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WASH Media Award Winners Recognized for Excellence in Reporting

 

The six winners of the WASH Media Award for excellence in reporting on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene-related (WASH) Issues received their awards during a ceremony on 31 August 2012 at the World Water Week (WWW) in Stockholm, Sweden. During the week, the journalists shared their experiences on reporting WASH issues with leading water, sanitation, environment and development experts.  

 


Global Leaders are Convening at World Water Week to Confront Growing Water and Food Insecurity

Over 2500 politicians, business leaders, and representatives of 200 international organizations are meeting at the World Water Week in Stockholm, August 26-31 2012, where they are working to share knowledge of solutions and to forge new solutions to meet rapidly escalating demands for limited water and land from all sectors of the economy.


Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Install 69,500 Photovoltaic Solar Panels To Generate 16 Megawatts (MW) of Power

Sainsbury's has installed 69,500 new photovoltaic solar panels, or 16 MW of power, across 169 stores in the UK.  The significant investment means collectively Sainsbury's supermarkets currently host the largest solar array in the UK and Europe. The solar power will reduce Sainsbury's total CO2 emissions by an estimated 6,800 tonnes per year, and each store's energy consumption as well as delivering energy cost savings.

 


Scientists Discover New Trigger for Immense North Atlantic Plankton Bloom

The newly discovered mechanism triggering the blooming of countless microscopic plant plankton, or phytoplankton, in the North Atlantic helps explain the timing of the spring and summer bloom, known to mariners and fishers for centuries and clearly visible in satellite images. 

 


Study on Fungi Evolution Answers Questions About Ancient Coal Formation and May Help Advance Future Biofuels Production

 

Study Reveals the Potentially Large Influences of Fungi, One of the Most Biologically Diverse Classes of Organisms, On Our Energy Supplies

A new study which includes the first large-scale comparison of fungi that cause rot decay suggests that the evolution of a type of fungi known as white rot may have brought an end to a 60-million-year-long period of coal deposition known as the Carboniferous period. Coal deposits that accumulated during the Carboniferous, which ended about 300 million years ago, have historically fueled about 50 percent of U.S. electric power generation.

 


Residential Project Achieves High Standard for Green, Affordable Urban Development

In the midst of a South Bronx, New York City neighborhood known for blight, poverty, pollution and crime, families are now moving into a very special residential complex named Via Verde, The Green Way, that was designed for healthy living.  

 


New Countries Phase-In Efficient Lighting to Yield Major Economic and Climate Benefits

A total of five percent of global electricity consumption could be saved every year through a transition to efficient lighting, resulting in annual worldwide savings of over US$ 110 billion. These are among the main findings of 150 country lighting assessments and a new global policy map on efficient lighting.  An en.lighten press conference at Rio +20 highlighted the planned phase-out of inefficient lighting which is designed to deliver major economic and climate benefits by 2016.

 

 


Venezuela Ends Shark Finning, Creates Protected Area

Venezuela set forth a series of measures this week to protect sharks within its waters. Most significantly, commercial shark fishing is now prohibited throughout the 3,730 square kilometers (1,440 square miles) of the Caribbean Sea that make up the popular Los Roques and Las Aves archipelagos, whose pristine beaches and coral reefs make it a diving and fishing attraction.

 


A Tree of All Life Being Built to Bring Together What is Known About How Species are Related

A new initiative aims to build a comprehensive tree of life that brings together everything scientists know about how all species are related, from the tiniest bacteria to the tallest tree. Information about evolutionary relationships is fundamental to comparative biology research. It helps scientists identify promising new medicines; develop hardier, higher-yielding crops; and fight infectious diseases such as HIV, anthrax and influenza.

 


US EPA and Department of Veterans Affairs to Connect Veterans with Jobs in Water Sectors

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program agreement announced today allows EPA and VA to connect qualified veteran employees with staffing needs at water and wastewater utilities. EPA and the VA will work with water utilities, states and local VA counselors to promote water sector careers and resources for finding water jobs for veterans as well as educational programs to help veterans' transition into careers in water industries.

 


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