGEST PROTECTED PARK IN THE WORLD: Hawaii has a new 1/2 million square-mile marine park the size of Texas, the largest protected area on earth, Aug. 2016. He has also created a new park in Maine, Katadin Woods and Waters National Monument, Aug, 2016, as well as five other new parks, March, 2013.
AMERICAN SAMOA TO SWITCH TO 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY: The island of American Samoa is switching from diesel generators to a new microgrid with 1.4 megawatts of solar-generation capacity and six megawatt hours of battery storage, enough to power the entire island night and day. This change was necessitated by the unreliability of diesel fuel delivery to this remote Pacific Ocean location. Nov. 2016, @HOME

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RENEWABLE POWER: In less than 10 years, with no government subsidies or higher consumer costs, renewables now provide 94.5% of Uruguay’s electricity. Wind turbines are now one of their biggest imports. Dec, 2015, @HOME
• URUGUAY MAKES IT MORE ACCESSIBLE AND CHEAP TO OBTAIN SOLAR PANELS: This government and solar panel companies are partnering to provide inexpensive solar panels, especially for people in rural areas, for collecting and heating water and heating their homes. July, 2013

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VANUATU BANS WESTERN JUNK FOOD: Banning imported western junk food that typically has low nutritional value, leaders of this Pacific island nation will only allow tourists and locals to eat locally grown, organic food to conserve its nation’s health and environment. Feb, 2017

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SMALL TOWN IN VENEZUELA PROVIDES LESSONS IN CONSERVATION: The town of Chichiriviche de la Costa in collaboration with local university students, teaches visitors and divers how to protect and preserve the precious corals and diverse marine life. April, 2017

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VIETNAM NO LONGER TOLERATES ILLEGAL DUMPING: It appears that some of the population of Ho Chi Minh City is not yet fully aware of the negative effects of dumping trash into the street and sewers, so the government will now fine its citizens for illegal dumping VND7 million ($310).The city looks to incinerate 40% of its waste and bury the remainder as part of a master plan for solid waste treatment in the 2016-2020 period. Feb, 2017

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ZAMBIA CREATES NEW JOBS WITH A GREEN BENEFIT: With the help of the United Nations, the Green Jobs Programme in Zambia focuses on creating new jobs that benefit its environment and economy. July, 2015

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CARBON EMISSIONS STAYED THE SAME IN 2016: For the third year in a row, global carbon emissions stayed the same while the world economy continued to grow. March, 2017
FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE HAS NOW BECOME A PROFITABLE BUSINESS: The cost of generating energy through solar and wind sources is now the same or less than that of coal and natural gas, thus creating a huge opportunity for investors to make more money and protect the environment at the same time. Dec, 2016
WORLD GOVERNMENTS ACT TO PROTECT ALL 8 PANGOLIN SPECIES FROM INTERNATIONAL TRADE: The Pangolin is the world’s most trafficked and endangered animal, with their scales and meat going primarily to China and Vietnam. CITES (Convention on Intern. Trade in Endangered Species) has recommended that governments focus on this issue, which is a huge win for this animal. Sep, 2016
• MILLIONS MARCH AROUND THE WORLD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND SAVING THE PLANET: On January 21, 2017, people in every state in the USA (670 events) and numerous cities around the world (Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Barcelona, Mexico City, Berlin, to name a few) rallied together for the protection of human rights and the environment. It was a peaceful march with no arrests and a certain indication of world solidarity. Jan, 2017
EXTREME POVERTY REDUCED BY OVER 1 BILLION PEOPLE IN LAST 23 YEARS: Each day, 130,000 people move out of extreme poverty, which has been facilitated by more effective health-care delivery programs and ATM cards provided by aid orgs. that have enabled people to buy the most essential items. (The environment can only be saved with a stabilized  population.) Dec, 2016
IVORY TRADE TO BE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY: As the #1 and #2  importers of ivory from Africa, China and USA have now banned the trade of ivory, which will save up to 20,000 elephants a year, Dec, 2016
HYDROFLUOROCARBONS TO BE BANNED IN 200 COUNTRIES: Rwanda hosted a hugely successful 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, with 200 countries now phasing down the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFC’s, which are super-polluting, powerful greenhouse gases. Oct, 2016, @HOME
177 COUNTRIES AND EUROPEAN UNION SIGN COP21 PARIS AGREEMENT: Of the 195 countries that adopted the FIRST UNIVERSAL CLIMATE AGREEMENT in Paris, France in November, 2015, 177 have now signed this agreement, including two new countries, Seychelles and Gambia. Signature signing began on Earth Day, April 22, 2016 and allows for up to one year for countries to sign. “This is a historic day. We are in a race against time,” warned the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Oct, 2016