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Climate Reality Launches 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope

- Prior to UN Climate Summit, Cultural Leaders Join Al Gore to Highlight Climate Solutions at Hand, Encourage Viewers to Dedicate a Day to Climate Fight

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Climate Reality Project's fourth-annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast, 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope, will be presented live from Brooklyn, New York on September 16-17, beginning 12 PM EDT. This year's broadcast marks a turning point in the global movement for climate solutions, celebrating innovation and progress in fighting climate change around the world and kick starting a year of concerted action. Each hour, former U.S. Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman and Founder Al Gore will introduce a new reason to be hopeful about solving climate change and invite viewers worldwide to join this effort and dedicate a day in the coming year to helping end the climate crisis.

Airing one week prior to the U.N. Climate Summit, this year's 24 Hours of Reality program will share the good news that the tide is turning and solutions to climate change are here today. Each hour focuses on a specific milestone in efforts to address the crisis – from the plummeting cost of solar panels to the rise of climate action at the national level. Building on the previous three installments of award-winning programming, this year's broadcast will feature field reports with activists, town hall-style discussions with experts, and one-on-one interviews with celebrities, and artistic performances.

"Carbon pollution is already having a profound impact on our climate, but the good news is that we have all the tools we need to overcome this challenge," said Al Gore. "It's time our leaders stop asking 'What do we do?' and instead ask 'How can we accelerate the shift to a sustainable future powered by cheap, clean renewable energy, with sustainable agriculture and forestry.' This year's 24 Hours of Reality will signal a transition in the global conversation on climate change where we highlight the solutions at hand and empower individuals to take simple actions to aid this global fight."

The first 24 Hours of Reality began with the idea that much can change in a day. That's why, throughout the program, viewers will be asked to dedicate a day to making a difference in the climate fight. The combined efforts from viewers across the world will make 24 Reasons for Hope the kickoff for a global commitment to better our communities and transition to a clean energy future.

"24 Reasons for Hope will ask each of us to dedicate a day to make a difference," said Ken Berlin, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. "Climate change is big and complex, but that means there are hundreds of ways to contribute. Whether it's a parent organizing a renewable energy fair at school, or a young professional pledging to become a Climate Reality Leader, or a student working to elect a clean energy candidate, we all have different ways and different days to contribute."

In addition to former Vice President Al Gore and Climate Reality Project President and CEO Ken Berlin, a variety of international celebrities, musicians, advocates, and other special guests will join the broadcast, including:

  • Vanessa Black, filmmaker
  • Colbie Caillat, singer-songwriter
  • Rodne Galicha, activist
  • Wanjira Mathai, environmentalist
  • Jason Mraz, singer-songwriter
  • Patrick Ngowi, entrepreneur
  • Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College
  • Mark Ruffalo, actor & activist
  • Ian Somerhalder, actor & model
  • Johan van der Berg
  • Daniela Velasco

Representatives from:

  • Truman Project
  • The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • The Green Belt Movement
  • The Land Institute
  • Solar Sister
  • Interfaith Power and Light

The broadcast will be produced by Control Room, with supporting media efforts by Participant Media's television network, Pivot, and TakePart.com.

For more information on 24 Hours of Reality, visit www.24hoursofreality.org.

About The Climate Reality Project:
The Climate Reality Project is one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to mobilizing action around climate change. For more information, visit www.climaterealityproject.org or follow us on Twitter at @ClimateReality.

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Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia

- "Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain," according to new report

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups' shocking report, Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at www.bornfreeusa.org/OutOfAfrica

According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, "The ivory trade is operating today at the highest level since the 1989 commercial ivory trade ban. Our investigation reveals that between 2009 and June 2014, there were more than 90 large-scale ivory seizures, collectively weighing almost 170 tons that bear the hallmarks of international organized crime. This would amount to approximately 229,729 elephants killed and trafficked in fewer than six years."

"It is well known that East Asian nationals, and, in particular, the Chinese, drive the modern ivory trade. However, the scale we found in our investigation was shocking; Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every single African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain," Roberts explains.  

Varun Vira, Chief of Analysis at C4ADS and co-author of the report commissioned by Born Free USA, said, "The ivory trade is worth billions of dollars but is still talked about as if it were an unprofessional, disorganized, and artisanal industry, of concern only to conservationists. In reality, it is a highly organized, complex global crime that has avoided consequence for decades. However, our report reveals that there may be as few as 100 large-scale ivory containers moving annually that drive the vast majority of the entire illegal trade. Focusing efforts on intercepting these containers and tracing back their owners and facilitators can have a real impact on the trade." 

