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UN Forces Rescue Hundreds from DRC National Park

UN Forces Rescue Hundreds from DRC National Park

  KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, September 12, 2016 (ENS) – Acting on humanitarian grounds at the request of the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations mission in the country has “extracted”...

 

Fish-Killing Parasite Forces Yellowstone River Closure

Fish-Killing Parasite Forces Yellowstone River Closure

  BOZEMAN, Montana, August 29, 2016 (ENS) – A fish kill caused by a microscopic parasite prompted Montana wildlife officials to shut down 175 miles of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries to recreation last week. The unprecedented...

 

Italy Mourns Hundreds of Earthquake Victims

Italy Mourns Hundreds of Earthquake Victims

  ROME, Italy, August 27, 2016 (ENS) – Today, Italians joined in a day of national mourning for victims of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday, killing 291 people. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi...

 

Fracking Near Peace River Dams Scares BC Hydro

Fracking Near Peace River Dams Scares BC Hydro

  VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Canada, August 21, 2016 (ENS) – Senior BC Hydro executives have worried for years that earthquakes triggered by fracking operations in search of natural gas could damage its two big dams on the Peace...

 

NASA: July 2016 Warmest Month on Record

NASA: July 2016 Warmest Month on Record

  NEW YORK, New York, August 17, 2016 (ENS) – The month of July 2016 was the warmest July in 136 years of modern record keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute...

 

Brazil’s Amazon Hot, Dry and Ablaze

Brazil’s Amazon Hot, Dry and Ablaze

  BRASILIA, Brazil, August 10, 2016 (ENS) – Brazil’s National Space Research Institute, INPE, registered over 53,000 forest fires in the country up to Friday, and warns that the hot, dry weather may make things worse, if law...

 

Humans Overshoot Earth’s Annual Budget in Eight Months

Humans Overshoot Earth’s Annual Budget in Eight Months

  OAKLAND, California, August 8, 2016 (ENS) – At the Oakland office of the international sustainability think tank Global Footprint Network, August 8 is a special day, as it is at the GFN offices elsewhere around the world. It’s...

 

UNESCO Protects Natural Areas of World Heritage Value

UNESCO Protects Natural Areas of World Heritage Value

  ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 18, 2016 (ENS) – The World Heritage Committee has inscribed nine new natural, or mixed natural and cultural, sites on the List of World Heritage: one transnational site – in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and...

 

Dams, Logging, Poaching Threaten World Heritage

Dams, Logging, Poaching Threaten World Heritage

  ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 12, 2016 (ENS) – Of all the world’s unique natural areas threatened by logging, poaching, dam development and gillnet fishing, the International Union for Conservation of Nature is advising the UNESCO...

 

World Heritage Sites at Risk from Climate Change

World Heritage Sites at Risk from Climate Change

  PARIS, France, May 26, 2016 (ENS) – Climate change is quickly becoming one of the most challenging risks for World Heritage sites and the tourists who want to visit them, finds the report “World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing...

 

Raging Alberta Wildfires Block Oil Sands Production

Raging Alberta Wildfires Block Oil Sands Production

  EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, May 17, 2016 (ENS) – Five new wildfires started in northern Alberta over the past 24 hours, and now a total of 17 wildfires are burning, with four blazing out of control. Fire conditions remain extreme...

 

Earthquake Hits Ecuador, Kills More Than 272

Earthquake Hits Ecuador, Kills More Than 272

  QUITO, Ecuador, April 17, 2016 (ENS) – The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Saturday night off the west coast of northern Ecuador has killed at least 272 people, a death toll that will “certainly rise,” according...

 

Judge Approves Multi-Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement

Judge Approves Multi-Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement

  NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, April 4, 2016 (ENS) – A federal judge in New Orleans today set his stamp of approval on an $18.7 billion civil settlement in the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Fire boat...

 

Fukushima Ecosystem Still Poisoned Five Years Later

Fukushima Ecosystem Still Poisoned Five Years Later

  TOKYO, Japan, March 11, 2016 (ENS) – “The environmental impacts of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster will last decades to centuries, due to man-made, long-lived radioactive elements are absorbed into the living tissues...

 

Anti-dam Activists Call for Justice in Cáceres Killing

Anti-dam Activists Call for Justice in Cáceres Killing

  MIRI, Sarawak, Malaysia, March 8, 2016 (ENS) – Indigenous leaders fighting against dams worldwide have issued a joint call for a prompt, thorough and independent investigation into the death of indigenous leader Berta Cáceres of...

 

Goldman Prize Winner Murdered in Honduras

Goldman Prize Winner Murdered in Honduras

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 3, 2016 (ENS) – A indigenous Lenca woman who was honored with a 2015 Goldman Prize last year for her fight against a destructive dam, was killed by gunmen last night in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Berta...

 

Hottest Year Linked to ‘Devastating’ Human Disaster Toll

Hottest Year Linked to ‘Devastating’ Human Disaster Toll

  NEW YORK, New York, February 11, 2016 (ENS) – At least 98.6 million people were harmed by natural disasters in 2015, the hottest year on record; and climate, intensified by a strong El Niño pattern, was the driver in 92 percent...

 

Taiwan Quake Leaves 67 Dead, 57 Still Missing

Taiwan Quake Leaves 67 Dead, 57 Still Missing

  TAIPEI, Taiwan, February 11, 2016 (ENS) – The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Taiwan stands at 67 people, with 57 others still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building, Taiwan’s...

 

Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

Zika Virus Declared a Global Health Emergency

  GENEVA, Switzerland, February 3, 2016 (ENS) – The Zika virus has spread to 24 countries in the Americas, creating “a public health emergency of international concern,” the head of the World Health Organization declared...

 

North Pole Melting, Storms Ravage United States

North Pole Melting, Storms Ravage United States

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 30, 2015 (ENS) – The same storm system responsible for the extreme weather that claimed 43 lives in seven states over the past week has caused temperatures to rise about 50 degrees Fahrenheit above normal...

 
 
 
 

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