Environmental

The Importance of Biodiversity and its Role in Sustaining Life on Earth

The Importance of Biodiversity and its Role in Sustaining Life on Earth

Biodiversity refers to the variety of living organisms that inhabit the earth, including plants, animals, fungi, and microorganisms. It is the result of billions of years of evolution and plays a crucial role in sustaining life on earth. The importance of biodiversity cannot be overstated, as it provides a range of ecosystem services that support human well-being and the functioning of the planet. In this article, we will explore the significance of biodiversity and its role in sustaining life on earth.

The Significance of Biodiversity

Biodiversity provides a range of ecosystem services that are essential for human well-being. These services include the provision of food, medicine, fiber, and fuel, as well as the regulation of climate, water, and nutrient cycles. Biodiversity also supports cultural and recreational activities and provides inspiration for art, literature, and spirituality. In short, biodiversity is the foundation of life on earth and is critical to human … Read More

Indonesian MoEF and US EPA Sign MoU to Enhance Environmental Cooperation

Indonesian MoEF and US EPA Sign MoU to Enhance Environmental Cooperation

(Photo: State Dept. / Budi Sudarmo)

JAKARTA – On April 5, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) added its signature, alongside that of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation on environmental protection and climate action.

The MOU was signed by EPA Administrator Michael Regan last week in Washington, DC, and today by Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya at the MoEF headquarters in Jakarta.

The signing ceremony was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Y. Kim and Office of International Affairs Director Mark Kasman.

The MoU establishes a framework for collaboration on a range of environmental issues, such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, air quality management, water quality management, waste management, environmental education, environmental law enforcement and circular economy approaches.

The MoU also aims to promote technical exchanges and information sharing between the two

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GFL Environmental Inc. Announces 10% Increase to Quarterly Dividend

GFL Environmental Inc. Announces 10% Increase to Quarterly Dividend

VAUGHAN, ON, April 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ – GFL Environmental Inc. (NYSE: GFL) (TSX: GFL) (“GFL” or the “Company”) today announced that the Board of Directors of the Company has declared a 10% increase to the regular quarterly cash dividend on the Company’s subordinate voting and multiple voting shares.

The regular quarterly cash dividend, which increases from US$0.012 per share to US$0.013 per share, will be paid on April 28, 2023 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 17, 2023. The Company has designated this dividend as an eligible dividend within the meaning of the Income Tax Act (Canada).

About GFL

GFL, headquartered in Vaughan, Ontario, is the fourth largest diversified environmental services company in North America, providing a comprehensive line of solid waste management, liquid waste management and soil remediation services through its platform of facilities throughout Canada and in

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Growing Environmental Justice Concerns Surround Proposed Rail Merger

Growing Environmental Justice Concerns Surround Proposed Rail Merger
Growing Environmental Justice Concerns Surround Proposed Rail Merger

By Hazel Trice Edney

(Trice Edney Wire) – It’s an unfortunate truth that over the course of our nation’s history, progress has often come at the expense of Black and other racial minority communities. From heavy manufacturing to busy rail lines, too often, communities of color are expected to pay more than their share of the cost of development.

The ongoing fallout from last month’s derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio illustrates in no uncertain terms just how crucial the question of environmental justice is to the future of rail safety in America.

This writer has reported multiple concerns in past columns that a pending merger between two large railroads—Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern—would be the next example of minority communities being asked to bear the brunt of development. New comments submitted to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) by the Environmental

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Lawmakers Cherry-pick Outdated EPA Data in Effort to Undermine Environmental Justice Grant Programs

Lawmakers Cherry-pick Outdated EPA Data in Effort to Undermine Environmental Justice Grant Programs

Last year, Congress passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which authorizes sweeping investments and policies to tackle the climate crisis and advance environmental justice. This historic bill invests nearly $3 billion in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate and Environmental Justice Block Grants, expanding funding for existing environmental justice grant programs and creating new opportunities.

Now, several conservative lawmakers are attempting to create roadblocks by using outdated EPA data to try to sow doubt and suspicion about these programs.

Broadly, these grants will support projects that aim to reduce harms to public health and the environment from climate change and pollution. Past funded projects include filtering lead out of household drinking water, preventing illegal waste dumping in Indigenous communities, and training farmworkers on disaster preparedness, among other projects.

It is hard to overstate the importance of these investments and the immense benefits they provide for overburdened communities. These communities have,

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