• Pacific Island Countries Face El Niño Extreme Weather
  • RCMP Arrest Protesters at Kinder Morgan Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion
  • EU Court Rules British Government Must Limit Diesel Exhaust
  • AmeriScan: November 19, 2014
  • Senate Defeats Keystone XL Pipeline Bill By One Vote
  • Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Takes on ‘Corrupt’ Timber Tycoons
  • Obama Pledges US$3 Billion to New Green Climate Fund

Pacific Island Countries Face El Niño Extreme Weather

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 24, 2014 (ENS) – An abnormal warming of surface ocean waters, known as the El Niño effect forecast for the coming six months is threatening extreme weather conditions for Pacific island states’ industry and infrastructure, the United Nations warned Friday.

RCMP Arrest Protesters at Kinder Morgan Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

BURNABY, British Columbia, Canada, November 23, 2014 (ENS) – An 11-year-old girl was among those arrested Sunday as a crowd protested survey work by the Texas-based Kinder Morgan company for a tar sands pipeline expansion through the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby.

EU Court Rules British Government Must Limit Diesel Exhaust

LUXEMBOURG, November 20, 2014 (ENS) – The United Kingdom must clean up illegal levels of air pollution “as soon as possible,” the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday, in its first decision on the European Union’s 2008 air quality law.

AmeriScan: November 19, 2014

Senate Democrats Put a Price on Carbon Pollution … Chevrolet Buys First Prairie Grassland Carbon Offsets … Alaskan Polar Bear Population Down by 40 Percent … Fracking Allowed in Largest Eastern National Forest … U.S. Cuts Illegal Timber Imports … XS Platinum Indicted for Toxics in Salmon River Senate Democrats Put a Price on Carbon […]

Senate Defeats Keystone XL Pipeline Bill By One Vote

WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2014 (ENS) – A measure to force approval of the Keystone tar sands pipeline was defeated in the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 59-41. Sixty votes were needed for passage of the bill. All the Republican Senators and 11 Democrats voted for the bill. A similar measure sailed through the Republican-controlled House of Representatives last week.

Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Takes on ‘Corrupt’ Timber Tycoons

KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time in the 50-year history of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, a chief minister has taken the timber industry to task. Chief Minister Adenan Satem Monday gathered the tycoons of the state’s big six logging firms for a meeting, during which he publicly accused them of “corrupt” practices.

Obama Pledges US$3 Billion to New Green Climate Fund

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – The United States will contribute up to US$3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries respond to climate change, and Japan will give up to US$1.5 billion, the leaders of both nations announced at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, […]

 


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Pacific Island Countries Face El Niño Extreme Weather

Pacific Island Countries Face El Niño Extreme Weather

  BANGKOK, Thailand, November 24, 2014 (ENS) – An abnormal warming of surface ocean waters, known as the El Niño effect, forecast for the coming six months is threatening extreme weather conditions for Pacific island states’...

 

RCMP Arrest Protesters at Kinder Morgan Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

RCMP Arrest Protesters at Kinder Morgan Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

  BURNABY, British Columbia, Canada, November 23, 2014 (ENS) – An 11-year-old girl was among those arrested Sunday as a crowd protested survey work by the Texas-based Kinder Morgan company for a tar sands pipeline expansion through...

 

EU Court Rules British Government Must Limit Diesel Exhaust

EU Court Rules British Government Must Limit Diesel Exhaust

  LUXEMBOURG, November 20, 2014 (ENS) – The United Kingdom must clean up illegal levels of air pollution “as soon as possible,” the European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday, in its first decision on the European Union’s...

 

AmeriScan: November 19, 2014

AmeriScan: November 19, 2014

Senate Democrats Put a Price on Carbon Pollution … Chevrolet Buys First Prairie Grassland Carbon Offsets … Alaskan Polar Bear Population Down by 40 Percent … Fracking Allowed in Largest Eastern National Forest … U.S....

 

Senate Defeats Keystone XL Pipeline Bill By One Vote

Senate Defeats Keystone XL Pipeline Bill By One Vote

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 18, 2014 (ENS) – A measure to force approval of the Keystone tar sands pipeline was defeated in the U.S. Senate today by a vote of 59-41. Sixty votes were needed for passage of the bill. All the Republican...

 

Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Takes on ‘Corrupt’ Timber Tycoons

Sarawak’s New Chief Minister Takes on ‘Corrupt’ Timber Tycoons

  KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time in the 50-year history of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo, a chief minister has taken the timber industry to task. Chief Minister Adenan...

