Archive for: January, 2013

John Kerry, Climate Champion, Next U.S. Secretary of State

John Kerry, Climate Champion, Next U.S. Secretary of State

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 31, 2013 (ENS) – Combating climate change is important to Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who was confirmed by the Senate 94-3 on Tuesday as the Obama Administration’s new Secretary of State. “Global...

 

Polluted Air Linked to Poor Birth Outcomes, Early Deaths

Polluted Air Linked to Poor Birth Outcomes, Early Deaths

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 31, 2013 (ENS) – Long-term exposure to fine particles of pollutants in the air can trigger adverse birth outcomes, childhood respiratory diseases and atherosclerosis, the World Health Organization warned...

 

Poll: Cleaner Gasoline, Vehicles Endorsed by U.S. Voters

Poll: Cleaner Gasoline, Vehicles Endorsed by U.S. Voters

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 31, 2013 (ENS) – An overwhelming majority of voters polled in a new American Lung Association survey support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter...

 

Pacific Atoll Rat-Free for the First Time Since WWII

Pacific Atoll Rat-Free for the First Time Since WWII

  HONOLULU, Hawaii, January 31, 2013 (ENS) – Birds, crabs and rare trees are expected to recover on Palmyra Atoll, a collection of islets located about 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, now that roughly 30,000 rats have been eradicated...

 

U.S. EPA Bans D-Con Mouse and Rat Control Products

U.S. EPA Bans D-Con Mouse and Rat Control Products

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 30, 2013 (ENS) – The only rodenticide producer that has refused to adopt the U.S. EPA’s safety standards for all of its consumer products has lost federal authorization to sell its products in the United...

 

U.S. Places San Francisco Bay-Estuary Under Treaty Protection

U.S. Places San Francisco Bay-Estuary Under Treaty Protection

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 30, 2013 (ENS) – The United States has named the San Francisco Bay and Estuary as its 35th Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, effective on World Wetlands Day, February...

 

Dutch Court Finds Shell Liable for Nigeria Oil Damages

Dutch Court Finds Shell Liable for Nigeria Oil Damages

  THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, January 30, 2013 – A Dutch court ruled today that Shell is responsible for not preventing the pollution of farmlands at Ikot Ada Udo in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom State and ordered the company to pay compensation...

 

Dispatch from the Wildlife Wars: Kenya

Dispatch from the Wildlife Wars: Kenya

  NAIROBI, Kenya, January 29, 2013 (ENS) – One suspected poacher from Tana River County was shot dead on a private ranch Sunday after a fierce gun battle with Kenya Wildlife Service rangers. An intensive hunt for five accomplices...

 

U.S. Plans to Ship Plutonium Bomb Cores Across Three States

U.S. Plans to Ship Plutonium Bomb Cores Across Three States

  LIVERMORE, California, January 29, 2013 (ENS) – Environmental, legal and nuclear experts from California and New Mexico are holding a community forum Wednesday to reveal the “potentially illegal” new federal government...

 

Giant Bees Buzz British Prime Minister’s Office

Giant Bees Buzz British Prime Minister’s Office

  LONDON, UK, January 29, 2013 (ENS) – Giant bees appeared at Prime Minister David Cameron’s office at #10 Downing Street this morning to sting the government into delivering a Bee Action Plan, as part of Friends of the Earth’s...

 

Mississippi River Barge Hits Bridge, Spills Oil

Mississippi River Barge Hits Bridge, Spills Oil

  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, January 29, 2013 (ENS) – Crude oil spilling from a barge that hit the Vicksburg Railroad bridge across the lower Mississippi River has closed 16 miles of the river to navigation. Some 800 barges are backed...

 

Europe Sets Common Standard for Electric Vehicle Charging

Europe Sets Common Standard for Electric Vehicle Charging

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, January 28, 2013 (ENS) – The “Type 2” plug developed by the German company Mennekes will be the common standard for charging electrified vehicles across the European Union, the European Commission...

 

Woman Defrauds Fishermen With Fake Oil Spill Cleanup Training

Woman Defrauds Fishermen With Fake Oil Spill Cleanup Training

  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, January 27, 2013 (ENS) – A Louisiana woman admitted creating false identification documents and impersonating a federal hazwaste official with intent to defraud Southeast Asian fishermen thrown out of work...

 

Governments Strike First Global Mercury Control Treaty

Governments Strike First Global Mercury Control Treaty

  GENEVA, Switzerland, January 26, 2013 (ENS) – A worldwide ban on the manufacture, export and import of batteries and other products that contain mercury will be in place by 2020 under the provisions of the world’s first treaty...

 

Procter & Gamble Must Scrub Carcinogen Dioxane From Tide

Procter & Gamble Must Scrub Carcinogen Dioxane From Tide

  SACRAMENTO, California, January 25, 2013 (ENS) – Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide and Tide Free & Gentle detergents, has agreed in a California court to reduce the levels of the chemical 1,4 dioxane in its laundry products. The...

 

U.S. Navy Ship Aground in Pristine Philippine Reef Park

U.S. Navy Ship Aground in Pristine Philippine Reef Park

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 25, 2013 (ENS) – All of the fuel onboard a U.S. Navy minesweeper grounded in the Philippines’ Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park was removed today without a spill, but the incident has prompted calls...

 

World Economic Forum Feels Climate Change Pressure

World Economic Forum Feels Climate Change Pressure

  DAVOS-KLOSTERS, Switzerland, January 25, 2013 (ENS) –  “Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled,” Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary...

 

Canadians Fear Spill From New Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Tankers

Canadians Fear Spill From New Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Tankers

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, January 24, 2013 (ENS) – Canadian environmental groups today warned that a new proposal by Kinder Morgan pipeline company would “exponentially” raise the risk of a major oil spill...

 

Congressional Democrats Form Climate Change Task Force

Congressional Democrats Form Climate Change Task Force

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2013 (ENS) – Climate change is getting renewed attention in Congress. Representative Henry Waxman of California and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, both Democrats, today announced the formation...

 

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Population Down 96 Percent

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Population Down 96 Percent

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2013 (ENS) – Pacific bluefin tuna numbers have dropped 96.4 percent from unfished levels due to decades of overfishing, finds a new stock assessment, prompting conservationists to call for a moratorium...

 
 
 
 

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