• Wildfire Rages on Icy Greenland’s West Coast
  • Minamata Convention on Mercury Enters into Force
  • Largest U.S. Bank to Rely 100% on Renewable Energy
  • British Columbia Wildfires Force Thousands to Flee
  • New York Crushes Tons of Elephant Ivory in Central Park
  • Global Treaty for the Environment Taking Shape
  • Endangered Tigers Face New Enemy – Wire Snares

Wildfire Rages on Icy Greenland’s West Coast

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, August 17, 2017 (ENS) – Greenland, the world’s largest island, known for its vast sheets of ice, is now experiencing its first large wildfire. The fire is burning along the island’s west coast about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northeast of Sisimiut, the second-largest city in Greenland, an autonomous county of Denmark.

Minamata Convention on Mercury Enters into Force

NEW YORK, New York, August 16, 2017 (ENS) – The world’s first treaty to protect the environment and human health in nearly a decade, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, enters into force today, committing 74 countries, including the United States, to reducing the risks to human health and the environment from the release of mercury.

Largest U.S. Bank to Rely 100% on Renewable Energy

NEW YORK, New York, August 16, 2017 (ENS) – JPMorgan Chase has announced it will source renewable power for 100 percent of its global energy needs by 2020. The firm has offices and operations in more than 60 countries across 5,500 properties, covering 75 million square feet.

British Columbia Wildfires Force Thousands to Flee

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, August 7, 2017 (ENS) – Hot and dry, the interior of British Columbia is ablaze with wildfires that have driven tens of thousands of residents from their homes and filled the skies over the province with smoke. International firefighting assistance is on the way.

New York Crushes Tons of Elephant Ivory in Central Park

NEW YORK, New York, August 4, 2017 (ENS) – Two tons of confiscated illegal ivory were crushed in New York’s Central Park on Thursday in an event hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the jeweler Tiffany and Co.

Global Treaty for the Environment Taking Shape

NEW YORK, New York, July 30, 2017 (ENS) – The Global Pact for the Environment, a new United Nations treaty to define fundamental environmental rights everywhere in the world, is being drafted and will be presented to the UN General Assembly in September by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Endangered Tigers Face New Enemy – Wire Snares

CAMBRIDGE, UK, July 29, 2017 (ENS) – Illegal wire snare traps are creating a survival crisis for tigers and other wildlife across Asia. Today, on Global Tiger Day, the conservation groups TRAFFIC and WWF are urging the governments of tiger range countries to crack down on the practice.

 

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Wildfire Rages on Icy Greenland’s West Coast

Wildfire Rages on Icy Greenland’s West Coast

  COPENHAGEN, Denmark, August 17, 2017 (ENS) – Greenland, the world’s largest island, known for its vast sheets of ice, is now experiencing its first large wildfire. The fire is burning along the island’s west coast about...

 

Minamata Convention on Mercury Enters into Force

Minamata Convention on Mercury Enters into Force

  NEW YORK, New York, August 16, 2017 (ENS) – The world’s first treaty to protect the environment and human health in nearly a decade, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, enters into force today, committing its 74 Parties, including...

 

Largest U.S. Bank to Rely 100% on Renewable Energy

Largest U.S. Bank to Rely 100% on Renewable Energy

  NEW YORK, New York, August 16, 2017 (ENS) – JPMorgan Chase has announced it will source renewable power for 100 percent of its global energy needs by 2020. The firm has offices and operations in more than 60 countries across 5,500...

 

British Columbia Wildfires Force Thousands to Flee

British Columbia Wildfires Force Thousands to Flee

  VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, August 7, 2017 (ENS) – Hot and dry, the interior of British Columbia is ablaze with wildfires that have driven tens of thousands of residents from their homes and filled the skies over the province...

 

New York Crushes Tons of Elephant Ivory in Central Park

New York Crushes Tons of Elephant Ivory in Central Park

  NEW YORK, New York, August 4, 2017 (ENS) – Two tons of confiscated illegal ivory were crushed in New York’s Central Park on Thursday in an event hosted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Wildlife Conservation...

 

Global Treaty for the Environment Taking Shape

Global Treaty for the Environment Taking Shape

  NEW YORK, New York, July 30, 2017 (ENS) – The Global Pact for the Environment, a new United Nations treaty to define fundamental environmental rights everywhere in the world, is being drafted and will be presented to the UN General...

