Archive for: February, 2016

DiCaprio Uses Oscar Speech to Urge Climate Action

DiCaprio Uses Oscar Speech to Urge Climate Action

  HOLLYWOOD, California, February 29, 2016 (ENS) – Leonardo DiCaprio won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama last night for his role as frontiersman Hugh Glass in “The Revenant.” The star used his acceptance...

 

20th Century Sea Level Rise Quickest in 2800 Years

20th Century Sea Level Rise Quickest in 2800 Years

  RUTGERS, New Jersey, February 26, 2016 (ENS) – Global sea level rose faster in the 20th century than in any of the 27 previous centuries, finds new research led by Rutgers University. Without global warming, global sea level would...

 

FASTer When Fueled With Formic Acid

FASTer When Fueled With Formic Acid

  EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, February 25, 2016 (ENS) – Team FAST, a new team of Dutch students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), is taking the first steps toward making the world’s first car powered by formic acid. The...

 

Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Permanently Sealed

Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Permanently Sealed

  LOS ANGELES, California, February 22, 2016 (ENS) – A gas well that had been leaking methane at the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon storage facility for nearly four months has been permanently sealed and taken...

 

Replacement of Flint’s Lead Water Pipes Underway

Replacement of Flint’s Lead Water Pipes Underway

  FLINT, Michigan, February 21, 2016 (ENS) – Work on replacing high-risk lead service lines in Flint is under way as state and city leaders focus on removing pipes in priority areas while analyzing the city’s water pipe network...

 

Toxins Found in 39% of U.S. Southeastern Streams

Toxins Found in 39% of U.S. Southeastern Streams

  RESTON, Virginia, February 21, 2016 (ENS) – Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have found toxins produced by algae, known as microcystins, in 39 percent of the small streams assessed in the southeastern United States. Their...

 

17 U.S. Governors Sign New Energy Accord

17 U.S. Governors Sign New Energy Accord

  SACRAMENTO, California, February 16, 2016 (ENS) – A bipartisan group of 17 governors today signed the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future – a joint commitment to pursuing modern electric grids, as well as cleaner...

 

Queensland Premier Sets Fund for Biofuels Development

Queensland Premier Sets Fund for Biofuels Development

  BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia, February 15, 2016 (ENS) – A Biofutures Industry Development Fund, intended to help first-movers in biofuels and the bioeconomy bridge the dreaded early stage funding gap that stands between them...

 

Obama Shelters Wild California in Three New Monuments

Obama Shelters Wild California in Three New Monuments

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 12, 2016 (ENS) – President Barack Obama today designated three new national monuments encompassing nearly 1.8 million acres of existing federal lands in southern California: Mojave Trails National Monument,...

 

Hottest Year Linked to ‘Devastating’ Human Disaster Toll

Hottest Year Linked to ‘Devastating’ Human Disaster Toll

  NEW YORK, New York, February 11, 2016 (ENS) – At least 98.6 million people were harmed by natural disasters in 2015, the hottest year on record; and climate, intensified by a strong El Niño pattern, was the driver in 92 percent...

 

Taiwan Quake Leaves 67 Dead, 57 Still Missing

Taiwan Quake Leaves 67 Dead, 57 Still Missing

  TAIPEI, Taiwan, February 11, 2016 (ENS) – The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Taiwan stands at 67 people, with 57 others still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building, Taiwan’s...

 

2015: U.S. Installed More Renewables Than Fossil Fuels

2015: U.S. Installed More Renewables Than Fossil Fuels

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 10, 2016 (ENS) – Setting a new annual record, renewable sources of power, such as hydro, wind and solar, accounted for almost two-thirds of the new electrical generation placed in service in the United States...

 

Dengue Fever an ‘Emergency’ on Hawaii’s Big Island

Dengue Fever an ‘Emergency’ on Hawaii’s Big Island

  HILO, Hawaii, February 9, 2016 (ENS) – Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi has declared a state of emergency over a dengue fever outbreak on the island of Hawaii, commonly called the Big Island. In a declaration issued Monday, Kenoi...

 

Global Carbon Standards Set for Commercial Aircraft

Global Carbon Standards Set for Commercial Aircraft

  MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada, February 9, 2016 (ENS) – The first global carbon standards for commercial aircraft were set on Monday in Montreal by the 22 nations on the environmental protection committee of the International Civil Aviation...

 

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Clean Power Plan

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Clean Power Plan

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 9, 2016 (ENS) – The Supreme Court today stayed the implementation of President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which sets the first national carbon emission limits for U.S. electric power plants. Coal...

 

Australian Cancer Drug Licensed in $730M Deal

Australian Cancer Drug Licensed in $730M Deal

  MELBOURNE, Australia, February 9, 2016 (ENS) – A promising new cancer drug, developed in Australia by the Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx), has been licensed to U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck in a deal worth US$730 million. The...

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed, Critics Cry ‘Toxic’

Trans-Pacific Partnership Signed, Critics Cry ‘Toxic’

  WASHINGTON, DC, February 5, 2016 (ENS) – The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was signed Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand by officials from 12 nations from around the Pacific Rim that together account for nearly 40 percent...

 

Taiwan Warned of Looming Fishery Collapse

Taiwan Warned of Looming Fishery Collapse

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, February 4, 2016 (ENS) – The number of coastal fish species in northern Taiwan has dropped by 75 percent over the past three decades, finds a newly published study by Taiwanese researchers. Along...

 

Grand Jury Indicts Bundys in Oregon Refuge Occupation

Grand Jury Indicts Bundys in Oregon Refuge Occupation

  PORTLAND, Oregon, February 3, 2016 (ENS) – A federal grand jury today indicted Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan, and 14 co-defendants arrested last week in the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. Ammon...

 

British Columbia Protects Great Bear Rainforest

British Columbia Protects Great Bear Rainforest

    VICTORIA, British Columbia, Canada, February 3, 2016 (ENS) – First Nations, environmental groups and coastal forest industry representatives joined the premier of British Columbia Monday to celebrate achieving ecosystem-based...

 
 
 
 

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