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Illicit Wildlife, Gold, Timber Trade Funds DRC Conflict

Illicit Wildlife, Gold, Timber Trade Funds DRC Conflict

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 16, 2015 – Organized crime funded by illegal trade in natural resources is fueling the 20-year-long conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC, that has cost the lives of several million people,...

 

Bunker Fuel Spill Fouls Vanouver’s English Bay

Bunker Fuel Spill Fouls Vanouver’s English Bay

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, April 10, 2015 (ENS) – The Marathassa, a Korean bulk grain carrier on its first voyage, is the source of the heavy bunker fuel oil that spilled into the waters of English Bay in Vancouver Wednesday,...

 

Two Ebola Vaccines Test Safe in Liberia

Two Ebola Vaccines Test Safe in Liberia

  BETHESDA, Maryland, March 26, 2015 (ENS) – Two experimental Ebola vaccines appear to be safe based on their evaluation in more than 600 volunteers who participated in the first stage of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines...

 

First Ebola Vaccine Test Starts in Guinea

First Ebola Vaccine Test Starts in Guinea

  CONAKRY, Guinea, March 26, 2015 (ENS) – One year after the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa that has claimed more than 10,000 lives, the Guinean government with the World Health Organization this week began the...

 

Governments Agree Global Disaster Risk Reduction Plan

Governments Agree Global Disaster Risk Reduction Plan

SENDAI, Japan, March 19, 2015 (ENS) – Death, injury, displacement and destruction following natural disasters could be reduced by 2030 under a new framework adopted by countries attending the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction,...

 

Disaster Risk Reduction Meeting Jolted by Cyclone Pam

Disaster Risk Reduction Meeting Jolted by Cyclone Pam

  SENDAI, Japan, March 17, 2015 (ENS) – Cyclone Pam devastated the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu just as UN officials and insurers gathered in Japan this week for a long-planned conference on disaster risk reduction. UN Secretary-General...

 

Cyclone Pam Slams Vanuatu, Killing 24 People

Cyclone Pam Slams Vanuatu, Killing 24 People

  SYDNEY, Australia, March 16, 2015 (ENS) – At least 24 people lost their lives as Cyclone Pam blasted through the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu Friday night, UN and other aid agencies report. Aid workers expect the death toll...

 

Yet Another Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in Ontario

Yet Another Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in Ontario

  GOGAMA, Ontario, Canada, March 9, 2015 (ENS) – Another Canadian National oil train derailed and caught fire early Saturday in Ontario near the town of Gogama, about 600 kilometers (372 miles) north of Toronto. It was the second...

 

First Global Pesticide Runoff Map Shows Streams At Risk

First Global Pesticide Runoff Map Shows Streams At Risk

  LEIPZIG, Germany, February 27, 2015 (ENS) – The application of insecticides poisons streams in roughly 40 percent of the global land surface, new research reveals. Streams in the United States, the Mediterranean, Central America...

 

U.S. Drought Risk This Century Worst in 1,000 Years

U.S. Drought Risk This Century Worst in 1,000 Years

  NEW YORK, New York, February 12, 2015 (ENS) – The worst persistent drought ever in the U.S. Southwest and Great Plains will parch the region during the second half of the 21st century, with the drying conditions “driven primarily”...

 

Obama Orders Higher Flood Risk Standard for Federal Projects

Obama Orders Higher Flood Risk Standard for Federal Projects

WASHINGTON, DC, January 30, 2015 (ENS) – Considering the risk of rising sea levels due to climate change, President Barack Obama today issued the nation’s first Federal Flood Risk Management Standard for taxpayer-funded projects....

 

Deadly Storms, Floods Force Desperate Africans to Seek Aid

Deadly Storms, Floods Force Desperate Africans to Seek Aid

  GENEVA, Switzerland, January 30, 2015 (ENS) – Severe flooding across southern Africa is killing, injuring and displacing a rising number of people, and more rain is in the forecast. Malawi’s Department of Climate Change has forecast...

 

Blizzard Spares New York, Buries Boston, Blows Into Canada

Blizzard Spares New York, Buries Boston, Blows Into Canada

  NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – The powerful storm that brought heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions to the Northeast on Monday persisted Tuesday as heavy snow and blizzard conditions paralyzed travel from eastern...

 

Monster Blizzard Brings U.S. East Coast to a Standstill

Monster Blizzard Brings U.S. East Coast to a Standstill

NEW YORK, New York, January 27, 2015 (ENS) – Due to a monumental blizzard bearing down on the East Coast, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a winter weather State of Emergency for New York City. All non-emergency vehicles were...

 

Crude Pipeline Breach Fouls Montana’s Yellowstone River

Crude Pipeline Breach Fouls Montana’s Yellowstone River

  BILLINGS, Montana, January 19, 2015 (ENS) – Warning that “the imminent threat of disaster exists,” Montana Governor Steve Bullock has declared a State of Emergency in Dawson and Richland counties after 50,000 gallons...

 

Earth’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’ Disrupted by Human Activities

Earth’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’ Disrupted by Human Activities

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2015 (ENS) – Human activities have “dangerously compromised” four of the nine processes that are crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet, warns an international team of researchers...

 

Ship Collision Spills Tonnes of Oil in Singapore Strait

Ship Collision Spills Tonnes of Oil in Singapore Strait

SINGAPORE, January 3, 2015 (ENS) – A collision Friday between an oil tanker and a bulk carrier at the eastern end of the Strait of Singapore, where it meets the South China Sea, has spilled thousands of tons of crude oil, threatening white...

 

Ebola Takes No Holiday

Ebola Takes No Holiday

  MONROVIA, Liberia, December 24, 2014 (ENS) – Christmas will be “like any other working day” for UN humanitarian worker Chris Huddart, who, like thousands across West Africa, is spending the holiday responding to the...

 

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...

 

Pacific Island Countries Face El Niño Extreme Weather

Pacific Island Countries Face El Niño Extreme Weather

  BANGKOK, Thailand, November 24, 2014 (ENS) – An abnormal warming of surface ocean waters, known as the El Niño effect, forecast for the coming six months is threatening extreme weather conditions for Pacific island states’...

 
 
 
 

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