Author Archive: News Editor

First U.S. Coal Ash Rule Disappoints Environmental Groups

First U.S. Coal Ash Rule Disappoints Environmental Groups

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2104 (ENS) – The first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of the ash left after burning coal to produce electricity were announced Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. After...

 

EU Traffic Noise Causes 10,000 Premature Deaths a Year

EU Traffic Noise Causes 10,000 Premature Deaths a Year

  COPENHAGEN, Denmark, December 19, 2014 (ENS) – More than 125 million Europeans could be exposed to levels of road traffic noise above legal guidelines, causing up to 10,000 premature deaths each year, finds a new assessment published...

 

New York State to Ban Fracking: ‘Reckless to Proceed’

New York State to Ban Fracking: ‘Reckless to Proceed’

  ALBANY, New York, December 18, 2014 (ENS) – As of early next year, New York State will be permanently off-limits to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas. The decision follows the release Wednesday of a long-awaited...

 

Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Obama Bars Oil Industry From Alaska’s Bristol Bay

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 16, 2014 (ENS) – President Barack Obama today designated the waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to oil and gas leasing for exploration, development or production. This action safeguards one of the nation’s...

 

Lima Climate Talks Produce Weak Draft for Global Treaty

Lima Climate Talks Produce Weak Draft for Global Treaty

  LIMA, Peru, December 14, 2014 (ENS) – A climate deal reached late today by world governments at a UN conference in Lima keeps negotiations on track for a universal global climate treaty in Paris in 2015, but the weak text points...

 

AmeriScan: December 13, 2014

AmeriScan: December 13, 2014

California Breathes Rainsoaked Sigh of Relief … Copper Mine at Apache Leap Passes Congress … Feds Formalize Nuclear Energy Tribal Working Group … Red Knot Shorebird Listed as Threatened … Historic Critical Habitat...

 

Green Investors Flunk Fracking Industry on Impact Management

Green Investors Flunk Fracking Industry on Impact Management

  BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 11, 2014 (ENS) – ExxonMobil, Chevron, and WPX Energy are ranked among the worst fracking companies in a new report by a coalition of green investment firms that scores major oil and gas firms on their...

 

Crunch Time at UN Climate Talks; 20,000 March for Justice

Crunch Time at UN Climate Talks; 20,000 March for Justice

  LIMA, Peru, December 11, 2014 (ENS) – Urging “Climate Justice Now!” an estimated 20,000 people took over the streets of Lima Wednesday for the People’s Climate March. Their goal – to inject a sense of urgency...

 

Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters

Sunscreens, Cosmetics Found in Antarctic Waters

  CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, December 10, 2014 (ENS) – Polluting chemicals found in personal care products such as cosmetics, soaps and sunscreens has been discovered in waters off Antarctica at the same levels as many urban areas,...

 

World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions

World’s Mayors Adopt New Tool to Calculate Climate Emissions

  LIMA, Peru, December 9, 2014 (ENS) – The first global standard to measure greenhouse gas emissions from cities was launched Monday in tandem with the ongoing UN climate summit in Lima. The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse...

 

Manila Braces for Super Typhoon, One Million Evacuate

Manila Braces for Super Typhoon, One Million Evacuate

  MANILA, Philippines, December 7, 2014 (ENS) – Super Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as Ruby, is expected to hit Metro Manila starting Monday evening. Packing sustained winds of more than 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph), equal to...

 

EU Countries Granted the Right to Ban GMO Crops

EU Countries Granted the Right to Ban GMO Crops

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 4, 2014 (ENS) – A political agreement on new legislation to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms, GMOs, on their own territory,...

 

2014 Likely ‘Hottest’ Year on Record, Ocean Temps Spike

2014 Likely ‘Hottest’ Year on Record, Ocean Temps Spike

  LIMA, Peru, December 3, 2014 (ENS) – The year 2014 is likely to go down in the record books as one of the hottest years in modern history, according to estimates released today by the World Meteorological Organization. One cause...

 

Consensus Reached On Pacific Bluefin Tuna Conservation

Consensus Reached On Pacific Bluefin Tuna Conservation

  APIA, Samoa, December 3, 2014 (ENS) – Pacific fishing nations have reached agreement on new rules for the conservation of Pacific Bluefin tuna, a species that is nearly fished out to serve the lucrative sushi trade. Pacific bluefin...

 

Daimler Cylinder Coating Saves Fuel, Cuts CO2 Emissions

Daimler Cylinder Coating Saves Fuel, Cuts CO2 Emissions

  LYON, France, December 3, 2014 (ENS) – Daimler’s new twin wire arc spraying process that reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from combustion engines, has captured another award. On Monday night, the German automaker...

 

Universal Climate Deal at Stake at UN Summit in Peru

Universal Climate Deal at Stake at UN Summit in Peru

  LIMA, Peru, December 1, 2014 (ENS) – Climate negotiators from around the world are gathered in Lima today to hammer out a new universal agreement limiting greenhouse gas emissions to keep the global temperature from rising into...

 

Belgian Scientists Turn Sawdust Into ‘Green Hydrocarbons’

Belgian Scientists Turn Sawdust Into ‘Green Hydrocarbons’

  LEUVEN, Belgium, December 1, 2014 (ENS) – Belgian researchers have found a way to convert ordinary sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, scientists led by a team at the Katholieke Universiteit...

 

U.S. EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

U.S. EPA Proposes Stricter Smog Standards

  WASHINGTON, DC, November 27, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to tighten air quality standards governing ground-level ozone, or smog, to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better...

 

BMW i3 Electric Thrills as Green Car of the Year 2015

BMW i3 Electric Thrills as Green Car of the Year 2015

  LOS ANGELES, California, November 26, 2014 (ENS) – BMW’s i3, an electric car with a lightweight carbon fiber passenger cell and an aluminum drive module, has been crowned the 2015 Green Car of the Year, the first all-electric...

 

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

Uranium Mine Sludge Discharge Permit Threatens Lake Malawi

  KARONGA, Malawi, November 25, 2014 (ENS) – Paladin Africa Ltd, which mines uranium ore in Malawi’s northern district of Karonga, has come under fire from a coalition of Malawian civil society groups and chiefs over its proposal...