• Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay
  • Lima Climate Talks Produce Weak Draft for Global Treaty
  • AmeriScan: December 13, 2014
  • Green Investors Flunk Fracking Industry on Impact Management
  • Crunch Time at UN Climate Talks; 20,000 March for Justice
  • Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters
  • World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions

Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay

WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama today designated the waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to oil and gas leasing for exploration, development or production. This action safeguards one of the nation’s most productive fisheries and preserves an ecologically rich area of the Bering Sea that is vital to the commercial fishing and tourism economy and to Alaska Native communities.

Lima Climate Talks Produce Weak Draft for Global Treaty

LIMA, Peru, December 14, 2014 (ENS) – A climate deal reached late today by world governments at a UN conference in Lima keeps negotiations on track for a universal global climate treaty in Paris in 2015, but the weak text points to a tough year of talks ahead.

AmeriScan: December 13, 2014

California Breathes Rainsoaked Sigh of Relief … Copper Mine at Apache Leap Passes Congress … Feds Formalize Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group … Red Knot Shorebird Listed as Threatened … Historic Critical Habitat Planned for Alaska’s Ringed Seals … Anti-Fracking Groups Denounce Lift of Maryland Ban … … Chesapeake Bay Streams Heating Up

Green Investors Flunk Fracking Industry on Impact Management

BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 11, 2014 (ENS) – ExxonMobil, Chevron, and WPX Energy are ranked among the worst fracking companies in a new report by a coalition of green investment firms that scores major oil and gas firms on their efforts to reduce the negative impacts of their operations.

Crunch Time at UN Climate Talks; 20,000 March for Justice

LIMA, Peru, December 11, 2014 (ENS) – Urging “Climate Justice Now!” an estimated 20,000 people took over the streets of Lima Wednesday for the People’s Climate March. Their goal – to inject a sense of urgency into slow-moving government negotiations on a new universal, legally-binding climate change agreement to take effect in 2020.

Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, December 10, 2014 (ENS) – Polluting chemicals found in personal care products such as cosmetics, soaps and sunscreens has been discovered in waters off Antarctica at the same levels as many urban areas, according to new research from New Zealand.

World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions

LIMA, Peru, December 9, 2014 (ENS) – The first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities was launched Monday in tandem with the ongoing UN climate summit in Lima. Now cities can develop an emissions baseline, set mitigation goals, create more targeted climate action plans and track their progress over time.

 


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Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama today designated the waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to oil and gas leasing for exploration, development or production. This action safeguards one of the nation’s...

 

Lima Climate Talks Produce Weak Draft for Global Treaty

Lima Climate Talks Produce Weak Draft for Global Treaty

  LIMA, Peru, December 14, 2014 (ENS) – A climate deal reached late today by world governments at a UN conference in Lima keeps negotiations on track for a universal global climate treaty in Paris in 2015, but the weak text points...

 

AmeriScan: December 13, 2014

AmeriScan: December 13, 2014

California Breathes Rainsoaked Sigh of Relief … Copper Mine at Apache Leap Passes Congress … Feds Formalize Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group … Red Knot Shorebird Listed as Threatened … Historic Critical Habitat...

 

Green Investors Flunk Fracking Industry on Impact Management

Green Investors Flunk Fracking Industry on Impact Management

  BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 11, 2014 (ENS) – ExxonMobil, Chevron, and WPX Energy are ranked among the worst fracking companies in a new report by a coalition of green investment firms that scores major oil and gas firms on their...

 

Crunch Time at UN Climate Talks; 20,000 March for Justice

Crunch Time at UN Climate Talks; 20,000 March for Justice

  LIMA, Peru, December 11, 2014 (ENS) – Urging “Climate Justice Now!” an estimated 20,000 people took over the streets of Lima Wednesday for the People’s Climate March. Their goal – to inject a sense of urgency...

 

Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters

Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters

  CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, December 10, 2014 (ENS) – Polluting chemicals found in personal care products such as cosmetics, soaps and sunscreens has been discovered in waters off Antarctica at the same levels as many urban areas,...

 

World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions

World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions

  LIMA, Peru, December 9, 2014 (ENS) – The first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities was launched Monday in tandem with the ongoing UN climate summit in Lima. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse...

 

Manila Braces for Super Typhoon, One Million Evacuate

Manila Braces for Super Typhoon, One Million Evacuate

  MANILA, Philippines, December 7, 2014 (ENS) – Super Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as Ruby, is expected to hit Metro Manila starting Monday evening. Packing sustained winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), equal to...

 

EU Countries Granted the Right to Ban GMO Crops

EU Countries Granted the Right to Ban GMO Crops

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 4, 2014 (ENS) – A political agreement on new legislation to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms, GMOs, on their own territory,...

 

2014 Likely ‘Hottest’ Year on Record, Ocean Temps Spike

2014 Likely ‘Hottest’ Year on Record, Ocean Temps Spike

  LIMA, Peru, December 3, 2014 (ENS) – The year 2014 is likely to go down in the record books as one of the hottest years in modern history, according to estimates released today by the World Meteorological Organization. One cause...

 

Consensus Reached On Pacific Bluefin Tuna Conservation

Consensus Reached On Pacific Bluefin Tuna Conservation

  APIA, Samoa, December 3, 2014 (ENS) – Pacific fishing nations have reached agreement on new rules for the conservation of Pacific Bluefin tuna, a species that is nearly fished out to serve the lucrative sushi trade. Pacific bluefin...

 

Daimler Cylinder Coating Saves Fuel, Cuts CO2 Emissions

Daimler Cylinder Coating Saves Fuel, Cuts CO2 Emissions

  LYON, France, December 3, 2014 (ENS) – Daimler’s new twin wire arc spraying process that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from combustion engines, has captured another award. On Monday night, the German automaker...

 

Universal Climate Deal at Stake at UN Summit in Peru

Universal Climate Deal at Stake at UN Summit in Peru

  LIMA, Peru, December 1, 2014 (ENS) – Climate negotiators from around the world are gathered in Lima today to hammer out a new universal agreement limiting greenhouse gas emissions to keep the global temperature from rising into...

 

Belgian Scientists Turn Sawdust Into ‘Green Hydrocarbons’

Belgian Scientists Turn Sawdust Into ‘Green Hydrocarbons’

  LEUVEN, Belgium, December 1, 2014 (ENS) – Belgian researchers have found a way to convert ordinary sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, scientists led by a team at the Katholieke Universiteit...

 

U.S. EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

U.S. EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 27, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to tighten air quality standards governing ground-level ozone, or smog, to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better...

 

BMW i3 Electric Thrills as Green Car of the Year 2015

BMW i3 Electric Thrills as Green Car of the Year 2015

  LOS ANGELES, California, November 26, 2014 (ENS) – BMW’s i3, an electric car with a lightweight carbon fiber passenger cell and an aluminum drive module, has been crowned the 2015 Green Car of the Year, the first all-electric...

 

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

  KARONGA, Malawi, November 25, 2014 (ENS) – Paladin Africa Ltd, which mines uranium ore in Malawi’s northern district of Karonga, has come under fire from a coalition of Malawian civil society groups and chiefs over its proposal...

 

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...