 

Obama Pledges US$3 Billion to New Green Climate Fund

Obama Pledges US$3 Billion to New Green Climate Fund

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – The United States will contribute up to US$3 billion to the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries respond to climate change, and Japan will give up to US$1.5 billion, the leaders...

 

Mobile Phone App Could Help Manage Harmful Traffic Noise

Mobile Phone App Could Help Manage Harmful Traffic Noise

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 17, 2014 (ENS) – A new mobile phone application, called 2Loud?, can measure night-time noise exposure inside homes near roadways. EU health officials say that with large-scale community participation,...

 

Massey Coal Executive Indicted for Fatal Mine Explosion

Massey Coal Executive Indicted for Fatal Mine Explosion

  CHARLESTON, West Virginia, November 15, 2014 (ENS) – Don Blankenship, former CEO of coal giant Massey Energy, was indicted Thursday on charges of conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards and impeding federal mine safety...

 

IUCN Debuts Green List of Protected Areas at World Parks Congress

IUCN Debuts Green List of Protected Areas at World Parks Congress

  SYDNEY, Australia, November 14, 2014 (ENS) – The IUCN’s Green List of Protected Areas was introduced to the world today at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney. Held once every 10 years by the International Union for the...

 

AmeriScan: November 13, 2014

AmeriScan: November 13, 2014

Utah Recycler Abandons Tons of Toxic e-Waste … U.S. Forces Smelly SO2 Emitters Into $50 Million Upgrades … PEER: ‘Cattle Trample Sage-grouse Recovery’ … Green Groups Sue to Save Walruses from Arctic Drilling … Conservation...

 

China, U.S. Back Global Climate Deal, Vow to Slash Emissions

China, U.S. Back Global Climate Deal, Vow to Slash Emissions

  BEIJING, China, November 12, 2014 (ENS) – The leaders of the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitting nations – China and the United States – today jointly pledged ambitious actions to limit climate change “for...

 

Fukushima Radioactive Cesium Found Off California Coast

Fukushima Radioactive Cesium Found Off California Coast

  WOODS HOLE, Massachusetts, November 11, 2014 (ENS) – In California waters for the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of signature radioactive compounds from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident triggered...

 

Billion Euro Eco-Friendly Train Station Opens in Vienna

Billion Euro Eco-Friendly Train Station Opens in Vienna

  VIENNA, Austria, November 11, 2014 (ENS) – Vienna’s new environmentally-friendly Central Railway Station will begin receiving international arrivals in December. Austrian transportation planners have designed access to...

 

Global Market for Conservation Investing Hits $23 Billion

Global Market for Conservation Investing Hits $23 Billion

  ARLINGTON, Virginia, November 7, 2014 (ENS) – The first survey of conservation investing reveals a fast-growing market that totaled $23 billion in the five-year period from 2009-2013. Private investments accounted for almost $2...

 

Brazilian Judge Sides With Tribe Over Land Threatened by Dams

Brazilian Judge Sides With Tribe Over Land Threatened by Dams

  BRASILIA, Brazil, November 6, 2014 (ENS) – In a struggle between a Brazilian indigenous tribe and the federal government over two dams that would flood lands claimed by the tribe, a federal judge has ruled that the government must...

 

Tanzania’s Elephants Fall to Corrupt Officials, Chinese Gangs

Tanzania’s Elephants Fall to Corrupt Officials, Chinese Gangs

  LONDON, UK, November 6, 2014 (ENS) – Chinese-led criminal syndicates are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade that has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past...

 

Protected Areas Failing Earth’s Vulnerable Animals, Plants

Protected Areas Failing Earth’s Vulnerable Animals, Plants

  NEW YORK, New York, November 5, 2014 (ENS) – The Wildlife Conservation Society, which manages New York City’s zoos and aquarium plus 200 million acres of protected lands around the world, today sounded the alarm that the...

 

The Planet Loses as Republicans Seize Control of Congress

The Planet Loses as Republicans Seize Control of Congress

WASHINGTON, DC, November 5, 2014 (ENS) – Voters gave Republicans control of the Senate in Tuesday’s midterm elections with a majority of 52 seats to the Democrats’ 48. The GOP also maintained control of the House of Representatives,...

 

False Greenhouse Gas Claims Cost Hyundai, Kia US$100 Million

False Greenhouse Gas Claims Cost Hyundai, Kia US$100 Million

WASHINGTON, DC, November 4, 2014 (ENS) – South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the largest fine in U.S. Clean Air Act history because close to 1.2 million vehicles they sold will emit 4.75 million metric tons more greenhouse...