News

Ithaca attorney wins world’s top prize for environmental activism

Photo: WHCU

Six environmental advocates from India, Peru, Russia and three other countries have won this year’s Goldman Prize, which is awarded for grass-roots activism.

The Goldman Environmental Foundation says India’s Ramesh Agrawal received the prize for helping villagers fight coal mining in Chhattisgarh state. Peru’s Ruth Buendia was recognized for helping to prevent two dams in the Peruvian Amazon, while Russian zoologist Suren Gazaryan won for defending protected areas from Olympic development in Sochi.

The foundation says Ithaca-based attorney¬†Helen Slottje was selected for helping to shut down fracking in New York State, South Africa’s Desmond D’Sa for closing a toxic dump site in Durban, and Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra for shutting illegal palm oil plantations in Sumatra.

The winners will each receive $175,000 on Monday, up from $150,000 last year.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

 

Recent Headlines

5 hours ago in Local

Cuomo: Heroin, ethics are top priorities as Albany session ends

cuomo

Governor Cuomo says the drug epidemic and campaign finance reform are his key issues going forward as the session winds down.

5 hours ago in Local

Dryden woman arrested in PA for smuggling heroin into hospital

Crime-5

Mackenzie Trevits of Dryden is accused of smuggling heroin to her boyfriend while he was a patient at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

7 hours ago in Local

Cal Harris found not guilty in 4th murder trial

harris again

Judge ruled Tuesday that Cal Harris was not guilty in connection with 2001 disappearance, suspected murder, of wife Michele

8 hours ago in Local

Sheriff’s Department: Gorge rangers will be big help for safety

Sheriff-car600

Two new gorge ranger positions were approved by Town of Ithaca officials in a meeting Monday.

9 hours ago in Local

Cortland County woman arrested after assaulting baby

cindy petrella

Cindy Petrella of Cortland County is accused of shaking the 4-month-old child and causing a brain injury.