Out of Africa provides a detailed examination of the illicit ivory supply chain, including: 

  • Illegal ivory flows primarily in containers through the international shipping system. At least 100 containers may be moving annually, the majority through a small number of chokepoints.
  • A large majority of all of the illegal ivory is accounted for within a small number of transactions; through a small number of ports and airports; and to a small number of criminal networks.
  • Just the three ports of Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar in Kenya and Tanzania exit the majority of shipments, pointing to the need for more carefully-targeted enforcement efforts.
  • The top three airports in the chain are in Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Johannesburg.
  • Traffickers able to operate from the forest to the market can earn more than 2,500% in profit margins.
  • Ivory and wildlife trafficking networks operate within a networked black market that has a high degree of convergence with other forms of organized crime activity. Ivory traffickers do not necessarily run guns or narcotics themselves, but they rely on -- and help enrich -- facilitators who are interwoven into the systems that enable terrorist financing, drugs, weapons, and human trafficking.

Roberts adds, "The greatest challenge to combat the wildlife trade is a lack of adequate information on how the trade functions. Our report seeks to bridge that gap, providing actionable insights, and replicable and scalable processes, to help mobilize tangible action for the policy, intelligence, and law enforcement communities." 

The Born Free USA team has focused on wildlife trafficking for more than two decades, and advocated vociferously for the 1989 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) uplisting of African elephants to Appendix I, thus shutting down the commercial international trade in elephant ivory. The organization maintains a global wildlife trade program and is at the forefront of campaigns to protect imperiled species, including from the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger bone, lion trophies, and bear gallbladders.

Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic "pets," trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA brings to North America the message of "compassionate conservation" -- the vision of the U.K.-based Born Free Foundation, established in 1984 by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film "Born Free," along with their son Will Travers. Born Free's mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org; www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa; and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.

C4ADS is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting of conflict and security issues worldwide. C4ADS' approach leverages nontraditional investigative techniques and emerging analytical technologies. The organization recognizes the value of working on the ground in the field, capturing local knowledge, and collecting original data to inform analysis, as well as employing cutting-edge technology to manage and analyze data. The result is an innovative analytical approach to conflict prevention and mitigation. More at www.c4ads.org.

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Chinachem Group to hold Third Biennial Conference on Sustainable Development

Three prime commercial properties to undergo green redevelopment

Total investment budget over HK$ 2.8 billion

HONG KONG, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinachem Group's third Biennial Conference on Sustainable Development ("the Conference") will be held on 10 October 2014. Mr Sunny Yeung, CEO of Chinachem Group, revealed at a press conference that three prime commercial properties belonging to Chinachem Group will undergo green redevelopment with a total investment budget of over HK$ 2.8 billion, total Construction Floor Area (CFA) 640,000 ft2.

The Conference, with the theme of "The Future of Sustainability: From Planning to Implementation", aims to address current environmental issues, outline feasible solutions, share a vision for the future with the built environment as a key focus, and then finally provide in-depth analysis and views into how professionals can stay ahead of the curve on a practical level.

The Conference will be split into 3 sessions. Industry experts will present their views, then come together to participate in a panel discussion at the end of the session where panel moderators will look to arrive at some meaningful conclusions to session's theme. Mr Wong Kam-sing, JP, Secretary for the Environment, HKSAR Government, is the Guest of Honour who will open the conference by discussing the future of sustainability and where Hong Kong stands. The first session, "Sustainability -- The real impact on humanity" looks to discuss how current issues impact people and what progress society has really made in long-discussed areas such as climate change, healthy living and limited resources. The second session "Transforming the Built Environment -- Plans for the future" brings professionals from urban planning, real estate, engineering, architecture and related industries together to share their thoughts on the future. Finally, the third session "Implementing our Visions -- How do we do it?" aims to discuss the "how" in sustainable development, and look to highlight practical, innovative ways to move forward.

Mr Sunny Yeung said: "We hope that through meaningful exchange from experts from academic, policy research, architecture, engineering, urban planning, retail and other related fields, the conference will serve as a platform to bring us further understanding in the area of sustainable development."

Currently, three of Chinachem Group's commercial properties -- Asian House, Chinachem Central I & II, have already received Pre-certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification System developed by the U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC). With a total investment budget of HK$ 2.8035 billion, redevelopment of Asian House is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, and both Chinachem Central I & II will be completed by the end of 2016.

Mr Sunny Yeung said: "The three projects are based in prime locations and are core rental properties to Chinachem. Due to singular ownership over the projects, there is a higher level of energy efficiency.  All three projects are green buildings. We believe the focal point of each project is not the amount invested, but our priority is sustainable development practices. This is Chinachem Group's responsibility to society."

Mr Sunny Yeung also said: "Before the implementation of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance, Chinachem Group studied energy use of existing properties in 2010. We employed a consultant to conduct analysis on energy use and carbon emissions for L'Hotel Nina et Convention Centre to develop a long-term energy saving plan. The introduction of energy-efficient hotel operations and management reduced electricity consumption by 3% in the summer between 2012 and 2013. L'hotel Island South reduced electricity consumption by 4.5% between 2011 and 2013. Chinachem Group has also organized large-scale events that address environmental impact, such as the Chinachem Walkathon, which will be held on 9 November 2014 this year, in order to achieve carbon reduction and environmental protection goals".