 

Endangered Tigers Face New Enemy – Wire Snares

Endangered Tigers Face New Enemy – Wire Snares

  CAMBRIDGE, UK, July 29, 2017 (ENS) – Illegal wire snare traps are creating a survival crisis for tigers and other wildlife across Asia. Today, on Global Tiger Day, the conservation groups TRAFFIC and WWF are urging the governments...

 

Gore’s New Film Evangelizes for Climate Action

Gore’s New Film Evangelizes for Climate Action

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2017 (ENS) – Al Gore’s new film, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” documents the efforts of this former Nobel Laureate, U.S. Vice President and presidential candidate as he urges...

 

House Approves 2018 Funding for Trump’s Border Wall

House Approves 2018 Funding for Trump’s Border Wall

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2017 (ENS) – The House of Representatives Thursday approved the Trump administration’s $1.57 billion budget request to expand the U.S.-Mexico border wall, ignoring threats to protected wildlife refuges...

 

Venezuelan Bird Feared Extinct for 60 Years Found

Venezuelan Bird Feared Extinct for 60 Years Found

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2017 (ENS) – One of South America’s great bird mysteries has been solved by an international team of researchers working in the forested mountains of western Venezuela. The scientists have rediscovered...

 

UK to Ban New Diesel and Petrol Vehicles by 2040

UK to Ban New Diesel and Petrol Vehicles by 2040

  LONDON, UK, July 26, 2017 (ENS) – The UK government will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, officials said today, as they unveiled new plans to reduce air pollution in response to a court...

 

‘Exceptional Global Warmth’ Triggers Wildfires, Floods

‘Exceptional Global Warmth’ Triggers Wildfires, Floods

  GENEVA, Switzerland, July 26, 2017 (ENS) – Wildfires in southeastern France forced the evacuation of 10,000 people overnight, French officials have confirmed. Overall, more than 4,000 firefighters and troops supported by water bombers...

 

Protein Made With Electricity Could Ease World Hunger

Protein Made With Electricity Could Ease World Hunger

  LAPPEENRANTA, Finland, July 24, 2017 (ENS) – Finnish scientists have produced a single-cell protein using electricity and carbon dioxide that can be developed for use as human food and animal feed. The protein can be produced anywhere...

 

Pope Donates to Feed Drought-Stricken East Africa

Pope Donates to Feed Drought-Stricken East Africa

  ROME, Italy, July 24, 2017 (ENS) – In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has donated €25,000 to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s efforts to support people struggling with food insecurity and famine in East Africa. Pope...

 

Trump Takes Aim at Alaska Wildlife

Trump Takes Aim at Alaska Wildlife

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 21, 2017 (ENS) – A wildlife refuge in Alaska will no longer be a real refuge for wildlife after the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service obey the latest directives from the Trump administration. In...

 

11 Big Banks Offer Climate Risk Transparency

11 Big Banks Offer Climate Risk Transparency

  LONDON, UK, July 19, 2017 (ENS) – Eleven of the world’s largest banks, representing over US$7 trillion, are making a public commitment to promote climate risk transparency in financial markets. The banks’ commitments...

 

California Extends Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Regime

California Extends Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Regime

  SACRAMENTO, California, July 18, 2017 (ENS) – The California Legislature handed Governor Jerry Brown a hard-fought victory on Monday when a bill to extend California’s cap-and-trade program for regulating heat-trapping greenhouse...

 

Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica as Climate Warms

Giant Iceberg Breaks Off Antarctica as Climate Warms

  GREENBELT, Maryland, July 13, 2017 (ENS) – An iceberg weighing one trillion metric tonnes, one of the largest ever recorded, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and July 12 in what NASA...

 

UNESCO World Heritage Panel Warns Poland on Logging

UNESCO World Heritage Panel Warns Poland on Logging

  KRAKOW, Poland, July 11, 2017 (ENS) – The UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Krakow added three natural sites and extended another, while removing a West African site from the Danger List and warning Poland to stop logging...

 

U.S. Aquariums Battle Plastic Waste in Oceans, Lakes

U.S. Aquariums Battle Plastic Waste in Oceans, Lakes

  MONTEREY, California, July 10, 2017 (ENS) – Stopping the flow of plastic pollution into oceans and lakes is the goal of a new partnership of 19 U.S. aquariums that say plastic waste is one of the gravest threats facing ocean and...

 
 
 
 

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