• CITES Opening Day: Ceremonies, Rhetoric and Drama
  • Prince William: Not Acceptable to Buy and Sell Ivory
  • France Bans Plastic Plates, Cups, Cutlery
  • U.S. Issues “Proactive” Guidelines for Driverless Cars
  • Paris Climate Agreement Will Take Effect This Year
  • Alabama Pipeline Leak Bypassed, Fuel to Flow Again
  • Pangolins, Elephants, Crime Syndicates on CITES’ Radar

CITES Opening Day: Ceremonies, Rhetoric and Drama

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 25, 2016 (ENS) – “It is a great pleasure to be here in the City of Johannesburg – the vibrant heart of South Africa,” said John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, opening this 12-day trade and wildlife meeting on Saturday.

Prince William: Not Acceptable to Buy and Sell Ivory

LONDON, UK, September 23, 2016 (ENS) – In a live satellite feed from London to invited audiences in Johannesburg and Toyko ahead of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, Prince William said “it is no longer acceptable to buy and sell ivory.”

France Bans Plastic Plates, Cups, Cutlery

PARIS, France, September 22, 2016 (ENS) – France has become the world’s first country to pass a law banning plastic plates, cups and utensils unless they contain a large proportion of compostable or biologically-sourced materials.

U.S. Issues “Proactive” Guidelines for Driverless Cars

WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2016 (ENS) – “Automated vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives, driving the single biggest leap in road safety that our country has ever taken,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announcing the government’s new policy for their safe testing and deployment.

Paris Climate Agreement Will Take Effect This Year

NEW YORK, New York, September 21, 2016 (ENS) – The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is set to become law this year after a ceremony at the United Nations in New York today saw 60 countries worth 47.5 percent of global emissions complete their accession to it and 14 others commit to doing so before year’s end.

Alabama Pipeline Leak Bypassed, Fuel to Flow Again

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, September 20, 2016 (ENS) – Gasoline is expected to begin flowing again Wednesday through a temporary bypass on a damaged pipeline in Alabama owned by Colonial Pipeline, one of the country’s biggest pipeline companies. The leak forced a pipeline shutdown, skyrocketing fuel prices and gas shortages across the South.

Pangolins, Elephants, Crime Syndicates on CITES’ Radar

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 19, 2016 (ENS) – Illegal trade in endangered species, including internet commerce, is enormous – by any estimate. Far-reaching decisions on managing the world’s wildlife are about to be made here in Johannesburg, where 182 countries plus the EU will gather Saturday for 12 days of intense negotiations.

 

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CITES Opening Day: Ceremonies, Rhetoric and Drama

CITES Opening Day: Ceremonies, Rhetoric and Drama

  By Judith Needham, JD, LLM, MPH JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 25, 2016 (ENS) – “It is a great pleasure to be here in the City of Johannesburg – the vibrant heart of South Africa.” With these words on Saturday,...

 

Prince William: Not Acceptable to Buy and Sell Ivory

Prince William: Not Acceptable to Buy and Sell Ivory

  By Adam Cruise LONDON, UK, September 23, 2016 (ENS) – In a live satellite feed from London to invited audiences in Johannesburg and Toyko ahead of the major Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered...

 

France Bans Plastic Plates, Cups, Cutlery

France Bans Plastic Plates, Cups, Cutlery

  PARIS, France, September 22, 2016 (ENS) – France has become the world’s first country to pass a law banning plastic plates, cups and utensils unless they contain a large proportion of compostable or biologically-sourced materials. The...

 

U.S. Issues “Proactive” Guidelines for Driverless Cars

U.S. Issues “Proactive” Guidelines for Driverless Cars

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 21, 2016 (ENS) – “Automated vehicles have the potential to save thousands of lives, driving the single biggest leap in road safety that our country has ever taken,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary...

 

Paris Climate Agreement Will Take Effect This Year

Paris Climate Agreement Will Take Effect This Year

  NEW YORK, New York, September 21, 2016 (ENS) – The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is set to become law this year after a ceremony at the United Nations in New York today saw 60 countries worth 47.5 percent of global emissions...

 

Alabama Pipeline Leak Bypassed, Fuel to Flow Again

Alabama Pipeline Leak Bypassed, Fuel to Flow Again

  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, September 20, 2016 (ENS) – Gasoline is expected to begin flowing again Wednesday through a temporary bypass on a damaged pipeline in Alabama owned by Colonial Pipeline, one of the country’s biggest pipeline...

