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AmeriScan 5/29/15: MA Clean Charles; CA Pesticide Suit; WA Toxic ‘Miracle’

AmeriScan 5/29/15: MA Clean Charles; CA Pesticide Suit; WA Toxic ‘Miracle’

  On 20th Anniversary of Cleanup, EPA Gives Charles River a B+ BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 29, 2015 (ENS) – The U.S. EPA today gave the Charles River a grade of “B+” for water quality during 2014, the 20th year the agency has issued...

 

New U.S. Clean Water Rule Clarifies Stream Protections

New U.S. Clean Water Rule Clarifies Stream Protections

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 28, 2015 (ENS) – One in three Americans, about 117 million people, get their drinking water from streams that lacked clear protection before a new Clean Water Rule issued Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection...

 

World’s Smallest Dolphins Falling Prey to Extinction

World’s Smallest Dolphins Falling Prey to Extinction

  SAN DIEGO, California, May 27, 2015 (ENS) – Numbers of the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin, New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphin, have hit an all time low of 43-47 individuals, with just 10-12...

 

Extreme Weather Proves Deadly in Texas, Oklahoma

Extreme Weather Proves Deadly in Texas, Oklahoma

  HOUSTON, Texas, May 26, 2015 (ENS) – Heavy rains, flash floods, hail and high winds pummeled Houston today, severe weather conditions that hit the city Monday night. Houston Mayor Annise Parker has proclaimed a state of disaster...

 

Australia: ‘Road-Ready’ Fuels Made From Waste Plastic

Australia: ‘Road-Ready’ Fuels Made From Waste Plastic

  BERKELEY VALE, New South Wales, Australia, May 26, 2015 (ENS) – Australia’s first commercial-scale plant to convert waste plastics to “road-ready” fuel has produced its first batch. The facility will turn discarded...

 

Europe’s Species and Habitats: Some Worse, Some Better

Europe’s Species and Habitats: Some Worse, Some Better

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 24, 2015 (ENS) – Across Europe, once common farmland birds such as the Eurasian Skylark are declining, and around 17 percent of all bird species are threatened, finds a new report providing the most comprehensive...

 

Toxic Teethers Identified in Lab Tests

Toxic Teethers Identified in Lab Tests

  FRANKFURT, Germany, May 20, 2015 (ENS) – Endocrine disrupting chemicals, which can interfere with the actions of hormones in the body, are present in some plastic teethers for babies, new research reveals. The chemicals can leach...

 

$50 Million Federal Dollars Will Ease Historic Drought

$50 Million Federal Dollars Will Ease Historic Drought

  LOS ANGELES, California, May 20, 2015 (ENS) – The Obama Administration will invest nearly $50 million to improve water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states squeezed by years of crippling drought,...

 

Burst Pipeline Spills Crude Oil on California Coast

Burst Pipeline Spills Crude Oil on California Coast

  SANTA BARBARA, California, May 20, 2015 (ENS) – Thousands of gallons of black smelly crude oil that spilled from a broken pipeline Tuesday in the California coastal county of Santa Barbara has fouled popular beaches and spread...

 

12 Governments Fight Climate Change With ‘Under 2 MOU’

12 Governments Fight Climate Change With ‘Under 2 MOU’

  SACRAMENTO, California, May 19, 2015 (ENS) – California Governor Jerry Brown today signed a first-of-its-kind agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces, representing more than 100 million people, to...

 

Coal Ash Crimes Cost Duke Energy $102 Million

Coal Ash Crimes Cost Duke Energy $102 Million

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 19, 2015 (ENS) – Admitting guilt for a massive coal ash spill last year, three subsidiaries of Duke Energy, the largest utility in the United States, will pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million...

 

El Niño 2015 Forecast to ‘Raise Global Temperatures’

El Niño 2015 Forecast to ‘Raise Global Temperatures’

    COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, May 19, 2015 (ENS) – Weather forecasting centers around the world have now declared that an El Niño, the most powerful fluctuation in Earth’s climate system, has begun in the tropical Pacific. El...

 

Nanosponges in Disguise Mop Up MRSA Staph Infections

Nanosponges in Disguise Mop Up MRSA Staph Infections

  SAN DIEGO, California, May 19, 2015 (ENS) – A new gel filled with nanosponges that absorb toxins has proven effective against the “super bug” MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), an antibiotic-resistant...

 

Hybrid Car Batteries Find New Life at U.S. National Park

Hybrid Car Batteries Find New Life at U.S. National Park

  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, May 18, 2015 (ENS) – The first-ever electricity generating system to use recovered hybrid vehicle batteries for commercial energy storage is up and running at Yellowstone National Park. Solar panels generate...

 

RCA Taiwan Ex-Workers Win Pollution Lawsuit

RCA Taiwan Ex-Workers Win Pollution Lawsuit

  By Shuchen Chang TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 17, 2015 (ENS) – The Taipei District Court has ruled in favor of former assembly line workers employed between 1970 and 1992 at the now-defunct electronics company Radio Corporation of America,...

 

Mozambique Police Execute Huge Ivory, Rhino Horn Seizure

Mozambique Police Execute Huge Ivory, Rhino Horn Seizure

  MAPUTO, Mozambique, May 14, 2015 (ENS) – In the largest seizure of illicit wildlife products in Mozambique’s history, police Tuesday confiscated some 1.3 metric tonnes of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn from a house in...

 

Another Severe Earthquake Terrifies Nepal

Another Severe Earthquake Terrifies Nepal

  KATHMANDU, Nepal, May 12, 2015 (ENS) – People in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu had just begun to pick up the pieces after the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that claimed more than 8,000 lives late last month, when another...

 

Saudi King Calls Obama But Stays Home

Saudi King Calls Obama But Stays Home

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2015 (ENS) – King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia called President Barack Obama today to express his regret at not being able to travel to Washington this week for a meeting of the Arab States...

 

Brazil Pursues Illegal Miners on Indigenous Land

Brazil Pursues Illegal Miners on Indigenous Land

  BRASILIA, Brazil, May 11, 2015 (ENS) – Federal Police officers from the states of Roraima, Rondônia, São Paulo, Amazonas, and Pará were marshaled Thursday to serve 313 warrants against people suspected of clandestine gold and...

 

U.S. Approves Shell’s Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling Plan

U.S. Approves Shell’s Arctic Ocean Oil Drilling Plan

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2015 (ENS) – The Obama Administration today announced “conditional” approval of Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc.’s plan for exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean’s Chukchi Sea starting...

 
 
 
 

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