Archive for: December, 2016

Innovative Electric, Autonomous Cars Star at CES 2017

Innovative Electric, Autonomous Cars Star at CES 2017

  LAS VEGAS, Nevada, December 31, 2016 (ENS) – The Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, held annually in the first week of January in Las Vegas, is becoming the place to unveil exciting electric cars, upstaging the Detroit Auto Show...

 

China Bans Ivory Trade to Foil Elephant Poachers

China Bans Ivory Trade to Foil Elephant Poachers

  BEIJING, China, December 31, 2016 (ENS) – China will ban its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017, the government announced Friday, a new policy conservationists are calling a “game changer” for beleaguered African...

 

Obama Creates New National Monuments in Utah, Nevada

Obama Creates New National Monuments in Utah, Nevada

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 30, 2016 (ENS) – President Barack Obama has designated two more national monuments – Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in southeastern Nevada. The...

 

Environmental Crime Threatens Global Peace, Security

Environmental Crime Threatens Global Peace, Security

  LYON, France, December 30, 2016 (ENS) – Environmental crime is a national priority for at least 80 percent of countries, with the majority reporting new and more sophisticated criminal activities that increasingly threaten peace...

 

Obama’s Rush to Save Oceans from Oil Development

Obama’s Rush to Save Oceans from Oil Development

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2016 (ENS) – President Barack Obama is about to invoke a seldom-used provision of a 1953 law that gives presidents the power to withdraw U.S. waters from future oil and gas leasing, said two people who...

 

Rare Brazilian Songbird Finds Refuge in a Dry Land

Rare Brazilian Songbird Finds Refuge in a Dry Land

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2016 (ENS) – The American Bird Conservancy and its Brazilian partner Aquasis have secured more than 170 acres of critical habitat to improve the chance for survival of one of the world’s rarest and...

 

U.S. Creates Atlantic Deep-Sea Coral Protection Zone

U.S. Creates Atlantic Deep-Sea Coral Protection Zone

  GLOUCESTER, Massachusetts, December 19, 2016 (ENS) – Working together, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have designated a large offshore area in the Mid-Atlantic...

 

Trump Picks Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to Head Interior

Trump Picks Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to Head Interior

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 14, 2016 (ENS) – President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Montana’s sole Congressman Republican Ryan Zinke as his Secretary of the Interior. If confirmed by the Senate, he would manage U.S. natural...

 

U.S. To Review Oil-by-Rail Flammability Risk

U.S. To Review Oil-by-Rail Flammability Risk

  NEW YORK , New York, December 13, 2016 (ENS) – The federal government will take action on a petition by the state of New York seeking to close a loophole that currently allows highly flammable crude oil to be shipped by rail through...

 

Deadly Indonesian Earthquake Displaces Thousands

Deadly Indonesian Earthquake Displaces Thousands

  JAKARTA, Indonesia, December 12, 2016 (ENS) – While most people were asleep, a shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck Indonesia’s Aceh Province in Northwest Sumatra at 5:03 am local time on December 7, leaving more than 100...

 

Brazil Vows to Restore Degraded Land

Brazil Vows to Restore Degraded Land

  CANCUN, Mexico, December 11, 2016 (ENS) – In a move that aligns the interests of conservationists, farmers and ranchers, Brazil’s Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment have pledged to jointly restore and promote sustainable...

 

Giraffes Now Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ to Extinction

Giraffes Now Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ to Extinction

  CANCUN, Mexico, December 11, 2016 (ENS) – Driven by habitat loss, civil unrest and illegal hunting, the global giraffe population has fallen by 40 percent over the last 30 years, and the species has been listed as Vulnerable on...

 

Sea Ice at Both Poles Hits Record Lows

Sea Ice at Both Poles Hits Record Lows

  BOULDER, Colorado, December 10, 2016 (ENS) – Unusually high air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean, persistent winds from the south, and a warm ocean have resulted in a record low Arctic sea ice extent for November, say scientists...

 

U.S. Mayors to Trump: Help Us Keep Cool

U.S. Mayors to Trump: Help Us Keep Cool

  MEXICO CITY, Mexico, December 9, 2016 (ENS) – Mayors from cities across the United States are urging president-elect Donald Trump to recognize the “real and urgent threat that climate change poses to the world’s cities,”...

 

African Countries Ban Dirty Diesel Imports from Europe

African Countries Ban Dirty Diesel Imports from Europe

  ABUJA, Nigeria, December 8, 2016 (ENS) – Five more West African countries have agreed to ban the import of Europe’s dirty high-sulfur diesel fuel, a move that will slash vehicle emissions and help an estimated 250 million...

 

EPA Enemy, Climate Denier Pruitt Chosen to Head EPA

EPA Enemy, Climate Denier Pruitt Chosen to Head EPA

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 8, 2016 (ENS) – Oklahoma Attorney General and climate denier E. Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. The announcement of Pruitt’s...

 

Mexico Safeguards Vast Stretches of Coast, Deep Ocean

Mexico Safeguards Vast Stretches of Coast, Deep Ocean

  CANCUN, Mexico, December 5, 2016 (ENS) – Much of Mexico’s Caribbean coast, Baja coast and deep ocean are to become protected areas, President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Monday at the opening of the 13th Conference of the...

 

Trump Urged to Undo Obama’s National Monuments

Trump Urged to Undo Obama’s National Monuments

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 5, 2016 (ENS) – Obama Administration critics are urging President-elect Donald Trump to test the limits of presidential executive power by revoking national monuments established by President Barack Obama....

 

U.S. Army Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Permit

U.S. Army Denies Dakota Access Pipeline Permit

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 4, 2016 (ENS) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army’s assistant secretary...

 

Australia Invests in Both Big Solar and Big Coal

Australia Invests in Both Big Solar and Big Coal

  TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, December 4, 2016 (ENS) – To accelerate Australia’s rollout of big solar, the first funding agreement from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, ARENA, was signed Friday. The new agreement...

 
 
 
 

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