 

Pangolins, Elephants, Crime Syndicates on CITES’ Radar

Pangolins, Elephants, Crime Syndicates on CITES’ Radar

  By Judith Needham, JD, LLM, MPH JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 19, 2016 (ENS) – Illegal trade in endangered species, including internet commerce, is enormous – by any estimate. Far-reaching decisions on managing the...

 

Bank of America Goes Carbon Neutral

Bank of America Goes Carbon Neutral

  CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, September 19, 2016 (ENS) – Bank of America today pledged to go carbon neutral, and to use 100 percent renewable electricity by the year 2020. The bank says it will manage facilities that support its 4,700...

 

Harley-Davidson Air Polluting ‘Super Tuners’ Banned

Harley-Davidson Air Polluting ‘Super Tuners’ Banned

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 13, 2016 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice have settled with Harley-Davidson, the motorcycle giant, in a lawsuit over illegal devices that increase air...

 

UN Forces Rescue Hundreds from DRC National Park

UN Forces Rescue Hundreds from DRC National Park

  KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, September 12, 2016 (ENS) – Acting on humanitarian grounds at the request of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations mission in the country has “extracted”...

 

Australia’s Rules for Giant Adani Coal Mine “Inadequate”

Australia’s Rules for Giant Adani Coal Mine “Inadequate”

  CANBERRA, Australia, September 12, 2016 (ENS) – The Adani Group is moving ahead with its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, despite a new report by conservation groups that finds the conditions...

 

Brazil Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

Brazil Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

  BRASILIA, Brazil, September 12, 2016 (ENS) – Brazil’s new president, Michel Temer, today ratified his country’s adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, which sets greenhouse gas emissions targets to stop the global...

 

California Sets Strictest GHG Reduction Targets

California Sets Strictest GHG Reduction Targets

  SACRAMENTO, California, September 9, 2016 (ENS) – Ten years after California adopted the toughest greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the nation, Governor Jerry Brown Thursday strengthened that commitment, signing two bills...

 

VW Explores Making EVs With State-Owned Chinese Firm

VW Explores Making EVs With State-Owned Chinese Firm

  WOLFSBURG, Germany, September 9, 2016 (ENS) – Volkswagen and the Chinese corporation Anhui Jianghuai Automobile will explore joint development of electric vehicles in China, the two companies agreed in a Memorandum of Understanding...

 

Ohio Superfund Site to Get $18.75 Million Cleanup

Ohio Superfund Site to Get $18.75 Million Cleanup

  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, September 9, 2016 (ENS) – Faced with state and federal charges, Rutgers Organics Corporation has agreed to complete the cleanup of the Nease Chemical Superfund Site near Salem, Ohio, at an estimated cost of $18.75...

 

Sioux Battle Dakota Access Pipeline in Court, on Site

Sioux Battle Dakota Access Pipeline in Court, on Site

  WASHINGTON, DC, September 7, 2016 (ENS) – A federal judge Tuesday declined to halt construction on a part of the Dakota Access oil pipeline route west of Lake Oahe that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has recently identified as sacred...

 

USA and China Formally Join Paris Climate Agreement

USA and China Formally Join Paris Climate Agreement

  HANGZHOU, China, September 6, 2016 (ENS) – On Saturday, ahead of the G20 meeting in Hangzhou, the United States and China deposited with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon their respective instruments to join the Paris Climate Agreement,...

 

New Census: 30% of Africa’s Savanna Elephants Dead

New Census: 30% of Africa’s Savanna Elephants Dead

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, September 5, 2016 (ENS) – Wildlife conservationists meeting in Honolulu for the IUCN’s World Conservation Congress are shocked and saddened by the release of the Great Elephant Census showing that numbers...

 

IUCN: All Gorilla Species Now Critically Endangered

IUCN: All Gorilla Species Now Critically Endangered

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, September 4, 2106 (ENS) – “Our planet is most certainly at a crossroads,” declared Zhang Xinsheng, president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Thursday at the opening ceremony...

 

Global Partnership Aims to Save Lost Water

Global Partnership Aims to Save Lost Water

  STOCKHOLM, Sweden, September 1, 2016 – The World Bank and the International Water Association declared their intentions at World Water Week today to establish a global partnership to help countries, especially the poorest, improve...

 
 
 
 

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