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Boyes E.,University of Liverpool | Stanisstreet M.,University of Liverpool | Skamp K.,Southern Cross University of Australia | Rodriguez M.,Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) | And 10 more authors.
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education | Year: 2014

Previous studies have shown that there is what has been called a gap between environmental knowledge and a willingness to act in a pro-environmental manner. For the individual, this gap is probably the result of the huge complexity of factors that affect behaviour. The way in which this gap is sometimes identified in the literature, however, is also partly a function of the fact that much of the research in this area has compared environmental attitudes in general with a willingness to take actions that are specific. In the present study, we have circumvented this latter issue by exploring links between a declared willingness to undertake specific actions and the level of belief in the efficacy of those particular actions in reducing global warming. Here we report findings on actions concerning personal transport. Because the questionnaire was designed to provide quantitative measures, novel indices could be constructed that indicate, for example, the extent to which persuading people that an action is effective might increase their willingness to undertake it. Responses were obtained from students in 11 countries with different cultural mores. This enabled us to explore possible associations between a readiness to undertake specific actions and previously published socio-cultural indices. The implications for education about these issues are explored. © 2014 Taylor & Francis.


Jongma D.N.,Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn | Campo D.,Center for Environmental Education | Dattolo E.,Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn | D'Esposito D.,Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn | And 6 more authors.
Botanica Marina | Year: 2013

On the basis of morphological and molecular studies, we identified the Australian endemic green alga known as Caulerpa distichophylla along the coasts of Sicily (Italy, Mediterranean Sea). The slender Caulerpa previously reported as C. taxifolia from southeastern Turkey (Gulf of Iskenderun) also belongs to C. distichophylla. Morphologically, C. distichophylla clearly differs from C. taxifolia in its slender thallus and the lack of large rhizoidal pillars. However, genetic data do not provide undisputed evidence that the species are distinct. Sequences of the tufA cpDNA gene and of the cp 16S rDNA intron-2 sequences separated the two taxa by only one single nucleotide mutation, whereas ITS rDNA sequences did not clearly distinguish them. The new combination Caulerpa taxifolia var. distichophylla is therefore proposed. Western and eastern Mediterranean populations of C. taxifolia var. distichophylla are probably the result of introduction events from southwestern Australia. Although the vector of primary introductions remains unknown (aquarium trade or shipping), maritime traffic appears to be the most likely vector of secondary dispersal. C. taxifolia var. distichophylla is closely related to C. taxifolia, hence interbreeding with the other C. taxifolia strains in the Mediterranean Sea might be expected to occur. © 2013 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin Boston 2013.


News Article | December 9, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

SHANGHAI, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On the afternoon of December 9, 2016, the award ceremony of 10th AT&S Cup on Student's Painting Competition was held in Shanghai. The competition, with a theme of "Green Lifestyle", targeted the students from 5 to 15 years old, kicked off in September. By the end of November, the organizing committee consisting of the experts from the Center for Environmental Education & Communications of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, China Welfare Institute Children's Palace and AT&S, had received a total of about 600 entries from kindergarten, elementary school and junior school throughout the city.Through evaluation, 30 winners for first prize and 60 winners for second prize received certificates at the ceremony. Li Shudong, director of the Center for Environmental Education & Communications of Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, handed out awards to the winners. He noted that 2016 is the 10th consecutive year of the AT&S Cup themed on the environment for youth in Shanghai. "We look forward to cooperating with AT&S on a long term basis and raising environmental consciousness together among students who will be the future," said Li. Colin Li, EHS & Sustainability Director of AT&S BU Mobile Devices and Substrates said, "We call for everyone to lead a green lifestyle. If we all start from the trivial, from the beginning, the world will become green and beautiful." "As one of the technology leaders in HDI PCBs and IC substrates, AT&S is committed to investing in high-tech sectors, while continuously reducing environmental footprint during the process and production. We are delighted to have the opportunity to inspire and educate Shanghai students about the importance of CO2 emission and low-energy consumption through our engagement.Consistent with our company's philosophy, we are proud of our dedication to responsible corporate citizenship," commented Phua Chen-Jiang, AT&S CEO BU Mobile Devices & Substrates. AT&S Cup, first launched in 2006, by joining hands with Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, it has played a key role in nurturing the student's life-long interest in environmental related topics. Over the years, the program has reached out to local communities in Shanghai and encouraged ecological concept in the youth's education. AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG - First choice for advanced applications AT&S is the European market leader and one of the globally leading manufacturers of high-value printed circuit boards. AT&S industrialises leading-edge technologies for its core business segments Mobile Devices, Automotive, Industrial, Medical and Advanced Packaging. As an international growth enterprise, AT&S has a global presence, with production facilities in Austria (Leoben and Fehring) and plants in India (Nanjangud), China (Shanghai, Chongqing) and Korea (Ansan, near Seoul). The company employed an average of 8,759 people in the financial year 2015/16. For more information: www.ats.net.

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