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World’s Park Rangers Murdered in Widespread ‘Bush War’

World’s Park Rangers Murdered in Widespread ‘Bush War’

  GLAND, Switzerland, July 31, 2014 (ENS) – A war is underway across the world’s forests, grasslands and mountains – a war that pits park rangers against poachers. If the rangers win, tigers, elephants, lions, leopards,...

 

Western Inferno: Climate Change Worsening Wildfire Risk

Western Inferno: Climate Change Worsening Wildfire Risk

  WASHINGTON, DC, July 24, 2014 (ENS) – U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is worried. “We’ve got 13 fires burning across Oregon, over 600,00 acres ablaze right now,” he told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. “We...

 

Monsoon Rains Force Evacuations in China, Philippines

Monsoon Rains Force Evacuations in China, Philippines

  CHANGSHA, Hunan, China, July 16, 2014 (ENS) – Torrential rains have inundated several Chinese provinces this week, claiming at least 11 lives and affecting over one million people, both residents and tourists. In east China’s...

 

Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Due to El Nino

Near-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Due to El Nino

  NEW YORK, New York, May 22, 2014 (ENS) – Predicting a “near-normal or below-normal” Atlantic hurricane season this year, national weather officials today emphasized that “it only takes one” hurricane to carve...

 

Deteriorating Environment Threatens Human Health Worldwide

Deteriorating Environment Threatens Human Health Worldwide

  GENEVA, Switzerland, May 20, 2014 (ENS) – “Our planet, our planet, is losing its capacity to sustain human life in good health,” Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization warned Monday at the...

 

Lethal Flooding in the Balkans Brings EU to the Rescue

Lethal Flooding in the Balkans Brings EU to the Rescue

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 16, 2014 (ENS) – European countries formerly divided by the Bosnian war are today united by catastrophic flooding and the European Union is rushing to their rescue. The European Union Civil Protection Mechanism...

 

Indian Nuclear Plant Accident Injures Six Workers

Indian Nuclear Plant Accident Injures Six Workers

  CHENNAI, Tamil Nadu, India, May 14, 2014 (ENS) – Three employees at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant and three contract workers were injured today after hot water spilled from a valve during maintenance work at the new and controversial...

 

44 Greenpeacers Arrested at Rotterdam Arctic Oil Protest

44 Greenpeacers Arrested at Rotterdam Arctic Oil Protest

  ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands, May 1, 2014 (ENS) – Early this morning, 80 Greenpeace activists confronted the tanker carrying the first shipment of oil from the Russian Arctic. During the demonstration, the Greenpeace ship Rainbow...

 

Crude Oil Train Explodes in Lynchburg, Virginia

Crude Oil Train Explodes in Lynchburg, Virginia

  LYNCHBURG, Virginia, April 30, 2014 (ENS) – A CSX train carrying crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg today, bursting into flames and sending a column of dense black smoke high into the afternoon sky. Oil spilled into the James...

 

U.S. Not Ready for Oil Spill in Arctic Waters

U.S. Not Ready for Oil Spill in Arctic Waters

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 23, 2014 (ENS) – The warming climate is melting sea ice, opening U.S. Arctic waters to shipping and oil and gas development, but the National Research Council warned today that U.S. personnel, equipment, transportation,...

 

Quake Risk Exceeds Licensed Limits at U.S. Nuclear Plants

Quake Risk Exceeds Licensed Limits at U.S. Nuclear Plants

  WASHINGTON, DC, April 18, 2014 (ENS) – Massachusetts Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren today called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to direct the licensees of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts and Seabrook...

 

Thai Tanker Sinks, Spilling Oily Sludge

Thai Tanker Sinks, Spilling Oily Sludge

  BANGKOK, Thailand, April 10, 2014 (ENS) – A domestic Thai tanker carrying oil sludge capsized and sank southwest of Bangkok on Tuesday, releasing roughly 1,500 liters (12.5 barrels) of oil into the Gulf of Thailand. Local media...

 

Autism Triggered in the Womb by ‘Environmental Factors’

Autism Triggered in the Womb by ‘Environmental Factors’

  TORONTO, Ontario, Canada, April 9, 2014 (ENS) – Autism can be triggered by abnormal levels of lipid molecules in the brain that affect the interaction between two key neural pathways in early brain development in the womb, researchers...

 

Ukraine Turmoil Leaves Zoo Animals Starving

Ukraine Turmoil Leaves Zoo Animals Starving

  KIEV, Ukraine, April 7, 2014 (ENS) – Ukraine resident Lionel de Lange, an entrepreneurial, animal-loving, bush war veteran from South Africa, is engaged in a rescue mission – to save more than 6,000 Ukraine zoo animals from...

 

Earthquake in Chile: Six Dead, Nearly One Million Evacuated

Earthquake in Chile: Six Dead, Nearly One Million Evacuated

  SANTIAGO, Chile, April 2, 2014 (ENS) – Six people have lost their lives as the result of a powerful earthquake off the coast of northern Chile at 8:27 Tuesday night, local time.  Seismic officials have now agreed it was an 8.2...

 

Powerful Earthquake Off Northern Chile Generates Tsunami

Powerful Earthquake Off Northern Chile Generates Tsunami

  SANTIAGO, Chile, April 2, 2014 (ENS) – The Chilean authorities Tuesday ordered the evacuation of coastal areas after an earthquake of 8.3 magnitude struck off the coast of northern Chile at 20:46 hours local time. Twelve hours...

 

Houston Ship Channel Re-opens After Oil Spill

Houston Ship Channel Re-opens After Oil Spill

  TEXAS CITY, Texas, March 26, 2014 (ENS) – For the first time since the collision of a bulk carrier and a barge Saturday spilled 168,000 gallons of oil in the Houston Ship Channel, authorities have reopened all lanes of traffic....

 

Oil Spill From Ship-Barge Crash Closes Houston Ship Channel

Oil Spill From Ship-Barge Crash Closes Houston Ship Channel

  HOUSTON, Texas, March 23, 2104 (ENS) – A major oil spill Saturday has closed the Houston Ship Channel, preventing over 60 vessels, including three cruise ships, from transiting between the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay. Efforts...

 

Broken Pipeline Spills Oil in Ohio Nature Park

Broken Pipeline Spills Oil in Ohio Nature Park

  COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio, March 19, 2014 (ENS) – Hazmat crews are cleaning up about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled from a broken underground pipeline into an Ohio nature reserve Monday night. The oily mess has affected...

 

Japan Ponders Lessons of Quake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown

Japan Ponders Lessons of Quake, Tsunami, Nuclear Meltdown

  TOKYO, Japan, March 11, 2014 (ENS) – Japan’s Emperor and Empress, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and representatives of those who lost family members gathered in Tokyo today to observe the third anniversary of the earthquake and...