Icebreaker's Jeremy Moon Helps Launch New Zealand's Pure Advantage Environmental Responsibility Group

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Pure AdvantageJeremy Moon, founder and CEO of Icebreaker, has teamed up with other respected Kiwi business leaders to form Pure Advantage. The nonprofit organization, which launched on July 7, aims to protect and restore New Zealand’s pure, environmentally responsible image, which, according to the Pure Advantage founders, is in rapid decline due to neglect and is affecting the bottom line for the country’s tourism and export sales.

Paddlers Secure Chattooga Conservation Outcomes, Paddling Remains Severely Limited

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American WhitewaterThe U.S. Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Assessment that proposes to continue denying the American public the right to float in canoes and kayaks down the Wild and Scenic Upper Chattooga River for most or all of the year depending on the section of river.

The decision comes as the latest setback to citizens who connect with nature most strongly through paddling wild rivers like the Upper Chattooga. For more than a decade, paddlers have challenged the mismanagement of recreational and environmental values on the Upper Chattooga River.

Access Fund Helps CRAG-VT Emergency Stewardship Action to Repair Access Road

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The Climbing Resource Access Group of Vermont (CRAG-VT) and the Access Fund have completed road repairs at the Bolton Quarry after an unprecedented flood on April 26. A small loan provided through the Access Fund Land Conservation Campaign (AFLCC) will assist with the cost and jumpstart CRAG-VT's $16,300 fundraising effort to rebuild their financial reserves for ongoing land management and stewardship.

American Hiking Society Gives $27K in 2011 National Trails Fund Grants

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American Hiking SocietyAmerican Hiking Society (AHS) has enjoyed another year of awarding funds to trail projects across the country through its 2011 National Trails Fund (NTF). This year the NTF awarded $27,000 and eclipsed the half million dollar mark with total awards of $514,500 since its inception in 1998.

AHS received 114 applications from 38 states seeking funding. Of these, the eight outstanding projects listed below were chosen to recieve grants ranging between $500 and $5,000.

Greenpeace Uncovers Climate Skeptic Funded by Big Oil and Coal

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GreenpeaceAccording to reports from Reuters and Greenpeace, U.S. climate change skeptic Willie Soon, who has also discounted the health risks of mercury emissions from coal, has received more than $1 million in funding from oil and energy companies since 2002. Soon's benefactors include Southern Co., one of the largest coal burners in the U.S., the American Petroleum Institute as well as Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries and brother to co-owner David Koch. David Koch is the founder of Americans for Prosperity, a group aligned with the Tea Party movement, which opposes new air pollution regulations.

An astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Soon has also recieved funding from purely scientific sources including NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But starting early in the last decade, Soon began receiving more funding from the energy companies. Greenpeace filed a Freedom of Information Act and obtained information revealing the Koch Brothers gave $175,000 in 2005/2006 and once again in 2010. The American Petroleum institute gave grants totalling $274,000 between 2001 and 2007, and Exxon Mobile provided Soon with $335,000 in grants between 2005 and 2010.

House Subcommittee Proposes Reducing LWCF Budget 80 Percent

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LWCFA fiscal year 2012 bill approved by the House Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment Appropriations proposes drastic cuts to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), reducing the program by 80 percent from 2011 levels that were already 30 percent below 2010 levels.

"If enacted, the Subcommittee's proposed funding level would be the lowest in the history of the program, which strong enjoys strong bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate," said Will Rogers, president of The Trust for Public Land (TPL). "While we are disappointed in the bill approved today, we look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to find the funds needed to meet the critical land conservation and outdoor recreation needs that simply cannot wait."

New Report: Adult Obesity Increases in 16 States in the Past Year

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Adult obesity rates increased in 16 states in the past year and did not decline in any state, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent.

The obesity epidemic continues to be most dramatic in the South, which includes nine of the 10 states with the highest adult obesity rates. States in the Northeast and West tend to have lower rates. Mississippi maintained the highest adult obesity rate for the seventh year in a row, and Colorado has the lowest obesity rate and is the only state with a rate under 20 percent.

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