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April 18, 2012

2012 Goldman Environmental Prizes Are Awarded

The Goldman Environmental Foundation announced on Monday the six winners of its 2012 prizes for grass-roots green activism, with four of the awards honoring individuals involved in protecting water resources from pollution and industrial development, says the Environmental News Service.

The $150,000 prizes, established in 1989, recognize "environmental heroes" in Africa, Asia, North America, Central and South America, Europe, and the world's islands.

This year's winners include Ma Jun, a Chinese journalist and watchdog who monitors corporate violations of air- and water-pollution laws; Ikal Angelei, of Kenya, who is fighting plans for a dam that would severely restrict water supplies to Lake Turkana, the world's largest desert lake; and Caroline Cannon, an Alaskan challenging water and gas drilling in the Arctic seas.

For more information on all the winners, see the Goldman Foundation Web site.