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Ecobuild Southeast Asia 2014 — Building Sustainably For Society

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecobuild Southeast Asia 2014 in collaboration with International Construction Week is passionate about great architecture and all things sustainable. A show that is committed to providing positive solutions for today's and tomorrow's built environment through the latest innovative technologies and products in sustainable smart design that can deliver high quality, effective and inspiring built space.

Presence of global industry players expected at Ecobuild SEA / ICW 2014 (Photo: Ecobuild SEA 2013)
Presence of global industry players expected at Ecobuild SEA / ICW 2014 (Photo: Ecobuild SEA 2013)


Seek for innovations and solutions at Ecobuild SEA / ICW 2014 (Photo: Ecobuild SEA 2013)
Seek for innovations and solutions at Ecobuild SEA / ICW 2014 (Photo: Ecobuild SEA 2013)


Gain insights and knowledge exchange at Ecobuild SEA / ICW 2014 (Photo: Ecobuild SEA 2013)
Gain insights and knowledge exchange at Ecobuild SEA / ICW 2014 (Photo: Ecobuild SEA 2013)



Hosted by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), the 2nd edition of Southeast Asia's Leading Event for Sustainable Design, Construction and Built Environment will be held together with the International Construction Week (ICW) - The Premier Annual Event for the Construction Industry in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. To commence at the Putra World Trade Centre from 17 -- 19 September 2014. An expected attendance of over 10,000 industry players, so why wait..beat the hassle and REGISTER AS VISITOR NOW at www.ecobuildsea.com

The 2014 show takes a big step forward with dedicated co-located events to launch and display new innovative products and solutions. Amongst others is the world's largest producer of stone wool insulation, ROCKWOOL Group operates in over 40 countries across Europe, North America and Asia in providing the highest quality stone wool solutions that offers a combination of four benefits in fire resistance, noise reduction, thermal comfort and sustainability. It is backed by over 75 years of industry experience with environmentally sound production facilities and skilled professionals who understand buildings and how to make them comfortable and safe for generations to come.

"As a provider of fire safe insulation solutions, we are participating in Ecobuild SEA to demonstrate how ROCKWOOL stone wool can provide comfort and protection to people and buildings while highlighting our technical expertise and know-how in total building performance."

We are also proud to welcome Saint-Gobain AAC, the world leader in habitat and construction markets and the owner of HENNER who happens to be the oldest and leading autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) manufacturer in Malaysia and Singapore. During the show, Saint-Gobain AAC will offer innovative sustainable walling solutions to meet the growing global demands for energy efficiency and environmental protection.

"We believe Ecobuild Southeast Asia is the right platform to promote sustainable products in the region. We will use this event as our platform to heighten brand awareness, advertising campaign, collect market feedback on our products and service and most important is to establish and maintain relationship with existing and potential customers. We are looking forward to present our latest products and services to our industry partners in the event. We hope the above reasons of participating in Ecobuild Southeast Asia can be achieved successfully" said Mr Bryan Soh, Marketing Manager, Saint-Gobain AAC Sdn. Bhd.

Imagine having to design and construct at your disposal without worries of higher maintenance and materials cost. How do you that? Well do come listen, engage and be inspired by more than multiple conferences and seminars that will expose emerging ground-breaking innovative technologies and sound solutions in sustainable design through renowned industry experts during the three show days. Do not miss your opportunity to attend either one or a couple of the sessions. View the Full Schedule, Plan Your Time & REGISTER For Your Attendance.

  • Ecobuild SEA seminars: Engage with experts including Energy Commission, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Malaysian Industry – Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and others in interactive seminar sessions.

REGISTER HERE: http://www.ecobuildsea.com/seminar.aspx 

  • Technology Symposium: Where the latest environmental products and technology will be presented to trade buyers

REGISTER HERE: http://www.ecobuildsea.com/technology-symposium

  • ICW conference: A high end paid conference chaired by Ministry of Works, Public Works Department (JKR), American Concrete Institute (KL Chapter), Concrete Society of Malaysia (CSM) , UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), Malaysian Asset & Project Management Association (MAPMA) and more.

REGISTER HERE: http://www.ecobuildsea.com/icw-2014-conference

So, if you happen to have an innovation or solution so good that it must be shared, then acquire your booth today at the most prominent space on the show floor. Speak to the team NOW!

For Southeast Asia -

Mr. Norman



Mr. Adzli



For UK & International –

Ms. Marina

+44 (0) 2079218632


Notes to Editors :

1. About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia's leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 30 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world's fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 70 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 50 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad organise 20 exhibitions and 60 conferences every year across the country.

2. About UBM plc (www.ubm.com)

UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events via online and print providing them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional communities from doctors to game developers, journalists to jewellery traders, farmers to pharmacists. Our 6,500 staff members in more than 40 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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