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Asian Tsunami Inflicts Multi-Million Dollar Damage on Indonesia’s Environment

Beyond the horrific loss of human life, the earthquake and resulting tsunami of 26 December 2004 had enormous impacts on Indonesia’s coastal environment, causing damage and loss to natural habitats and important ecosystem functions.

Concern Worldwide: Asia Disaster Response

On December 26, 2004, in Tamil Nadu, India, Thrigyanam was spending a calm Sunday afternoon helping her neighbors sort the day's catch of fish. Then, in a matter of moments, her world changed forever.  "I suddenly realized that waves were approaching the village and everyone started running all over the place," said the 37-year-old mother of five. "Since my children were in our house, I first ran to rescue them."

Global Creative Summit on HIV/AIDS at the United Nations

On November 23, 2004, more than 100 creative and programming directors from 35 media companies, leading media figures and non-government organizations from around the world met at the United Nations Headquarters to exchange ideas on how to incorporate HIV/AIDS messages into short- and long-form programming.

Global Fund Board Agrees to Launch New Round of Proposals

Following a high-level session with the Presidents of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Development, the Board of the Global Fund decided today to call for a fifth round of proposals in March, to be considered for approval by the Board in September.

Sporting Goods Industry Endorses Corporate Responsibility Declaration

A UNEP new release of November 26, 2004, announces that following two days of discussions in Lahore and Sialkot, Pakistan, the Third Global Forum for Sports and Environment (G-ForSE), the leaders of the sporting goods industry in Sialkot, who produce 60 per cent of the soccer balls used around the world, unanimously endorsed a declaration calling for environmental concerns to be fully taken into account in their industry.

JOINT SEED AWARD PARTNERSHIP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

The 12 finalists of the first biennial Seed Awards were announced tonight at a reception at the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress in Bangkok.

The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism takes off: first CDM project registered.

 

On the day when the crucial ratification for the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol on 16 February 2005 has arrived, the first project of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has been registered. The project will reduce emissions of methane from a landfill in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

EIGHT STATES & NYC SUE TOP FIVE U.S. GLOBAL WARMING POLLUTERS

The states of California, Connecticut, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin, along with the City of New York, filed suit today against the five largest global warming polluters in the United States.

Governments Propose New CITES Trade Rules For Dozens of Wildlife Species

The proposals offer detailed arguments on how to improve the conservation
and sustainable use of the African elephant, the minke whale, the great
white shark, various tropical birds, trees and orchids, numerous turtle
species, the southern white rhinoceros, two species of crocodile, the bald
eagle, several medicinal plants and many other species.

UNEP: Over 50% of gasoline in sub-Saharan Africa is now lead free

Over half of all petrol sold in sub-Saharan Africa is now unleaded. This is one of the key findings delivered to a conference taking place at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess progress towards a lead-free continent.

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